Happy 2018! Are you elated to be welcoming a new year, too? I’d like to start 2018 off by sharing some thoughts with you about the last three months and share where the blog will – and won’t – be headed this year. 2017 and Changes So much happened during the last quarter of 2017. And because of all the changes and chaos, the blog has taken a back seat, as you likely noticed. Experiencing…

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Since most of us are still in the midst holiday shopping, I thought I’d add to my previous Holiday Gift Ideas from Wine Country post with several more of my favorite and fabulous wine country businesses that would love your support this season. My Favorite Holiday Gift Ideas from Wine Country, Part 2! Olive and Poppy The best of Wine Country Chic can be found at Olive and Poppy. They carry a variety of accessories…

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Most holiday seasons I write a blog post – sometimes a few – all about holiday gift ideas. I like to feature small businesses and I only choose businesses that have products and/or services I myself buy, use and like. With the recent fire disaster in wine country, I want to shine the spotlight on several small businesses based here in wine country. Businesses here need our support this season, now more than ever before.…

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Welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday! 1 – Thanksgiving Day  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving Day if you celebrated. This year Rob, my husband’s younger brother and his wife, Debbie hosted at their home in Sebastopol where I stayed for 11 days last month during our fire evacuation. It was good to return under less worrisome circumstances and always fun to be around our family and Debbie’s. Debbie and her daughter set…

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Hello, friends. By now you have likely heard about the fires here in Northern California that have destroyed thousands of homes and buildings, charred hundreds of thousands of acres and resulted in 35 deaths at last report. It’s an epic disaster. I wanted to check in to let you know my family and I are okay. My stepdaughters, our 4 dogs and I are staying with my sister-in-law (our angel!) in a safe area. My…

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Knock, knock! Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you! I used to crack up whenever I heard or told that knock-knock joke when I was a little kid. Did you? Now I think it’s just plain cute. I’ve also loved the color olive green since childhood and remember when I decided it was one of “my” colors. Eons ago, when I was in sixth grade, I had saved up $33 from babysitting and mowing our lawn.…

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