My Thanksgiving Table Decor Deals & Ideas

Warm and inviting Thanksgiving table decor can set the mood and get the festivities going.  After I posted a quick picture of my Thanksgiving table on Facebook, I had a lot of compliments and some questions about where I found my festive items.  Love that and love my holiday table! table-3So I decided to share in today’s blog post.  Some of these ideas and items may work for both your Thanksgiving and Christmas table, so take a look.

I am excited and thrilled that our college freshman son asked if we could host a few of his friends who are unable to fly all the way home for Thanksgiving. asu-parentsWe wholeheartedly replied yes and my heart is full that his heart is thoughtful about his newfound friends being far away from home on Thanksgiving.

So with that excitement (and of course my joy that our boy will be home with us) I went to work to put together a complete Turkey Day table.  I asked my husband for my Christmas gift early, as I had been wanting a new dining room table for the last couple of years.  He agreed and I got busy comparing prices at furniture stores, warehouse outlets, online retailers and more.

Here is the result of my complete finished holiday table, step by step and purchase by purchase.  And very cool…one set of items came from a dollar store.  You gotta love that.  Take a look.  I will note that some of the items I show may be sold out, but similar styles can be found.  Moreover, for Christmas table stuff, there is still plenty out there.  But let’s talk about Thanksgiving decor.

Finding My New Table

I wanted simple, but elegant.  And sturdy, since I expect this table to last me a very long time.  Options and competitive prices were available at warehouse stores like Costco, but the shipping wait was over six weeks.  Thanksgiving was coming right up.  Big fancy furniture stores were asking around $4,000 and up for tables that seat 8 or more, which is the size that I wanted.  However, that is way over my budget, especially since we now pay college tuition!  (Future blog post about the shock of that coming soon!)

I also checked Wayfair and Overstocked, but I just couldn’t find the exact one I wanted.  Plus, I like to see and feel the object I am buying, especially when it is a big ticket item.

Then I remembered a relatively new warehouse/furniture store that had come to town recently.  So off we went to take a look.  This place was definitely different.  Very nice and large, but without salesperson pressure. Fancier than a warehouse box store, but with warehouse prices.  Bingo!  My cutie pie son’s girlfriend, Hannah went with me and she quickly spotted this…living-spacesAnd with that, this went from the showroom to my dining room! What do you think?  Do you like it?  I think it fits perfectly, as shown below in my home.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, too!

Yep, it looks terrific in my home!table-1

I love Living Spaces!  We got the set for $2,000, which included adding two nice over-sized accent captain chairs that we personally selected from the warehouse shelves.  We could have reduced the price by $100 if we had picked up the set ourselves, but I needed delivery, so that fee was included in the price.  It is a beautiful sturdy table with quality chairs that have attractive decorative studs. Plus, it seats eight people, which is exactly what I wanted.  Christmas came early for me and I found a quality set at a competitive price.  This table and these chairs will hold many precious memories ahead.  I will cherish each and every one of them.  Now that my oldest is away at college, I know firsthand how precious those times are and how time flies.

Next Step:  Setting the Thanksgiving Table

Now, let’s set the table! And check it out because I saved money by shopping at a dollar store, saving coupons, mix and matching items I had on hand and more.  Let’s set the table and I will share my secrets and tips…

plate-with-wordsGotta love Kohl’s and since I am a Kohl’s Rewards Member, I waited to receive my $5 rewards gift certificate via email.  I then combined that with my 20% off Kohl’s mailer coupon and used Kohl’s cash that I had saved. This reduced my total cost by 40%!  So with those savings, I purchased the place mats, serving platters and full dish set place settings, all from Kohl’s!  Love that! plate-with-kohls

I also really like the place mats I found at Kohl’s because they look festive, but work year-round as well.  Many stores have fun Thanksgiving Day decor themed place mats, but I wanted a smart purchase that is versatile.  Found it!  The dish set is also decorative and fancy for a holiday meal, but also versatile enough to be used for all kinds of other occasions, too.  Again that is smart shopping.

And check out the pretty green water glasses.  I needed a set of 8 and I didn’t want to spend a lot.  I thought about how to accomplish this for a few days.  Unrelated to this goal, I visited an unlikely store looking for something else.  But look what happened instead…glass-waterI really would have never thought of a dollar store for a matching set of glassware. The Dollar Tree had pretty Christmas glasses displayed in the storefront, so I decided to venture over to the dish section.  To my surprise, the selection and variety was large and most styles had at least six matching items. And all for one dollar each.  Brilliant!  Finding this set at Dollar Tree was an added plus!

Speaking of FOUND…I found a fabulous local boutique called FOUND by Domestic Bliss that offered napkins that touched my heart. I had to have this shabby chic design with a touching message…

table-set-napkinI absolutely love the give thanks sentiment.  I showed these napkins in my recent morning show segment.  I discussed how I saved money by using mismatched napkin rings that I already had on hand.  It works!  Here is the picture from my TV segment…show-setNotice also the pretty and festive table runner can be seen in the photo above, that also came from the FOUND store.  Christmas table runners are offered as well and I like that they are made of paper for easy roll out, storage, reuse or recycling afterwards. I adore earth friendly items!

For the Arizona locals reading this, FOUND by Domestic Bliss is located in Chandler in the Casa Paloma shopping center at Ray Rd., right off the I10.  Unique boutiques owned by local gals are my thing, so be sure to check it out.  She has all kinds of home decor items, clothing, jewelry, clever knick knacks, one-of-a-kind gifts and more.  And the owner, Kristin Wilson Alber, has done interior design decor for celebs and magazine spreads, too.  Definitely check out her shop!

So my table is set.  The college kids are coming. My husband will help cook.  My high school daughter thinks it is cool that big brother is coming with friends.  May your table be full and full of warm memories, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful to all of you for following my humble little mama blog.  Thank you!  And on this Thanksgiving, I couldn’t be more thankful for the three peeps that surround me in this picture.  My joy just can’t be hid and was captured in this photograph.  This would also be a picture of my heart.  Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 thxful

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s Day is coming right up on Sunday, May 8th so I have gift ideas that are unique, thoughtful, some funny and some that are earth friendly and give back, too.  Take a look and Happy Mother’s Day out there!
To see the article that accompanies this video with prices, websites and links visit the morning show site here.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For All

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  So I did some Heart Day shopping and I found all kinds of fun gift ideas for everyone on your list including teachers and stuff to cheer a friend up who may feel down on February 14th. And if you caught or missed my 3TV segment showing fun and unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for all, here is all the information. hearts


Cute Couple Set Gift Ideas

*I Love You & Love You More Cotton Polyester Standard Size Pillowcase Pair for Bedroom, Home Decoration Set, Anniversary Valentine’s Day Gift by Super Z Outlet ($12.99 for a set of two at Amazon) — Found these fun and comfy pillow cases on Amazon.  One says, “I love you” and the other one says “I love you more” making this pillowcase set perfect for Valentine’s Day! 

 *Shutterfly Stylized Monogram Name Mason Jar for him beer mug ($19.99 at AND Shutterfly Stylized Monogram 15 oz stemless wine glass for her ($17.99 at Both pieces say his name and then her name with a little heart in the center.  jar and glassSweet glassware set! 

stemless glass For Him:

*Broadway Basketeers Organic Gift Basket Photo Box ($34.92 at Amazon) — This gift set is unique because it is a photo box for storage so favorite pictures can be placed inside that are shown on the lid cover…and it is filled with yummy treats that include milk chocolate covered peanuts (7oz), Ghirardelli chocolate squares, assorted (5pc), milk chocolate Bavarian pretzels (2pc), dark chocolate Bavarian pretzels (2pc).  This is a perfect gift for a guy.

*Stud Muffin & Food Ideas – Make him a basket of his favorite muffins with a little sign that reads, “You are my stud muffin” or an apple pie with a sign that says “You are the apple of my eye” because guys love food!

*Jack Link’s Feed Your Wild Side Beef Jerky Heart Box ($7.99 at Walgreens) – The perfect box of goodies for him because instead of chocolates, this heart box is filled with manly beef jerky! jerky heart

*Emily’s Milk Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies ($3.99 for a box of 4 individually wrapped cookies) — Unique and fun Valentine’s treat gift idea. fortune cook

*Love you a latte mug ($5.09 at Kohl’s) – Get him the mug and then put a Starbucks gift card inside and his favorite coffee flavored cups, too. latte cup

Funny Valentine Gift Ideas

*Fan Face Cutouts (Kinkos and — Make him or her laugh with a big face cutout on a stick to show your humorous love.  And if your loved one plays in a sport or has an upcoming graduation or special event, the signs can be used to show your fan support.  Fun gift idea!

 *Giant yellow stuffed smiley emoji with heart eyes – ($9.99 at Walgreens)  Fun, cute and funny gift that will make the recipient smile.  emoj pillowThis is a fun one for kids, too.

 *Emoji Plush Key chains ($2.99 each at Walgreens) These are collectibles, too.  There is one that winks, blows the heart kiss and more.  Fun!

 To Cheer Up The Single Gal Feeling Down On Heart Day

cheer her up stuff

 *The Perfect Man Chocolate Man ($5.95 at Hallmark store and at Walgreens) – For the single gal pal who may feel down this Valentine’s Day, give her this yummy chocolate candy shaped like a man in red heart boxers.  The box says, “He’s sweet and decadently rich! Just how a man ought to be!”  This tasty treat will cheer her right up!

 *Hugs Cherry Chocolate Dipped Pretzels ($9.95 at Hallmark stores) — Yummy gift that is also nice to give a gal pal to cheer her up if she is feeling sad on V day.

 For Her:

love box lush

*LUSH Lots of Love Wrapped Gift ($62.95 at and at LUSH stores) — This amazing big heart gift box is filled with beautiful items from LUSH!  Inside the recipient gets the limited edition Roses All The Way soap, the Honeymooner chocolate and honey massage bar, the very moisturizing Love and Light hand cream, Ro’s Argan Shower Smoothie, a rose scented shower lotion for super soft skin and The Kiss Lip Scrub!  Plus the box also contains two amazing bath bombs!

*Giant 30 oz box of Russell Stover Assorted Fine Chocolates ($29.99 at Walgreens) – This will impress and delight her because this 1 pound heart box is filled with 50 pieces of assorted chocolate candies.

 *LUSH Prince Charming Shower Cream ($21.95 at LUSH stores and at — Every girl loves LUSH stuff and this shower cream is sweet with fruity pomegranate vanilla wash.  All of the LUSH line products are handmade with fresh ingredients that include fruits and veggies.  So cool!

 *Rose Jam Bubbleroon by LUSH ($8.95 at LUSH stores & — This beautiful pink bath bomb features the lovely rose aroma and looks like a rose shaped macaroon cookie that gives a moisturizing, softening and luxurious soak in the bath.  Love this!

lush seg items

 *LUSH Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb ($6.45 at LUSH stores & – Bath bombs are always a big hit with girls who love to take a bath and this heart shaped one is pretty and smells of precious rose and orris root.  This is also a great one for dry skin.

 *The KISS Lip Scrub ($9.95 at LUSH or – Perfect name for a heart day gift and this caster sugar scrub has a sweet mandarin flavor along with a touch of sea salt that will leave lips kissable, soft and smooth.  I love that the LUSH website says to go ahead and kiss and tell with this lovely lip scrub!

 *Pure 925 Sterling Silver Heart necklace & earring set – Big sale on this pretty 2 piece jewelry set since this $75 set was marked down 60% to only $21.23! 


Valentine’s Day Gift That Gives Back

give back bracelet

 *Chavez for Charity (CFC) Vday Bracelet ($9.95 at Hallmark gift stores) – This pretty red bracelet (lots of other varieties and colors are also available) gives back to charity.  The particular one that I showed in the segment gives 25% back to a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.  CFC also offers other bracelets that donate to additional charitable initiatives, too.

 For Both Gals & Guys

*Whitman’s Sampler I Got You Babe Music Heart Box of Chocolates (9.99 at Walgreens) – When this box is opened, Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” melody plays and yummy chocolates are exposed.  Fun!

 *LOVE Burlap Garland Be Mine Heart banner ($2.99 at Walgreens) Say it with a fun big banner that can be hung across the room or incorporated into a gift basket.

 *Godiva Assorted Chocolates now sold at Walgreens!  ($9.99 for a box of 9 assorted chocolates at Walgreens) – Who knew that the fancy Godiva chocolate line can now be easily picked up at your local drug store?  Makes life easy!

 *I Love Us 100 Love Notes to Share ($9.95 at Walgreens) — This little handbook holds big note cards that say fun things like “I Love You More Than Wifi” and “No One I’d Rather Count The Stars With” as well as a few fun and racy things, too! love cards

 *Married for Life Inspirations From Those Married 50 Years Or More ($12.95 at Walgreens) – This sweet little book shares the secrets of love that lasts with insights from couples who have been married 50 years or longer.  Love this.  Some of the advice shared are tidbits like never get too old to hold hands and marry someone who is a good cook!  married life bookSome of the advice is fun, some very thoughtful and others so right on!

 *You Are My Happily Ever After sign ($19.99 but on sale for $15.88 at Kohl’s) — This home decor love sign and many others are at Kohl’s stores. ever after sign

 *I Love You Forever positive affirmation socks ($9.99 at Hallmark stores) – Cozy, sweet and loving socks that will warm feet and hearts.

 For The Teacher

teach v day

*M&Ms #1 Teacher Happy Valentine’s Day Box of Candies ($4.49 at Kohl’s) –  I also saw this at Walgreens and what teacher doesn’t love M&Ms?!

 Fun Food Ideas For Heart Day

*Heart Pasta ($4.95 at Hallmark) Make a romantic dinner basket or make heart pasta for a sweet home cooked Valentine’s Day meal. heart pasta

 *Assortment of full sized heart shaped candy bars like Reese’s, Snickers and more are all sold at Party City Stores.

The pretty extensive list of ideas above should have you covered on Valentine’s Day.  If you know of a cool gift idea that I left out, tell us about it in the comments section.  Happy Valentine’s Day!







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Spring & Summer Styles That Flatter Your Figure

Manic:  Trying to update and add a few warm weather pieces to my wardrobe, while staying on a budget and finding pieces that are flattering on me to boot.

Managed:  Interviewed my favorite fashion expert, Heather Cisek owner of both the Purple Skirt Boutique in Ahwatukee and Dominique R in Scottsdale to get the lowdown on the trends that are fashionable and flattering on our figures, too.  Heather taught me about the right kind of stripes to wear, how to make denim shorts work and more.  Plus I found some affordable fashions at Kohl’s, slimming undergarments and a line of dresses that the celebs wear that truly take you down a size or more.  I had fun doing my fashion research on this one, so check it out…

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for All

Manic:  Another holiday is coming up!  And it is Valentine’s Day, a fun love day that I don’t want to forget, but I don’t have a lot of time to spend on it this year.

Managed:  Found some unique and easy ideas to celebrate your sweetheart, cheer up your single gal pals and more.  Take a look…