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Simply Stated 44

Good morning (or whatever time it is where you are)!

Guess what?!

It’s been a busy week!


Shocker, right?

We have so many fun things going on over on Instagram right now!

We’re celebrating with a giveaway every. single. day. through December 14.

If you’re not following us yet, now is the time to do it! We’re giving away some big items this week…

Click here to follow us and be sure to check our posts and stories each day.

Also, AnnMarie’s daughter is dancing in her final Nutcracker with her dance studio this weekend, which is a little bittersweet.

little girl dressed up like a mouse and then same girl grown up in ballet costume for Nutcracker

Look how cute and little she was in her first Nutcracker, and now so grown up and beautiful for her last one.

That senior year of high school seems to be filled with so many “lasts.”

Of course, next year will be filled with even more “firsts” too!

The 12 Doors of December

We were chosen to participate in the 12 Doors of December which is hosted by Delaney Hardware and Ryobi Tools.

Usually, we have to decide which one of us will update our home, but not this time!

We both got to update our front doors with gorgeous new handsets and then built a fun project using Ryobi tools.

How cool is that?!

So AnnMarie’s door is being featured on December 5th, and Anne’s door is being featured on December 6th!

Did we mention there’s a competition?

Go check out all the doors and vote for which one you like the best!

When you vote, you’re entered into a fantastic giveaway!

The winner gets a new Delaney handset of their choice (valued up to $500) and gets to pick out $500 of Ryobi tools!

We would love for one of you to walk away with the goodies.

So be sure to vote!

This Week on our Blog…

We love decorating our homes for Christmas, and we also love getting fresh ideas to try.

Each year we get to participate in the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tour and it was this week.

But we tried something new and it’s been so popular!

Instead of just showing how we decorated a spot in our homes, we challenged ourselves to decorate a space using the same items.

That way you can see how versatile something is and how it can work for both AnnMarie’s modern farmhouse style and Anne’s country chic style.

It’s amazing how different the exact same pieces ended up looking!

You’ll have to let us know what you think about this idea.

Would you like to see us do the same kind of thing on a regular basis?

Drop us a comment at the end of this post.

AnnMarie also shared her secrets to creating gorgeous centerpieces.

We also found a lot of other ideas we think you’re going to enjoy:

This easy DIY gift idea.

An entire year of meal ideas!.

This money-saving kitchen DIY.

Get rid of clutter with these 11 steps.

An adorable and easy Christmas decoration.

These gorgeous ornaments.

This keto-friendly appetizer.

A beautiful winter white kitchen.

And a low carb soup recipe.

Until we see you again next week, we hope you have a fantastic day!

another new signature block for AnnMarie & Anne