Home For the Holidays

Christmas is the perfect time to bring some Joy, Peace, Hope & Love in your home. I especially love adding holiday touches to our master bedroom and bathroom. It's like visiting a bed and breakfast during the holidays! | SimplyFreshVintage.com

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel! Can somebody stop the clock! Just pause it for a few days, pretty please? I’ve been in full-blown Christmas decorating mode for over a week, minus a few days to host the stomach bug. The week before Thanksgiving I thought everyone in blog-land was crazy for starting their Christmas decorating so soon. Ha! Joke’s on me! The only person in my house that ambitious is our 14-year-old son who has nominated himself as the family COE {Read More}

Welcome Home to Sunnyside Manor

Welcome to "Home for the Holidays" ... Won't you sit with me on the porch for a bit and share your favorite holiday memories? | SimplyFreshVintage.com

  Welcome Home to Sunnyside Manor! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by for a visit. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to sit with me on the porch. I’d love to hear a few of your favorite Christmas memories. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved snowmen. Several years ago my daughter found these two jolly souls and knew that I would want them. They are somewhat of a sojourning couple … you’ll find them moved from place {Read More}

Partridge In A Pear Tree – An Easy Bird Feeder

Partridge In A Pear Tree ... a woodland bird feeder | SimplyFreshVintage.com

It seems that in the winter months we see more birds than we do any other season of the year. Maybe it’s because when all of the leaves drop in the Fall, the birds lose many of their homes. To make it more of a challenge for the birds, it gets cold here, which I’m sure reduces the available food supply. I don’t often worry about the food the birds eat. I know they’re pretty industrious little creatures and are able {Read More}

Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

Christmas Cookie Exchange |SimplyFreshVintage.com

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is attend Christmas Cookie Exchange parties. Earlier this week I joined 13 bloggers for a virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange. It was so much fun to see their favorite cookies recipes. It’s no fun to party all alone, so we are opening up our doors and you are invited to come to the party too! All you need to do is bring your favorite cookie recipes and link them up! I’ll {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for the Blogger

Do you have a friend or family member that is a blogger or wants to be a blogger? This Blogger Gift Guide will get you started in the right direction. | SimplyFreshVintage.com

  Are you a new blogger? Have you been thinking about blogging, but don’t know where to start? Have you been blogging for a short time and are ready to up your game? Do you know a blogger or someone that is looking into a blogging career and you want to get them a gift that keeps on giving? One of my personal passions is helping and teaching others, especially those that share the same interests as me. Over the {Read More}

Joy Noel Tablerunner

Kick off your holiday decorating and gift giving with this beautiful holiday tablerunner. | SimplyFreshVintage.com

I LOVE to go to parties … especially holiday parties. The ones that are the most fun are always the “Secret Santa” parties. Well this year, I was invited to a Secret Santa party … blogger style! The recipient of my gift is Meegan from What Meegan Makes. I took some time to get to know Meegan and her taste in holiday decor. I quickly learned that she incorporates a lot of cream, aqua and red in her holiday decorating. She loves {Read More}

Mint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies | SimplyFreshVintage.com

One of the things I most look forward to during the holidays is baking! Whether it be cookies, pies, cakes, dinner … the oven is usually on at least once a day from Thanksgiving week into the new year. I have a whole list of cookies that we make during the holidays. Some are made every single year without fail … others take turns and skip a year or two here and there. I especially like to have fresh-from-the-oven baked {Read More}

Gobble Gobble … A Thanksgiving Treat

Gobble Gobble ... A Thanksgiving Treat | SimplyFreshVintage.com

We all have our holiday traditions … those things that are done every year without fail. It might be a certain decoration, or the dish that’s always used for the mashed potatoes. Maybe it’s a certain recipe or two, or even¬†a game that the family plays after dinner. One of the things that we used to love to do with the kids when they were little was make holiday treats. Each holiday had a special treat. Of course, most of {Read More}

Count Your Blessings … Day Three

November ... a time to focus on all we have, not what we lack. Please join me each day as we take a moment to celebrate our blessings. | SimplyFreshVintage.com

When our family moved to Virginia, there were two things that I was most looking forward to. Fall Colors. Snow. It was very urban where we lived in California. There were a few trees here and there, but most of the landscape was cement. Pretty typical of big city. Unless we went to the mountains, which were mostly evergreen, the most Fall “color” we got was a lonely tree in someone’s front yard. And since we lived in central California, {Read More}

Count Your Blessings … Day Two

November ... a time to focus on all we have, not what we lack. Please join me each day as we take a moment to celebrate our blessings. | SimplyFreshVintage.com

When we first came to Virginia to “check things out” back in 2011, we were blessed to meet so many wonderful people that helped make our move and transition so much easier. Each of these people was planted strategically in our lives; some were sent for a specific purpose and a short season, others to “do life with.” We had set an appointment to tour the grade school and meet with admissions. As we walked to the car,¬†leaving the school {Read More}