Merry Christmas!

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Hope you all had a great Christmas day! Here's to a great 2014.
Love, the Thompson's

for the last minute / gift guide

It never fails that we need a quick last minute gift. No matter how hard we try to make sure we have our bases covered it is always nice to have a few things lined up just in case. So, here are my favorite last minute gift ideas that cover everything from your girlfriends to hosts to next door neighbors.

Target will be your best friend. I mean--linens, wine, stationary. Super spot for quick pick up items.

Don't forget to check your local gift shop. Sometimes these places get overlooked during the holidays but usually they have the best gift options. If your a local, check out Kitsch in Norfolk. They have such a great selection....and you may just see some of Perch's knots there too!

Gift cards can seem impersonal but they never go to waste--at least not in the Thompson home! If you aren't comfortable with a gift card by itself, don't fret there are ways to make it a little more sweet. If you are giving a coffee or restaurant giftcard, pair with a bag of coffee or a to-go menu.

If you are in frantic mode--grab your scissors, head outdoors and snip a few pieces of holiday greenery. Bring it all together by wrapping it up with some paper or twine and call it a day!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday my friends!

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new camera + blogshop class

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Over the past year I've been hemmin' & hawin' over what to do about a camera purchase. A few months ago I blogged about this Canon camera that has been on my wishlist for a bit. Black Friday, Derrick and I went out and did a little perusing which led us to check out some cameras in person. After looking over the selection and handling different camera options--I decided against the 60D--it just seemed a little too much of a camera for my first DSLR. So, I went with the Canon T3i Rebel and I love it! Of course they had some crazy deals going on so I ended up with the camera, two lenses, camera bag and a 32gb card all for a steal!

My current point & shoot camera is a Canon powershot, which I have loved, so I wanted to stick with that same brand. So far, it has been very user friendly!

The next part is photoshop. That program can be a doozy and a little overwhelming for a newbie like me. One of my favorite bloggers, Design Love Fest, offers a blogshop class that goes over lots of these details. So the other day, I saw they debuted a streaming option for the blogshop class! I was immediately on board and grabbed a slot for the class in January. This was a much more affordable option too. {win-win!} I'm so excited and can't wait to learn some photoshop skills. Watch out peeps, I'll be a photoshop fool before you know it!!

the thompson tree

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Every year we look forward to Christmas tree hunting. After stopping by a few places, we found the one. And it is very tall and very full and we love it! Schlepping it home on top of the old volvo and bringing it inside was a doozy. The stump is so wide it just barely fit in the base.

You can see I was on the left side of the tree tucking the lights in further, and Derrick likes to have the lights un-tucked as shown on the right. We had a good laugh about that when we were all finished. Tuck vs. Untuck.

I have loved seeing everyone's Christmas trees all decorated and gorgeous. With ours, I just can't bring myself to be minimal or unique or creative. I mean, it's a Christmas tree and I can't get away from the traditional look. So, there you have it. With ornaments from our childhood, hand-me-downs from my grandparents and some new ones too.
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for the tech lover / gift guide

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New things are fun, aren't they?! So, when my new iPhone arrived a few months ago, the whole first world dilemma came with, what iPhone case to purchase. Why is a phone case purchase so stressful? It's just a phone case, not a life-changing item. I ended up buying one on Etsy , but it just wasn't exactly what I was looking for. The quality and craftsmanship was fantastic but I wanted something a little more sleek.

Then, I found Julia Kostreva. And all is well with the world. {smile.} And how about these ella b earbuds? The rose gold touch is so classy!

There are so many fun tech gadgets for the kitchen. This rustic wood ipad stand kills it in both form and function--great gift for the cook!

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You really can't go wrong with gifting an Apple product. The Airport Express will be much appreciated by the apple guru.

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Lastly, I've been smitten by the Nest family of products. They are so efficient and have such a clean design. This Nest Smoke Alarm is a nice alternative to the classic ones in every home--and it speaks to you?! Amazing. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a pretty awesome product as well. Definitely adding these to my wish list!
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photos + Christmas cards

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A few weeks ago I mentioned getting our photos taken by Alisandra Photography. Well, we received our digital images and had so many great ones to choose from for our Christmas cards. Our pup Sammy was with us and we didn't need to put him on a leash so you can see him wandering around us in the photos. Might just be my favorite part! Derrick managed to get caught being goofy and bring out some genuine silliness. Love that man.

We narrowed them down and chose our favorite; which I'll share with you soon. Now, on to addressing these bad boys and getting them in the mail!

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Refreshing Weekend

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This past weekend was full. Full in the sense of great moments with friends, accomplishing tasks for Perch Shop and getting housework done too! It was just one of those weekends that felt refreshing. Nothing record-breaking happened but it was nice to enjoy the weather, watch our local parade and have some fun with close friends.

Derrick and I woke up early Saturday morning and headed out to find some gems for my little Etsy shop. We scored big--thanks to my husband, the negotiator. I can be good with that part when I have to, but more often then not, he can do handle that part better and with a little more ease. I tend to give myself away with my excitement--which doesn't bode well with negotiating…..

There was one item I snagged for myself; this lovely wood ladder. I've been itching to find one that would mesh with our home, and I believe we found that one!

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After going to our favorite shops, I got to spend some time with one of my best girlfriends and do some grocery shopping. That might sound a little odd, but we both love going to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods so why not combine the two!

Later that night we kicked off our holiday season with our local parade followed by a Christmas party with friends. Such a great weekend!

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for the active / gift guide

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These bkr glass bottles are a gem! I just had my third bottle delivered on Monday and am loving the heart design. Great gift for the lady who has it all. Find them here, pick your favorite color and grab one for yourself! Helps the environment all while looking trendy--that's a win in my book.

Lululemon has some pretty legitimate activewear and this long sleeve top while be a sure hit. This was gifted to me two years ago and it is still my favorite cold weather running top. I have it in gray but this blue is a great color to put some pep in your step during the cold winter days.

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Accessorizing your activewear is a fun way to let your personal style shine. How about some colorful shoelaces and a fresh pair of sneaks for a pick me up? A nice pair of leggings are also a great choice for the lady on the go. Who says your active lifestyle has to be drab....not I!

For the next two Thursdays I'll be sharing some more gift ideas so stay tuned....

Cyber Monday Sale at Perch Shop!

Free shipping on all knot orders with code KnotFree
Head on over to my little etsy shop and take a look.
Happy Cyber Monday, my friends!

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