Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 12.9.16


I hope you’re having a great week, and have been enjoying all of the Christmas tours that are out there, including ours, that kicked off on December 2nd.  While I get stressed out getting everything ready for the holidays, it sure is nice to have it done early so that I can enjoy it.  I guess the stress pays off, right?  

If you need to catch up, here is a list with direct links to all of the tours so far!


Friday, December 2
Jenny from Evolution of Style
Amanda from Dixie Delights

Saturday December 3
Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane
Brenna from Domestic Charm

Sunday December 4
Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane
Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House

Monday December 5
Kelly Elko
Jen from Stylehouse Interiors
Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange

Tuesday December 6
Cassie Bustamante
Rachael from This is Our Bliss

Wednesday December 7
Heather from Southern State of Mind
Erin & Tricia from The Suburban B’s

Thursday December 8
Paige from The Pink Clutch
Becky from This Is Happiness
Vel from Life & Home at 2102

Friday December 9
Pam from Simple Details
Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick

Saturday December 10
Julie from Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Cindy from Rough Luxe Lifestyle
Kris from Driven by Decor

Sunday December 11
Heidi from Home by Heidi
Shirley from Housepitality Designs

Monday December 12
Erin from Sunny Side Up
Heather from The Heathered Nest
Lisa from Shine Your Light

Tuesday 12/13

Let’s get going with this week’s Friday 5+1!  This post contains some affiliate links.

Blue Q Socks

I spotted these Blue Q Socks in a local specialty grocery store of all places, and bought a pair for my husband as a stocking stuffer.  They’re just plain funny, and a great gift for a friend, spouse or hostess (who has a sense of humor).  The ones I found were pretty innocuous, but the some of ones online include more … colorful language… (which I find funny, but not all may agree).

Here are some that I saw in person.  I think this one has my name all over it.



And this pair could be mine as well.  Except salad almost always makes me sad, not just sometimes.  And the “I hate everyone too” is pretty hysterical too.

Blue Q Socks

There are socks online for just about anyone under the sun,  So if you have a few minutes, and need a good laugh, check them out. I would post more of them here, but I don’t want to offend anyone. 😉

A Wreath Making Party

A good friend of mine has a wreath making party every year at a local florist’s shop, and my schedule finally worked out to where I was able to go this year.  It was so much fun, and such a great idea (not to mention that the shop was absolutely adorable).  If I ever had a shop, I would want it to look like this one.

Chalkboard Art

It’s also a great gift shop, so I did some Christmas shopping while I was there too.

Shop Styling

Those adorable little moose soap holders were too much for me to resist.  I bought two.  I may or may not keep one for myself.




A bunch of great succulent ideas throughout the store as well.  Just really cute, fun items that you don’t find everywhere.  My favorite.


Back to the wreath making.  The basic gist of it is that you pick out a basic wreath (with several options available), and then you build it out with additional greenery and accessories that they provide as options.


Since I am a holiday wreath hoarder as it is, I am literally running out of space for more wreaths, so I kept mine small and simple.



It was a lot of fun to watch all of these women get creative and come up with individual ideas for their wreaths.



Cotton and magnolia?  Oh yes.


Kiehl’s Hand Salve

A friend of mine at the cookie exchange last week told me about Kiehl’s Hand Salve, and I’m anxious to get my hands on it (no pun intended).  My hands get super dry and cracked with the work that I do, but it’s all just made worse during the cold winter months.  She made a point to say that this company was started back in the mid-1800’s, so that right there speaks volumes to me.

Kiehl's Hand Salve

Behind Closed Doors

I started and finished Behind Closed Doors in a matter of about a day and a half (via Audible – get a free trial here).  I really love suspense/thrillers (not horror), and this one started off with a bang, and just kept on going.  Highly recommend if you’re looking for a quick, suspenseful read that will capture and keep your attention.  I kept trying to tell my husband about it, but just couldn’t do it justice.  

Behind Closed Doors

Here is the description from Amazon – 

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

I’ll leave it at that.  If you like psychological thrillers, you won’t be able to put this one down.  Perfect for a road trip or curling up on the couch over the holidays.

Brick Backsplashes

I recently shared a kitchen that I worked on, and how the homeowners are incorporating a brick backsplash.  I dropped off their range hood this week, and got a peek at the finished look, and it is nothing short of spectacular.  I’ll share more photos when the range hood is installed, but this kitchen is so gorgeous.  I love that it’s so unique from what I typically see.  Now I want a brick backsplash.

Brick backsplash

My +1 for the week – my husband mixing up UPS with USPS.  

My husband asked me to stop by the post office this week to pick up a package that was unable to be delivered to our house.  Of course, he didn’t give me the slip, so I blindly trusted him, only to show up at the Post Office (because you know how much I love the Post Office, especially during the holidays) and have them tell me that they didn’t have a package for me (with a line of people getting undoubtedly getting irritated with my apparent cluelessness).  After that, we had a text conversation that went something like this:

Me:  There is nothing for us at the post office. Are you sure it’s not UPS? Do you have the slip?

Hubby:  I don’t have the slip, it might be UPS

You know, UPS, USPS, potato, potah-to, tomato, tomah-to.  I should have known better.

Have a great weekend!










  • Reply
    December 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Is this Florist shop in Cincinnati. If so, what is the name? I love the moose soap holders


    • Reply
      December 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      It’s actually in Dayton – Sherwood Florist. So cute.

  • Reply
    December 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Would you mind sharing the full name of the florist shop? I’m local and I would love to check it out. And, yes, I’m in love with the moose soap holders!

    • Reply
      December 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Sherwood Florist – downtown Dayton!

      • Reply
        December 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

        Thank you, didn’t see the comment directly above;) I will definitely check it out!

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Simply Sarah Style
    December 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! How cute are those mini moose soap holders?

    I love the idea of a wreath party. I think I need to add it to my must-try list for 2017. Yours turned out so beautifully!

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