'Pop Culture'

Hallmark Peanuts Christmas Wrapping 2018

December 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you’ve followed the blog for long or know me then you probably are aware of my love for anything and everything Peanuts, some people like Spiderman, Marvel Superheroes and I love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang. Every year there are new and wonderful items put out for Christmas featuring Peanuts and this year is no different. Hallmark has become the go-to brand to pick up awesome Peanuts merchandise, especially for the holidays. Today we are going to look at all the fun gift wrap and gift bags you can get from Hallmark to have a Very Peanuts Christmas. This year there are several different Peanuts versions from different decades going all the way back to the beginning. I hope you enjoy this look at Peanuts from Hallmark for Christmas as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Enjoy!!!

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Sundance Ribbons & Trims

December 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at fun and beautiful Christmas wrapping papers from companies around the world and one of the last ones we looked at was Sundance Catalog and their beautiful and unusual papers based right here in America. While I was checking out the papers and Sundance I also saw an amazing selection of ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully with their papers and wanted to share them with you today. These ribbons can be used on all kinds of papers whether they’re simple brown kraft paper, white butcher paper or the most elegant papers with damask patterns or the Champagne Paper we saw yesterday from Crate&Barrel. There are velvet ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, pom-poms, and vintage looking ribbons, and no one said they’re only for Christmas, use them year round. Join me today for a peek at what’s available from Sundance and visit the entire selection here at Sundance Catalog.com. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Paper Sources, Day 1

December 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

For me, the wrapping of gifts is an art unto itself. Back when I worked in retail I LOVED wrapping gifts and I also loved picking what wrapping papers we were going to use in the store for gift wrap as well as choosing the ones we were going to sell to the public. I’m always amazed every year to see what artists and companies come out with every year that’s new and different. Whether you like traditional, contemporary, dogs, penguins or plain paper with fancy ribbons, there’s something out there for you. Today and tomorrow we are going to take a look at paper selections from 10 different sources, I’m sharing some of the ones that really jumped out at me or made me say, “Ahhhhhh”. I guarantee you can find something that matches your Christmas decor and makes you smile. Today we are looking at papers from some websites that are more “boutique” and tomorrow we are looking at some more well-known sources. Check them all out and Enjoy!!!

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Thanksgiving Tips From Barefoot Contessa

November 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

10 Barefoot Tips For Thanksgiving

 

One of my favorite people to watch on TV and read her cookbooks is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. A few years ago she shared her 10 tips for making the preparation of Thanksgiving Dinner a lot easier on you the cook and host. Here’s a link to the article in Elle Magazine and it all still holds true today. 48 hours until operation Turkey Time is a go, I hope you have all your ducks in a row and a game plan, check out this great article for awesome last-minute hints. Enjoy!!!

Crate & Barrel Thanksgiving Tabletop

November 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to look at great stuff from Crate & Barrel for your Thanksgiving table and Buffet. Crate & Barrel always has great products with a contemporary feel to the design. Whether it’s dishes with writing on them or pumpkins and turkeys with an artistic edge, you can find it at Crate & Barrel. Let’s have a look at their dishes, napkins, tablecloths and so much more for Turkey Day. Enjoy!!!

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GO VOTE!!!!

November 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The day is finally here, seems like it’s taken forever to arrive, Election Day. I hope every single one of you will get out there and vote today if you haven’t already done so through early voting or voting by mail. I’ve heard all my life that “the power lies with the people” but the only way we have to exercise our power is through the vote. Today and everyday we have the power, so choose whoever you like but Get Out And Vote!!!!!

 

Happy Halloween 2018

October 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s October 31st, Happy Halloween!!!! Today in celebration of everyone’s favorite October holiday we are taking a look back at some Vintage Halloween images for parties, costumes, and idea books. I have to do some research on Bogie Books but they were apparently a deal back in the first half of the 20th century, they were books filled with ideas on parties, costumes, entertaining and having fun for Fall and Halloween. Join me today for a little trip back in time and see how Halloween was celebrated close to 100 years ago and enjoy your Halloween this year and be safe. Enjoy and BOO!!!!!! (above via)

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20 Halloween Cocktails 2018 ~ Part 2

October 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Alright Goblins and Gals it’s time for day two of our Halloween Cocktail Extravaganza, yesterday it was all punches and shots and today we are looking at drinks that can be mixed up by the pitcher or the glass. So pull up a broomstick and let’s see what’s on the drinks menu for parties this coming weekend and next Wednesday the 31st. Check back tomorrow as we check out fun Halloween barware we can use to serve our cocktails. Enjoy!!!

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20 Halloween Cocktails 2018 ~ Part 1

October 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With Halloween nine days away and the weekend just five days away, it’s time to start thinking about stocking your bar with all kinds of spooky ingredients to whip up some horrifying brews. Halloween is one of those holidays that just screams for fun and unusual cocktails and drinks, whether you’re trying to impress people or scare the socks off of them we have some awesome ideas and recipes for Halloween Cocktails. We’ve gathered up 20 recipes and we’ll share ten today and the other ten tomorrow, so warm up that printer to print off recipes and prepare to be thrilled by what cocktail adventures lie before you and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the second half of Halloween Cocktails 2018. Today we’re starting off with Punches and Shots, Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Perfect For Halloween From Out Of Print

October 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There’s perhaps no way better to get into the Fall and Halloween state of mind than to read a good book, a good Horror book that is. But, if you don’t have the time to sit down and read maybe you can wear your favorite horror novel, poem, or short story, especially with the amazing collections of t-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and so much more at Out Of Print. Out Of Print has lots of great merchandise with different themes, today we are going to look at what’s available in the “Spooky” category as we charge on towards Halloween. Whether you’re a fan of Dracula, Edgar Alan Poe or Mary Shelly’s monster there’s something here for you and any of these would be great gifts for October birthday people with a sense of wonder and macabre. Join me today for a little frightful shopping spree and check out all the awesome merchandise from Out Of Print here at their website. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! 

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