10 Reasons To Read Reese Witherspoon’s New Book: Whiskey in a Teacup.

If you follow me on Instagram, you likely didn’t miss my not so subtle excitement over Reese Witherspoon’s new book, Whiskey in a Teacup.  And it’s not because I’m obsessed with Reese Witherspoon, or the fact that I love Whiskey, or that I have an obsession with books in general.   Because all those things are true, but this book was really special.  I couldn’t put it down.  And by the time I was finished, I had texted all my girlfriends to go out and buy it.  Here’s why you should:

1.  You can totally judge this book by it’s cover.

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We all know I’m obsessed with coffee table books.  And if you’re a Reese Witherspoon fan (I mean, who isn’t?), the cover of this book is super cute and has her right on the cover.  It really is a beautiful book (and the pictures inside are beautiful too!).

2.  Totally a ‘feel good’ book

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You know how when you watch a movie and it makes you feel all good inside?  That’s exactly how I felt about this book.  I felt like I was sitting at the kitchen table having coffee with Reese as she shared all her stories, traditions, and tips.  She really reminds us what’s important about life–family, friends, home, and traditions.

3.  Recipes

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OMG the recipes.  And not just the food, but the recipes for drinks!  There is some serious good stuff in there.

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She even has full menu recommendations for different occasions.

4.  Stories + Memories

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Hands down my favorite part.  Reese shares a TON of memories and stories throughout the book.  She shares stories about important life lessons, shopping with her grandma, gardening with her grandpa, catching frogs, and how doing her own lemonade stand taught her a lot about running a business.

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And damnit she made me want a dog again!  She had me reminiscing about my own grandma and traditions, some of which were so relatable.

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And I loved learning about her mom, her incredible laugh, and her love for life and dancing.  Her grandma was a beacon of solid wisdom from beauty tips to her wisdom growing up in the civil rights movement, and the importance of love and inclusiveness.

5.  Parties and Traditions

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I LOVED learning about the dinner parties and different traditions she has and cherishes.  From the keepsake books for her kids, to the road trips (I already tried one of the games with my son during our morning car ride!), to the family dinners at the table, to the music, I loved them all.

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And look, now I’m convinced I need to host a Kentucky Derby Party of my own.  I’m already looking for some super cute hats.

6.  Tips, more tips, and then more tips!

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I don’t even know where to begin here!  She shares full menu ideas, table setting ideas, road trip games, hostess tips, flea market strategies, gift ideas, houseguest  etiquette, and even playlists for different occasions.

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I mean the list goes on and on.  And look, if you want to master the hot hair roller technique, or learn how to make the perfect sweet tea, this book is for you.

7.  The South

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As an extremely proud Lebanese woman, I LOVE how proud she is of where she came from, and loved learning so much about the South.   It was super cute, she even “translated” some of the Southern “language.”

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I loved learning about wicker and wallpaper, it totally gave me some ideas for my own home.  Reese talks about the music there, the traditions, the love for Monograms, and look, by the time I finished reading the book, I felt like I was about to let a few “y’alls” slip off my tongue.  Oh, and now I love Dolly Parton even more.

8.  Life Lessons

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Reese really hones in on what’s really important in life, from family and friends, to home and traditions.  She highlights how important dogs and animals are, and that it’s so important to make an effort in this busy world, to really sit down at the dinner table with your family and have good food and conversation.

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She talks about the importance of female friendships, and the importance of community and giving back.  I especially loved what she said about having a pretty home, but a welcoming and practical home for your family and your kids.  As she said it, “your home is not a museum.”  I think I need to remind myself of that sometimes.

9.  Book Club

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Umm, did you know Reese has a book club?  Not only does she share her favorites, but she shares ideas for a Book Club party menu, how she organizes her books, and all kinds of other good stuff…etc.  I cannot wait to start on some of her recommendations.

10.  Music, dancing, and playlists

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One thing I really loved was the theme of how important music was to her.  She shares many playlists throughout the book, and I thought that was such a nice touch!  She shares a little something about her early aspirations in life, but I’ll let you wait and find out when you read the book.

So go buy it!  Whether you need a cute coffee table book, a good read, or looking for a good gift, I promise you will not be disappointed.  I know this is definitely going to be my ‘go to’ for gifts for awhile now.  And Reese, in the off chance you ever read this, I totally get the sweatpants thing.  And thank you for reminding us that you can care about “silly” things like hair, makeup, or fashion, and still be educated, thoughtful, and care about other things like politics, and civic engagement.  And, please, write another book.

Love,

Deema

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3 Simple Hacks To Hide Cords and Media Equipment

You know how sometimes you listen to sad music in your car to really get in the mood?  Except you’re at a stoplight thinking about the cords in your living room, and how they made you really sad this morning while you had your morning coffee and then you hear a loud honking noise and you’re like “OMG lady it’s only been 2 minutes!” And then you drive off, turn up the music and wipe the tears off your face?  Hypothetically speaking, I’m not crazy guys.

So it’s been a month since I started sharing ideas in this space.  And the most popular post has definitely been the 3 Simple Hacks For A Prettier Home.  And I thought since many of you are clearly on the same spectrum of psycho that I am, then you probably have nightmares about cords too, right?  Great, so here we go, 3 simple hacks to hide those hideous cords and media equipment in your home.

1.  Electronics Hider

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Ok, so I get that most TV stands have a cabinet to put this in and close the door.  And, yes, I have that in my living room.  However, I’m assuming many of you have TV’s that are not in your living room?  This DVR and Roku equipment has been sitting on the dresser in my bedroom taunting me for months.  It was a huge eye sore, and I hated it.  Luckily Covogoods on Etsy sells these custom electronics hider.

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So it’s basically a bunch of books that are carved out to cover your equipment.  It’s open from the side and from the back.

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And it folds into your equipment like this.

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Tada!  Yes, folks, all that stuff went inside.  The back and side are open.  Scroll down to #2 to see how I hid all the cords.

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This shop is super responsive, and you get to pick the colors and sizes of the books.  Check it out HERE, it’s amazing.  And no, I did not get paid to share that.  One other thing, you can place this vertically to cover those hideous wireless routers you may have exposed in your home for the internet.  I’m pretty sure that’s why the sides are exposed, I have mine placed horizontally.

2.  Zip Ties + Decorative Accessories

So we have a ton of cords from the DVR, to the router, to the Roku, and God knows what else.  How do we organize all that?  Super cheap zip ties folks.

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There would have been no way to hide all these cords if they weren’t bunched together.  You can get these zip ties HERE.  Top off the books with a clock, an extra book I had at home (because it wasn’t quite high enough), and bam, no more cords.

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Now in the picture below, I also had three different cords that I zip tied together.

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Then I placed a large stack of books, and topped it with a super cute set of iron glasses from Pottery Barn to hide it below.

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3.  Be creative w/ furniture or home accents

Lastly, sometimes you need something a little bit more dramatic than some simple zip ties and tiny accents.

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Every single night we sat down to watch TV, I would complain to my husband about these hideous cords.  I zip tied them, started to color one white to blend with the wall (yes, I know), and I was still super annoyed.  Like daydreaming at a stoplight annoyed.  So I did what any other normal person would do, I went to HomeGoods for some inspiration.

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At first I went in looking for a trunk or a bench, but I have one on the other side of my TV stand and I felt like that would be too much.  Then I passed by the basket section and a light bulb went off.  I grabbed some decorative pillows, got a super cute shawl, and called it a day.  No. More. Cords.  I was happy people.

In sum?  Buy some zip ties, cover that stuff up with some cute decor or furniture, and if you don’t have a media stand, buy that super cute electronics hider for your router or DVR equipment  And trust me, ignore the lady honking behind you, sometimes we all just need a minute, or two.

Love,
Deema

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Coffee Table Books make everything pretty: 10 favorites from my home collection

Ok, guys, I LOVE books.  I love the way they look, I love the way they smell, and while I own and love my kindle, I still love the way books feel.  When I was a kid, I was a total bookworm.  Except I never really liked that term at all.  Like, EW. Why did it have to be a worm?  Nobody likes worms, why couldn’t I be a bookswan? Continue reading “Coffee Table Books make everything pretty: 10 favorites from my home collection”

3 Simple Hacks For A Prettier Home

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for little things I can do to make my home look just a little bit better.  Luckily I’m the daughter of a mom that is a bundle of OCD.  She’s shared a ton of tips over the years, and while I’m not quite at her level of matching spices and clothes hangers, I may be on my path to getting there.

You want cute optics?  I’m about to blow your mind with three simple hacks that will seriously, I mean seriously, make everything in your home look A LOT better.

1.  Labels

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You want a home that’s easy on the eyes?  Ya, that story doesn’t involve labels. Seriously, they’re ugly, they’re tacky, and they’re usually filled with pointless words, clutter, and unnecessary logos.  And, guys, they are honestly so easy to take off.  And for those that aren’t, please, you are an adult, you should own some Goo Gone.  I’m talking about doing something so simple, and making everything look so much cleaner.  REMOVE. THE. DAMN. LABELS.

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I’ve removed labels off deodorant, hand soap, dish soap, shampoos, and so many other containers and it looks so much cleaner.  It makes your home look like a HOME, and not like a pharmacy.  This is NOT Walgreens folks.

2.  Replacement containers and bottles

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LOOK. AT. THAT. EYE. SORE.  FYI,  I’m the kind of person that will skip out on a bottle of shampoo or lotion if the bottle is ugly.  However, I get that you are probably not on the same spectrum of psycho that I am.  Take my husband for example, he LOVES himself some Nivea.  Guys, Nivea is BLUE.  BLUE!  And, removing a label is just not enough for me.  Looking at that bottle every morning while I brushed my teeth didn’t make me happy.  You know what makes me happy?  This bottle.

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Look how much cleaner it looks in a separate container.  Everything now blends in.  It’s also super cute, and you can reuse it.  I also keep our Q-tips in this glass container.  You can get these anywhere, and they are so cheap.  I got mine at HomeGoods and the jar at Target.  Here’s another example in my mom’s bathroom.

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She has her cotton balls, Q-tips, and medicine in pedestaled apothecary jars.  I love these because they’re practical, organized, and look like decor.  Moral of the story?  If it came in something hideous, you need to put it in something beautiful.

3.  Colors (or not)

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My daughter broke her arm right before she turned two.  I asked if they offered neutral-colored casts, and my husband was mortified.  Get a bright color they said.  She will be happy they said.  I died a little inside that day.

Look, for the record, I love colors.  I’m just VERY particular about the pairings of the colors, and the shades.  Just look at these two sets of cups.  You have a pretty table set for dinner, do you want all these random colors all over the place?  Or a nice clean clear cup for the kiddos?

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And with that said, I’m very conscious of everything I buy.   Also, to avoid eye sores, I try to get all accessories for my home in neutral colors.  Yes, that means I have neutral colors for everything from my kitchen accessories like my dustpan or dish brush, to the toothbrushes in my bathroom, to the plates and cups we eat on, to the reusable grocery bags we use.

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Alright, now roll up your sleeves, grab some Goo Gone, and get to work.  I promise you, you will thank me.  Oh, and  this guy is seriously my spirit animal.

Love,

Deema

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