Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday season, and I am excited to team up with Walmart, the sponsors of this blog post to share a simple and delicious Thanksgiving recipe.
The Autumn salad is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. It is a combination of delicious fresh vegetables sprinkled with cranberries and walnuts. I think my favorite part of this recipe is that it is super simple! With the Thanksgiving meal being such a huge part of the holiday, having recipes that take minimal effort but provide loads of flavor is essential. Because I can order my groceries online at Walmart, I will spend more time kicking my heels up watching holiday movies instead of cooking in the kitchen.
2 Large Sweet Potatoes (peeled and cubed)
1 1/2 c. Fresh Cranberries
16 oz. Fresh Brussel Sprouts(halved)
1 cup Walnuts
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Nutmeg (optional)
Preheat oven to 400°. On a large baking sheet, place the sweet potatoes, cranberries, and Brussel sprouts. Season as desired with salt, pepper, and nutmeg (optional). Drizzle with olive oil and mix well. Bake for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. Place walnuts on parchment paper and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for five minutes at 400°. Mix all ingredients together and serve. Makes 8-10 servings.
I would love to learn some your delicious holiday recipes. Share your favorite Thanksgiving holiday recipe on Instagram or Facebook using #walmartcommunitytable. I hope you and your family have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
My favorite time of the year is here! I genuinely love the warmth of fall, but something magical always happens to our home when I pull out the Christmas decor. This year I sprinkled some extra special magic with a beautiful new tree from Balsam Hill in our dining room. As I enter my home now, I am greeted with the joy of the holidays, which has me excited and inspired to be a part of the Balsam Hill 12 Bloggers of Christmas to share with you some tips to help you on your journey of getting your home holiday-ready.
Tip #1: CREATE SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Because Christmas is such a particularly special time of year, make sure that your home feels different. In my home, I am known for my neutral gray and ivory colors. There is something so calming with having a monochromatic color palette in my house. That goes out the window during the holidays. I love infusing a bright and cheery red compliment to bring a different burst to our home. The Red Berry picks played a huge part in helping me accomplish my mission this year. It is such a refreshing change at the end of the year.
Tip # 2: INCORPORATE A NATURAL FEEL
Bringing the feel of outdoors into your home is always the goal during the holiday season. Wreaths, garland, and a beautiful Christmas tree are the essentials in most homes during the holidays. As I was trimming my beautiful Frosted Fraser Fir tree that my friends at Balsam Hill sent me, I had a knock at the door. As they entered, their eyes lit up as they saw the tree (which at this point had no ornaments). They were so impressed with how natural the tree looked. This made my day!
TIP #3: CREATE AN EXPERIENCE
When decorating our home for the holidays, it is important to also think about the experience and memories that we would like to create during this special time of year. I love to implement unique experiences for my family and guest. One way that I did that this year was by giving each guest their own personal and cozy fire by their table setting. This will enhance the mood during our holiday dinners and hours of great conversation and laughs.
I also love conversation starters in a space. This is why I am in love with my Nordic Frost ornaments. They bring my family back to our days of living in Europe. We have so many great memories from that time, and to add this simple touch in my decor is a beautiful addition to our home this year.
BONUS TIP: BE JOYFUL
The most important tip I can share with you is to be joyful this holiday season. No matter what is going on in your life, take this short moment in time to create a space that will give you and your family a moment of joy. Balsam Hill is also in the business of spreading joy with their “12 Days of Giveaways”. The giveaway will run from November 18 -29, 2019. There will be a winner drawn each day. Be sure to enter! They have also provided my readers with a discount code AHWN10OFF which will give you an additional 10%. This coupon is valid until December 15, 2019
Need more holiday inspiration? Check out my other friends in the Balsam Hill 12 Bloggers of Christmas amazing holiday set-ups!
This post is a paid collaboration with Lowe’s ® Home Improvement. All opinions are my own.
As we are getting closer to Christmas, the pressure of selecting the perfect gift gets heavy. As a professional organizer, I love sharing ways to give amazing gifts that bring order to your life. We all get our fair share of perfume, clothes and the latest tech item but by the Christmas, we have forgotten everything we received for Christmas. I recently created a home maintenance center in our garage. This is a place where the entire family can easily get to tools needed to maintain the home on a daily basis. This means that instead of hiring a professional to install Dino composite decking, one of us should most likely be able to do it! Whether hanging a picture or tightening a loose screw by having a well-organized home maintenance center helps you knock out these tasks with ease and stress-free because all your tools are right at your fingertips. While we are talking about tools, if you are looking for a new cordless drill, then take a look at this guide from Coolest Gadgets to see a range of the latest products. This would be the perfect sidekick for any upcoming home improvement projects you have planned. If you are planning large-scale renovations then it might be worth using this loan calculator to help you finance the project.
Financing any project can be difficult and you will want to make sure that you are financially stable to ensure you can afford to support yourself throughout the project. Home improvements and projects such as fixing garage doors can be complex, you can click here if you want to check out some garage door repairments, having great garage doors to protect your car and belongings is essential to building any comfortable home.
In my latest video, I share with you how I created a home maintenance center in our garage in no time. You all know how I am a fan of coordinating just about everything. Well, tools are no different. Lowe’s ® has a variety of brands such as CRAFTSMAN ® , Bosch, DeWalt ®, Kobalt™ and more great prices which makes it simple to coordinate all of your tool essentials to look seamless in your home.
The essential CRAFTSMAN ® tools that I used to create my home maintenance center are:
To bring beautiful order to all my new tools, I found this affordable and very streamline metal pegboard as I was headed to check out. I got so excited because I knew that this was the final piece to bring my home maintenance center to life. My husband Mike and I had so much fun unboxing our tools and organizing them in a way that made it easy for us to access our tools. I think what I love more about this center is the fun that Mike and I had spending time together unboxing the tools and arranging our center. Lowe’s ® has some fantastic deals currently so take advantage of this one-stop shop opportunity this Christmas season. Don’t forget to share your home management center with me on Instagram and Facebook. I am excited to see what you and your family create this Christmas! -Nikki
This post is sponsored by my friends at Tuesday Morning.
The entryway cabinet is the first place that guest reach when entering our home. Being such a central piece in the house, it was the first place that I prepped for Christmas. I wanted this cabinet to serve as a functional space for my guest to get all those little tidbits to make staying at our home for the holidays enjoyable. Tuesday Morning was my one- stop shop for everything needed to make this space not only function for the holidays but to make it beautiful! If you have been with me for any time you know that Tuesday Morning is my go-to store for all things for the home such as home decor, linens, kitchen items and furniture.
The first thing that I did was clean out the cabinet and then pulled out my pen and paper to plan out what I needed for each drawer. With my handy list, I headed to my local Tuesday Morning to get everything I needed to complete this project.
One of the first things that I knew I wanted accessible for my guest this Christmas is beautiful comfy blankets. My family and friends love to lounge around our home, and I wanted to have blankets readily available for them both upstairs and downstairs. These beautiful red and white throws were the perfect find! Tuesday Morning had so many blankets to choose from, but my eye immediately was drawn to these beauties. I loved that they also had them in a variety of prints.
Now everyone can easily grab a blanket when needed and it is in a centralized area in our home.
I use to live in the United Kingdom, and one of my British friends introduced me to crackers, and I have been hooked ever since! These are so fun to share with family and friends during the holidays. When I saw them in Tuesday Morning, I got so excited and was torn between which style to choose from. I ended up going with these beautiful white and red holiday scripted crackers. Christmas Eve, I will ask everyone to grab one from the drawer so that we can enjoy a British tradition.
My family is very competitive, and games are a huge hit every Christmas. I was so excited when I came across so many wooden style games in Tuesday Morning. At a price from $4 to 8 dollars per game, I could not get these in my shopping cart fast enough. This drawer is going to be such a hit this Christmas.
Many of you know that we have a shoe-less home. Since we do not wear shoes in our home I like to have socks available for all guest. I wanted to make them look festive by tying a beautiful red ribbon around each pair of socks. Every year Tuesday Morning is my go-to store for my holiday ribbons as they never disappoint.
This is such a simple but budget-friendly way to upgrade this drawer.
You know I was going to have chocolate available. I could not resist. One of my favorite shopping spots in Tuesday Morning is the aisle with the assortment of delicious and unique teas, coffee, and candies. I found these “Emergency Chocolates” which I thought were not only fun but tasty. I am going to let my guest know that at any time they feel a chocolate emergency they should run to this drawer.
I knew I wanted an on-the-go drawer for guest. All of our guests come in from out of town and often like to sneak away to enjoy the local area and beach views. I wanted to have beverage carafes and a blanket that they could take with them in case they wanted to sit on the beach and enjoy the view of the waves.
Now I have a Christmas ready entryway cabinet. I love how it turned out, and I knew that Tuesday Morning would have everything I needed to make this happen. Now that I had the interior portion of the cabinet ready I moved onto the top of the cabinet.
I had been eyeing this fabulous stemware for a few weeks in Tuesday Morning. I love the unique design and thought they would be perfect to place on the entryway table as guest come downstairs for breakfast Christmas Morning. I will have them filled with orange juice. I also found this beautiful silver tray on the next aisle. Together they are the perfect fit for my entryway cabinet.
I also knew that I needed a little Christmas red to bring all of the white in the space to holiday life! These holiday stems were perfect! I will be going back to Tuesday Morning for more of these I am sure. Also while in Tuesday Morning, I found a beautiful little silver vase with the perfect amount of holiday sparkle to place them in.
Of course, I found a beautiful grey marble lamp and the table top was complete!
As I was headed to the register to check out, thinking I have found all the gems needed I ran into this magnificent wine bucket. How fabulous is this! I could not resist. This will be perfect to keep all of my holiday wine chilled and ready for guest. I can say my entryway cabinet Christmas prep was a complete success thanks to Tuesday Morning. I highly encourage you to stop by your Tuesday Morning to get your home holiday ready.
It is time to start thinking about those holiday gift ideas! Recently I put together a birthday gift for my sister-in-love. I wanted to get her a variety of things that she loves such as candles, entertaining pieces, planner items and more. I also wanted a creative way to package and present the gifts to her so I used a tiered tray. In the video I share with you my journey of putting this gift together in the hopes that it will provide some holiday gift giving inspiration.
I just love decorating my home for the Fall season. Decorating on a budget is even better! Today I wanted to share with you some of my tips for decorating for the Fall season on a budget. There are so many creative ways to make your home feel festive and beautiful without breaking the bank. I hope you will enjoy the tips that I share in the video below. Happy Fall Decorating!