Hi friends, well its been my birthday weekend and its been a really good one. I have a lot to be thankful and proud of and I am focusing on all the good there is to acknowledge this weekend. Thank you for all of the wonderful and warm birthday wishes. It’s always such a busy and hectic time of the year that the trouble and fuss those who are in my life make over me makes me doubly grateful! I received so many wonderful gifts, flowers and even a few baskets of cookies/sweet and I can’t say no to those)! Since it’s been such a fun, busy and very full weekend, by Sunday night I will be ready to slip into my favorite holiday robe nice and early and call it a night:) Busy, busy week ahead, having a photo shoot in the early part of the week, a few holiday parties and of course doing over time at the office/warehouse helping to spread Enchanted Home joy anywhere the big brown truck will go! If you have an order that you have not gotten please call our office Monday morning at 800-804-9565. We are shipping things out right up until Christmas eve, and anything ordered this week will arrive by the 24th (if that cannot happen we will notify you). We have lots of daily sales happening this week so stay tuned including a wonderful linen flash sale that starts this morning (click here to see). Hope you are having a wonderful and enjoyable weekend. Here we go with this weeks Seven on Sunday…. _____________________________________ 1 A COMMERCIAL THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE AND CRY AT THE SAME TIME. My dad sent this and I have watched it at least 10 times since. You MUST watch this in it’s entirety. I promise you will not regret it. This could easily be in my all time favorite commercials. Being hailed as the best holiday commercial ever and if you can believe it, it cost $130 to make. This is soooo well done. It speaks to my inner child and to my penchant for things the way they used to be, going back in to simpler times. Not to mention I do feel forever young! I have not only always loved this song but this message is so beautiful., it makes me cry every time I see it. This just does it for me. Enjoy! Thanks Dad:) 2 DAY IN NYC! It was my birthday yesterday and it was a wonderful, full day and one I felt incredibly grateful to have. Started off in one of my happy places, the flower district in NYC! I so love it there, there is such a contagious energy, and now they know me:) I bought lots of fresh greens and some flowers, I choose what I want, pay then drive my car right up to the front, call one of the guys there on his cell and he comes out to load up the car. My car never smelled so good! Then it was off to the Mark Hotel to meet a good city friend for lunch, it was so nice to sit down, indulge and catch up! I was supposed to then stop by to a holiday party/luncheon that a friend does every year but there wasn’t enough time. The day ended with being feted by a group of friends (couples) for a wonderful dinner then back to my friends house to watch a movie in their theater…I don’t think birthdays get much better than that. Since I have been feeling a bit down over my mother, this is honestly what I really needed more than anything- just feeling the love and warmth of friends and family. I could ask for nothing more. Then it was off to the Mark Hotel to meet a dear friend for bellinis, decadent lemon pasta and more…. A few snapshots along the way Love how all the dogs in this dog walkers pack were white…so cute! 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST This weekend is chock full of the most amazing holiday inspiration, clearly I had a hard time narrowing theses down, I just couldn’t say no. Love them all! 4 COWTOWN COOKIE COMPANY Discovered this darling cookie company based in Texas and am a bit obsessed!! I would be baking cookies morning, noon and night if I had this kind of talent! I have always had an obsession with beautiful cakes and cookies, such an art. Love her aesthetic, and always enjoy seeing what’s baking over on her end. Almost too pretty to eat… Click here to visit Cowtown Cookie Company’s website. 5 MY TRUL AMAZING CUSTOMERS. I always say my best advertisement are my very own customers….I am always floored by their talent and decorating chops! SO many good ones to share this weekend, many stunning Christmas trees too….keep them coming! These make me so proud! I am just in awe of these amazing pictures featuring my products…… 6 CHRISTMAS IN SALZBURG Have you every wanted to just escape into the inside of a snow globe? I think visiting Salzburg is about as close as you can get. You know what I want to do next year for Christmas? Take my family for Christmas in Salzburg, Austria. Known to be one of the most beautiful cities for Christmas, it is alive in beautiful festive lights, decor and of course their world famous Christmas market. Have you been? We have been to Vienna which is such a beautiful city (not at Christmas) and I hope to make this wish come true next year, stay tuned….. The video at the end is really worth watching! This video captures it beautifully- 7 SUNDAYS SURVEY Are you good at saying no? At recognizing when you cannot do something or follow through with a commitment? When you want to do something but realize you are taking on more than you can chew? Well, I used to not be so good at that but I am really proud by what strides I have made in the last year. I tend to be a consummate multi tasker and if I am to be honest, am good at it. In fact kind of thrive on it. However I have my limits like anyone else. I used to feel like if I say yes to something I had to carry through regardless of the pressure it put on me. I have since come around and realized that I cannot do it all (and don’t want to do it all) and am getting really good at just recognizing when I cannot and am not afraid to say so. Maybe too good, lol. Since I am working full time, suffice to say by 5 or 6 pm I am often wiped out. If I know I have something going on that night, I will leave early and allow myself a time to rest of just take it slow. I had a few obligations (one Christmas party and one function in the city) that I had said yes to but did not anticipate such hectic days at work. I had no energy at the end of day much less to sit in traffic for 2 hours and head to the city. So I, as politely as possible bowed out. The old me would have forced myself to carry on regardless of how exhausted I was. I stayed home and felt so much better, it was the right decision. I have come full circle in my ripe age of 55 and you know what? It feels good!! How about you? Are you good at knowing your limits when to say yes and when to say no? _________________________________________ And that is a wrap for this Sunday. I am looking forward to a day with no plans to speak of except dinner tonight and working on my Christmas decor in anticipation of the photo shoot here on Tues! It is a good incentive to get busy and get myself in motion. Hard to believe we are just 10 days away from Christmas, isn’t it! As always, appreciate you stopping by. Did anything on this post hit home for you? So excited that the HOLIDAY LOVE PHOTO CONTEST starts this week, you will want to check back so much amazing holiday inspiration! Wishing you a great day and wonderful end to your weekend. Until next time……… PS Many of you have written about the beautiful white linen table linens we had offered a while back, they did not make it to the website as it’s been so busy but we did just put them up this morning as part of an impromptu flash sale. These will all ship by Wed in time for your holiday tables and the flash sale is on for 2 days. If you are needing beautiful 100% linen table linens, that are incredibly priced look no more! These are simply beautiful. Click here to visit the sale.