Style Scouting: Winter Chill

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recipe for hot buttered rum

While I was staying snuggled and warm during a cold spell with hot tea by my side I did go online to try to keep up on answering reader questions and emails.

I also came upon a few interesting articles online that I found inspiring, clever, delish and one eye-opening that I think you will, too.

If you have been decorating your home for many years you may enjoy this…“Old Fashioned” Decor Ideas That Are Actually Super Chic

Dislike having to wait for your car windshield to defrost before being able to drive in the winter?  This easy windshield defrosting hack will have you driving off in no time.

This looks like a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon with your girlfriends onValentine’s Day… or anytime of the year.

I want to make this healthy dessert.

More reasons to eat your greens.

If you use Google and Facebook, this NYTIMES article about big tech companies is eye opening.

My must have beauty item. It makes my skin look its best, especially when I spray it on after applying my makeup.

Navy Blue Bed Headboard

Did you know Amazon sells pretty furniture, decor and… well, just about everything? I like this headboard ($126.00) and have been thinking about buying it since it would be cheaper to buy it then to DIY it.  I now have an Amazon Shop. I will add to it on an ongoing basis with all the great deals I find along with items I own and use myself.

And lastly…

Candy Place Cards

I want to make these Candy Place Cards for Valentine’s Day. I clipped this photo from an issue of Martha Stewart Magazine many years ago. I think it is time I make them, even if it is just Ed and myself around the table on Valentine’s Day. I love the mix of the colors and the striped ribbon.

They are really simple to make: Cut out three-inch ovals from colorful card stock. Using a hole punch, make a hole at each end, and then neatly write your guests’ names on the ovals with black ink. Thread ribbon scraps, each about six inches long and one and one-half inches wide, through the backs of the place cards. Notch the ribbon ends, and set a card at each place setting.  SWEET!


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  1. Glad you didn’t have the flu! So far my husband and I have avoided it. Richland county here in Columbia has been hit hard. Hope you are feeling better. That jar of hot buttered rum sounds good, especially on a cold night! It probably helps you feel better too! :)

  2. So sorry you have been sick. This flu outbreak is especially scary this year. I loved the article on old fashion decor that is chic…especially since I collect blue and white and love ornate gold mirrors! It’s a perfect example of why we should decorate with what speaks to our own heart instead of feeling miserable when we can’t/don’t follow every trend. Hope you will rapidly be on the mend.

  3. Well I had the flu and it was awful. I am still fatigued. I enjoy your blogs. I think I will make the oval candy with stripe ribbon. But I will make into a little Valentines card for hubby. He loves truffles so your idea would fit right in.

  4. Diane! Those sinus infections are the worst!!!! Happy you are feeling better!!
    Thanks for all of these great ideas!
    I am going to make the Chia desert too!
    Happy Friday!

  5. Diane, I really love these “miscellaneous” posts with the random ideas! So nice to be made aware of good finds that I otherwise would not discover. Thank you!!