Nov 24, 2014


Well you probably know I love this Thanksgiving week, I mean, it's my birthday, we get to eat a lot of yummy food, I get to do a lot of shopping and we get to cut down our Christmas tree and get all of our Christmas decor up. It's such a fun and busy week for us! So to help in the celebrations, I am doing a week of giveaways. Check back Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a new giveaway. They all end Monday, December 1st at midnight.

The first giveaway of the week is a $25 gift card to Gordmans. You know I love shopping at Gordmans mostly for the home decor. I can always find such great deals on things. But they also have clothes, toys and just about anything you would need to make your home beautiful. This time the kind people at Gordmans gave me a gift card and I chose to use it for some Christmas decor.
I found this little Merry & Bright print in an antiqued frame. Also, I love all of their bottles and jars, I bought this glass bottle and decided to add a few pines and a few more of my own glass bottles.
I saw this frame with chicken wire and thought it would be a perfect place to hang holiday cards. I am always trying to find a decorative place to hang Christmas cards instead of just taping them to the wall or throwing them in a crate. To fill it up before we start getting Christmas cards, I printed off some chalkboard art, made a little wreath and made some state cards of where my husband and I are from. I love seeing the little shout out to my home state.
For your chance to win $25 to Gordmans and get a start to your holiday shopping, just enter the rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Nov 20, 2014


You may remember a few weeks ago I posted about our new hardwood floors. I love the floors and even bought some new area rugs to protect the high traffic areas. Well, the Rug Pad Corner contacted me and offered to send some rug pads to pair with my new rugs. I was so excited because I actually had bought cheap rug pads but the rugs slipped all over the floor.
Literally, every day my kids would run on the living room area rug and it would slide. This is what my living room looked like after the kids played in the room. I had to straighten the rug at least once a day-those of you with kids know what I'm talking about. It was pretty annoying. I checked out Rug Pad Corner and picked a non slip felt and rubber rug pad especially for hardwood floors.
All the products are 100% natural which is a bonus! I also got a rubber non slip rug pad especially for ceramic tile that I have in my kitchen. And a felt thick rug pad for under my dining room table-I don't have to worry about that rug slipping ;)
It is awesome not having to straighten my rug. I have had the rug pad under the area rug for over a week and haven't have to straighten it once. And for someone like me who is self described as borderline OCD and actually cares that the rug is straight all the time-this is huge!

All of you can use the coupon code REVIEW15 for a 15% discount off your entire order at Rug Pad Corner!

*I was provided product for this review but all statements are my own. Thanks so much for supporting my sponsors!

Nov 18, 2014


Hello and welcome to this week's link party! I'm so excited for this time of year! I am slowly decorating my house for the holidays and can't wait to get our Christmas tree next weekend.
Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

 Rustic Wood Table Runner from Blooming Homestead

Marscapone Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie from Pink Wings

Thanksgiving Turkey Place Cards from The Happy Scraps

Rustic Log Holiday Card Display from Anything and Everything

Kitchen Renovation from Lemon Thistle
Party Rules:
1. Like The Winthrop Chronicles on Facebook
2. Become a follower of The Winthrop Chronicles 
3. Make sure to check out some of the other links before leaving
4. Link back to my blog, or grab a button and put it anywhere on your blog or post to share the love (link below)

This link party is for crafts, recipes or diy projects that YOU made. 

Remember to link to a specific post. Thanks!

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Nov 17, 2014


We have had our share of rainy cold days lately... but it's not quite snow boots and heavy parka weather yet. So here are some of my favorite must haves for those fall rainy days. After the sunny autumn weather has left, but before the deep freeze sets in. I love the boyfriend jeans and lightweight parka. And everyone needs a good plaid shirt. From what the weather looks like though, I may be pulling out the snow boots sooner rather than later. Yikes! 

Nov 13, 2014


A few months ago when I was in Michigan visiting my parents, my mom gave me this crate she found for me at a garage sale. It was such a nice surprise! I have a few other vintage crates and love using them in my house. This crate had obviously been painted to look vintage but underneath was an actual vintage crate. I knew some sanding would need to be done.
The first thing I did was to sand it down to the bare wood with a hand sander. Then I stained it with dark walnut stain. After that dried properly, I used some spray polyurethane to seal it. I also decided to add some casters to the bottom. I found them at a local hardware store for a couple dollars each and just screwed them in the bottom of the crate.
The casters were a really shiny gold so I used some brown paint and rubbed it on the gold, waited a few minutes and then wiped the excess off. It dulled down the shiny gold a little. So then I was left with some blank sides of the crate. We had just been in Europe and San Pellegrino was on my mind since I had been drinking it nonstop for the last few weeks. I used my stamping technique seen here to stamp it on both sides of the crate.
This little crate on wheels is great to store books and toys. I love a good garage sale find!
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