Hosting Guests During the Holidays

Having guests come to town for the holidays can be exciting, and at the same time, put a lot of pressure on you as the host. While your inner Martha Stewart will frantically try to get everything picture perfect, it doesn’t have to be. The most memorable detail for your guests will be the way you make them feel during their stay. So while you’re working hard to get the house ready to impress them, make sure you put more effort into the things that will make them feel the most welcomed and comfortable. Remember, nine out of ten times, your guests will feel like they are intruding on your space so the best way to make them feel at home is with these thoughtful touches you can add to their stay. 

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Snacks

Find out what your guests like to snack on. Make sure to add their favorites to your grocery list and keep a good stock of them in your pantry or cabinet. If they aren’t as forthcoming, as some may be, add some popular items. Snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, chips and dip or salsas, cookies, fruit snacks, chocolates and crackers, are some of the most basic but loved snacks. The same goes for beverages. If you know they are coffee or tea drinkers, have a few varieties on hand if you don’t know which brand or blend they prefer. 

Leave a note

A heartfelt note on their bed or bathroom vanity is always a genuine gesture that’s appreciated by all in this world of texting, emails and direct messages. If you’re not quite sure what to write, explain to them how happy you are to be hosting them along with some tips. Tips such as how to work the remote in the guest room, a list of where things are in your home that you think they will need, and even some nearby places they can walk to for coffee, lunch or to buy toiletries. You can also write down your timeline for activities you have planned for them so they can be aware ahead of time. A small note can go a long way in making a person feel welcomed.

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The 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf

Well, here we are, almost half-way through December, and I’m finally getting the chance to share my 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf! Better late than never, right?!

This year, I had several large pieces I decided to use, instead of many smaller ones. I like the effect I ended up with! What do you think?

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So all in all, just five pieces that take up the entire shelf! 

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Grain-Free Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from vegetables just as much as the rest of us. And what better time of year to incorporate colorful fruits and veggies into their diets? Beets, spinach, and other nutritional powerhouses take center stage in these gluten-free and grain-free holiday dog treat recipes. You’ll also find healthy supporting ingredients like coconut oil, which can help your dog maintain a shiny coat and dewy skin through the dry winter months.

Dog, pet of all people. Shepherd plays with a ball.

Dying to bake doggy treats, but don’t have a buddy to share them with? Try one of these grain-free recipes and bring the treats along on your first Meet & Greet as a Rover pet-sitter. You’ll score a new friend who will be happy to taste-test all your canine concoctions.

Be sure to use doggy-safe peanut butter, free of any added sweeteners. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, so read labels carefully!

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The 2017 Fall Holiday Shelf!

I. LOVE. FALL.

I always have, ever since I can remember. And I still love it this year, too. But for some reason, this year I had a really hard time decorating for the Fall season like I normally do! Maybe it’s that we’re in a new house, and I have to revamp where I’m putting everything. Maybe it’s because I have two toddling helpers who follow me everywhere I go. Maybe it’s because it’s still so dadgum HOT outside. I’m not sure.

But I finally got my Holiday Shelf done!!! Woot woot! So here it is!

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Can you tell I had trouble with it?! HA!

It’s a little bit different than normal…somehow. I still feel like it is. But I really wanted to use these sweet little deer because we kind of live in the country now, and I thought they were a neat reflection of that.

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The 2017 First Birthday Holiday Shelf!

Well, I have no idea if this is going to become a regular thing…a birthday holiday shelf – for the twins, that is! But it’s a nice way to break up my decoration phases, and, since we just had a huge party for the girls first birthday, I included the shelf as part of the party decor. (More about the party later!) But for now…check out the 2017 First Birthday Holiday Shelf!

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New house and a new spot for the shelf, but still can be seen from the front door pretty easily, so that’s good!

The theme of the girls birthday party was, “Two Sweet Peas in a Pod”, so of course, I had to incorporate some Sweet Peas!

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