Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! I hope it has been a good one so far! We usually travel to Utah to be with extended family over Thanksgiving weekend but stayed home this year. My whole family made the decision a few days before – we just didn’t want to risk getting our parents sick. We were all so sad and depressed about not being together! The kids had really been looking forward to the trip and seeing cousins and were pretty bummed too. Then to top off my sadness I was terrified about the thought of cooking Thanksgiving dinner! My cute husband saw the look of horror on my face and immediately said “don’t worry.. you won’t have to touch the turkey!” He knows how I feel about raw meat.. ha. He saved me! Kenny cooked an amazing turkey and the girls and I did all of the side dishes (on the phone with my mom all morning!) and we pulled it off. We were all so proud. :) We also decided the day before to quit moping around and to think of everything we have to be grateful for and to make the best of being home. Again. ;) After cooking and dinner Thursday we went on a bike ride and then watched a Christmas movie together and it ended up being a really fun day. This year has been difficult in so many ways for all of us. I’m incredibly grateful for this holiday weekend! A perfect reminder for us to focus on the good and remember all we have to be grateful for – despite such a crazy year!
I’m sharing my Christmas fireplace mantel in our family room today! I had so much fun with it this year! I combined two garlands (my favorite faux cedar garland and this eucalyptus garland I used in the Fall) and I love the look of them together! My faux cedar garland sold out so I’ve linked some similar beautiful garland options below. (This garland looks very similar and is on sale! So is my eucalyptus garland.. yea!)
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I decided to make it asymmetrical and swoop the garland all over to the right side. Kind of fun to mix it up and do something different! I twisted the two garlands together before I attached them and then used these command hooks and these twist ties to hold everything in place. I hung the bells from one of the command hooks on the far right and added my favorite marble and gold stocking holders and stockings to the left.
To fill in the blank space above my mantel I hung this pre-lit faux pine branch and it is absolutely STUNNING! It’s hard to tell because this fireplace is massive, but the branch is huge and it looks so incredibly real! It would also look beautiful above a console table. Perfect to fill in any big, blank wall space and it’s on sale this weekend! (I just used a white command hook to hold it also.) I kept my gold lanterns up and added these flickering flameless candles. I have wanted these candles for years and finally splurged on them. Definitely worth the price! I have them set on a timer and they are so beautiful when they turn on every evening!
We spend so much time in this room and have loved having this cozy spot to sit by the fire. We haven’t changed out of our pjs much this weekend which has been especially nice since I don’t think my jeans would fit after all I’ve had to eat! I have some fun Christmas pjs to share later, but a lot of them are on sale this weekend and going fast so I’ll link a few of my favorites below!
The best part of this fireplace is at night when the timer turns everything on – so cozy! The candles on the right are real and I’m afraid to light them! Knowing me I would burn the house down with them which is why I’m a huge fan of faux candles. ;) I might add a string of lights to the garland.. still playing around and tweaking all of my decor. I pretty much keep adding to it right up until Christmas Eve when it’s time to wrap presents. Ha. Christmas decorating is just too much fun!
I’m grateful for many things this year and one thing at the top of my list is all of you. I got emotional a few days ago thinking about you all! And just how grateful I am for this community. Every time I get a kind comment or an e-mail letting me know about something random (like someone using my picture without giving credit or links not working in a blog post) I feel so incredibly grateful. You all look out for me and are so supportive and kind. You have no idea how much you cheer me up every day and how much your support means to me. It’s the reason I’ve been blogging for so long. I just love connecting with all of you! My Sunny Side Up family. :) So thank you! Thank you again and again. So very grateful for you all. XO
Post sources and some fun weekend sales are below! Nothing beats shopping holiday sales from the computer in pjs with a Hallmark Christmas movie on. Whose with me!?
See.. I knew you were all my people. ;)
– These are favorite stores I alway check out and below them are some items I love that are on sale this weekend!
Serena & Lily – 20% off & free shipping with code Together – best sale I’ve seen for S&L!
Ulta – lots of random deals – I definitely spent some time on their website today with two teen daughters to shop for!
Colleen Rothschild – 30% off your entire order with code BF2020 – I shared favorite products I’m using in this post! Loving them and I’m ordering a few more things to try this weekend.