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Sunday Morning Thoughts

I woke up early this morning. By early I mean 4 a.m. – usually because my dog is working on the old time – his clock being 5 a.m. and ready for his breakfast. I don’t mind, he’s aging and I am not going to try to teach my old dog new tricks. He is the king of this castle, and I am okay with that.  The first thing I did after his feeding, is grab my laptop and got back into bed. Actually fluffed my pillows and sat, in bed, aiming to write a post. Since I haven’t for a few days – thanks to having to shift gears last week, and working long hours to meet a demanding deadline.

On Saturday I decided to drive down to Stanford and hang around the mall. I needed a bit of happy chaos, and to get ideas for the coming holidays. I knew that most of the mall would already be decorated for Christmas, with a bit of detail intertwined about the Thanksgiving holiday. The smell of cinnamon and other Autumn spices filled the crisp air, and every store was already packed with gift ideas. My favorite displays for this year were in Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Crate-Barrell and William-Sonoma.

Anyway, I figured I’d share a few things that were going through my mind yesterday while making my way through the mall:

That the easiest gift is the one for a hostess – all stores, if you pay close attention, offer up some wonderful generic gift ideas but if you pay close attention, they are usually the best options for a hostess gift. Here are some of my favorites 

Are you going to shop the traditional way this year for Christmas, or do it all online? Or has online shopping become the new tradition. I realized that most stores are starting to match online prices and even offering up deals which are not available online.

These Thanksgiving Decor ideas are winning so far for me this year.

Do you cozy up to a fireplace or is the one in your home simply a decor

How cute are these ornaments

And finally – I am eyeballing this toaster but wondering if its a good fit for my tiny kitchen with limited counter space.

{featured image recipe from here – spiced pumpkin latte}

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