Winners, A HomeGoods challenge and HomeGoods giveaway!!

Hi there and Happy Sunday, hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Lots to talk about today.


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Our weekend has been busy but a good one ( super productive) and on top of a few things we had going on I have also been sprucing things up for the holidays here and there. Two very important things to do here today. First off, I want to announce the lucky winner of either the gorgeous trivet or olive tray for the European kitchen giveaway. A hearty congratulations goes to......


I would have to choose #11, but they are all absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway :)

Contact me here to provide your shipping details and selection so this can be right on it's way!

Second, bring on the drum roll....the response to the "Hooray for the holidays" contest was amazing! I thank each and every one of you who took the time to send in your wonderful pictures and to all who voted. I had such fun putting it all together and will look back often on ALL of the amazing entrants. As per Polldaddy, here is the first and second place winners!! A big congratulations to you both, the victory is well deserved and indeed both images really do capture the theme "Hooray for the holidays"!

1st place goes to Lynda with 86 votes

2nd place goes to Susan with 71 votes

A few honorable mentions that had a healthy number of votes.......

Please contact me here to provide your shipping details so your gifts can be on their way! Thank you again to all who participated. I will announce details of my next contest later this week.....

Since I was chosen earlier this year as the "Classic" blogger of choice for the super famous HomeGoods (thank you HomeGoods).....I was contacted about a fun holiday challenge. If you haven't taken the Stylescope quiz,  you must! Its fun to see what you style you most gravitate towards. The challenge was to go in and purchase some goodies with a generous gift card courtesy of HomeGoods. It was my pleasure! What a place to stock up....the prices simply cannot be beat, period.  They were chock full with some really amazing holiday finds.

 I had fun taking a few pictures during my excursion (despite some weary looks from shoppers wondering why a roll of gift wrap warrants a picture:)  and  am sharing with you some "after" shots though this is still a work in progress. I tend to decorate most of the month of December, it's a month long activity, tweaking/adding as I go but you can see things as they are coming was such fun!! No one fell swoop for's a loooong drawn out affair though this year my goal is to have the bulk done by Dec. 10th and I am well on my way:)

I promised a giveaway a week until Christmas and I have all kinds of amazing things lined up! Best part....HomeGoods has so generously offered an extra two $50 gift cards to two lucky enchanted home readers for my giveaway this week.  This way you can go on your own little shopping trip and stock up on some holiday favorites, there  really are all kinds of amazing treasures there!  Details to enter at bottom.....

A recap on what I found during my excursion to my local HomeGoods.......

 Gift wrap galore..and it was so pretty!
Decorations were at every turn....

 Beautiful pinecone topiaries....can't have too many and stocking up on giftwrap (3.99 a roll)!!!!
 I love nutcrackers and have a growing collection.....added two to my family.
 Candles everywhere....
 Was so happy to find these huge flameless battery operated candles, 19.99 (at a nearby store this size was $70) a bargain :)
One can never ever have too many napkins!!!! They had a fabulous collection and sooo reasonable
 Cocktail napkins anyone? Picked up a bunch to have on hand for guests and our family Christmas party
Always like to keep wine bags on hand during the holidays....
 ANOTHER bay of napkins!! They are less than half of what I normally pay...woo hoo:)
 The shopping cart getting fuller and fuller....

 Ribbon galore! Always have to have lots of ribbon on hand
 There was all kinds of beautiful ribbons!
So many cute gift tags, can never have too many of these and very well priced too.

 I loved and picked up several of these beautiful gift boxes, you don't need wrapping paper..perfect.

 Holiday bags of every shape, size and color.
 Love picking up pretty holiday themed kitchen towels...another great way to add some spirit!

 And do not forget about our beloved pets...their "toys for pets" dept was enormous!
 Teddy would attack that little monkey right there...its all in the eyes!
 Ribbon anyone?

 You can't forget about holiday toiletries!! I love stocking up on holiday scented soaps, candles and bath products for both my powder room and to add a special touch to guest rooms for out of town guests!

 At the end of a loooong line, and this particular HomeGoods is ALWAYS packed (with good reason) but to their credit they move the lines remarkably fast
 Mission accomplished!!

Now meanwhile back at home...I started to unpack all the goodies. It was fun sorting through it to see how it would work with my existing decor and indeed it was a very very good shopping trip! Here is how some things are starting to come together. Some people do all their decorating in one fell my case I do it a little bit at a time, and tweak constantly (its my OCD). So I do it bit by bit, but am off to a good start and this is early for me, so even better:)

 Found a pretty white pointsetta plant which looked really good and was perfect for my blue and white footbath! I bought a bunch of faux pointsettas about 6 years ago and haven't found them since (only really cheesy ones) I so wish there had been more than one!

And fell in  LOVE with these beautiful pine cone and moss ball cone topiaries, which I promptly placed in two and white containers....

 Here are the wicker stag deer planters, I stuffed the white pointsettas in them, charming!

 Found beautiful German nutcrackers to add to my own existing nutcracker collection, I am still playing with them but put them on this chest for now....

And in the bathroom and kitchen....
 Love this pair of beautiful white amaryllis with berries and greens, they were perfect for adding a little holiday cheer to the powder room!

Added the beautiful pair of gold and white nutcrackers to the powder room and the pretty holiday themed guest towels in the bath to keep the Christmas magic going.....

Added these battery operated very large pillar candles to my hurricanes on my dining table. Normally these are around $60 for this size...these were $19.99.
 And yes of course I will be removing the price tag:)

 And even in my kitchen, love the festive feel that the pretty dishtowels give..its those little touches that do it.....

Added some pretty cocktail napkins to my little holder in the living room....

And I have plenty more napkins and wine bags galore....

Was stopping off at Christmas party, so put a bottle of wine in one of the pretty new wine bags added a sprig of greens and off we went!

Added these pretty green and gold candlesticks to a small vignette in my pantry....

Can you imagine my delight when I spotted these beauties!!! Chinoiserie heaven:) My first thought was to spray paint them white or navy for outside, and I may do that but they are quite pretty in the black with a glaze for now going to keep them as is. I think with acorns, some greenery and a big pillar candle...they could make quite the holiday statement.

And though I have only wrapped ONE lonely gift, I must say it felt like the season is now official having  wrapped my very first Christmas gift!! I love adding little embellishments to it.....(much more to come). The gift wrap selection was as good or better than anywhere I have seen and there wasn't a roll over $3.99! Love the ribbon and giftwrap, their selection was amazing.....
 Dont' worry I smoothed out the wrinkles :)

So even though this is just the start....I am feeling good about my progress and have HomeGoods to thank! I cannot tell you how much the stores have, and the prices simply cannot be beat! Now lets talk about this giveaway....

Two lucky winners will each get a $50.00 gift card. All you need to do to be in the running is  Visit HomeGoods and take the style quiz to see what your style is. YOU MUST TAKE THE 20 SECOND STYLEQUIZ AND COME BACK TO TELL US WHAT YOUR STYLE IS TO BE ELIGIBLE. to visit and take the quiz. Come back here and tell me what style you are.

Want a second chance? Leave a comment on HomeGood's Facebook page () telling them you are from Ana laila and your style as per the Stylescope quiz.  That's are in the running!

 I will announce two winners on Friday and announce my next giveaway at that time too. Thanks for stopping in, and wishing you a wonderful day and end to your weekend. Over here we are due to get some SNOW!!!! Good day to stay in and decorate:) 

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