Hosting holiday guests … and a Hoover giveaway!

Get your house ready for holiday guests

 This post is sponsored by The Home Depot... The holidays are fast approaching, and with them often comes house guests.   I love having company stay at our home, especially when they know exactly how long to stay! ;) My mother-in-law is the Hostesses with the Mostess! She has had more company over the years, than just about anyone else I know. … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

unique and creative Christmas gift ideas from atthepicketfence.com

It was time. The children had finally reached an age where I was certain that they were ready to sit down and watch one of the greatest movies of all-time. The fake logs glowed in the fireplace, the lights twinkled on the Christmas tree and the smell of popcorn floated in the air. And as Julie Andrews spun around in circles on the top of a hill, … [Read more...]

French Country Christmas Mantel

french country christmas mantel decor atthepicketfence.com

Last week on my regular Monday morning Walmart run, I veered off of my usual course (does everyone else make their grocery list according to the store layout or did I just admit how very OCD I am?) and headed over to the Christmas section where I was promptly introduced to the newest Walmart greeter. … [Read more...]

Free Thanksgiving Printable …

Live Thankfully Printables.  Three Color Choices.  For At The Picket Fence by Live Laugh Rowe

  Happy November!! Can you believe we're weeks away from Christmas? Have any of you started to do any shopping? Me? Nope! Nada. Nothing. I have to commend those of you who have already gotten a head start -- you are my heroes {wink}. Well, today I have a fabulous printable for you! A festive one that has a great reminder to Live … [Read more...]

Christmas Decor Sneak Peek!

Christmas mantel with magnolia garland atthepicketfence.com

I know, I know. I realize it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Honestly, I do. I know that sometimes that wonderful day of thanks gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas. I know that we all need to slow down and truly appreciate each holiday as it comes. And I really am thankful and I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. Really! … [Read more...]

Sharpie Stenciled Thanksgiving Lazy Susan

Sharpie stenciled thanksgiving lazy susan atthepicketfence.com

Sometimes I think I suffer from short-term memory loss. Correction...sometimes I think I suffer from short-term 'thankfulness' memory loss. … [Read more...]

Setting a blue and white Thanksgiving Table

Blue and White Tablescape

  Can you BELIEVE it's November already!? The month literally blew into the south, with windy nights and falling leaves! … [Read more...]

Hot Apple Pie… A Low Calorie Cocktail

Low Calorie Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

  “The ripe, the golden month has come again, and in Virginia the chinkapins are falling. Frost sharps the middle music of the seasons, and all things living on the earth turn home again... the fields are cut, the granaries are full, the bins are loaded to the brim with fatness, and from the cider-press the rich brown oozings of the … [Read more...]

Roasted Hazelnuts and Being an Oregonian

Roasted hazelnuts recipe from atthepicketfence.com

I've lived in Oregon for 15 years and yet I've never considered myself an Oregonian. My husband was born and raised here, my children were born and are being raised here but I'm the odd one out. Born in Ohio, raised in Missouri and California and now here I am... ...in Oregon. … [Read more...]

Leg Warmers & Last Minute 4th of July Ideas!

Last Minute 4th of July ideas from atthepicketfence.com

Once upon a time there were two little girls. They spent their days in an imaginary world. Sometimes they were on the prairie collecting eggs and doing daily battle with Nellie Olsen. Other days they were Super Girl and Wonder Woman. Robes became capes and knee socks did double duty as the most fabulous boots in the universe. And every 4th … [Read more...]