This week on New & Notable Mentions #18 I have lots of holiday inspiration for you to check out.

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Fox Hollow Cottage has decorated for the holiday in soft pink shades.

Fox Hollow Cottage wrote on her blog:

“I really challenged myself to use what I had, and make simple tweaks to make this holiday look happen! It was actually very simple to go pink—by just splashing a bit here & there, and layering it with a generous base of silvers, golds & neutrals that I already had.”

In New & Notable Mentions #18 I have a pastel decorated Christmas tree
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Joanna Anastasia shows her cozy holiday home tour for 2021.

She wrote on her blog:

This year I decided to go for more greens and golds in my decor- and it feels so right with all the pine trees we see out the windows! I love it when the inside of the home somehow resembles the outside- it just feels more cohesive.

Simple Holiday Decorating:

Taryn Whiteaker has a classic and neutral wooden bowl of ornaments and fresh greenery in her home.

She writes on her blog:

It takes me so long to decorate for the holidays that it just doesn’t seem right to have it up for only 3-4 weeks out of the year. I love the process so much that I don’t like to feel rushed. I want to enjoy every stocking hung and garland draped.

French Creek Farmhouse shows some of her vintage farmhouse finds.

She wrote on her blog:

“Now that the holiday season is officially here, I’m so excited to transform our home into a magical Christmas house. Of course, even at Christmas, I love to decorate with a vintage farmhouse aesthetic.”

Craftberry Bush created a bowl basket filled with ornaments and greenery.

She wrote in her blog post:

“The other day I took a little trip to the nursery to get some fresh greens and I was shocked to see the price. I decided to buy only a minimal amount and the rest, we will get the forest ourselves. These pretty ones we cut during our afternoon walk.”


Home Stories A-Z shows you how to wrap presents with style and creativity.

She wrote on her blog:

“Walking into a room with a perfectly decorated themed tree with gifts that match is always a beautiful sight! With the right wrapping paper, tags, and ribbon, it’s easy to achieve a curated look!”


All The Healthy Things cooked a homemade chicken pot pie. Now what could be more satisfying after a cold day?

She writes:

This easy homemade chicken pot pie is the ultimate cozy comfort food. This pot pie has a delicious creamy filling with a perfectly flaky crust. So good!

A Pretty Life In The Suburbs makes her own Bailey’s Irish Cream and shares her recipe.

She wrote: “If you love Baileys then you will absolutely LOVE this Homemade Irish Cream copycat recipe! It’s SO creamy and delicious…it tastes so good you’ll never want to buy the real stuff again.”

Inspired By Charm baked Hazelnut Almond Biscotti for the holiday season.

He writes: “Mixed with hazelnuts and almonds, this Hazelnut Almond Biscotti is the perfect sweet for dunking in tea and coffee. And, with such a stunning chocolate design on top, they’d make a great gift too!”


“The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich” was published November 9, 2021.

In this New York Times bestselling novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors.

A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store.

Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading “with murderous attention,” must solve the mystery of this haunting.

“No One Will Miss Her” was published October 12, 2021.

A smart, witty, crackling novel of psychological suspense in which a girl from a hardscrabble small town meets a gorgeous Instagram influencer from the big city, with a murderous twist that will shock even the savviest reader.

In New & Notable Mentions #18, the book No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield
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On a beautiful October morning in rural Maine, a homicide investigator from the state police pulls into the hard-luck town of Copper Falls. The local junkyard is burning, and the town pariah Lizzie Oullette is dead—with her husband, Dwayne, nowhere to be found.

Adrienne Richards, blonde and fabulous social media influencer and wife of a disgraced billionaire, had been renting Lizzie’s tiny lake house as a country getaway…even though Copper Falls is anything but a resort town.

As Adrienne’s connection to the case becomes clear, so too does her connection to Lizzie, who narrates their story from beyond the grave.

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“You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou

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  1. I love seeing all of the beautiful decorations and decor that people make or use for the holidays. Lucy from Craftberry Bush is AMAZING, I have followed her for years and love everything she does.

  2. I love the idea of adding pink to silvers and golds. I think that would be lovely for Valentines day. I have always thought about keeping a small to medium tree up year round and changing the decorations for the different seasons and holidays. Maybe this year will be the year I start! You have collected lots of ideas for us Brenda, thanks! I am finally starting to get in the Christmas decor mood.

  3. You sure put a lot of time into this post and I loved it.

    Hi Brenda!
    You sure put a lot of time and thought into today’s post and I loved it all and spent way too much time looking at everything. What beautiful decorations these ladies have put together! I’ve got to try that chicken pot pie recipe and the Irish cream recipe reminded me that I haven’t done that in years. It’s just so easy to pick up a bottle at Costco lol. I could make eggnog too but don’t they sell that in stores?

  4. Lovely to look at! So many ideas for enjoying this time of year. Even if you are not big into celebrating Christmas, it’s nice to have these comforts for the short days and long nights.

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