New & Notable Mentions #21

In New & Notable Mentions #21, we have winter decorating, organization, recipes and new books to read.

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Dabbling & Decorating showed how to decorate with salvaged windows.

A Pretty Life shows how she decorated her winter living room.

Heather Krout had decorating tips on transitioning your home from Christmas to wintertime.


Designthusiam has 10 tips to implement now to keep you organized all year long.

Life At Cloverhill has a system called a January Declutter Detox for 31 days to less stuff and less stress.

In New & Notable Mentions, a checklist for organizing and decluttering your whole house
Photo credit Life At Cloverhill


A Family Feast has a recipe for Homemade Chicken & Dumplings. Boy doesn’t that sound good for a cold winter night?

Gimme Some Oven has a recipe for healthy banana bread. Eating healthy food is a good way to start off the new year.

Mavis Butterfield at the blog One Hundred Dollars A Month shows how to make ginger pear jam.


This month “Violeta” by Isabel Allende will be available for purchase.

The novel "Violetta"

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons.

From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt. The Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth.

She tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others. Violeta recounts times of devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy.

Her life is shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and ultimately not one, but two pandemics.

Another book coming out this month is “Reminders Of Him” by Colleen Hoover.

In New & Notable Mentions, the novel "Reminders Of Him"

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter.

But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.

The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner. He is one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter.

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“January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.”- Sara Coleridge

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  1. Decluttering is a great project for winter. I’ve been doing a little bit in my kitchen – cleaning out cabinets – but need to work on my basement, which seems never-ending.

    That book, Violeta sounds really good. I’m going to see if my library has it.

    I like the decor from My Pretty Life in the Suburbs. She actually uses some color!

  2. Chicken and dumplings have my mouth watering. The January Declutter Detox checklist will be quite helpful for me. I need some structure, guidance and a good kick in the pants and the checklist breaks it down into doable time frames for me. Love all the winter decor too.

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