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My New Shop: Dainty Cottage Decor

It feels so good to be back. I took one time off from writing just to give myself a little needed break. I have been a little busy starting up a new Instagram account for my new shop I started over at Etsy. You can find my new instagram account @Daintycottagedecor. You can also find me on Etsy here at Dainty Cottage Decor.

I just started my shop making little things I have time to make and also to “test the waters” sort of speak. It is intimidating to get yourself out there and make something not knowing how it is gonna go and if people will like it.

On the pic I have posted on here you can see that pretty pillow cover that is part of my shop. I designed it myself and sewed it together. I think its just so pretty and so cottage-y. I made that word up but i like it. LOL.

I’m hoping to make more in different styles and fill my couch up with some pretty cottage goodness.

You can find that pillow cover over in my shop!

Hope you are having a great day. And I’ll be back to write more as time goes by. Giving you more pictures of things I make. Also, with more recipes for you to try! Have a happy Easter!

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The Perfect Gift For My Valentine: February 2017 Watch Gift Ideas

Watch Gift Ideas:

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something special for my husband. He is a hard worker, a loving father, and a great husband.

Every holiday he always managed to get me something. Even though, when time came around for the holidays we never seem to have the extra cash for ourselves. Yet he somehow manages to get me something special.


This year is my turn. I managed to get him a Jord watch! For Valentine’s Day! And I have so many great things to say about this watch!!


My mailman came and dropped a black box at my doorsteps. I was excited about it! Once I opened it, to my surprise, I saw the most beautiful wooden box with the brand name on the front side of the box and their initials on the top. 


The lid of the box is supported by 4 small magnets, so it won’t easily come right off if you were to tip it. I was not expecting all of this at all. So along with my watch came a cleaner, a cloth, and the wooden box to store my new watch in! Ok-ok, my husband’s new watch. *SIGH*.

As you can see the pic above, he is now wearing it! I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a horrible person to wait to surprise someone. Lol! I couldn’t wait till Valentine’s Day to give it to him. Doesn’t it look so good?!

It takes a lot for me to actually wait to surprise someone with a gift🙈.

Either way, I still surprised him, and he loved the watch! He had so many positive things to say about it and here is his take:

  • It is super lightweight 
  • The face is perfect and classy
  • Comfortable
  • The links don’t pinch
  • Great quality work
  • And he loved the box it came in!

And let me tell you. He is a very picky person and has sensitive skin. So if you know someone that’s like that consider shopping for them at Jord’s.



🌿If you like the watch I picked for my hubby, here is the link to my watch.
🌿Here is the link to Jord’s Homepage to shop for more styles.

Also, think about Mother’s Day and how great it would be to give her one of their beautiful watches they have available.

Enter the contest below to win a $100 e-gift code and everyone who enters gets a $25 e-gift code after the contest is over. Use that $25 code to purchase your mom in your life a watch as a Mother’s Day gift!


To enter the $100 e-gift giveaway* go here! It is super easy to enter. 

*The contest will close February 19th at 11:59pm. As a reminder, winner receives $100 E Gift Code. All other entrants receive a $25 E Gift Code. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire April 30th, 2017. So everyone is a winner here! Think about Mother’s Day and how great it would be to give her one of those beautiful women’s watches. 

(This page is sponsored by Jord and this post was given full honest opinions and experience by myself and my husband)

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Little Surprises


Not sure if you can see the white specks on the deck, but we got a few minutes of flurry snow. That kind of snow that dances in the air for a while before it lands on the ground. We’ll see how much we get today.

Although it’s not on the forecast to get snow today. Don’t you just love the little surprises of nature? My kiddos have been praying for snow. He sure listens and loves to give them their desires of their little precious hearts.

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Starting a Christmas Tradition: Christmas 2016

Now that our kids are getting older we find it easier to start new traditions. Yesterday, being the day after Thanksgiving, we put up our tree and decorated it with unbreakable ornaments. Those with small children know exactly why… Lol! 


Today, we decided that new traditions should begin. Every year our kids would get to pick one ornament of their choice and place it on the tree to fill it with an abundance of love and memories. 

I smile at the fact that we, as a family, will continue our own traditions that will continue on when our children get older, and when they start to have their own children we will still continue it on. That we will have something to talk about and something we do together.

I daydream about having those big Thanksgiving dinners full of fun, laughter, joy,  and the love that we all have for each other and loving to be together. Having to spend the night at grandma’s and grandpa’s house. Having the house surrounded by friends and family. Then having to put up the tree the following day. Having a trip to the store for ornaments with our grand babies.

And we shall see what else we have to add to our family Christmas tradition.

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? Old or new? 

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For Tradition Sake. Happy Thanksgiving!

Today was a very cold day! It was 33°F out when I went to drop my kids off school this morning.


Not to mention that we had some flurries all day yesterday, but it didn’t stick to the ground.

Thinking about Thanksgiving, only a couple days away, and how nice it’s gonna be this year.

Thinking of how blessed I am to have what I have in my life. A healthy family, a roof over our heads that we can call our own, and food at the table.

How thankful I am for all the happy memories we are making in our home. With freezing temperatures tonight as I write while my husband is out putting up the lights.

That’s right folks, he’s getting the lights ready for after Thanksgiving so we can start turning on the twinkle lights. Crazy man that he is. Not only is it freezing out but it is very windy out.

This isn’t the first time he had put the lights up during a cold windy day. One time he almost feel off our tree while trying to hang some lights. The wind literally blew him away (almost). Luckily he grabbed a branch to hold him up there.

I tell him not to put them up till we have a nice day out, but he insists he wants to do it for tradition sake. Really, he does it for the kids.

Poor guy works all day and has a rotating schedule. This weekend would have been perfect to put the lights up, but he had to work. 

I love him for the wonderful man that he is. For being the greatest father and husband. For thinking of us before himself. That is my husband. And I am grateful and thankful for having him in my life.

As we continue this week with Thanksgiving I wish you all the best. Wishing you all the best Thanksgiving you all can have. Be grateful for the things you have in life if it be big or small please be grateful for it all!

Have a wonderful week and wonderful Thanksgiving!

(And don’t worry about my hubby. He hasn’t been back up the tree since that day😄)

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About Trendy Earth Boutique

Trendy Earth Boutique is an earth friendly stylish gift shop on Etsy. Nathalie Gibbs is the owner of this sweet shop. Started in 2011 with only a few items now offering many more neat gifts to offer and more! 


Christmas is one of her most busiest time of the year, and she is giving away one of her popular items. Visit me on Instagram to find out how to enter @livinginnewengland. If you don’t have an Instagram account she is giving a discount code just for you (my readers)! (Discount code given at the end of this blog post).

She uses upcycled fabric and organic cotton to make her products. One of her upcyled items are her aprons. Just like this one pictured above. Made out of men’s dress shirts she creates a stylish reusable way for women to use the fabric. There has been some custom made aprons made out of a man’s dress shirt of a dear loved one. Where someone has lost their loving father or husband. They have asked her if she could transform the shirt of their beloved into an apron to have as a memory of them while wearing it or displaying it in their kitchens.

Some of her other upcyled items are these little cute rustic sliced wood ornaments. These can be very versatile. Use them as gift tags, gift to a teacher or family member, decorate your tree or hang them as a garland on your mantel. Or purchase the upcycled scrabble  pieces she puts together for the holidays.

Every thing she makes are the perfect gifts to give. With a reasonable price and very well made stitching this is the store to go to shop.


During Christmas time, this little stocking gift card holder is another one of her popular items and she sells out fast. It makes for the perfect gift for just about anyone! 

You will find that it is more than just a gift shop. You may even find something for yourself. They sell stylish scarfs, floral fabric pins, key fobs, card holders, and so much more! Nathalie is a very sweet gifted person along with her mother, sisters, and daughter they all make such a great team!

I have provided the direct link to her pages below.

Find Nathalie in the Etsy shop here Trendy Earth Boutique.

OR

Here on Facebook-Trendy Earth Boutique.

Nathalie gave me a discount for you to use in her shop. An extra 10% off any purchase made in her already low prices! Please go and check her shop out! You’ll be glad you did😄💕.

Discount code: SHOPSMALL2016

Discount expires 11/28/2016.

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It’s Been a While… (October 2016).

It’s a cold night, and I have a fire going in my fire place to keep me warm. Other than my heating in my home it’s nice to have the extra warmth from a fireplace. Listening to the fire roar along with some snaps, crackles, and pops. Not to mention the aroma of the burning wood. It’s good to be here in the silence.

As the kids are all asleep, I am just sitting here on my comfy couch thinking how long it’s been since I last wrote something here. It’s been about a little over two weeks. I guess not that long. But I feel like it has. Perhaps that I’ve been so busy lately might have something to do with it? 

Either way I’m here now and thought I’d talk a little about my day.


As we dropped our kids off to school, my husband and I set off to get our kids some Fall gloves, boots, hats, and ear muffs. It’s been getting cold lately. I mean real cold. So cold we got snow yesterday!! Yes, snow in October. Then it rained so the snow turned into sleet and slush. Yuck!


So we found everything we needed for them and more. I was able to get myself some canisters to hold my coffee, sugar, and tea and I love them! Also, I got my first Rae Dunn mugs. 

I’m pretty excited about my new items. I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m already buying Christmas items. Well Rae Dunn was an exception since they were the last two mugs there. I had to snatch them up. Aren’t they cute mugs? And it was perfect. One for me and one for my hubby.


I love these canisters too. They are so charming. And now I finally have a formal place to put my coffee, sugar, and tea in. Now to figure out a place to put them and display them. And of course not only will they look good, but they have their function for my everyday life. Notice I have coffee and tea then sugar right in the middle. Oh yeah, that’s how I roll. Lol.

Our kiddos were excited for their new items and so were we. I love to see them happy for getting things they really need. Don’t you?