Free January Printables to Organize and Inspire

Free monthly printables to help you organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.


Stay organized and inspired in 2018 with these pretty free printables - an inspirational quote, monthly calendar, and to do list.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



With a new year about to begin, I wanted use today to kick off the start of a new monthly series that I hope you are going to find useful.  This is something I've been rolling around in my head for awhile  and am really excited about finally seeing it all come together.

A Letter to Yourself in 2018

Begin the new year differently by writing a letter to yourself to revisit the past and describe what you want to see happen in the upcoming months.





Start the new year differently and instead of making resolutions you won't keep, write a letter to yourself about goals, hopes, and dreams. #newyearsresolutions #newyear #andersonandgrant


I'm honestly not sure how I feel about New Year's resolutions.  While I enjoy thinking about changes to make each year (or season), there is something about naming them a "resolution" that seems to doom my success right from the start.  Up until the last few years, at the end of December I would think through the mountain of things that needed to be different in the year that was fast approaching.  Then I realized I was making the same resolutions again and again....without ever actually working on them.  Nothing ever changed.

Best Posts from 2017

Best of 2017 at anderson + grant | The most popular recipes, DIY projects, decorating ideas, homekeeping tips, and more from the year.


I can hardly believe that the presents are unwrapped, Christmas dinner is over, and we are just days away from the start of 2018.  Hopefully you had plenty of time to spend time with friends and family, watch a few (or many) Hallmark movies, and indulge in all the fantastic tastes and flavors of the holiday.


While I'm still kicking back and enjoying things today, I also wanted to take a look back over some favorite posts from 2017.  I know many of you have become new subscribers this year and may have missed some things.  And those of you who are my loyal followers may enjoy being reminded of posts that you learned something from or were inspired by.  Putting this together has actually been eye opening and really makes me confident in the direction I'm going to take us all in during 2018.

Easy 5 Minute Christmas Vignette and More Inspiration for Your Holiday Home

Create a quick and easy vignette for Christmas using a charger plate, candles, and garland.  

Create a beautiful Christmas vignette in less than 5 minutes with a charger plate, candles, and garland.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


With all the home tours that pop up at Christmas time filled with room after room of beautiful decorating, it is easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to making your own home special.  I think we sometimes forget that the holiday is not really about how pretty your home is or the cookies you bake, the gifts you buy, or how everyone else is celebrating.  But those things are what often become what we stress about.


This year, I've really tried to focus on enjoying and keeping things simple rather than focusing on what doesn't really matter much in the end.

Chocolate Covered Cherries and More Christmas Treats to Enjoy

Learn how to easily make delicious chocolate covered cherry cordials for Christmas.

Learn how to easily make delicious chocolate covered cherry cordials for Christmas.  Plus find more recipes for Christmas treats.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


While I don't remember a lot of what my grandma baked throughout the year when I was a child, I vividly recall Christmas being the season when there were massive amounts of cookies and candies being whipped up in her kitchen.  And one of the recipes she made each and every year was Chocolate Covered Cherries.

Holiday Housewalk 2017 with Balsam Hill

A holiday home decorated in a vintage inspired Christmas theme with Balsam Hill.

A holiday home decorated in a vintage inspired Christmas theme with snow and pops of red.  |  Balsam Hill Holiday Housewalk 2017  www.andersonandgrant.com
This post is written in collaboration with Balsam Hill.  All opinions and ideas are my own.



Christmas is a magical time of the year with a feeling and atmosphere that isn't replicated during any other season.  You hear soft carols playing in the background of local stores.  Homes smell of time tested family recipes baking in the oven.  Friends, family, and strangers have a generous giving spirit towards those they know and even the ones that they don't.

There is definitely a reason why the Christmas holiday is the one people enjoy most and try to stretch out the longest.

A Rustic Christmas Mantel and Tree

Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com
This post has been sponsored by Boscov's Department Store.  All opinions are my own.



Did you spend this past few days getting out your Christmas decorations?  Or maybe you were taking advantage of the Black Friday sales and did a little retail therapy?  However you spent this weekend, I hope you enjoyed the final days of your Thanksgiving holiday.  It is so hard to believe that the Christmas season and the hope and magic it brings is finally here.


Today I'm sharing a little bit of holiday decorating inspiration with you.  My mantel and Christmas tree have been decorated simply using items that I use year after year as well as a few new purchases.  It is always exciting to get a few new things to add to your holiday displays.  Even if you switch up where and how you place what you already have, adding in a couple things you've fallen in love with at the store keeps everything looking fresh.



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



There are so many places to shop for Christmas decor, whether online, at the mall, or in specialty shops.  One place that may not immediately cross your mind is a department store.  The same place where you can shop for clothes, appliances, and bedding typically have a lovely selection of holiday decorations.


One of my favorite department stores to shop at year round is Boscov's.  (It is the same store where I found the beautiful faux shrubs to display on my porch this summer.)  And at Christmastime, they have everything you need to style your home, regardless of your style.  From trees and ornaments to garlands, figurines, and stocking.  And at a much more affordable price than many retailers.  If you are not close to one of their northern East Coast locations, their products are also available online.



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com

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Since I wanted to keep a rustic, woodsy vibe to my decor here, I went looking for a few treasures that would coordinate with what I already had and could also be used again next year in different settings.  I try to buy things that are traditional and classic so they don't go out of style.



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



I fell in love with this small Santa dressed in neutral colors.  Just look at his sweet little face!  Since he is not very tall, I propped him up on some vintage books to make him fit into this display.



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Every Santa needs a reindeer and this one has the softest fur and prettiest eyes.  He is standing on my mantel just waiting for instructions from Santa about Christmas deliveries!



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Next to Santa is a centerpiece of snowy greenery with metal candle holders at different heights.  Having the candles at different levels is pleasing to the eye and causes you to look all through a display.


I'm a fan of lighting candles, but prefer to use realistic faux versions in my displays for safety.  I use them year round in my home.  They are a necessary decor staple for decorating your home in my opinion!



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And these deer stockings with fur trim finish out my rustic looking mantel for the year.  I was tempted to get a few of these last Christmas from a pricey gift shop and was happy to seem them available at Boscov's.



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Next to the mantel is my Christmas tree.  I've never had a real tree, but like everything else in life, I want the faux version to look as real as possible!  This Norwegian Spruce has upswept branches that stick out just like an actual tree cut from the forest, minus the mess of taking care of it.  (Boscov's has many realistic versions available online although this one is no longer available.)


I've decorated the tree simply with some old red and white ornaments, silver glass glitter pinecone ornaments, and a vintage inspired glass and tinsel garland.  And lots and lots of lights.


To make everything coordinate, I added a few red glass ornaments to the mantel top as well.


Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



The star at the top of the tree is designed by Kurt Adler and really reminded me of something you'd find in the Pottery Barn catalog.   My ceilings are too low for the topper to fit, so I wired it just down from the top branch.  I actually think the greenery popping out behind the star makes it more noticeable.



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And my "tree skirt" is actually a really soft throw made by London Fog.  It reminded me of a blanket of snow under the tree.  I can't wait to curl up on the couch this winter under this warm throw while I sip some hot chocolate and watch the snow fall!



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


I hope today's post has inspired you to come up with a theme for your decor this year and find ways to mix new and old items into your display.  I'd love to hear how you've started decorating your home!




OTHER CHRISTMAS POSTS YOU MIGHT LIKE:



Christmas decorating tips and inspiration featuring a rustic mantel and decorated tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com





12 Gifts Under $25 for the Women on your List | 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

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It is that time of the year when thoughts of shopping fill our minds.  There are likely numerous women on your Christmas shopping list that you need to remember with a gift this holiday.  But with so many people to buy for, you probably can't spend too much on each individual gift.  Choosing something special for the people in your life that you care about can be difficult, especially when a budget is concerned.

5 Tips for Styling a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

Five tips to help you set an interesting Thanksgiving table using what you already have.



Five basic tips to help you set an interesting Thanksgiving table using what you already have.  | www.andersonandgrant.com



Thanksgiving is one of the times of the year when it is worth putting extra effort into setting a beautiful table.  You likely have family and friends joining you for the holiday and will be cooking a more elaborate meal than normal.


It isn't necessary to go out an purchase anything fancy, though.  You likely have everything you need to mix and match a tablescape your guests will enjoy.  And it isn't as difficult as you might think.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti and 15 More Christmas Cookie Recipes

A simple and delicious Christmas cookie recipe for Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti plus over 15 more holiday baking recipes.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


Even if you don't consider yourself an avid baker, the Christmas season likely gets you into the kitchen to make a few batches of holiday cookies.  There is something magical about the countertops being lightly dusted with flour, dough on your hands, and the smell of treats baking in the oven.


Today the Tastes of the Season blog hop continues with each of us sharing a favorite Christmas cookie recipe.  (Catch up on all the previous posts and recipes.)   I always love finding a few different cookie recipes and trying different techniques during the holidays that I can make in addition to my traditional favorites.  You can find links to what everyone has shared after my recipe in today's post.

Hand Painted Santa Gift Tag Ornament | More than 25 Printables for Your Christmas Home

Download and print this hand painted Santa ornament to use as a gift tag on your Christmas gifts, place card for your holiday table, or to decorate your own tree.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


Wrapping presents for friends and family has always been one of my favorite activities during the Christmas season.  While some cheerful holiday music plays in the background, I find myself getting more into the holiday spirit surrounded by gifts, wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows.


There are people who are perfectly happy just getting the gift into a box and throwing a random piece of paper on it, but I'm not one of them.  There is something relaxing about taking the time to neatly crease the corners of my special gift wrap and tape everything down securely before adding a beautiful ribbon and embellishments to the box.

Using Nature to Create a Centerpiece for Your Fall Table

Learn to layer pieces of nature gathered outdoors to create a simple yet stylish centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving dinner table.


Learn to layer pieces of nature gathered outdoors to create a simple yet stylish centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving dinner table.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Whether it is created for your everyday decor, a casual lunch, or Thanksgiving dinner with your extended family, the centerpiece on your fall table can be the star of the show.  That doesn't mean it has to cost a lot of money or involve special decorating skills to create, though.  It is something that anyone can (and should) spend a little time putting together this season.

Bacon Green Beans and 12 More Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Add a unique twist of flavor to fresh or frozen green beans by sauteing them with bacon and onions.....the perfect side dish for Sunday dinner.





Add extra flavor to your to your green beans with bacon and onions.  #recipe #vegetables #greenbeans #andersonandgrant


Of all the holidays that we celebrate, Thanksgiving is probably the one most focused on traditions.  From the meal you enjoy to the people you have around your table and the way you spend your afternoon, practically everyone has a set plan of how the day will go.


In my family, Thanksgiving dinner has always been held at my mom's house although the guest list has changed through the years.  And as far as I can remember, the menu has always been the same.....A golden roast turkey, homemade sage stuffing according to grandma's recipe, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh squash and cranberry jello salad.

Decorating My Farmhouse Style Mantel for Fall

See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



It is that time of the year where home tours have been popping up across blogland for the fall season.
With each one that you see, it is easy to start feeling like you've got to do more for your home to be good enough.  Everyone seems to have a house full of new decorations without a thing out of place.  Sometimes you can fall into the trap of second guessing each decorating decision that you've made or trying to replicate what you see without much success.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Don't get me wrong....I love seeing what my friends and favorite bloggers are doing in their homes each season.  But I've been trying to do my best to remember to find each as a source of inspiration rather than a source of frustration.  It is important to focus more on enjoying both what you've created as well as the process of putting it all together in whatever way makes you happy.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



When my friend Kendra from Joy in Our Home asked me to join in her Fall Festival tour today, I was excited for the chance to share just one decorated area....my fireplace mantel.  Amidst all of the whole house tours, it is nice to focus in and really notice the details of a single space or display.


 All this week, some talented ladies have been sharing simple vignettes, front porches, tablescapes, and yummy fall-flavored treats.  There has really been a lot to be inspired by.  For the final day of the tour, it is all about mantels.  Links to everyone's blogs appear near the end of this post.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



As I placed touches of fall one by one onto my mantel, it dawned on me that decorating can be something you just go through the motions of doing or it can be an activity that you immerse yourself in.  Are you thoughtfully arranging treasures with meaning in your home or are you simply filling spaces just to empty your fall storage boxes?


For me, decorating is really all in the details and taking the time to reflect with each item I place.  Sure, I want to end up with something that looks pretty.  And since I'm sharing it here on my blog, I want to make it photo-worthy.  But it is those small moments in a vignette to catch your attention that make your time well-spent.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Nestled among a few white pumpkins and some burlap for texture are some of my favorite things.....


This pumpkin that I picked up a few years ago at Target reminds me of my luck at being able to find some myself after seeing them on a favorite blog.  With no Target close by, I normally miss out on these special items....but I really wanted some of these pumpkins!  (Read more about these rustic pumpkins.)



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



The acorns, leaves, and berries scattered across the mantel were gathered from an afternoon walk during this stretch of amazing fall weather we are seeing here in central PA.


Oak trees are my favorite as they stand tall and strong in the woods and I always seem to include acorns and oak leaves in my fall displays.  I really love how they look when they are dried.         

    

See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Because I love the symbolism so much, I also added a printed image of a watercolor oak leaf to a fancy carved frame I picked up recently.


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And the berry garland that is wound through the vignette makes me think of the sweet lady who owns the shop where it was purchased and how pleasurable she makes everyone's trip through her store.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



In addition to the fall touches, I like to include some of my favorite items that I decorate with all the time....


Stacks of vintage books add a little height.


An old clock adds a hint of the currently popular copper color to my display.  (Shop for a similar copper clock.)


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And the tall gray lantern anchors the decor on the mantel, gives some height, and holds three candles to add light to everything in the evening.   Even though they are battery operated, the "flame" on the candles is very realistic when turned on as the sun fades.  I love seeing them flicker together and highlight all the touches of fall.  (You can buy them at Hobby Lobby.)



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



While I hope that today's post may have given you a little inspiration for your own fall decorating, my bigger message is to remind you that your home should be filled with the things you love displayed in a way that brings you some joy.  Really take the time to be intentional with your decor and see each piece as more than just something to fill your own mantel or tabletop.


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



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The next stop on today's tour is at Personally Andrea.  She has done an incredible job at capturing the beauty of fall on her mantel and tells you exactly what you need to do to construct your own vignette!  Please take a moment to see what she has designed and visit some of the other talented ladies in this week's Fall Festival tour.








THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VISITING TODAY.  NOW BE SURE TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE OTHER INSPIRING FALL IDEAS....



Fall Festival Blog Hop with 30 bloggers featuring inspiring vignettes, porches, recipes, tablescapes, and mantels.




FALL VIGNETTES 




FRONT PORCHES 



FALL RECIPES



FALL TABLESCAPES



FALL MANTELS






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