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Happy weekend, friends!

I think fall has officially arrived here in the Carolinas (although it’s entirely possible 5th summer will show up next week…)

AnnMarie and I have had a wonderful, but also crazy busy kind of week.

It may only be the first week of November, but we’re in full-on holiday mode around here!

Now, don’t think that just because we’re decorating early that it means you need to decorate before Thanksgiving if that’s not your thing!

We always get questions about where we found different things that we use so we want to make sure you’ll still be able to find things when you’re shopping for your home.

That’s why we decorate early and share our ideas early in the season!

You can find some of our favorite ideas (and things) for decorating your Christmas tree here.

close up of decorated christmas tree with several different strands of string bead garlands and ornaments

One of our favorite places to shop for Christmas is Piper Classics, and they’re currently offering free shipping and all their Christmas decor is on sale!

This weekend, all my kids were home Friday evening so we got to have an unexpected family dinner!

These pork chops and these green beans were a big hit and were so easy to make.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for delicious recipes that don’t take a lot of time.

We’re also celebrating AnnMarie’s momiversary this weekend!


Technically it’s her oldest son’s birthday.

But if you’re a mom, then you know how your life changed on the day each of your children was born!

So around here we wish all the moms we know a happy momiversary on those days.

Of course, she celebrated with some healthy chocolate for breakfast!

We’re both loving this Cacao Bliss we got from Earth Echo foods.

And guess what?!???

If you use the code MOMS when you order yours you get 15% off your order!

It’s delicious whisked into coffee or black tea, or try using it in this yummy recipe for a healthy snack.

Two ramekins of Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding topped with coconut flakes and chocolate chips on a wood table
Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding with Cacao Bliss.

Also, did you know we belong to a book club?

Technically, I actually started our club!

This week we shared 31 books we’ve read for book club so if you’re looking for your next good read, check out our list.

supplies to create rustic centerpiece on dining table in groups

AnnMarie shared all the details for making a simple, rustic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.


It’s not only about Christmas around here!

Also, if you’re still looking for some recipes for Thanksgiving, we’ve got over 70 healthy recipe ideas for everything from the appetizer to dessert!

We found some more inspiration for you from around the web:

As bloggers, we spend a lot of time reading our friends’ blogs, and when we find something amazing we like to share it with you!

After all, that’s what friends do.

So be sure to check out these great ideas!

These beautifully-styled built-ins

I need to figure out how to make these to be THM-friendly!

This adorable and simple Christmas craft.

And this pretty Christmas decorating idea.

I can’t wait to make this salad!

This unique idea for hanging Christmas stockings.

This yummy appetizer idea.

Keep your home smelling amazing with this natural recipe.

Try this soup with cauliflower instead of potatoes to make it low carb.

We hope you have a fantastic week!

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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