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A Match Contacted Me & Other Fun Updates

Retro Style, 31 Gallon Trash Can

Happy Friday! Over the last few weeks, there have been so many things I've wanted to share but none of them were quite enough to create a whole post about, so I today I'm putting them all into one post. Contacted By a Match So remember back when I did the Ancestry DNA test? If you missed it when I got my results back, you'll find that post here: Ancestry DNA. After I got my results from AncestryDNA, I uploaded them to GEDmatch which was … [Continue Reading...]

Sailing With Mermaids

Mermaid & Shell Centerpiece for Nautical or Beach Table Setting

Welcome to the 414th Tablescape Thursday! Before we dive into Tablescape Thursday, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the great information you shared in the comments on my last post. As I figure out more about what has been causing the reactions I've experienced when eating certain foods, I will do a follow-up post. The "latex" connection several folks mentioned really caught my attention for several reasons. I won't go into all … [Continue Reading...]

No One Warns You!

Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

No one warns you that as you get older you're going to suddenly start developing weird food allergies or sensitivity to certain foods. The first food I can remember having a problem with, other than issues with ice cream and really rich milk products, was mangos. I had never eaten a mango before and one day I spotted them in the grocery store. I bought one, loved it and started buying them on a regular basis. Before long I had to give them up … [Continue Reading...]

One More Down, Four to Go!

Shell Chargers for a Nautical Table

Welcome to the 395th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings this beautiful summer day! Before we get into this week's Met Monday, a big thanks to Buzzfeed for featuring a previous DIY project of mine in this fun roundup at their website: 5 Insanely Clever DIYs That You'll Actually Want To Try. Check out the post if you have a moment, lots of fun ideas for the DIY enthusiast! For this week's Met Monday, my before and after is the continuation of … [Continue Reading...]

Friday Finds and Follies

Historic 1803 Home

Pssst: I just uploaded a new video to Instagram today. Follow Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram here: BNOTP on Instagram I was in Talbots yesterday and they have an incredible end-of-season sale going. I tried on several dresses. The prices are amazing with tons of stuff now 70% off, and that's off their already reduced prices. For example, all the dresses below range in price from $27 to $42!  You'll find the sale here: Talbots End of … [Continue Reading...]

A Lovely Summer Tablescape Can Transition Beautifully Into Autumn

Le Jardinier Jardin Flower Vase

Welcome to the 413th Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: From time to time I get questions about the items used in table settings here at BNOTP and if they are still available. If there's an item you've previously seen in a table setting, if I can find that item still available online, I will add it to the "SHOP-Favorites for the Table" category at the top of the blog. So if you're ever looking for an item you remember seeing in a previous table, … [Continue Reading...]

Video Walk Around Mahali Mzuri, Richard Branson’s Safari Camp in the Kenyan Bush

Mahali Mzuri in Africa 08

Last fall when I was on safari in Kenya, I stayed in Richard Branson's safari camp, Mahali Mzuri. One afternoon after returning from a morning safari, I grabbed my camera and filmed a quick walkabout for you. I wanted to take you around the camp so you could get a feel for it, instead of just seeing it in photos. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get it uploaded, but I finally got that done today. I still haven't finished going through … [Continue Reading...]

How I Saved $65 With One Phone Call and One E-mail

Samsung Galaxy Phone Inside Case-Mate Case

Welcome to the 394th Metamorphosis Monday! BNOTP is on Instagram! I usually post there twice per day. If you'd like to check it out and follow, you'll find BNOTP here: BNOTP on Instagram. Saving $$$ Feels So Good! Recently I learned something that ended up saving me around $65. That's a lot of $$$ to waste unnecessarily so I thought I'd share this experience with you in case it ends up saving you some of your hard-earned dollars, … [Continue Reading...]

Antiquing at the Queen of Hearts & Other Fave Finds

Oak Outdoor Swing Bed Made from Barnwood

So remember that "safari" table I created a while back, the one where I used the giraffe glasses I bought in the gift shop of Giraffe Manor when I was on safari in Kenya?   Where were these plates when I needed them?! If you are in need of cute giraffe or zebra plates, you'll find these here: Giraffe Plates & Zebra Plates   I think I need to buy some to go with my giraffe glasses seen in this previous post: … [Continue Reading...]

An Autumn Table with Woodland Friends

Squirrel Salt Pepper Shakers

Welcome to the 412th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks to everyone who left a comment on the decorating trends post. I really enjoyed reading those! I purposely sat on my hands and didn't comment/reply because I wanted to hear your thoughts and opinions. One thing I did want to mention, from reading the comments on that post, it sounded like a few folks thought the compiled list I included in the post was my list and my opinions. It wasn't. In … [Continue Reading...]

Design Styles: Which Ones Are Just Trends & Which Are Here To Stay?

White Kitchen with Granite Counters & Chandeliers

Yesterday I turned on the TV and caught a few minutes of one of HGTV's shows about "tiny house living." They have several shows going on right now about this latest trend. A family of four (wife, husband and two young children) had just completed building their tiny house and the wife made the comment that she knew folks would wonder how a family with two children under the age of 4 was going to manage without a bathtub. I had missed most of … [Continue Reading...]

Taper Tipper: Easiest Way To Trim Down the Base of a Candle

Wilton Armetale Taper Tipper for Candles

Welcome to the 393rd Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I shared this summer table setting for Tablescape Thursday. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left on that post--appreciated those so much!   The centerpiece for that table was all about candles, lots and lots of candles. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Romantic Candlelight Dinner on the Porch)   In that post I mentioned how I had used a knife to … [Continue Reading...]