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How I Replaced 3 Travel Toiletry Bags with 1 Awesome Hanging Bag

Best Hanging Toiletry Bag for Travel

Welcome to the 551st Metamorphosis Monday! How do you pack your toiletries for travel? In the past, I've always used a combination of things. This bag below came as a gift when I purchased a cosmetic item--forgotten what now, it may have been a Clinique product. It has always been my catchall bag holding all the items that wouldn't fit in my smallish toiletry bag.   I purchased these leak-proof bottles a while back for shampoo, conditioner, and … [Continue Reading...]

Having Mile High Tea at 38,000 Feet and Horrifying an Innocent Flight Attendant

Having Mile High Tea on a Virgin Atlantic Flight

Welcome to the 569th Tablescape Thursday! For my flight back home from England, I decided to try Delta's "Premium Select" choice since surprisingly, when I booked the flight, the cost was not that much more than Comfort Plus. I can tell you now, I will try to fly Premium any time it's offered and fits within my budget because the experience was wonderful! I kept thinking the entire time, "This is every bit as nice as flying First Class." I just noticed today, it … [Continue Reading...]

My July Favorites, Recent Purchases and What’s Currently in My Shopping Cart

Great Cat Toys

As usual, I'm a bit behind in sharing my July Favorites and I have quite a few! Before I left for my long trek north to Ohio, I downloaded several books from Audible to my phone. I've listened to a lot of books similar to this one and rarely buy new ones since they all tend to say the same thing. The reviews convinced me that this one was worth a listen and didn't just rehash the same old stuff. After listening to it for a few hours, I agree! Definitely recommend … [Continue Reading...]

Marie’s Beautiful Screened Porch Addition with Before & After Photos

Decorate a Screened Porch for Summer

Welcome to the 550th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently I received an email from a Marie, a BNOTP reader. Marie saw the photos I've shared of my screened-in porch and decided to add one to the back of her home. This was the area where Marie decided to add on her porch.   Marie shared a few photos in her email showing the process of building the porch.   It appears in the photo below that the double windows were replaced with French … [Continue Reading...]

What If Gray Lamps…and Finally, The “Personalized” Pillow Shams Are Here

Dinosaur Bedding with Gray Lamps

A few days ago I shared a Before/After my daughter-in-law and I completed in my grandsons' bedroom. (View that post here: Bedroom Makeover: Dinosaur Themed Bedroom for Two Dinosaur-Loving Boys.)   The week before this bedroom makeover, I stopped by my local At Home store and picked up some lamps I hoped would work with the bedding and the chest we planned to use.   The night before we assembled the beds in the boy's room and put the … [Continue Reading...]

A Jungle Safari Table Setting: One for the Grownups and One for the Kids

Safari Jungle Napkin Rings

Welcome to the 568th Tablescape Thursday! We're dining outdoors for this week's Tablescape Thursday.   I've been itching to use these melamine jungle/safari themed plates since purchasing them earlier this summer. (Jungle print plates are available here: Jungle Plates.)   I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted this to be a fun table for the grownups or one for the kids, so I ended up creating both. I started out with the adults in … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Christian Dior Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2019

Christian Dior Exhibition, 2019, London England

Well before I left for my trip to England, Nicole, a personal shopper I follow on Instagram who often travels to England, posted a video highlighting the Christian Dior Exhibition taking place in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I checked the dates of the exhibit and was disappointed to see it would be ending the day before our arrival in London. When we arrived in London, I was so happy to discover that due to its popularity the dates of the exhibition had … [Continue Reading...]

Bedroom Makeover: Dinosaur Themed Bedroom for Two Dinosaur-Loving Boys

Orange Lamp, Boy's Bedroom

Welcome to the 549th Metamorphosis Monday! In a previous post, I shared some plans my daughter-in-law, Nancy, and I've been working on for the bedroom belonging to my two grandsons. The boys, ages 3 and 5, were ready to graduate from their convertible crib/toddler beds to big-boy beds. I had saved my son's childhood bedroom furniture all these years, so I loaded the two beds into my SUV and headed north.   Thanks so much for your comments on my … [Continue Reading...]

Dining at 35,0000 Feet & the Huge Mistake I Made When Flying Delta One

What's it like to fly Delta One

Welcome to the 567th Tablescape Thursday! I'll be leaving for Ohio tomorrow and though I had plans to set a table yesterday, I found my self totally distracted thinking about the last element I needed for this little makeover my daughter-in-law and I are planning for my two grandson's bedroom. I had everything we needed except for one thing: a great lamp. A friend suggested I check At Home, a store she loves to visit whenever she's home visiting family here. … [Continue Reading...]

Do You Own a Barefoot Dreams Cardigan?

Beds and Bedding

Thanks so much for all your comments and ideas on Monday's post, I appreciate them all so much! I spent the better part of yesterday doing this. Wow, what an all-over-body workout!   The two beds you see below in this photo, including the two riser sections...   ...are now inside my SUV. I loaded, unloaded and reloaded my SUV about 5 times yesterday, trying to find a way to fit the chest-of-drawers in with the beds. There was just no … [Continue Reading...]