Monthly Archives: December 2012

Santa Humor….

Smile…and be thankful this isn’t a x-ray of your spine….Hoping your days are merry and bright!!!

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GR8 Quotes via Pinterest

Great quotes…via Pinterest

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About Jeanne’s blog…A Nola Girl at Heart

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This blog is my story and its filled with random life events from a NOLA girl at heart living in Texas.   My head is filled with ideas about food, books, music, travel, gardening and buying and selling junk and photography.

I am still trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up. Currently my 9-5 is my dream job!  It keeps my head spinning. I am a book and gift buyer, volunteer organizer and ministry leader all rolled into one. I am Loving life…Living the dream…Reflection!

In my spare time I am a dealer at a local antique mall. Lucky for me they allow me to buy junk and sell antiques!  Check out my handi-work!

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My husband and I are best friends and we dream of one day retiring and running a B&B in the Texas Hill Country or the Colorado Mountains…

I think social media is the best invention since the Slinky…My world is a more colorful place because of it…I hope you will add your color to my world.

Jeanne, a nola girl at heart

This post was inspired by the crew at The Daily Post…The About Page 101: Making Them Care and The About Page 201: The Meat Grinder...Is it time to re-visit and revise your About page?

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A Man on a Secret Mission…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had no idea that for years my husband has been a man on a secret mission. That is I didn’t know until he let the cat out of the bag.  As my husband and I were talking about Christmas gifts and shopping lists it was revealed that for years he has been a man on a mission,a secret mission to make sure one of the first gifts under the tree was for me.

At some point in our many Christmas’ together I off-handedly mentioned that in all the gifts that were under the tree my name wasn’t on a single present.  I do not remember the exact conversation but I am sure I was joking…However, the Hubs heard it and interpreted it to mean something that he took as a  personal challenge.  So, for years he has made sure to be the first one to place gifts under the tree.

I want you to know that no sooner had this little bit of information been revealed I became a woman on a mission…I wanted to join in the fun!

In my defense..I am not a last-minute shopper, or a gift wrap slacker…It’s just that I like to have the majority of my gifts purchased before settling in to do my wrapping.  Therefore, I rarely have my gifts wrapped and under the tree first.  That is until…this year…This year I became a woman on a mission…a mission to place the first gift under the tree!  Even if there is only ONE gift under the tree…I bought it, wrapped it and ran to put it under the tree as the Hubs came through the door…I did it, I put the first gift under the tree.  Guess who its for…no not me…its for the Hubs!

It looks like a new tradition has been born…Not only is there a man on a mission but now there is a woman on a mission. So let the fun and  games begin!

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Pinterest Pick of the Week!

Pinterest Pick of the Week is a such a beautiful and original idea!  As soon as I saw this pin on Pinterest I fell in love…

The Fishbowl Snowman!

Pinterest is a bit of a mystery…I think it’s like 6 degrees of separation…Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is approximately six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps.

On Pinterest I followed someone who had  followed someone who had  followed someone who pinned a pin from Sassy Trash Antiques…it then  showed up on my wall and I pinned it! And the rest is Pinterest history.

Then I followed the link to the original blog Sassytrash Antiques and Designs and read about Martha the creator of the fishbowl snowman.  I then jumped over to check out Sassytrash’s Pinterest page and found a kindred spirit.

They say that copying someone is a form of flattery…Well, I will be flattering Martha when I make my very own fishbowl snowman!  I hope if Sassytrash visits my blog she will leave me more info on Martha and how I can follow her on Pinterest...

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Stress Free Holiday Entertaining Tips…

Stress Stinks and it has no place in holiday entertaining...

As I flipped though the pages of the December issue of Better Homes and Garden I found several tips that would help avoid the potential for stress…

Here are the tips I found helpful

Plan ahead…start planning your menu and create detailed shopping list as soon as possible.

Utilize shortcuts…If you don’t have time to bake you can pick up some cupcakes or cookies from the bakery.

Ask for help…Ask your guest to bring a side dish or a dessert.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper public radio host of the Splendid Table shares how to roll out the welcome mat with a minimum of stress and trepidation.

  • Focus your efforts! People the first and last thing they engage with.  So focus on a warm welcome and memorable final bite.
  • Rein in the menu!  Plan on making only 4 dishes yourself.  If at all possible make most of them ahead.
  • Turn the light down!  Bright lights never feel festive. Use candlelight at eye level or below to draw your guests in and make your room feel intimate.
  • Encourage mingling!  Cluster chairs around the table…never push the chairs against the wall.
  • Clean where it counts!  Focus on the guest bathroom, lay out fresh towels.
  • Don’t forget the fun!  Having a good time at your own party is the most important thing.  It’s also the best way to make sure your guests are enjoying themselves.

Jorj Morgan, cooking, lifestyle and entertaining author offers this tip for making your holiday entertaining stress free…”A week before your party, lay out vases, dishes and serving platters. If you don’t have everything you need, you still have time to visit thrift stores for fill-in.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match china and glassware.  It’s about patterns that flow not dishes that match.”

Eddie Ross, lifestyle expert, blogger and former caterer has a few tips of his own.  His foolproof plan for a holiday party is long on festive details and short on stress.  Here are a couple of ideas I really loved; put coconut flakes on a cake plate and your store-bought cookies will look festive and inviting.  He also suggests taking store-bought shortbread cookies and sandwich them together with jam or dip store-bought meringues into melted chocolate. Another tip I love and use often is the cheese board. I love Eddie’s combination; A Gruyère, a camembert and a blue cheese served alongside fruit such as pears and grapes and to finish it off add a preserve or chutney and crackers or bread.  Delicious!

Thank you Better Homes and Gardens…for the great advice for stress free holiday entertaining!

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Vintage Christmas…My Obsession!

What goes around comes around and if you wait long enough what was once old will be new again…Once again I have been inspired by Pinterest! These are my newest obsessions…Vintage Christmas!

Santa Mugs

How about a few vintage Santa’s under glass…

bottle brush trees

A miniature forest of vintage bottle brush trees

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A vintage scale with a wire basket filled with vintage Christmas ornaments….

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And finally, vintage green milk glass and Santa mugs.

If you like these beauties…you can find more pins like them by visiting Kimberly Hart on Pinterest!

Merry Christmas from our vintage home to yours…

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An Unexpected Gift…an Award if you will…

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In this world of a gift for a gift gift…A gift is truly a gift
 only when you receive it for no particular reason and when you least expect it. When you have no real way to give a gift in return except to say thank you and mean it.  That is exactly what happened this week.  My blog buddy Emily over at My Pajama Days awarded me the Liebster Award.  Just when I thought I had fallen off the blog radar because I have been so busy this year with my 9-5 and my postings have been inconsistent.  Emily thought enough of me to give me a shout out.

I have to share a little back history on my friend Emily…My Pajama Days was the very first blog I followed when I jumped into the blogosphere 3 years ago.  I felt an immediate connection to the flannel pajama clad writer who has a love of salt and vinegar chips and chocolate.  Emily has bared her soul with the blog world and has touched my heart.  I wish I were as brave as my girl Emily and could lay it all out there but alas I have my own hesitations and reservations.   Although I think I may be closer in age to Emily’s mom, I think if were neighbors we would be great friends.

I don’t know exactly how Emily knew I needed a little blog hug, but I believe that God knew and he whispered my name and Emily heard it and acted on it.

As a Liebster award receiver, I must do the following:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated/awarded me.
  • Answer 11 questions asked by the person who awarded me.
  • Nominate/award 11 other blogs with links.
  • Pose 11 of my own questions to my nominees.
  • Put the Liebster Award logo on my blog.

Here are the questions that Emily posed to the bloggers she awarded the Liebster Award…

  1. How do you balance your creativity with your life?  My 9-5 allows me the ability to be incredibly creative but somehow it doesn’t translate over to my blog…So lately my blog has suffered while I have been pouring all I have into the store and my volunteers…it is painfully obvious that I am not living a balanced life. 
  2. Why did you start blogging?  I started blogging for several reasons; the first is because a friend suggested that I write a book…I thought before I could ever write a book I had better write something.  The second reason is because I was “down” in the back…really down for almost two weeks of sitting in the recliner, drifting in and out from the pain meds and watching old movies. At some point I decided all of that was for the birds and began to research this new phenom of blogging. And finally, I decided to really go for it when we sold our home of 12 years and decided to move to the country.  It was a very emotional time for me, I needed to get my feelings out of my head.
  3. Do you own more books in print or electronically?  I am book buyer for a small bookstore, I love real books!
  4. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?  It has never occurred to me to listen to music when I write…maybe I will give this a try in 2013. 
  5. Which of your 5 senses would be the most devastating to lose?  I think losing my eyesight would be most devastating.  I would miss seeing my family, their beautiful smiles and silly expressions. I would miss my ability to come and go as I please. I would miss being creative; writing, decorating my house, junk shopping and looking into the eyes of my husband and knowing I am loved unconditionally. 
  6. What is the worst advice you have ever received?  My Mom’s girlfriend told my 15yr old self to marry for money not love…I still wonder which side of the coin she was speaking from…
  7. What is the best advice you have ever received?  Put others before yourself and you will end up being the one who is blessed…this has turned out to be true time and time again.  
  8. What food comes to mind when you think of “comfort food”?  I love pasta…so I would have to say that my go to comfort food is mac and cheese.  Even though I haven’t had this in forever…velveeta shells and cheese!  And now there is a gourmet mac and cheese restaurant in Houston…yes gourmet mac and cheese.  It is on my foodie bucket list!
  9. Do you crave salt or sweet?  YES!
  10. What one thing are you most proud of from this past year?  The hubs and I made a decision to change our eating habits…I lost 20#! 
  11. What one thing to you most hope to achieve in the next year? I hope 2013 will be my year of living a well-balanced life.

Drum Roll Please…..And the Liebster Award goes to….

Humbled Pie…a little southern living and traveling for your viewing enjoyment.  This blog takes me home…

Jason M Brooks…writes with purpose

Mike Patz…Apprentice of Jesus. Son of God. Husband of one. Father of at least seven.

The Hip Hostess…Menus, tips and ideas for hosting with style!

Blogging for a Good Book…A suggestion a day from the Williamsburg Regional Library

The Faux Martha…Mel makes me want to eat my computer when I am reading her blog.

Just a Smidgen…One of the most beautiful blogs I have seen…A Canadian with a verve for life!

Channeling Contessa…and she does it so well!

Emjayandthem’s Blog…One woman’s observations on her way through life.

JannaTWrites...A very creative writer who will one day have a book on the New York Times best seller list!

Piglet in Portugal…Piglet makes me want to visit Portugal with her humorous tales of everyday life in Portugal.

Should you choose to accept this award here are your Questions…

1. What happened today that made you smile?

2. What is your favorite all time movie?

3. Do you have a favorite dessert?

4.  If you could retire anywhere in the world where would it be?

5.  Are you a winter or summer person?

6.  What’s the last book you read?

7.  What’s your favorite book?

8.  Do you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

9.  What’s the longest vacation you have ever taken and where?

10.  Are you still friends with any of your childhood friends?

11.  What’s the weather like where you live today?

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This Holiday Season, You’ve Got a Minute to Win It…

christmas-minute-to-win-it-party-supplies-2This Holiday Season you will probably attend or host a holiday party…If you are the hostess I hope you will make your party the mostess by incorporating some fun and easy Minute to Win it games into your party planning…

How many parties have you attended over the years that after a little small talk and a few appetizers the party begins to languish and you are left looking for an opportunity for an early exit?  Don’t be that party…

There are so many cute and easy ways to entertain your guests.  My inspiration comes from the popular game show…Minute To Win It!  Ask  a couple of friends to be the game host/hostess.  Explain the rules of the games and the time schedule ahead of time. This will free you up to mingle with your guests, snap photos and check on the buffet table.

Wrap up a few gifts for the winners, place them in a basket and let the game winners choose their gift.  Include gift cards, homemade sweets, movie passes…

Here are few games we are considering playing at our Christmas Parties this year…

How many marshmallows can you toss through the Christmas wreath into a bucket…In a minute?  Grab up a bucket from the local home store or even a small trash can will do.  Lay the bucket on its side, attach a wreath to the opening and place the bucket on the edge of a table or bar.  Mark a spot on the floor where the contestant will stand. Place a dozen marshmallows in a bowl, set the timer for one minute…Ready. Set, Toss!

Can you stack plastic cups with one hand…In a minute?  Place a stack of Solo cups on a table.  Using one hand, the contestant has one minute to stack the cups in a pyramid shape in one minute…Ready, Set, Stack!

How many ornaments can you and a your partner hang on a string without using your hands…In a minute?  Hang a string between two columns or a door way, place 12 ornaments with ornament hooks on a table.  The two contestants have one minute to move the ornaments from the table to the string without using their hands…I would recommend using plastic ornaments for this game or you will be sweeping up glass for days…The team who hangs the most ornaments on the string in one minute is the winner…On your mark, Get Set, Go!

Can you get the cookie from your forehead into your mouth without using your hands…In a minute?  This is one of those games that will have the crowd roaring with laughter…You have one minute to move a cookie from your forehead into your mouth by using only your facial muscles…get your camera ready…I promise there will be priceless photo ops with this one.  Get set. move that cookie, move that cookie…

Can you open a present while wearing ski gloves before doubles are rolled…In a minute?  Wrap a gift, the smaller the present the harder it will be to open while wearing bulky ski gloves…. You can wrap an empty box or wrap a gag gift or even a gift worth keeping…you can make this the grand prize game.  The champion of the minute to win it gameathon is the team who opens the gift the fastest under one minute.

There are a number of ways you can play the games; you can play as individuals which would take all evening if you had more than a handful of guests.  I think teams are the way to go…I think guys vs girls or family vs family.  I would however, recommend to never ever have couples compete against one another…this may lead to a heated discussion or two…speaking from experience…best to keep it friendly and having more members on a team gives you a variety of talents to choose from.

Check out this web site for a few additional ideas for your Christmas Minute to Win It party.

Here’s hoping your holiday party is filled with laughter and great memories!

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