Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Southern Stocking Stuffers...Tennessee Made

Today I am linking up with some fabulous ladies to show off our southern stockings and talk all things local and stately... as small business owners, we LOVE to shop with those near and dear to us and I am so excited about how Jeff's stocking is coming together this Christmas.
Here are some of my favorite Tennessee goodies, all ready to be stuffed in the hubby's stocking!
I think you can tell that Tennessee natives have a love affair with food and all things yummy, as referenced by the items featured above. From dipped marshmallows to the infamous Christie cookie to Goo Goo Clusters, you're sure to find something that suits your fancy...and don't forget our local concoctions from Mr. Jack Daniel's and our favorite distillery Corsair.
Sources included in the following links:
Jack Daniel's Cookbook The Loveless Cafe Peach Preserves / Corsair Distillery Gin

Interested in seeing the other southern state stocking ideas??
Check out Julias's blog for Virginia, hop over to Jess for Georgia, and be sure to visit Mary Keller and Heath for North Carolina

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Good Reads This Year

Can you believe it? A post that doesn't involve something to do with the holidays and/or Christmas!! In 2014, I made a goal to start reading more...to turn off the nightly TV shows a bit earlier in exchange for some quality time with my eyes in a book and I am happy to say I was able to meet my goal and then some! Looking for a new read? Maybe some of these will suit your fancy...I loved all of them and I'd recommend each for some good R&R with yourself :)
To Kill a Mockingbird... a classic, and one that I'm sad to say took me too long to realize I needed to read. If you've yet to read this one, buy it now! It is amazing for so many reasons and shows just how far we have come as a society in a fairly short amount of time...a hopeful read for sure.
The Husband's Secret...a chick lit book, but on another level. More suspenseful and engaging and I was hooked from beginning to end. Love this author and I plan to read more of her fiction soon!
Sharp Objects...I'm a HUGE fan of Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) and this book added to my liking. Yes, her books are definitely "dark", but it's a different kind of read than what I typically subject myself to, so it's good to switch it up. If they make this one into a movie, I'm kinda scared to see how that measures up to the Gone Girl adaptation.
Moms on Call Toddler Version... Children saviors are what these ladies should be known as, for I don't think I would've survived the last 2.5 years without their resources and books. This year, with two toddlers to keep track of, I made sure to dive in to this one so I could be on top of my game in trying to wrangle/discipline/feed/and teach the girls as much as possible. I LOVE MOC.
The Fault in Our Stars...Get this tissue boxes out for this emotional rollercoaster ride. I still have yet to see the movie, but I loved the book and it was a quick read for me. I'm not a sappy person, but this will move anyone to get emotional about their loved ones.
The One and Only... another one of my favorite chick lit authors (Emily Giffin) wrote this page turner. It was good, not her best, but still a fun read perfect for a lazy day or when you're on vacation and want a fun book to pass the time.
Ladies Night... a true girly read in every sense of the word, and I have to say Mary Kay Andrews never disappoints. If I am looking for a lighthearted read that I know I will enjoy, I usually turn to her. Other favorites from her line-up include Summer Rental, Spring Fever, and The Fixer Upper.

What's next you ask?? Coming up on my latest books to read include the following: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews, and Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday...Holiday Shopping and Whatnot

It's Friday friends, and with that comes another weekly installment of Five on Friday. We thank each of you for your participation and hope you're enjoying finding some fun new reads to add to your reading list, too! Here's my lineup:
One. Did Someone Say Sale?? 
I've talked about this amazing brand on the blog before when I did a collaboration last year, and today I'm reaching out to you local gals to let you know about a Sample Sale going on this weekend for Leona by Lauren Leonard. They have the CUTEST designs and they are hosting their biannual sale at their boutique on 12th Avenue this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It's the BEST opportunity to snag some holiday goodies, gifts, and some festive frocks for winter parties and celebrations... need the details? Find them here!
Two. Santa Success
I posted this little snippet of love the other day on Instagram, but it's totally worthy of oversharing on the blog as well...nothing like spending $50+ on Santa pictures and knowing everyone will be EXTRA happy to receive this goodie come Christmas. My girls nailed it again this year ;)
Three. Hot Chocolate Goodness
Sometimes, plain and simple hot cocoa just won't suffice...especially during the holidays. I found this helpful infographic the other day and had to add it to my collection of wonderful happies. So far, my favorite is the "Nutella" variety.
Four. The Love Language Guide
You know those addictive Facebook quizzes (i.e. What city should you live in? What era should you have been born in? etc?)... yeah I love them too. However, having said that, there isn't really any helpful "learning" associated with those, other than a way to kill 5 minutes during your day. On the other hand, I saw Chassity post this the other day and was reminded about how much I LOVE The 5 Love Languages and everything I learned from reading it before Jeff and I got married. I revisited the site and took the profile quiz again, and low and behold, I'm still a lover of Quality Time and Acts of Service...whereas Jeff is all about Physical Touch and Words of Affirmation (yes, opposites do attract I guess). Interested in learning your love language? Take the test here. 
Five. Home Sweet Home
I am so excited not to have too much lined up this weekend other than a few family obligations....out to dinner for a cousin's birthday tonight, Christmas shopping with Jeff and the girls tomorrow, having some of our favorite people over for dinner Saturday night, and then church and wrapping gifts on Sunday, with a quick trip to Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin.
If you're ready to do some shopping, be sure to checkout these amazing sales and steals!

Francesca's: Friends and Family (Online and In Store); 25% Off Your Purchase

Serena and Lily: Extra 20% Off Holiday Sale

Anthropologie: 25% Off All Sweaters

Shop Sosie: 20% Your Order

JCrew Factory: 50% Off Everything

Loft: Extra 50% Off Sale; 50% Off Tops and Sweaters

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Southern Living Christmas All Through the South Feature and Giveaway

There is just something special about holidays in the South...am I right? This past weekend, I was flipping through my newest Southern Living Coffee Table book, entitled Christmas All Through the South and I was reminded why I love all things Southern...the unparalleled hospitality, rich history, and larger-than-life celebrations, especially during the holidays!
Packed with the yummiest recipes including my favorites Pecan Bourbon Balls, Cranberry Clementine Relish, and Bourbon Ginger Punch, this is a great way to celebrate the South and relish in all the fun of the holiday tidings.
My favorite new holiday goodie...Pecan Bourbon Balls (recipe featured below)
Pecan Bourbon Balls
Makes about 31⁄2 dozen • Hands-on 30 min. • Total 30 min.
  •  1 (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1⁄2 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • Powdered sugar
  • Buttery Toasted Pecans, coarsely chopped
Stir together first 6 ingredients. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar or pecans. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Stonekings Christmas Card...2014 Edition

I get so excited to share our holiday cards with ya'll each year...call me crazy, but it's almost like I'm sending each of you a card, too. Loads of time, energy, outfit planning, and the amazing work of my dear friend Candice went into this year's Christmas card and I hope you like the finished product as much as we do.
From our family to yours, may you have a wonderful holiday season, filled with all the things you enjoy most...we wish you the merriest Christmas of all and a Happy New Year, too! A big thanks to the people at Minted for always making this a fun shopping experience...always a happy customer.
And P.S. Are these babies not the sweetest things you've ever seen?? I could just eat them up! 
Clothing Sources:
Me: Blazer / Scarf / Jeans 
Caroline: Dress / Necklace / Boots
Carson: Dress / Necklace / Boots 
Jeff: Blazer (similar) / Shirt / Jeans
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