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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
We hosted Thanksgiving here and had such a good time! It was our first year hosting in the new house and things couldn’t have gone better.
I guess I’m going to have to stop calling it the new house soon. We’ve been here almost a year now since we moved in on December 14, 2021.
But I digress.
As we were preparing, cooking, and setting up for the big day, we realized how much easier it is to host here.
The layout is much different than our former home and the house flows so much better. Plus, we decided to set up one long table in the library which made it easier for everyone to move around.
At any rate, it was a fun but exhausting day and I’m really looking forward to Christmas now!
Shana came home on Monday night to spend a few days with us. She left to go back to school on Friday though because it was the big Ohio State vs Michigan game at her school and she did not want to miss out on the fun.
It was a competitive game until the second half and then MIchigan took the game. Ah well, at least she had fun on game day.
After we cleaned up Thanksgiving, it’s been an all-hands-on-deck kind of decorating weekend here.
Chris collected all of the pumpkins that were on the fences and walls then ditched them along the outskirts of the woods on our property. When I say ditch, I mean, we are going to let them rot in various spots on the edges of the property to see if they’ll come back next year.
Have you ever had that happen before?
I’m sure the animals will eat them too and that’s OK. I hope at least one or two of them grow back next year.
I wrapped up the front entry hall Christmas tree, living room, and am almost done with the family room.
There are a few things I decided to order at the last minute for that space, so it won’t be quite finished when I share my holiday home tour this week.
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What I’m Shopping For This Week
With Black Friday and Cyber Week Deals happening right now, I put the pedal to the metal to get some Christmas shopping done!
Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!
I have those pretty butterfly linen prints that flank my built-ins in the family room, but I’m not feeling it with my winter decor, so I am shopping for some festive prints for winter, and here’s what’s in my cart right now.
And they are still in my cart because I prefer more of a winter look and less Christmas to get more out of the season with them. I haven’t decided how to do it yet so in my cart they will sit.
- This Vintage Santa Wall Decor
- This Woodland Wall Decor
- Another Santa Print
- This garden herb print could work. It’s not winter or Christmas at all but doesn’t scream spring, summer, and fall either at a glance.
- This Christmas print
- This bunny print looks a little too spring for me but does have the red ticking stripe down the middle, so maybe?
But I also did some Christmas shopping for my kids and family too. Oh and for me!
- Nintendo Switch
- Kindle Readers
- More Ring Doorbells for here and the Vermont Cabin
- Echo dots for those last-minute gift ideas
- This sheet set for the guest bedroom
- These faux leather pants in black and brown.
- These carpenter jeans
- This chunky turtleneck
- This sweatshirt in a variety of colors
- I LOVE this puffer jacket
- Can someone please tell Chris I’d love this planter for Christmas (LOL)
Ongoing Black Friday Discounts
- Up to 40% off on Beats Earbuds and Headphones
- $200 off on Mackbook Air
- Save on Blink Security Cameras
- All electronic deals
Home & Kitchen deals
- Up to 30% off BLUEAIR air purifier
- Save $150 on iRobot Braava Jet Mop
- Up to 30% off Casper pillows
- Save on Instant Pot Kitchen Appliances
- Save on SodaStream
- Save on Zinus mattresses and Beds
- All home & kitchen deals
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
Since I was pretty busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and decorating our home for Christmas this week, I took a little time off from blogging this week.
Don’t get me wrong, I was still working on things behind the scenes, but I needed a break from the daily blogging to get things accomplished.
We’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming up over the next month so things are gearing up again.
I also shared my favorite Black Friday shopping deals.
And it’s my favorite time of year to design and create outdoor winter planters for the porch. So I shared some planters I’ve done in the past for inspiration.
- My Favorite Winter Planter
- How to Cozy Up Your Planters for Winter
- Budget-Friendly Winter Planter Idea
Finally, I brought you guys shopping with me at my favorite local nursery to pick up winter greenery for my planters this year. We talked about what I look for in greens, plus we shopped the Christmas house for decor.
Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web
I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.
Like this kitchen herb garden gift idea.
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