Monday, November 24, 2014

Home For The Holiday's

I am so excited to announce the second giveaway!! 

This weeks prizes will include a copy of this year's, Southern Living Christmas at Home magazine as well as a mixed set of 4 mercury glass ornaments. I hope our feature will inspire you with your holiday decor. I always find new recipes and ideas from the special edition magazines...I hope you will too! 

I love the holiday's. I start in the Fall, by digging out all of my Southern Living magazines, as I am a SL magazine hoarder. It is a sin to throw away one of these in my home, so they go into storage with the seasons. My mother-in-law gave me a subscription over 20-something years ago. I have been a SL junkie every since. I then retreat to one of my happy places and peruse my copies to get inspired. It warms my heart to see notes that I have scribbled, pages that I have dog-eared the corner and some splattered with something yummy from the kitchen. Within each of these things....memories were made, traditions were formed and love was shared. 

We are putting our tree up this week, as all my "peep's" will be home. I love to cook an easy meal that doesn't require a ton of time in the kitchen so we can focus on the holiday fun.  I am smoking an extra bird on the grill so we can have Turkey Enchilada's, which can be pre-made (allowing time for Black Friday shopping), Merry Margarita's and Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie. Recipe links to follow but for now, let's get ready to "deck your hall's"!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Giveaway: Hi There and Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! My name is Lea Ann. Over the years I have been blessed to have a passion and talent that extended into a business. It all started by marrying into a Southern family who loved to entertain. From family holiday celebrations to dinner parties for 4 or 40, we always focused on good food, a styled table and lots of laughing. A few years after we were married we moved to be closer to Atlanta for my husband's career. I did not know a soul, but I knew how to cook. I knew how to bake a coffee cake for the new neighbor. I knew how to open my home for dinner to get to know new neighbors. Thank God my family taught me all about hospitality, because it has been the foundation for many dear friendships and blessed me with doing what I love to do. Some people might get confused on what hospitality means. Perhaps one thinks it means throwing a flawless party, serving the perfect meal, and in a perfectly decorated no no. To me it means opening your home or your heart to provide what you have, as a gift to others. Hospitality does not mean that everything is perfect or the meals you serve are gourmet. It is about reaching out, welcoming people, and experiencing life together. That is what I hope to offer you here!  So welcome and let's celebrate life together one good thing at a time, with a little "Southern Flair".

So, let's get this party started! I am so excited that the Christmas holiday is right around the corner and I can not wait to decorate this year. I was honored this year, to put together a style a shoot for Southern Living Christmas at Home, at one of my favorite communities, Serenebe. The magazine is out on the market now, so make sure you grab a copy today. To celebrate, I want to give back, and will be hosting a sweepstakes to help you deck your halls. For a sneak peak of prizes follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We will be announcing a new item each week until December 19, 2014. 

This week's item up for grabs, is this fabulous custom burlap tree skirt from our friend's at (Re)Design Accessories. Amy Lytle is the owner of this wonderful Etsy Shop. This is a custom made tree skirt like the one featured in the shoot. I love the rustic elegance the burlap provides when mixed with mercury glass ornaments and beautiful wrapped gifts.

I am looking forward to sharing this 46" skirt, which will help someone start their tree trimming decor!  It is our first prize of 5 weeks. (1 giveaway per week) Our way of helping you "Deck Your Halls" and spread Christmas Cheer.  Christmas is a time for giving and reflecting on the ultimate gift we received by the birth of our Christ.  It is a time for blessing others and sharing His love. It is my favorite time of year! 

Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to our visits!  See ya soon! 

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Giveaway ends 11/21/14 and winner will be emailed. If winner does not respond in 48 hrs, a new winner will be chosen. Thanks and good luck!