{Gold Table Decor}

In honor of a new month and the upcoming arrival of Thanksgiving, I thought I would share some festive settings to brighten up your home for the holidays.  I fell in love with this Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Setting, and you can see all of the beautiful details here.
{via A Pumpkin and a Princess}
I love finding new bloggers who inspire me, and A Pumpkin and a Princess is full of amazing ideas.  You're going to be hooked on your first visit. :)

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{Holiday Spice Simmering Stovetop Potpourri}

Some of my favorite things about the holiday season are the wonderfully festive scents that accompany it.  Wood burning in the fireplace, a steaming pot of hot chocolate, fresh needles of Frasier fir Christmas trees, and this…Holiday Spice Simmering Stovetop Potpourri.  My mom always had this on the stove at our house around the holidays, and the smell of it takes me right back to my magical childhood. 
{Picky Palate}
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves or 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange peel, quartered (fresh cranberries are also great to add as well)
  • 1 whole nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups water

  1. Place water into a small saucepan.

  2. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla bean, nutmeg and orange peels.

  3. Turn heat to medium until water starts to boil.

  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer as long as desired. Check water level every 1/2 hour that you have simmering. Water needs to be added as needed. Do not let water evaporate.

  5. Use potpourri for 2 days (adding additional water as necessary) then discard and make a new batch.
Makes 2 cups potpourri

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{Christmas Cookie Plates}

Hey guys!!  I hope you are all having a great week!  I just wanted to pop in today to tell you about a fun flash sale going on over at Emily Ley's site.  Are you one of Emily's fans?  If not, you soon will be. I've always followed her on Instagram, and her products are amazing.
As I was perusing my social media feeds during my late night nursing session with little Reeves, I discovered that her precious Christmas Cookie Plates are on sale today and tomorrow.  How adorable are these?!  I scooped a couple up for my little cuties, and you should hop on over to the sale here to grab some as well. Happy Shopping!!




{A Tribute to my Veteran}

As I sat down this morning to write about my hero, I couldn't help but reflect on past posts about Veteran's Day.  These words from last year touched me so much, and I just had to share this tribute again because it's exactly how I will always feel

Veteran's Day has always been a very special day for me.  For some people, the day may come and go without much thought, but for me, I think about my Dad from the time I wake up and every second of the day thereafter.  On this very special day, my childhood always flashes before my eyes, and it is so nice to relive my most amazing memories as the daughter of a United States Army Officer.

Some people may not know that there is so much more to me than what they see of the girl that grew up in Greenville, SC.  The prior part of my life, which is one of the greatest parts of my life, were the many years I spent living on military bases as the proud daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Peter A. Leventis.  I feel such great pride just typing his name preceded by a title that is so well-deserved.  When I look at my dad today, I can still see him in his Army uniforms, and I feel so blessed to be his daughter.

When I look at my Dad, I see the man who...

Always, always, always puts the well-being of myself, my mom, and my sister before that of his own…

Gave me a childhood filled with wonderful memories spent in so many cities across the nation...

Fought so bravely in the Vietnam War, leaving no man behind…

Saved a young boy's life by risking his own in rough ocean waters…

Taught my sister and me what it means to be an American…

Sacrificed so much so my sister and I could have the most special childhood…

Visited my schools every year to speak on Veteran's Day {I was so proud :)}…

Has given me the best life anyone could ever ask for…

Took our family across country, where we visited spectacular landmarks some people may never have the pleasure of seeing…

Showed me by example what a great husband should be by being the most amazing husband to my wonderful Mom for over 40 years…

Beams with pride when saluting fellow soldiers, standing at attention in front of our great flag, and holding his hand over his heart to sing the National Anthem…

Proudly served our great nation for 21 years…

This list is endless…I can't even begin to name all the wonderful things about my Dad, but this is just a start.

So today, with such great honor, I thank my Dad for his service and sacrifices made to defend and protect our country and our freedom.  He is the most amazing man I know and will ever know, and I am truly honored to call him my Daddy…My hero.  I will forever be thankful God chose me as your daughter.


** On this Veteran's Day, fly your American flags high, bow your head, or have a moment of silence to remember and honor the very brave men and women who have served and are currently serving our country.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and God bless you all.
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{Pumpkin-Sugar Body Scrub}

One of my favorite things to do during these cold Winter months is soak in a warm bubble bath with a big glass of champagne.  :)  In addition to the bubbles and the bubbly, I'm also pretty obsessed with sweet-smelling exfoliating scrubs.  I don't know about you, but this frigid weather mixed with strong winds always results in dry skin for this girl.  My solution?  This Sugar Body Scrub that's as sweet as pumpkin pie!!  You can make it yourself with just 4 ingredients and 2 simple steps…Here's how:
Pumpkin-Sugar Body Scrub
  • 1 cup course raw sugar or salt

  • 1/2 cup pure organic pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie filling)

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
1. Mix sugar, pumpkin, honey and almond oil together in a small bowl until well combined. Add more or less sugar and oil based on personal preferences.

2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Note: This scrub will keep up to 1 week so it's best to make it in small batches.

Hope you love it!!


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{Baby Beverly has Arrived!!}

Good morning, sweet friends!!  I hope everyone is doing great and having a wonderful start to this new month.  We are all on cloud nine around here because we are settled in at home with the most precious new addition to our family.

It is with so much happiness and joy that we proudly announce the birth of our son, Forrest Leventis "Reeves" Beverly, 8 lbs 7 oz and 21.5 in. Our beautiful bundle was born on October 10th at 10:39 am, and he is a true blessing from above for our families.
The past couple of weeks have been pure bliss for me, and I've been soaking up all the newborn goodness that my boy has to offer.  He is the most lovable, snuggly, cuddly little angel, and I swear his chubby cheeks are just as sweet as sugar. :)

Our cute little Kate is just as excited as we are about the new addition to our family.  She has been the best big sister, and she is head over heels in love with her baby brother.  She's always blowing kisses, offering hugs, and she just loves helping with the paci as soon as she hears the first little cry from Reeves' mouth.

Our hearts are bursting with love for our precious Reeves, and we're so happy to introduce you to him.