Top Ten Tips From My Favorite Magazines - November


1.   I love this idea from Good Housekeeping - using mini pumpkins as candle holders for your Thanksgiving table. I especially like how they put hurricane lamp shades over the candles to dress them up a bit. You can find the hurricanes shades on Amazon. They have different sizes but I think the shorter ones would work best, so you can see everyone across the table. Click here to see on Amazon.

2.   Another great pumpkin idea from Good Housekeeping is buying 3 pumpkins in graduated sizes and putting plates between them to create a tiered food stand. I found some orange charger plates to put between the pumpkins. They are available in 10 other colors as well. Click here to see the charger plates.

3.  I saw these paper cheese leaves from Sur La Table in Martha Stewart's Living. Much safer to place food directly on a paper leaf than using real leaves. Click to purchase from Sur La Table on Amazon.

4.   I saw this idea in the current issue of Chatelaine. How cool would it be to make your own abstract candy melt bark. Click here for the instructions. Wilton makes candy melts in lots of colors. I am thinking  orange and chocolate abstract bark for Thanksgiving might be fun. Click here to buy candy melts.

5.   These face masks from KkCo were in this month's In Style Magazine. If you have to wear one for awhile, say for several hours while opening gifts, these look like they might be more comfortable. They come in a bunch of colors and designs. Click here to go to KcCo's website.

6.   I am forever looking for my reading glasses. I saw this pencil/glasses holder in HGTV magazine. They are at Lenny Mud. I had never been on the Lenny Mud site before and boy do they have some fun stuff for stocking stuffers and small gifts.

7.   I read in Zoomer Magazine that Alexander McCall Smith is releasing his latest book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I can't believe it's been 22 years since we first met Precious Ramotswe. How to Raise an Elephant will be released on November 27th. I've read them all and can't wait for the latest.

8.   I saw these narrow bookshelves in Living Etc. You can get them from Bayus 7, but boy are they pricey. Not in my budget. Maybe I can check with a local wood crafter to see what they would cost to have them custom made.

9.   Here is an interesting idea from In Style Magazine. If you are trying to break the habit of browsing on your iPhone, get an old fashioned watch. Not a smart watch. The kind your mother wore. I have not worn one for years. Since smart phones first came out we tend to check the time by looking at our phones and then get sucked into browsing Instagram, checking text messages etc. Imagine just looking at the time and no other multi-tasking.

10.  Saw this new Sofia Coppola movie On The Rocks reviewed in HGTV Magazine. Think I am going to watch it tonight. It's an Apple Original Film so you can see it on Apple TV. Billy Murray is still one of my favorites.