Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What I'm Wearing Wedneday

Summer is fast approaching, at least here in the south, and that means one thing for us southerners: humidity. I am very much a jeans and t-shirt style of girl, but when the summer hits, those jeans have to go. Being a curvy woman (and even before I was) I have never liked the way my legs look in shorts. They just aren't for me. If it doesn't go below the knee, I won't wear it. So what do you wear when you are a busy woman/ mom during those months where heat hits you in the face? Dresses. All the dresses.

First off, I said it before and will state it again, I am no fashion expert. As a mom of 2 always on the go, I search for clothing that's comfortable. I would stay in yoga pants all day every day if it was acceptable, but we all have days where we want to actually get dressed and be presentable. For those days, I have complied a collection of my favorite spring/ summer dresses and maxi dresses for us plus size girls. And for those that aren't, many of these are available in regular sizing as well!

Let's get into why I chose each item for this collection. As a plus size woman, I truly feel that fit it EVERYTHING. Don't just buy something because the size FITS you, buy it because the fit is RIGHT FOR YOU. It took me a long time to figure out what worked for dressing a plus size body, and fit is key. When shopping for dresses (or even tops), search for items that come in at the smallest part of your body. For most, that is right underneath your breasts. Many of these new styles of dresses, are lose on the top and are made to hit you at the hips or even mid-torso. While this may be great for a woman who is a size 4, this is exactly the fit you don't want as a woman above a size 12. This will accentuate your mid section and hips (and not in a good way). If you want a dress that is flattering, keep an eye out for designs that accentuate the best parts yet hide the parts you less desire to show off. Notice that most of these designs come in at the waist and then flow out.

I am also one that doesn't care to show off my upper arms. Obviously summer dresses mainly are made sleeveless, but I have included some of my favorite options for more of a modest look but still, each one would be comfortable enough to wear on the hottest days of summer.

Now that you have had your first lesson on dress fit, let's talk shoes. Personally, I live in flip flops. I have less shoes than any woman on the planet probably. I have wide feet (thanks to genetics) so finding cute shoes is a challenge. Not to mention I wear a size 10! (Again, genetics. Thanks Dad for giving me amazon woman feet.)

When looking for plus size friendly shoes, I find wedges or sandals to be best. They are sturdier than a heel and distribute your weight well. Plus they are easier for chasing after those kiddo's in while still looking fashionable.


No.1    |    No.2    |    No.3    |    No.4

No.5    |    No.6    |    No.7    |    No.8

No.9    |    No.10    |    No.11    |    No.12

Maybe you have no clue where to begin when shopping for clothing. Maybe you have been afraid to try something new, so jeans and t-shirts are your go-to's too because it's easy. My hope is that maybe, just maybe, this post helps to push you outside of that comfort zone. To find a dress that makes you feel beautiful. Being plus size and wanting to cover parts of my body that I prefer not to show, doesn't mean that I hate my body, it actually means the opposite, that I want to find clothing that makes me look the very best in this body that I have and to FLAUNT IT! We all deserve to feel beautiful. No matter what your size or confidence. Dress your body FOR for YOUR body.

No.1    |    No.2    |    No.3

LEFT    |    RIGHT

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Let's Talk About It Tuesday - Using Your Platform

Each one of you reading this has a platform. Whether it be 200 or 200k. Every day, you have the power to reach others through social media. 

I want you to take a moment and really think about what your platform means to you. What is your intent with this platform you have been given?

We all know Internet trolls. Maybe you have had a run in with one (or many) yourself, or maybe you just have heard of them. Basically, they want to take whatever it is that you are sharing and throw their mud of hatred all over it.
For whatever reason these people make a conscious choice to use their platform for negativity and hate.

Could you imagine an Internet world filled with positivity, compliments, and encouragement? Well, this little community is pretty close to that, (because y'all are awesome) but there are still haters drinking the hater-aid out there. I'm not saying that social media needs to be a world of sunshine, rainbows and unicorns, a good healthy debate and difference of opinion is always good, but what if overall, we posted more intently with our platforms and what we chose to spread onto others?

This may just be my crazy brain stirring up thoughts; but what if we all, in some little way, 
used our platforms to shed light on the things that really excite us. Not just the outward things in life, like hobbies etc, but the topics that touch our hearts! The ones that make us human!

I get excited about this, because I feel that every person has a story to tell, has a journey that only they have walked. Each person has only knowledge that they have. 

Yes, there are many well known people on social media (and in the world) already sharing their story, and they reach thousands and millions. But what if only YOU have a story to share, one that might touch just that ONE follower. What if what you have to say could change someones life? Don't you think that's motivation enough to use your platform for good?

Or maybe, you don't feel comfortable sharing your story with others quite yet. That's completely okay too! There are so many many many ways to use your platform for more.

To share someone that has inspired you, to share a cause that touches your heart, to shine light onto others.

Many of you are already on this journey of sharing and I applaud you! 

I touched on this in my Instagram post yesterday, but I feel that social media needs to change. Granted, my kids will not be allowed on social media anytime soon... But some day they will discover it. My hope is that by then, it can be a place that they can come to and find other inspiring women to look up to, to relate to, to show that they are spreading good out into the world, both in person and on social media. 

If you are around the same age as me, you didn't have complete social media in high school. Facebook was just being developed and MySpace had just launched. I discovered social media I believe in my last 2 months of senior year, so thankfully, that wasn't apart of how I grew up. We were the first generation to really use any form of social media. Do you all remember AOL messenger? Those were the days! Now, the whole world is at these kids fingertips and a lot of it is negative influences. 

My daughters, and their generation are my motivation behind using my platform for good. I may be only one person, and maybe no one even cares what I have to say, but I believe if each one of us use our own platform for good, no matter how big or how small, we can start to change social media. Make it more than just "swipe up!" "Buy this!" links, and "Look at what I have in my house", "In my closet" etc... 
Let's see the faces behind the accounts and hear only the story you have to tell.

Whatever it may be, sharing photos of your kids, your home, your favorite beauty items or fashion, traveling, food, whatever your fancy... Keep following your passion, but share some good along the way too. You never know who is watching and who your story might reach.

Until next chat my friends...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Let's Talk About It Tuesday - Body Positivity

Alright, now I know that many of you are probably tired of me rambling on about all of this "plus size" stuff this past week... but bare with me. This isn't just about being plus size or not. This applies to every woman, of every age, of every race, and every size. Listen up because I want you to hear this: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

I want you to tell yourself right now: "I AM BEAUTIFUL."

And mean it. Believe it.

Maybe you are 65 years old and reading this, thinking "long gone are the days of my beauty". Maybe you are 19 and just went through a breakup, telling yourself that "you aren't as pretty as that other girl" thinking "I'll never be good enough." Maybe you are 42 and noticing things starting to change and wish "If only I could get that 20 year old glowing skin back". Maybe you are 27 and are a new mom, feeling in a slump of body changes, never ending diaper changes, feedings, sleepless nights and haven't had a shower in days and wonder "will I ever feel beautiful again?"

Wherever you are in life, if you are reading this, I want to take today and motivate you to feel whole, confident and content, just as you are today.

One thing about body positivity, it doesn't come easy. You don't wake up one day, tell yourself "I'm beautiful" and Tadah!* Problem solved! No. The confidence fairy doesn't all of the sudden fly down out of no where and take away years of insecurities. I wish it did work that way! But it doesn't.

Building self confidence, body positivity and contentment is a daily choice, and takes a lot of forcing before it will come naturally. It's stopping yourself every time you want to put yourself down, it's re-training yourself to wake up in the morning and say "good morning gorgeous!" in the mirror, rather than "oh gosh, look at those bags and wrinkles!" It's allowing yourself the grace to not compare yourself to the woman next door who at the age of 50 looks 35, the mom in the pick up line with full makeup and hair done with a cute outfit to boot, or that "perfect" one on Instagram that is gorgeous, always put together and her "excuse the no makeup guys" posts are literally flawless. Yep. No comparing ladies. Because I guarantee you, that each one of those women have their own body image issues. We all do. 

We were born this way. And what the media has taught us growing up, makes it even harder for us to love ourselves as we are. 


This past year, I have gone through my own body positivity journey. And my motivation behind it all? My daughters.

I have 2 daughters, one is 6 years old and the other is just about to turn 2. While my youngest has no clue, my oldest is very aware of body image already. She comes home and tells me of girls making fun of other girls because of their size. Right then and there I knew that the best example I could give my girls of inner beauty, self confidence and self love, is from MYSELF. How could I show my girls to be confident no matter what someone else has to say about them, without being their example?

I will never forget, shortly after my oldest turned 2, we had taken her to the pool, but I refused to get into the water around a crowd of people. I forced my husband to go in with her as I sat on a chair beside the pool, fully clothed in jeans and a t-shirt in the dead middle of summer heat. This wasn't the first time I had done this, and it also want the last. There were so many times that I allowed my own body image get in the way of having fun as a family or allowing myself to fully enjoy the moment. 

Fast forward to last summer, I took a road trip with just myself and my daughters, from Georgia all the way to California and back again. Along the way, we stopped at many different hotels, all of which had pools. I knew this summer, I had to face my body image issues head on. I had to get into that bathing suit and get in the pool with my girls. Want to know the ONE AND SINGLE THING THAT MOTIVATED ME TO DO THIS? I knew that my oldest daughter would look back and remember this vacation one day, I knew that she would remember one of 2 things:
1. My mom sat by the pool by herself and with my baby sister while I played in the pool alone.
2. My mom got into the pool with me, went swimming with me and my baby sister, went down the water slide with us, splashed around and had fun! My mom is so cool.

I chose number 2.

So you know what I did? I got in the dang pool. And I had the best time of my life last summer, creating memories that I will never forget. 

Want to know what came after pushing past all of that insecurity? I found freedom. Freedom from what others thought of me. Freedom from what I thought of myself. I was living my life to the fullest, regardless if I was the size I wished I could be, regardless of my body imperfections and cellulite. I was LIVING and not sitting on the sidelines.

This doesn't just apply to being in a bathing suit. It applies to everything in our life that our insecurities hold us back from. Don't let that insecurity and negative body image rob you of your best life.

So today, take from this and start LOVING YOURSELF. It's a daily choice to either love or hate, and I hope that you chose love.

We all are different, we all are BEAUTIFUL. 

And if you pass a woman in your travels today, compliment her, spread the body positivity love around.

Until next chat my friends...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

31 Things You May Not Know About Me

31 things you may not know about me:

Well friends, today I am officially 31 years old; I am over the hump and am sailing into my 30's... I thought it might be fun to share a little more about myself and well, what makes me, ME! So, here I'm going to kick off 31 things you may not know about me:

* Yes, today is April 22nd, and my birthday happens to be on Earth Day. Being a Taurus, which is an earth sign, does being born on Earth Day make you extra "earthy" and down to earth? I'd like to think that I'm pretty grounded and reasonable. I'm calm, easy-going, and am open to talking about almost any thing to anyone. Earth day/ birthday or not, I would say that I for sure am a true Taurus. Strong willed, stubborn, yet sensitive, creative, indulgent, and down to earth.

* I am a night owl. Always have been. When I was little, I would stay up all night reading books, drawing and writing out stories that I wish would come true. I guess you could say not much has changed since then! I still stay up until midnight (sometimes later) either reading, sketching up ideas or writing what is on my heart. 

* I failed my first driver's license test. And before I ever even left the parking lot. Yup. I was pulling out of the DMV parking lot when a car came from the opposite lane into the one I was supposed to turn into and I had to swerve out of the way, so they failed me. If you ask me, I'd say I had a grumpy instructor that day... Nevertheless, I was able to come back 2 weeks later and pass with flying colors.

* The first concert I ever attended was the Spice Girls. And yes, I wore my hair exactly like Emma's, platform sneakers, and a spice girl t- shirt and I still know the words to every song nearly 15 years later!

* I lost my momma to cancer on September 17th, 2011. I was 24 years old and 8 months pregnant with my first child. What should have been the happiest time of my life suddenly became the most traumatic. I spent my first year of marriage and first pregnancy, caring for my mother and all that she needed through her treatments. I am so thankful for every single last moment with her in those months. While, it's not how I ever expected my life to look like, I am thankful for those 24 years that God gave me with her. Losing her has been the biggest marathon that I have ever had to fight through. Even now, I have days where I want to hide away and break down. Birthday's were no longer a time for celebration after her passing. I suddenly felt guilty for feeling happy on the day that SHE brought me into this world. This day wasn't about me anymore, it was about her. The woman who gave me this life and labored to bring me into it. I want each birthday to honor her and her sacrifice and love for me. My mother never was able to watch me become a mother, but as soon as the doctor placed my baby girl in my arms, just as I was placed in my momma's arms as her first child, I knew right then and there the love that she had for me my entire life and what a birthday truly means. It hurts every day that I didn't get to fully understand and know that love until after she was gone.

* I have one younger brother, he and I are total opposites and we were born, 1 month shy of 2 years, 1 day, 1 hour, and 1 minute apart. Oh and he was born 1 room away from where I was born. Kinda crazy.

* There is a past on and off relationship that had in my early 20's which I still regret making wrong choices with. I do believe everything happens for a reason, but that person will always be apart of my story

* My favorite food is pasta. Give me all the pasta

* My started working my first job at 15 years old, at a local taco shop in Encinitas, California called Rico's.

* In high school I was the only girl on the drum line. Yes, marching band geek here! 

* Because of being involved in music, I was given the opportunity to do a 2 week musical foreign exchange program and traveled to stay with a host family in England when I was 13 years old. It was the most amazing experience!

* I traveled for 2 weeks through Russia with my grandmother shortly after graduating high school in 2005. 

* My family has a homestead in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. As a kid we spent many summers and family reunions there. Some of my best memories are on that farm.

* I was born and raised in San Diego, California. Specifically Encinitas. I grew up as the typical Southern California kid. Tony Hawk, Shaun White and all the guys from Blink 182 are just a few that came from of my hometown! (Yes, I've met all of them)

* I always thought one day I would grow up to teach elementary school.

* After having my first daughter, we went through 3 years of infertility and a loss before receiving our rainbow baby girl.

* Mint chocolate ice cream is my favorite.

* I drive a minivan. And I love it. 

* I learned everything I know about building and DIY's from my parents. They were always working on something around the house and were a wealth of knowledge. I still call my dad all the time to ask for help!

* My dad owns a commercial janitorial company in San Diego. I grew up going to work with him as far back as I can remember. I learned to vacuum and dust before I could run and earned my allowance scrubbing a whole lot of toilets! 

* A place I would love to travel to is France and Italy some day.

* My grandmother is where nearly all of my creativity stems from. She is the one who pushed me to use and explore my talents. She was the most amazing woman. She played piano, organ, painted, sewed, decorated greeting cards, and could craft up anything. 

* I started out working as an invitation designer while still in high school for a large wedding invitation company. 

* I also worked as a full time nanny for 8 years before having my own children. 

* I have done everything from invitation design, to making diaper cakes, photography, sign making, and interior decorating. 

* When I'm overwhelmed, I shut down. I retreat from all social media and hide away. 

* My biggest fear is not just death, but leaving this world before I feel my purpose is complete. 

* I value being real more than anything. I would rather have someone hate me and know it, rather than someone pretend to like me and talk bad about me behind my back. I love being able to relate to others on a deeper level, knowing their real self and in return, sharing mine too. 

* I am a total introvert. Going out and being social is physically exhausting for me. After one day of interaction, I need literally 3 straight days of staying home and doing nothing to re-charge. Thank goodness for social media where we can be "social" yet stay in our comfy pants!

* I listen to all kinds of music. Everything from country to pop, to rock, christian, even hardcore metal. The only thing I can't stand is rap. Oh, and I'm not afraid to bust a move when driving the mom mobile.

* Truth. Turning 31 has been even better than 30. Last year I was literally terrified of transitioning into my 30's, but this year I am more confident, happy & just plain content with who I am. I guess that's what they talk about when they say "with age comes wisdom" or "a year older, a year wiser"? I'm excited to see what this year brings

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better! It was fun for me to think back to all of these memories and little things that make me Jennifer. Here's to a a new year full of fun adventures, here's to 31!


Dress from KERVOLOGY

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What I'm Wearing Wednesday

Good morning and happy Wednesday friends! Today, I'm continuing with debuting one of the daily changes I am bringing to both my blog and INSTAGRAM • What I'm Wearing Wednesday;

Let me be honest, I am no fashion guru nor do I even understand what's "on trend". I am just a stay at home mom trying to find a style somewhere in between cute and comfortable, while not looking like I just rolled out of bed and stayed that way all day. But let's be honest, we all have those no makeup, messy ponytail, yoga pant wearing days (Or at least I do, more often than not). I've been a mom for over 6 years now, and my body has changed a heck of a lot since before I grew a human inside of me! I used to love shopping for clothes. I used to compile the cutest outfits, shoes, and accessories. Post-babies, that all has changed.

Pre-babies, you could find me shopping at Express, American Eagle, PacSun, H&M, JCrew, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, and Free People, to name a few. I could walk into any one of those stores, find something I liked, picked my size, walk into the dressing room and could walk out of the store with a bag full of purchases. 

Fast forward to after pregnancy and 60 pounds of weight gain later, 60 pounds which have been extremely hard to lose due to PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). My body has changed drastically. I am no longer the size I was pre-children, and after 6 years of trying so many different ways to change that, I have come to accept and love the body I am in. It hasn't come easy. And yes, I have days where I think back to how my body looked before, but overall, this body is healthy, it is strong and I believe that I am beautiful. 

I am now bumped into a whole new clothing category. And for someone that was used to shopping one way their entire life and suddenly not be able to shop that way any more, it's an adjustment. Out of those clothing stores that I listed above, unfortunately the majority of them do not carry plus size options. I had to learn where I could and couldn't shop, all over again. I had to discover new brands and what type of clothing would fit my new body shape, and cover that left over "mom-tummy". 

I have now spent 6 years shopping in the plus size section and while its been a struggle, it's also been an empowering adventure. I have learned a lot along the way of what works, what doesn't work, clothing brands that say they carry "plus size" but consider only an XL/XXL to be plus, and how to navigate finding AFFORDABLE and cute clothing options as a plus size woman that don't just look like a poncho. Can I get an amen ladies!

Every Wednesday, I want to take you on a journey of what I have learned, share with you my favorites and hopefully be able to help my fellow plus size women/ mama's find a style that works for you. I don't want you feeling discouraged when you walk into a department store, and out of the entire store you only are able to shop a 12' X 12' section. I don't want you feeling discouraged when your favorite blogger shares her capsule wardrobe and you aren't able to get any of those items in your size. I don't want you feeling discouraged when you feel like your only option is over-sized baggy t-shirts to "hide it all". I want you to feel BEAUTIFUL. I want you to feel EMPOWERED. 

For those of you women reading this who may not be plus size, I got you too, don't worry! While the majority of what I fit into and shop for is considered plus size, I am right in the middle and many times wear an XL/XXL, so I will also be providing the same or similar options of what I share for average sizing as well! 

I know that this is something new that I am incorporating, and my hope is that while it may not be decor related, that you will still follow along. Decor is just one part of me, and I would love to share the other parts too. Again, I am no expert at fashion, just sharing what I love, the things I have learned along the way and my hope is that you love it too.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Let's Talk About It Tuesday - Comparison

 Starting this week, I am beginning something new with both my blog and INSTAGRAM. I felt heavy in my heart, the desire to create a daily landing spot for you. One that you could come to each morning, evening or just at any moment that you have throughout the day. a place to come and find inspiration, encouragement, tips, tricks, you name it... I want to begin on a deeper journey of sharing not just the decor parts of my life, but truly who I am, the things that I enjoy, the struggles that I endure, and to shine a light of positivity on others and topics that are rooted deep within my core. I want this space to be one where you don't feel alone, I want you to feel comfortable sharing your journey with me and not be afraid to reach out to me and chat as if you would do with an old friend! 

 Social media can be tricky, it can leave us feeling inadequate, unworthy, misunderstood, and not good enough. We can look at someone else's life or home and think, "If only I..." And those 3 little words can destroy a whole lot more than just a tiny portion of our day. For some, we can dwell on those words. They can end up leading to... "If only I had a marriage like theirs.", "If only I could get pregnant easily like they can.", "If only I could afford a new pair of shoes like hers.", "If only I could travel like they do.", "If only I could just be happy for one day like they seem to be." See where I am going with this? 

 Social media can be used in so many great ways, to connect with others and build friendships, to shine light on an important topic and reach millions, to spread support and rally for someone struggling with the unimaginable, to build a business from literally just a tiny thought to a booming empire. But behind all of that good, the inevitable is that there will always be COMPARISON. Hand raised, I am fully guilty of this. I'm going to share with you something that is extremely personal, but in my mission to be completely transparent with you, I feel it needs to be shared;

 There is a friend of mine, I absolutely love her to death. She is the sweetest and kindest person whom I have had the blessing of becoming friends with. Her and I easily connected over having a love and a passion for home decor and quickly became each other's go-to's for all things home related. 

SIDE NOTE: As many of you may or may not know, I started this blog way back in 2012. I've taken some breaks along the way, but this blog was my "baby" that kept me sane after becoming a brand new mom. I worked hard at caring for this "baby", spending hours brainstorming up unique and creative ideas, working on DIY's while photographing the entire process, editing those photos, then writing all of the instructions into an easy to follow blog post. Just one post is more work than you might think and can take days to just complete one. Not to mention all of the extras like linking, promoting your blog, answering messages and emails, the list goes on and on. This has been something I have worked at for years, to build a following and to create ideas that you all will love! Because after all, it's because of YOU the reader, why I do any of this in the first place and I greatly appreciate each one of you.

Okay, so back to the story... My friend has a beautiful home, (I won't say her name in honor of privacy) she has inspired me in so many ways, and she may not even know this! Like I said before, I love her dearly. Knowing what I do about blogging and social media, I felt like she had such an amazing talent that needed to be shared. I encouraged her to jump on Instagram and knew that the wonderful IG home decor community would welcome her and her beautiful home with open arms! She hesitated. But I persisted! One day, she created an account... and within days, it took off. One of her very first photos ever shared received over 1,000 likes and she just barely had 200 followers! Her following quickly escalated to 1k, 3k and now, she has over 7k in just 3 months of posting and only 40 photos shared. I have been so ecstatic for her, cheering her on along the way! How amazing to be recognized for your talent! 

 Now, here comes what this whole blog post is about... COMPARISON. I watched from the sidelines as her account grew. I began to compare her numbers to mine. I began to question what it was that I was doing wrong. I had taught her everything that I knew about growing a home decor account and all of my advice was working for her but not for myself? Why? I work SO HARD at creating content, stories, graphics, photography, interacting and (this is just from my perspective) all she had to do was post a cell phone taken photo and people went crazy over it. No stories. No DIY tutorials. No giveaways. No blog content. Nothing other than a picture of her decor, and she was growing faster in just weeks than I had in years. Do you notice the bitterness in my writing? Well, that's how I truly felt. And this is someone who is like a sister to me. I didn't want to feel bitter against her. I didn't want to let her accomplishments cloud my own self worth. But it did. I allowed it to. I COMPARED.

 I realized that I had just done what I have told so many others to not do. I let numbers, stupid numbers, (that literally mean nothing) get in the way of the feelings I have towards one of the best friends I have ever had. And if be lying if I said she was the only one I have compared myself to. There have been many. I realized that this pattern needed to be broken. I couldn't allow other's successes to steer the direction of my ship, which is something else I want to jump into during next week's "Let's Talk About It" session...

 But for now, I want to leave you with a quote that I read this morning on my friend, Jenny's account, "A flower does not think of competing against the flower next to it. It just blooms." - Zen Chin

 So whomever you may be comparing yourself to, I challenge you to let it go and JUST BLOOM. It's not easy. Comparison will always be there as long as human kind exists, and social media makes escaping it so much more difficult. It has to be a daily choice to cheer on others, rather than wishing their success into your own life. We all are on our own paths, with our own purpose, just keep believing in that purpose and one day you will realize what all of the waiting and hard work was for. I promise you. 

 If you have any comments to add to this topic, I want to make these weekly "Let's Talk About It" chats something we can all engage with, so leave a comment below! Or to continue with your own thoughts on this topic, feel free to share this photo on your Instagram and use the hashtag #LetsTalkAboutItTuesdayComparison
and be sure to tag my INSTAGRAM in the photo itself so I can see it. I can't wait to hear how this topic effects your own heart.

 Until next chat my friends...  - Jennifer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is here! Where did this year go and how is there nearly a month left until Christmas? If you are like me and love decorating for Christmas early, you know all too well the struggle of having one part of your hold decked out in all things Christmas while you table is being prepared for that Thanksgiving turkey. While I am a Christmas fanatic, we cannot just skip over one of the best holidays of the year... This year I wanted to create a simple tablescape playing off of copper and burgundy tones.There is something about that combination that is always so classy and elegant.

The copper bowl I found on clearance from Home Goods a few weeks back. They had a few higher priced real copper pieces in store recently, sadly, all of which are out of my teeny budget. So this $12 clearance find is to be praised! To create the faux floral centerpiece, I used desert dry foam blocks on the inside of the bowl, then placed the evergreen cedar faux greenery stems that I purchased from Hobby Lobby all around the edges and used the smaller pieces as filler in the center.

I really wanted the arrangement to be an eye catcher since it is the only feature on the table. I have seen beautiful tables set up with garland and candles down the center, and while they look amazing, I find them impractical when it actually comes time for your Thanksgiving feast. This arrangement keeps the table clear for side dishes and desserts! 

The faux pomegranates, cotton picks, faux green eucalyptus, seeded brown filler and burgundy dried eucalyptus used in the arrangement are also from Hobby Lobby. I then placed the entire arrangement onto a small marble topped cake stand from Home Goods.

So, let me ask you, what is your least favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? Well, for me, it's the dishes. Those dreaded dishes. And I do everything that I can to cut down on the work that comes along with hosting, so when I found these plastic copper silverware sets from Target, I snatched them in a second. Can I get an Amen for less dishes to wash!?

I paired the silverware with my Classic White dish set from Pottery Barn. It has always been the perfect set to go with any holiday and tablescape that I have created. 

For a 2 min. table setting, try using metallic card stock as place cards and napkins tied up with a simple cinnamon stick and greenery! Your Thanksgiving (or any holiday) table doesn't have to be expensive nor time consuming to be beautiful. All it takes is a little creativity!

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