Happy Black Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I just wanted to stop in today to share a Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway! How would you like to jumpstart your holiday baking with some brand spankin’ new kitchen equipment from Williams-Sonoma? Yeah, I thought so. I’ve teamed up with these 9 lovely ladies to bring you a shot at winning a $100 gift card to Williams-Sonoma! Be sure to stop by their blogs to say thank you! Good luck!

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Enjoy your weekend and see you all Monday with some photos from the #brightblogbash!

katie

Happy Thanksgiving  - centerpiece // Twin Stripe

The past few weeks I’ve been pinning table decor, sharing recipes and tasting wines in preparation for Thanksgiving day. Tomorrow turkey day is finally here and I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on all of life’s blessings.

This year has been challenging, but I’ve been so thankful to have an strong support system of family and friends. Without all of these amazing people I would be lost. Instead, I have made great strides in living my best life despite having to deal with a chronic disease. Thank you to each and everyone of you who has called, emailed, visited, driven me around and said a prayer for me.

I am also so thankful for my husband, Chad. He has been beyond amazing helping me adjust to living with narcolepsy. He makes sure that I don’t over do it, but pushes me to my limits at the same time. He also constantly encourages me to do what I love. He listens to all of my crazy ideas, helps me out with projects and drives me to yoga. Thank you for all that you do for me, Chad.

Lastly, as cliche as this sounds, I’m thankful for this blog and all of you! I’ve met so many amazing bloggers this year and I’m so thankful for all of the connections I’ve made. Putting energy into Twin Stripe has been just what I needed as I adjusted to a different lifestyle. Everyone’s supportive comments meant so much to me when I shared my struggle this year and I knew that spending time blogging had been time well spent.

As you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, be sure to take a few seconds to give thanks for all you have in your life. I hope you all have a wonderful day surrounded by family, friends and lots of delicious food!

katie

Happy Thanksgiving week! Who’s hosting Thanksgiving this year? Chad and I typically travel for the holiday, so I’ve never hosted, but I can imagine that everyone puts a lot of energy into the menu and the table is forgotten until the last minute. Today I pulled together some free Thanksgiving printables for you to easily complete your Thanksgiving table look.

8 Great Thanksgiving Printables // Twin Stripe

“Hello Fall” Printable, At the Picket Fence  |  Thanksgiving Placemat, Ella Claire Inspired  |  Utensil Holder, Craftaholics Anonymous  |  Thankfulness Cards, Lovely Indeed  |  Animal Placecards, Sweet Paul  |  Leftover Takeout Bag, Pizzazzerie  |  Leftover Pie Labels, Studio DIY  |  “Sweet Treats” Tag, The Tomkat Studio

I love the idea of thankfulness cards and am planning to print them out for my family’s Thanksgiving celebration. We all have so much to be thankful for that I love the idea of sharing it with those you love. Do you share what you are thankful for each Thanksgiving?

#brightblogbash preview // twin stripe

I wanted to share a quick peek of this Saturday’s #brightblogbash. It was a wonderful evening filled with friendship, cocktails and holiday cheer. I can’t wait to share more about the evening through Sara’s beautiful photographs. Enjoy your three day week!

katie

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Today is the last of the holiday gift guides and I’m ending with one of my favorite Christmas traditions – stockings! All of these stocking stuffers are budget friendly, all $15 and below. As usual, I selected items for everyone from babies (check out that donut rattle!) to adults to pups. Everyone deserves a little holiday cheer.Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stufers // Twin Stripe

1. Donuts & Coffee Chocolate Bar, Compartes Chocolatier LA  |  2. Geo Ornament, Furbish  |  3. Ornament Lip Gloss, Sephora  |  4. Heart Trinket Dish, Lulu & Georgia  |  5. Bananagrams, Modcloth  |  6. Donut Rattle, Poketo

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stufers // Twin Stripe

7. Lumbersmack, Freaker  |  8. Gingerbread Man Gourmet Dog Treats, TreatDreams  |  9. Dress-up Wand, Pottery Barn Kids  |  10. Cone of Shame Key Chain, cb2  |  11. Plaid Mug, Starbucks  |  12. Gilded Amberleaf Mini Tin, Illume

I hope you enjoyed this year’s holiday gift guides. Start putting your shopping list together this weekend, Black Friday is a week from today. I’ll be sharing some more Thanksgiving content next week and then get ready for some fun holiday content all of December!

I’m so excited for this weekend – the #brightblogbash is finally here! Susannah and I have been planning for a few months and I’m excited to see it all come together. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for all of the fun. Enjoy your weekend!

katie

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Today’s gift guide features one of my favorite gifts to give around the holidays – food! With so many holiday parties coming up, having a few hostess gifts on hand is crucial and many of these items will fit the bill. I’ve included a mixture of different foods and related items that will delight your friends and family.Holiday Gift Guide: Food AGift // Twin Stripe

1. Pickle Packer’s Box, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon  |  2. Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays, Jeanne Sauvage  |  3. Peppermint Bark, The Apothecary’s Kitchen   4. Jam Jar Pie Variety Pack, Jam Jar Bakery  |  5. Wood Cutting Board, AHeirloom  |  6. Old North State Party Box, NC Made

Holiday Gift Guide: Food AGift // Twin Stripe

7. Sweater Dog Spreader, West Elm  |  8. Curious Chef Kid’s Pizza Set, Bed Bath and Beyond  |  9. Clovis Nutcracker, Grandiflora  10. Eat Well Printed Napkins, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply  |  11. Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener, Anthropologie  |  12. Camille Styles Entertaining, Camille Styles

These ideas are perfect alone or you could add a little something extra to accompany it. Gift the gluten free baking book to your best friend along with some holiday baking it, bring the dog spreaders to a cocktail party with crackers and dip, and gift your favorite little chef his first pizza set. Everyone is sure to love these gifts!

I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for the last gift guide, stocking stuffers!

katie