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12 In Nesting


Nesting Christmas tree decor with ribbons, bead garland and white poinsettias. Coffee in front of tree.

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Nesting on this last Sunday in November.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and time with their family and friends.

We spent the past few days getting our Christmas shopping done and decorating for Christmas.

Do you do a themed tree or have a color scheme you like to stick to when decorating your tree? Or do you have a variety of sentimental ornaments you collect over the years?

This year I did a little upgrade when decorating our tree. Instead of using those hooks to hang your ornaments, I used ribbon. I chose a burgundy and navy blue color and tied ribbons on the ornaments to hang them instead. It looks so pretty and really elevates it a little bit.

Nesting - Christmas tree decor idea. Ornament hack. Use ribbon to hang ornaments on tree.

I’m showing you all the details here.

2023 Christmas tree with wooden bead garland, ribbons to tie ornaments with gold balls and white poinsettias.

Every year, when we decorate out front, I also do a little something to thank all the delivery drivers who work so hard to deliver our packages and groceries. I usually fill a little crate with some beverages and snacks for them to take when they drop off our packages and groceries. I made a cute little sign to add too.

Nesting - free printable thank you delivery drivers with basket of snacks and drinks for the holidays

Just a little way to spread some holiday cheer and make someone’s day.

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Here’s what’s been happening lately at Our Tiny Nest:

Did you see my recipe for this amazing gingerbread syrup? It’s super easy to make and great in coffees, lattes, over waffles or pancakes. I’m sharing the recipe here.

The best gingerbread latte. Glass mug full of coffee, whipped cream and topped with a gingerbread man cookie


The holiday season is the start of all of the fun gatherings, parties and events. I always like to bring a little something for the hostess and this is now the only gift I will be bringing from now on. This overnight breakfast strata will make their next morning a little easier. Click here for my recipe and printable tag.

The best hostess gift idea to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Aluminum baking tray with printable gift tag and ribbon

If the little elf comes to your house, sometimes you know it can be tricky to come up with creative and fun ideas. I shared this little earlier this week. I bought this elf fairy door kit on Amazon and it is the most adorable thing I can’t wait to see the kid’s faces! Click here for the details.

Elf on the shelf idea fairy door kit

If you love advent calendars, here are some fun ones to count down the days until Christmas. Click here to see all 25 of the best advent calendars.

25 Advent Calendars for Christmas - best advent calendars on Amazon from Squishamals, Friends, Elf, Taylor Swift, Book lovers and more


Some of the best sales and deals happening now!

This has been the top seller so far among you all!

Shark Vacuums, The Shark Blow Dryer, Air purifiers and more. I just got a shark vacuum and I love it better than my Dyson! And that Flex Style blow dryer/styler is on my list!

Amazon devices for kids like tablets, Echo Dot, Kindles, etc.

Literally the best sheets ever! These are always a top seller!

The only boots I buy my kids, so easy to slip on and off.

Shop some of my favorite Stocking Stuffers.

**And this great deal happening now at Kalahari Resorts is a great way to gift the family a fun experience.**

And now some of my favorite finds from around the web

This adorable marshmallow bar from The Crowned Goat.

Quick and Easy Holiday Marshmallow Bar-The Crowned Goat

This home where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women and you can tour during the holidays. Planning my visit.

This printable hot chocolate tag will add some magic to your Elf on the Shelf adventures.

elf on the shelf hot chocolate with printable

I stumbled upon this Nutcracker Martini recipe and now it’s all I can think about.

Nutcracker Martini for holiday season, festive cocktail


Hope you all enjoy your sweet Sunday!

2 In Nesting


Nesting - fall and Christmas decor with chalkboard that says Tis the Damn season Christmas season

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Nesting on this first weekend in November.

Happy Daylight Savings. I hope you all enjoy your extra hour today whether it be getting an extra hour of sleep, having a cup of coffee in peace, spending time with family or friends, or maybe tackling that one thing that’s been on your to do list and you just haven’t had the time.

In fact as I write this, Rick and the kids are all still sleeping so it’s just me, Miss Lola Mae, my big cuppa and the glow of the Christmas lights. It’s glorious.

Yes you heard that right. I made Rick put up our tree yesterday. It’s not decorated yet but she’s up in all her glory and I’m feeling festive. Have you put up your tree yet?

In fact Mav made me so proud. We were literally walking door to door trick or treating and he said to me “so mommy, does that mean we can put up our tree tomorrow?” He takes after his mama 🙂

I know it’s been a busy few weeks between Halloween, all the events and parties.

Here’s what’s been happening lately on the blog:

If you have leftover Halloween candy (leftovers? What’s that?) here’s a recipe for my Halloween candy cookie bars.

Leftover Halloween candy cookie bars


I think this is going to be the Christmas decor trend of 2023, all things gingerbread. I shared some of my favorite gingerbread finds here.

Gingerbread Christmas decor trend 2023 - gingerbread house plates, gingerbread welcome mat, gingerbread mugs and more


And because it’s soup season, I shared my favorite soup recipes to keep your belly and heart full for the cold months. Click here to see them all.


Random Amazon Finds this week:

I just bought this to help step up my fitness game.

I was looking for advent calendars and I found this one for all the Swifties and now I have to have it!

I’m obsessed with this sweatshirt/jacket in the beige.


What I’m reading…

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears – I have always been a huge Britney fan and to read some of the situations that she has been in, truly makes me appreciate her even more.

The Woman in Me

And now here are some of my favorite finds of the week from around the web:

Save this idea for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration. Is there anything better than wine in a pumpkin dispenser? My friend Michele shows you how to do it!

white faux pumpkin with wine bag with spigot inside standing on woven beverage stand

Life lessons we can learn from Chandler Bing. RIP Chan Chan Man. Thank you for all the laughs.

These Christmas tree skirt ideas.

How to build a sled-styled Christmas tree skirt from reclaimed wood.

This grilled cheese charcuterie board.

The cutest DIY to count your gratitude this season.


Stay tuned for next week where we’re talking leftovers! I’ve got an idea for your leftover pumpkins and your Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Have a great week!

6 In Nesting


Nesting - fall scene woman standing in front of red truck with mums and pumpkins at Tiashoke Farm in Upstate New York

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Nesting on this rainy October Sunday.

It has been a busy few weeks between our older son’s 7th birthday, school functions and all the Halloween things.

Rick and I always swore we would never let the kids have video games. Well for lucky number 7, we gifted our oldest a PlayStation 5. To see the expression on his face and the tears of joy when he opened it was totally worth it. Throughout the week, I found myself sitting down on the couch with him playing Madden and The Show. I enjoyed getting a friendly competition going and spending time with my son and sharing his love of sports. I learned a very important lesson this week. It doesn’t always have to be all or nothing. I am like this with alot of things in life. Either being super strict with my eating or bingeing, really trying to save money or spending frivolously. Things don’t always have to be one extreme or the other. We can set healthy boundaries and enjoy our guilty pleasures. So my inspiration to you this week is to incorporate a healthy balance!

We had a Halloween party last night and the kids had a blast. But I think Rick and I had more fun. Clearly I am rooting for Team Swelce and am going to be devastated if this doesn’t end all too well.

Linking our costume deets here if you’re looking for an easy couples costume.

Halloween costume idea for couples - Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce in Kansas City Chiefs shirts

Do you have a good fall nail color? Mine for years has been OPI Lincoln Park After Dark.

Here’s what’s been happening lately on the blog:

Earlier this week the ladies from The Cozy Creative Collaborative and I got together for this month’s share which was all about pumpkins. I shared these delicious pumpkin magic bars. Click here for the recipe.

Plus check out some other fabulous pumpkin ideas like a pumpkin sugar scrub, and a gorgeous pumpkin centerpiece. Click here to see it all.

The best pumpkin magic bars cut up on cutting board with pumpkins and decorative lantern

If you’re looking for a fun way to booze your friends, I’ve got the perfect free printable and easy DIY. Click here for the printable.

Now Drink Up Witches!

Drink Up Witches, You've Been Boozed printable on bottle of wine with witch hat for Halloween.

And a drum roll please…

Amazon Gift Guides are here!!! Click here to see them all! There’s gift ideas for EVERYONE!

What I’m Watching

If you’re looking for a suspenseful series, may I suggest Fall of The House Of Usher (currently on Netflix)? Soooo good especially if you’re a fan of Mike Flanagan’s other works like The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor.

I need to catch up on The Golden Bachelor and also Real Housewives of New York City.

What I’m Reading

I just started The Only One Left by Riley Sager. He’s one of my favorite thriller authors.

I’ve got more fall book recommendations here.


Here are some of my favorite things I found on the internet throughout the week:

5 Things Taylor is Teaching Us About Our 30’s

These faboolous ghost napkins for your Halloween table.

How to Make Ghost Napkins for Halloween - Midwest Life and Style Blog


How gorgeous is this Cinderella Pumpkin bundt cake from my friend Wendy? Linking her recipe here.

An image of a pumpkin-shaped cake with a natural stem sitting on a cake plate with fall leaves surrounding the plate.

75 pumpkin carving ideas to give you inspiration.

DIY a Glow in The Dark Candy Bucket for your Trick or Treaters. Love this idea from Coco at The Crowned Goat.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket with Orange Bow and Glow in the Dark Bugs-The Crowned Goat

And stay tuned this upcoming week I’ll be sharing easy last minute Halloween ideas and recipes for Souptober!!!

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5 In Nesting


Nesting - fall front porch decor, black planter boxes with faux trees and welcome sign

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Nesting on this first Sunday in October.

Happy October 1st! It’s officially my favorite month of the year!

Is anyone else going to be watching the Chiefs game tonight to see Taylor, I mean Travis Kelce? Rooting for them!!!

This month I’m looking forward to:

Celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary.

Celebrating my Dude Man’s 7th birthday with all his friends.

Enjoying the Era’s tour on the big screen with friends.

All the Halloween parties, trunk or treats and festivities.


It’s been a really busy few weeks lately on the blog. Here’s what’s been happening:

I shared my Fall front porch featuring those planter boxes I scored from Aldi and these pretty trees from Amazon.

You can shop my whole front porch here.

This apple and brie flatbread is a yummy fall appetizer or a bougie way to eat pizza. Sharing the recipe here.

If you’re looking for a new book to read, I shared 15 books for fall. There’s everything from suspenseful thrillers to feel good cozy stories. You can see the whole list here.

On Thursday I got together with some new friends on Instagram and we all shared some Halloween treats. I shared my homemade candy corn vodka and tipsy candy corn cold brew. See how to make it, and all the treats here.

Nesting homemade candy corn vodka and candy corn cold brew

And if you’re in the mood for a fall DIY, decor or more recipes, check out this list here. I shared my Best of Fall DIYs and recipes, all chosen and loved by you!

Best of fall DIYs, decor and recipes

Amazon Finds

Now that the cooler weather is here, it’s officially sweatshirt and bike shorts weather, or what I like to call Princess Diana bike shorts season.

Remember Princess Diana's iconic Harvard sweatshirt? H&M has one just like it | HELLO!

Linking my favorite bike shorts here and similar finds to re-create Diana’s iconic look.

Here are some of my favorite Halloween finds on Amazon.

Nesting - Amazon Halloween must haves



Here are some favorites from around the web:

This Witches Brew Soup from Paint Me Pink would be perfect for a Halloween party, wouldn’t it?

These dreamy getaways and spots to see the fall foliage.

This glowing Halloween witches broom for your front door is so fun!!!

These fall favorites from Trader Joe’s.


Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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