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We have been very busy over the past few weeks with a variety of things but part of the activity has included hosting overnight guests from Russia (actually for two weeks).   Along with making sure our everyday guest room was ready, we also set up the office as a temporary guest room.   That meant upgrading a futon mattress from thin to thick along with new sheets.

I am a big fan of white bedding (and use them on our master bed) because it’s simple, fresh, and easy to clean.  But I recently picked up two sets of sheets from Marshall’s for our guest spaces and I went with patterned linens – specifically polka dots!  I chose red polka dots for the temporary guest space in the office but blue polka dots for the guest room.  They are so fun and I love the change!

I’m also always on the lookout for good gift ideas whether they are DIY, like this gift basket or jar,  or just useful or fun finds, like this vase,  so I wanted to share that I love these Land’s End totes to give as gifts!   I ordered two  for our house guests and they are really great quality.   The canvas is really thick and they are sturdy enough so that they stand up on their own.  I am also loving the combo of navy trim with green embroidered letters.

Almost everyone can use a extra bag around, and being able to embroider it with a monogram, word, or graphic makes it a great gift for a wedding, anniversary, graduation – pretty much any occasion!
-J

 

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I need some help – what are some good get well soon gift ideas when you’re short on time?

My friend had surgery last month and I thought it would be nice to make her a meal so she didn’t have to worry about food during recovery.  BUT…. I was in between trips and just didn’t have the time.     I wasn’t quite sure what to do in lieu of a home cooked meal so I bought ready made soup.

I also really wanted to give her some fresh tulips to add a little cheer to the house while she heals, but wouldn’t you know, there were no tulips to be found that day.   It figures!

Despite the minor setbacks of limited time and missing my first choices, I delivered a basket full of items I thought would make a her recovery a little more pleasant:

  • two different kinds of ready made soup
  • a fresh, citrus scented candle
  • fresh flowers (had to go with roses since there were no tulips)
  • snacks: nuts & bars
  • drinks:  tea and lemonade

So that’s just what I came up with this time.  I still think it could use a little tweaking, so I want to know your best ideas for get well gifts.  Help me out for next time!
-J

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