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How To Decorate Your Mantle: Halloween Edition

So with Halloween approaching rapidly (thank goodness!), it is time to start planning how you will decorate your house!

Handmademood.com has come up with an amazing way to decorate your mantle for this Halloween season!

If I had a mantle, I would definitely do it! But I’ll just have to do bits of it around my house!

Halloween Decorated Mantle
From handmademood.com

 

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Robert Burns The Bard Of Scotland

As England has William Shakespeare. Scotland has Robert Burns.

A writer of beautiful language and imagery he wrote hundreds of poems ranging from love, to people to toothache. It is tradition is Scotland to honor him with a Burns Night Supper where he is toasted and remembered for his contributions.

So for Scottish visitors to MLCWO ¬†and in honor of his birthday today, January 25, a little homage to one of the world’s greatest crafter of words.

 

A Red Red Rose

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.


As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!

If this whets your appetite for Burns poetry take a visit to an earlier post with another of his wonderful works.

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Secret Santa!!!

Just as promised, my Secret Santa gift reveal!!

First off, I would really like to thank Abigail Thomas and Cathleen Slagle for hosting this Secret Santa this year. it was so easy and was so much fun!!!! It’s amazing how all these bloggers could come together and do a Secret Santa, and everyone is a different kind of blog niche, so how fun!

Second, I would like to thank my Secret Santa….drumroll please…..

Amber from theamberlynn.blogspot.com.

A little bit about her…

Hello! I’m Amber, a quirky young adult (Key word being young). I love life and what it gives to me. This is my life and I try to live it in the most positive way I can. Join me in all things lifestyle. Just a few examples: Food, fashion, inspiration, music, quotes, family, and friends.

-From her website

Best part is, she’s a college student like me so how exciting!

And don’t forget to check out her TWITTER, PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM!

Now, without further a-do, the really wonderful gifts which she sent my way!

Hmm…wonder what will be inside?

 

OMG!

 

Tea

 

FUZZY SOCKS!!!!

 

And a bling key chain…YES!

 

A tea mug and cat key chain, what’s better?

 

My favorite type of pens and a bookmark!

 

A mini journal! One I’ve wanted to buy, but never can rationalize!

 

Am I the only one seeing the Deathly Hallows as a Christmas Tree? Love it!

 

I LOVE IT! Like a lot!
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A Birthday and A Surprise for Me…and Later for You!

So today is my birthday and after trudging through the snow to get home with the nasty snow storm which magically appeared over night, I came home only to find my Secret Santa gift having arrived. Since it was a small birthday this year, it was wonderful to get this little surprise and of course I had to open it up.

Inside was…..just kidding!!! You’re going to need to check back on Christmas Day to find out who my absolutely wonderful Secret Santa was as well as what goodies I was gifted!

Is this a shameless plug to get you to check back on Christmas Day when you are opening your own gifts? You can bet it is! Because I want to make sure everyone goes and checks out my Secret Santa’s website because it rocks. That will be one of my gifts to you.

But you’ll need to wait. Painful, huh?

It’s like seeing that big gift under the tree 10 days before Christmas that your estranged aunt had delivered and you are just dying to know what is inside.

Go have an egg-nog while you wait!

Secret Santa
From classycathleen.com