Monday, November 28, 2011

EmersonMade Cyber Monday Deal

When I find a deal that is too good for me to pass up, I feel obligated to tell you about it - and today, is such deal.

I have always been a fan of EmersonMade clothing and accessories. Everything made by this company is of great quality and super classy. However, as I look through their site, I'm always reminded of how great my taste must be - by that, I mean that my taste is so good, I can't afford a thing!

Enter, the Emerson Tweed Jacket. I've had my eye on this jacket for over a year. It's simple but different enough that I could wear it with black pants, jeans, khaki's - really whatever! I've always thought it would be my 'go-to' jacket.


It has been on my birthday and Christmas wish lists, however, at $238, I always moved it down the list because I had much more affordable, pressing wants. 

Enter, a really really great deal! Today, everything in the store is 30% off - INCLUDING gift cards. All you have to do is use the code 'MarvelousMonday' at check out.

If you buy a virtual gift card and get 30% off and then turn around and use that gift card to buy the Emerson Tweed Jacket at 30% off, you can score this great jacket for only $116.60. That's over $130 off. Or look through the rest of the site - it is full of great goodies!

Like this cute blouse.


And this leather and brass belt.


Have fun!

p.s. if you decide to take advantage of this great deal, I'd recommend calling the company to make sure you'll receive your virtual gift card in time to make your purchase by the end of the day! Their number is 603-319-8361.

And, let me know if you score a great deal too - at EmersonMade or elsewhere!Much love,
Callie


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Always something...

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!
Picture from the Rifle Paper Co

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for - today and everyday, you're it! 

xoxoCallie


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Back to School for Thanksgiving

Remember my sweet friend Chelsea? She invited me to read the story Llama Llama Red Pajama to her class (as mentioned here) back in October. Because she knows that I love her kiddos and that I would be happy to come see them anytime, she invited me to play 'mom' and join a few little kids for craft time during their Thanksgiving party last week.

This is T (a Callie appointed nickname) and we are overachievers.


You see, Chelsea gave us a kit (using the kids hands and feet) to make a turkey. We followed the directions - until we realized that our turkey definitely needed a baseball cap and some glasses - just like T!


It was a really cute craft that all the kids loved doing. However, there was one more craft that I think the kids 'gobbled' up. (cheesy, I know)

Our next mission was to make a candy turkey. We used chocolate icing as the 'glue', oreos, chocolate candy corn, a malt ball, and mini chocolate chips.

Here's a picture of the finished product.


And, let me introduce you to J-man - who was much more interested in eating the chocolate icing than making his turkey! I took on the challenge and feel as if I performed fairly well. At least our turkey tasted good!


Another successful outing with Chelsea's class. She's a great teacher and thank goodness, she let's me come play for a little while.

p.s. I did volunteer myself for story time after lunch and read the kids Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown.


It was a really sweet Thanksgiving story with a great ending.

xoxo,
Callie

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is just around the corner - actually, tomorrow - but Zach and I were able to celebrate our Thanksgiving dinner with friends this past Wednesday night.

We had a guest list of 18 and for a 'family' dinner, I felt certain we should all sit together at one table. You see, at previous dinners, we're divided between the table in the kitchen, the dining room, and people sitting throughout the living room and anywhere else a seat is available. But this dinner was different. It's Thanksgiving.

However, knowing how our house normally looks, there was just no way we could get 18 people around our dining room table.

Take a look at how we normally look with our fall decorations up...



As you can see, there is no way to fit 18 friends around that table. Here's one picture of our living room, as is, for maximum impact of the coming change!


From my perspective, a little swith-a-roo was needed! My plan... switch the living room and the dining room, pull chairs from all around the house (and even snag a few from my mother-in-law... thanks!) and add two extra tables to each end of our dining room table.

And guess what? It worked!

So, do you remember where our couch was sitting along the long wall in the living room? It moved and the buffet replaced it! Here's the couch sitting along the wall in the dining room under all those frames.




And the over-stuffed chair sitting where the buffet normally sits.


My favorite part of the switch was the long table that took over our living room. I loved it.  


You can see now how we moved the gate-leg table to the corner (for drinks) and the buffet took the place of the couch (for food). Zach made sure I knew that he could not sit on the buffet to watch TV. Thanks goodness we have more than one TV in our house.


Everyone had a place setting - but they did not match. Some people had beautiful ratan chargers and others had gold. Some people had burnt orangeish-red napkins and others had wheat colored ones. And the plates were different too... we mixed in old china with new(er) china. And as you can clearly see, the different types of chairs were mixed around the table. I loved the fact that everything didn't match.

You were introduced to my 'Thankful Tree' in a past post (found here) that served as the centerpiece of the table. The fabric runner that spread the length of the three tables, well, some of it was left over fabric from a chair I reupholstered, and the middle piece of fabric, is a scarf I wear in the Fall! I found the brown pumpkins at Target in the $1 section and the bulbed garland of pumpkins and berries came from Hobby Lobby during their 80% off Fall decor sale. If you're catching what I'm throwing out... this was all very affordable!

As you can see in the pictures above, everyone had a pine cone at their place setting with their place card!

    

I used the same Martha Stewart place card template, as I mentioned here.


I used the same template for place cards for the food and drinks - just made them slightly bigger.





And here's a picture of the table all lit up.


And the best picture of the night... our friends!


The food was incredible but the company was even better! I am so thankful for having a home to host friends in and the friends to fill it. Zach and I are incredibly blessed.

xoxo,
Callie

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 The DIY Show Off   Photobucket

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Project Queen

Guess what my loves?

The Project Queen thought the 'Thankful Tree' was a cool project and so she FEATURED it on her blog. I'm shocked and honored! How cool is that!


So, feel free to click over and peruse the wonderfulness of her cute blog.

Click here for the direct link to my mention!

xoxo,
Callie

Monday, November 21, 2011

Here's to Forever!

One year ago, yesterday, I married my best friend and the man I have been praying for since I was a little girl. Little did I know how much fun marriage could be and how blessed we would be as a couple.

Here's to forever!


p.s. I've said it once and I'll say it again, I highly recommend marriage!

xoxo,
Callie

Thursday, November 17, 2011

'Thankful Tree'

Last night, Zach and I hosted our CrossPointe Life Group over for Thanksgiving Dinner. We had a great time eating and spending time with one another. The food was delicious - thanks to each and every one of you who cooked! I have a lot of pictures to show you... but I really wanted to show you what I have named the 'Thankful Tree' - it has become my very favorite thing in my house.


I know, I know... it doesn't look much like a tree but you'll like it too when you read some of the tags on it. Last night it was the centerpiece of the table but today, it changed to be a Fall staple in my home.


Everyone wrote what they are most thankful for on little tags and then hung it up on the tree for everyone to read while eating.


I made the tags based off of a Martha Stewart place card template (you can find it here). The actual assembly of the 'tree' was fairly easy... a vase, some pumpkins and gourds, and a few branches from outside. I love that one of the branches even has a few leaves left on it!

As I walk by - and avoid catching my hair in a branch - I'm reminded of all the things I, and my friends, are thankful for.  Here are a few...







What would you write on your card? How many cards would you need?


It really provides the perspective necessary for 'thanks-living' during Thanksgiving!

xoxo,
Callie

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My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  The DIY Show Off The Girl Creative Keeping It Simple   Photobucket