This weekend, Ryan and I are celebrating our second anniversary a few days early with dinner at Dixie. I love that our anniversary falls at the beginning of the holiday season – it’s such a nice, personal way to get into the celebratory spirit! And of course, a handful of these links are holiday-related, so that’s another way to get ready for the season…

Sugar plum, gingerbread…every flavor of candy cane imaginable!

What romantic head pieces.

Tabletop Christmas trees.

2 Advent calendars: one giant, one mini.

Lovely gold foil invites (and love the Florentine paper).

Wearing flowers.

Holiday finger-food combination generator.

Great gift-wrap round-up.

 

And finally, on a personal note… Last year, my nephew Bode was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He handled treatment like an absolute rockstar, and I am so grateful that he is now a strong and healthy 5-year-old. This holiday season, Bode and his big brother, Kellen, are collecting Dear Santa letters to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation (who recently granted Bode his wish to see hot lava in Hawaii!). Bode and Kellen are asking everyone – kids and grown-ups alike – to send a letter before December 14th (email or postal mail). And of course if you’d like to share this video on Twitter or Facebook, I know the boys would appreciate it. Learn more in the video HERE. I love you Bode Bear!

Update! You can mail your Dear Santa letters:

email:
bodebelieves@gmail.com

postal mail:
Bode Believes
4203 Genesee Ave. Suite 103 Box 296
San Diego, CA 92117

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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Does anyone else think Thanksgiving just popped up out of nowhere this year? Does it make me sound old when I say things like that? Anyway, tomorrow we’re celebrating the holiday at my Aunt Dawnie’s house – she hosts the yummiest Thanksgiving dinner (even that one year when the entire table flipped over…), and it’s always so nice to see my extended family in one place. How are you spending the day tomorrow? Any fun traditions?

Cousin Reginald catches the Thanksgiving turkey.

The New York Times’ Thanksgiving-erator.

I love French everything, but this spoof is pretty funny.

Mindy Kaling on friendship.

Mmmm…. pie crust cookies.

What are you thankful for?

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! See you next week!

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Somehow I managed to publish this post without writing anything on it! Losing my mind… this weekend we’re getting the rain we were supposed to get last weekend, which is fine with me since it finally feels a little like fall here. We’re celebrating a friend’s birthday tomorrow, then Sunday we’re doing absolutely nothing. What about you? What are you up to this weekend?

Pie crust parchment paper.

Handshake doorknob.

What a darling butterfly!

Gorgeous grecian accessories.

If you liked this week’s inspiration board, you’ll love this Thanksgiving table with persimmons.

The art of the bar cart.

Love the idea of this family tablecloth.

A lovely, understated Thanksgiving set-up.

I love getting a peek at Frances Palmer’s studio!

Beautiful new font for your wedding invitations.

How to get a North Pole postmark.

And this week on Snippet & Ink:

Gorgeous lace dress.
Sweet Florida wedding.
Minted giveaway.
Honey pecan wedding inspiration.
Apple-themed wedding.
Persimmon and gray autumn color palette.
Snapshot of a marriage.
A preppy southern wedding.

 

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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So many links for you today! But first, what are you up to this weekend? We’re supposed to get lots of rain, but hopefully that won’t dampen our Saturday plans to go out with friends. I’m also thinking of doing some recipe auditions for my Thanksgiving side dish contribution this year. In the running: sweet corn pudding, maple mustard brussel sprouts, and gratineed creamed onions. Do you like to try new recipes every year? Or do you have some tried-and-true yummies that you stick with?

We have a new Pinterest account! You can still follow my personal account here, but I think you’ll love the new Snippet & Ink account too.

Versailles gardens under a blanket of snow.

What would happen if you banned all email for a week? (Super interesting article about what email is really good for.)

What elegant and lovely wedding style.

Sassy crystal ring from Kate Spade (on sale!).

Dress up your storage jars with these DIY decals.

Great “New Rules for Weddings” from Martha.

See my guest post on Design Crush: Ten Takes on the Modern Farmhouse.

I’ve never watched an episode of Downton Abbey (I know, I know), but I am dying over this gorgeous bridal ensemble.

How fun is this highlighter fountain pen, via Ginny’s Pinterest.

DIY rope light strand, for either a rustic or a modern Christmas.

I’ve found that paper straws aren’t actually that functional, but they sure are cute! Love this birch bark version, via Mrs. Lilien.

Apple bacon stuffed sweet potatoes sounds like a perfect fall lunch.

What a fabulous Thanksgiving centerpiece!

Presidents on their wedding days.

Who knew newspaper clippings could be so beautiful?

DIY papel picado chandelier.

 

And in case you missed it this week:

Samantha and Christophe’s sunny vineyard wedding.
Stunning fall flowers by Max Gill.
Pink and gold autumn inspiration board.
FlowerWild has a new website.
Iggy and Kristin’s Snapshot of a Marriage.
From the Archives: Julie & Narendra.

 

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

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I did have some links to share with you today, but I can’t stop thinking about everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy, and I thought it was important to acknowledge the terrible aftermath of the storm. The photos have been mind boggling and the stories are just heartbreaking. If you’re looking for ways to help, Charity Navigator is a great place to start, and this link has a list of reputable places to donate.

Just two links for you today:

More rainbows after the storm.

I’m reminded of the importance of having an emergency preparedness kit on hand. Do you have one?

Have a safe, happy weekend everyone.

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