Friday, November 26, 2021

Small Business Saturday with K Squared

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us we are moving into full blown Christmas mode.  It is time to get serious about shopping and getting all those gifts under the tree! This year we are really trying to shop small and support businesses in our local community. Just in time for Small Business Saturday tomorrow, we are excited to introduce you to K Squared Artisan Boutique.  

Their motto is A Piece For All and that couldn't be more true! This boutique is unlike any we have ever seen and truly has such a wide variety of offerings for anyone on your Christmas list. 





The owners, Katy and Kesha are two talented jewelry makers that became friends after meeting at local art shows. They combined efforts and their passion for handmade items to create this store that features gifts handcrafted by local artists. 

It's all 100% US made so you aren't only supporting this local boutique, you are also supporting over 100 local artists. Lots of unique items and perfect for gifts!  Lots of jewelry, home decor, accessories, baby/kid items, paper goods, and more! 



They carry an assortment of gifts for foodies and wine lovers ranging from honey, chocolates and teas and all sorts of custom wine accessories.  



Local photographers fill their shop with dozens of iconic landmark and landscape prints. Jewelry makers provide every style you could imagine and there is quite the variety of candles.





All-natural bath and self-care items let you gift and use the items without worrying about all the added chemicals. 

K Squared has a location in The Avenue East Cobb and also a pop up at Avalon.  If you aren't local to Atlanta though, they also offer shipping and you can shop online from their website



We're partnering with K Squared for a giveaway of some of their best-selling items!  One winner will receive a Jack Be Nimble soy candle, a jar of Regina's Farm Kitchen Triple Berry Fruit Spread and some beautiful Gold Magnolia earrings!  Be sure to head on over to Instagram for all the details and to enter to win. 



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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

5 Holiday Traditions We Love

Some of our favorite holiday memories growing up aren't really about the toys we received, but about the traditions we participated in with our families. We both recall spending hours baking with our grandmothers. Jen remembers her grandfather reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas each year with all of her cousins as the last activity before bed on Christmas Eve. There's the always popular "milk and cookies for Santa" tradition, and most recently, as parents ourselves, we've had the joy (???) of The Elf on the Shelf. 

We were chatting with Janette of Pineapple Porch Boutique about some of our favorite holiday traditions growing up, and she kindly introduced us to a few new ones that we can't wait to share with our own families. 


FIVE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS WE LOVE

THE MOUSE IN THE HAMMOCK
When we first heard about The Mouse in the Hammock we fell in love. This is the parents answer to that mischievous elf that has been popular the last few years. This little mouse teaches children that small deeds can make a big impact. He wakes from his Christmas tree hammock each night, and scurries around doing good deeds.  

What a great idea right? Promoting kindness and how you don't have to be big to do big things - that's a tradition worth celebrating during the holiday season! 


BAUBLE STOCKINGS
Okay husbands - listen up! Here's a tradition we want you to get on board with! 

When local Atlantan Kate Stewart got married, she asked her husband where her "bauble stocking" was. Little did he know Kate's family tradition was to participate in a fun scavenger hunt culminating in finding a special bauble in a stocking on the tree each holiday season. Kate felt this was such a fun tradition growing up, that she wanted others to share in that holiday joy each year too. She creates the stockings, you come up with the bauble. 


It's no wonder these gorgeous hand stitched Bauble Stockings have quickly caught on! Pineapple Porch carries several unique designs in stock for you to begin your own tradition!


SPECIAL ORNAMENTS
Collecting ornaments has to be one of our favorite all time traditions. Each year as we put up our trees, we love walking down memory lane via our ornaments. Our trees are a personal museum of past relatives, places we've traveled, shared hobbies, photos, and handmade gifts a plenty.  As we walked the gorgeous floors of Pineapple Porch we couldn't help but get smiles on our faces as we took in all the ornament bedazzled trees. 



From local landmarks and glittering glam to fa la la funny - Janette has done a great job of having a little something for everyone when it comes to ornament style. 






HOLIDAY HOSTESS GIFTS
Anyone who hosts a holiday event knows it is a lot of work. Therefore we will forever and always be behind the tradition of giving a gift to the hostess. 


From serving items, to delicious smelling candles to fun napkins - Pineapple Porch has a little bit of everything on hand to make your hostess feel special and appreciated for all their hard work. 


ADVENT CALENDARS
One of the most widely known traditions during the holiday season is the celebration of the advent calendar. From chocolate surprises behind cardboard doors to building entire Lego scenes, there are so many different options, and ways to countdown to the birth of Jesus.


But when we spotted this gorgeous decorative Advent Calendar in Pineapple Porch we swooned. What a gorgeous decorative piece to help countdown to the big day! 


Do you have any special traditions you do each holiday season? 


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Friday, November 12, 2021

4 Books to Gift this Holiday Season

 This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Harper Collins. 


It's no secret that we are huge readers. One of our favorite things to do is read a book and chat about it with our girlfriends. We constantly update each other with what we are reading, what everyone needs to grab ASAP to read with us, and what books are duds. So when Harper Collins sent four of their latest releases to us, we were excited for several reasons:

1: Who doesn't love a sneak peek at a new release?!

2: Gift giving season is upon us, and now we have four GREAT book suggestions to gift our friends and family this holiday season! 


We love gifting books almost as much as we love getting books as gifts. Giving books as gifts are a great way to personalize a meaningful gift to the recipient. Favorite genre, a great coffee table book, a biography of their favorite actor - the options are endless! 



4 BOOKS TO GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

We already can't wait to gift one of these fiction titles to special people on our our list. Each novel is a little different and is definitely a must read this holiday season! 


SLEIGH BELLS RING
by RaeAnne Thayne

Christmas magic meets heartwarming romance in this emotional and uplifting holiday novel. In Sleigh Bells Ring, we are whisked away to the winter wonderland of a Wyoming ranch weeks before Christmas. Annie suddenly finds herself the sole caretaker of her six year old niece and nephew twins, and Tate is the man who could uproot their lives yet again. When Annie learns that Tate plans to sell the Wyoming ranch that provides both her home and her job, she is crushed. But Tate isn't completely heartless, and enlists Annie to help give the ranch a Christmas send off that won't be forgotten. 

A touching story of family, hope, and love - gift this novel to those who love a good feel good read to snuggle up on the couch with. 


THE MOTHER NEXT DOOR
by Tara Laskowski

Have a person on your list who loves a good thriller? The Mother Next Door is going to be the novel you slip under their tree this year. This juicy domestic suspense follows a group of influential neighborhood moms who live in picture perfect cul-de-sac of Ivy Woods Drive. Known as the Ivy Five, they work together for months planning the Halloween party of all Halloween parties.  But sometimes not everything is as perfect as it seems. 

The seemingly quiet suburban neighborhood has a dark past, and its inhabitants will go to extreme lengths to hide it. Murder, neighborhood politics, and unraveled secrets - this year's party promises to be one no one will forget! 

Make sure your gift recipient clears their calendar for this one because from start to finish, this twisty thriller will be hard to put down. 



SISTERS OF THE GREAT WAR
by Susan Feldman

Two sisters struggle to live up to the expectations of their roles as females in the Duncan family. With the desire to break free of their roles and escape their demanding father, they find themselves on the front lines of WWI. The brutal war surrounds them, but even in the harshest of conditions Elise and Ruth thrive in their new unconventional roles. 

Based on true events, Sisters of the Great War is an excellent fictional portrayal of the resilience, sacrifice, and bonds that were experienced by the women in WWI. Historical fiction lovers on your list will love getting to immerse themselves in this often untold side of history. 


THE CHRISTMAS ESCAPE 
by Sarah Morgan

Morgan whisks us away to the beautiful Lapland of Sweden for this tale of friendship and love. Christy is excited for the perfect Christmas getaway with her family and best friend, until she experiences a marriage crisis she's not sure she can fix. Best friend Alix has no idea what is wrong, but still agrees to take Christy's young daughter by herself on the planned adventure with the promise to meet up on Christmas Day. 

Alix is thrown for another loop when she runs into a former nemesis staying in the same location. But she quickly thaws to the idea (see what we did there?) when sizzling feelings emerge. 

The Christmas Escape is the perfect book to gift those on your list who love a good vacation read. Filled with lots of drama, lots of steamy romance, and lots of holiday magic - it will be tough not to be in a festive mood reading what's between these covers. 


WHICH NOVEL WILL YOU GIFT YOUR BOOK LOVER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?





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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Store to Door: Furniture & Home Decor Options with Casabella {plus a Giveaway!}


Anyone else having trouble finding furniture, lamps and home decor consistently in stores? Or with availability to be delivered in less than a year? We know these are crazy times we live in now (and total first world problems), but sometimes a girl just wants some bar stools and a coffee table. To bring home, like today.

Even though renovation projects have wrapped up in our homes, we've struggled to find a store with product available any time soon. That's when we decided to turn our focus to local shops and smaller businesses. 

Best. Decision. Ever. 



MEET CASABELLA 

Established in the heart of East Cobb for the past 19 years, Casabella is a 12,000sq home decor lover's dream. Even better? They have a TON of furniture, lamps, home decor and accessories in stock and ready to go!



The owner Cathy was enough nice enough to let us peruse her back stock room, and see that she is pandemic prepped for all her fellow interior design and decor friends. Because the Casabella storage rooms and warehouse spaces are stocked floor to ceiling full of so many gorgeous furniture pieces. We almost called our husbands to bring Uhauls right then and there. 



From designer pieces to affordable trendy items - Casabella carries a little bit of everything to cater to all types of home decor styles. 

Let's take a moment to sneak a peek at just some of the swoon worthy items available in stock...

























Furniture, lamps, and home decor aren't the only things gracing the floors of Casabella though. A large part of that gorgeous showroom is filled with gifts, clothing, local handmade items, and more! 




Psst - even delicious cocktail options!! See below for evidence.



While we might have shopped slightly under the influence of the magical concoction called the "Good Times Slushie", we were all business when it came to picked out the perfect pieces for our homes. 



If we had any questions though, we love that there is a design team on site and for house calls to help with any interior design needs you might have. We were told to just come back with photos of our spaces and measurements if possible, and they would be more than happy to help. 


From store to door, that almost 20 years of design expertise shows in every step of the Casabella experience. 


YOU'RE INVITED! 

November 12-14th marks the weekend of Casabella's annual Holiday Open House. Trust us when we say this is an event you won't want to miss! Like 10% off furniture and everything else in the store kind of don't want to miss. 


That's right - your eyes aren't deceiving you. Furniture, lamps, and decor at a discounted rate that you can take home the same day. 


You can thank us from the soft cushiony haven of your new couch. 




HOME SWEET HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS GIVEAWAY!

We love Casabella so much, we couldn't' resist grabbing a little gift for one of you. One lucky person will win the following...


- 1 Lumbar "Thankful" pillow
- 1 set of Plaid MudPie Napkins
- 1 Tree cutting board/charcuterie board
- 1 Holiday scented hand soap

 

To Enter: 
1: Leave a comment stating what room you are most excited about decorating for the holidays. 
2: Enter on Instagram ON THIS POST.  


Good luck everyone! 


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