The Holidays: Thanksgiving Get Away

Here are a few pictures of the place we’re renting in WV. It’s so quaint. I can’t wait to get there and put our own touch on the place to make it feel more like home.












The plan is to have dinner in the crockpot for Tuesday. Wednesday is suppose to snow so we may just spend the day playing outside, hiking, fishing, who knows. Maybe we’ll visit the cute little town of Berkeley Springs or go skiing. I’ve already got my eye on a mid century rancher so maybe a drive by can be arranged. We’re going out to dinner that night for my husband’s birthday. Thursday is all about a yummy brunch, watching the Macy’s Day Parade (it’s a tradition), napping, cooking, puzzles, games and reading. What fun, especially with teens! Wish us luck!


The Holidays: Making it Special

My little family and I have chosen to run away to the mountains of West Virginia for Thanksgiving.  No other family, tiny cabin on 7 acres, no electronics, just us and the kids.  It’s my husband’s 40th birthday and after the stressful month we’ve had this idea has become more and more perfect.  I wanted to do everything I could to make this holiday soooo special since we will be without extended family.

I picked up the November Issue of Better Homes and Gardens to check out a home designed by Lauren Liess, a designer and blog I follow and love.  The home was amazing but so was the rest of the issue.  I found a wealth of inspiration.

There was a section all about making guests comfortable in your home.  I took these ideas to use in a cute rental for my own family to help make our holiday that more special.

Here’s what I plan to bring.


I’m hoping that by bringing some of home and a few fun activities with us that this holiday will feel relaxing and very special.  How do you make your holidays special?