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January 11, 2009



What a great reminder. Thank you! ~Kelly


I just read an article recently talking about using the special things we have instead of saving them for company. Go ahead and use the new nice sheets, break out the china for Sunday lunch. Buy flowers just for everyday and savor in the special things we do for others. Do them for our own pleasure.


So very sweet! ~Mandy

Betty Jo

I've been looking for just the right old punch bowl. We have a family tradition of coffee punch every Christmas Eve and I would so love to have a punch bowl for it. Absolutely Kim! Every day is worth celebrating. You so inspire me to reach higher each time I visit and read your delightful posts. Thank you Sweetheart!! xoxo


I use all my stuff ALL the time....going to get the punch bowl out.


Great idea. Love your message.


Hi sweet Kim :)

That's a beautiful reminder, one that I would treasure myself. I can't believe the holidays are over!

All of your presents in the last post are wonderful. I don't know of the others, but I just love Sheila. She has one of the kindest hearts in Blogland, just like you ;)

love to you,

Terri Takacs

Hi Kim!
I wanted to tell you I have just enough $$ stashed away to buy myself the Canon powershot G9 for my 50th bday in March.
Do you realy still love it? I am looking for something to hang around my neck for my daytrips to NYC etc.
Love the punch bowl ~ I have the same one!
Their is something SO exciting about putting the little hooks on the glass!
LOL! Terri

Daisy Cottage

Hi Terri!
How exciting! A new camera! YES - I LOVE my camera! I think you will too!
psst.. 1959 was a great year wasn't it?


I think that's a great idea, Kim! I like it there, and I like why you have it there. :-) I left my tree up because I have some out of town guests coming, and I wanted them to feel like our celebration is part of Christmas because I didn't get to see two of them then. I guess the decorations will come down eventually... hopefully by Valentine's! ;-)




What a great idea... and a great reminder that life is such a gift and everyday is worth celebrating. I hope tosee you soon.


It's always nice to be able to enjoy our pretties every day! Do you have a favorite punch recipe, Kim?


You have a GREAT attitude, Kim. And we all need to be reminded of how special each day is once in a while.

Our Red House

It's so hot here that cold summer punch sounds like the perfect drink.

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Rachel Going

Kim, How exciting! I have a punch bowl just like that! I use it often! And I also have 15 luncheon plates that I use instead of paper plates. I use them a lot! Thank you for reminding us to celebrate each day! xo rachel


Morning, Kim! I love that prett punch bowl! I have an old one my aunt passed down to me and I leave it out on my old antique server most of the time. It's there now! Yay! Every day we have breath is a day to celebrate! Happy New Year!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage

It is, Kim, you're so right! I love that! Happy day, everyone!!!!! xoxo Andrea


Hi Kim,

I have a bowl very much like yours, I would love to know your fave punch recipe !!

I used mine over X mas and we had Mimosa's:

1 can froz. orange juice/thawed
1 32 oz bottle club soda
1 bottle of Champagne

(my bowl is large so I doubled this recipe)

Have a great week Kim,
Kathy :)

ps mine is out on display too :)

Daisy Cottage

ummmm, sounds delicious!
I just updated the post with my sister's recipe... thank you all for asking!

Jean Eakin

Kim, The punch sounds wonderful and truly every day is a special day if we make it so.
You have a great special day.
Jean in Virginia


Love your message, we should enjoy life and all our beautiful things every single day.

Have a Blessed and happy week,
Virginia :)

christy in georgia

i love the recipe. and, i agree. everday IS worth celebrating. here's to you!


Hmmmm, that sounds delightful!


This sounds refreshingly delicious! Thanks for passing this recipe along, Kim!

Lavender Dreamer

I love being ready to celebrate every day and the punch sounds delicious! We have so much to look forward to in the year ahead!

Elizabeth Ann

Thanks for this inspiring reminder to celebrate every day (days can get muddled up and we need to remember how precious each breath we take is)'re a gem to share your positive self with us!



I love the punch recipe you posted, it is one of my favs.
I love reading your blog, so inspiring, and lovely things to look at. Thank You, and Blessings

The Decorated House

Hello Dear Kim~
So nice to come for a visit. I can always count on coming by to unwind and be filled with new energy. My visit was wonderful.
Hugs, Donna

Jules from The Roost

Thanks so much for the recipe. Yummy! I would keep that beautiful bowl out too! :)

Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

What a lovely thought. It reminds me of the old sentiment that Christmas is a frame of mind and should be kept everyday.

I hope your week is filled with much beauty and love,


I love punch bowls. I broke all of our cups during a move once! Thanks the punch recipe!

Sweet Cottage Dreams

I will try that recipe out - and WITH the champagne, too! Today I am having whiskey in my hot tea to chase to coodie bugs away. ha!

I miss you, Kim! Have the very best of a new week!!!!



Thanks for adding the Pineapple Champagne Punch recipe, Kim! I love pineapple!


Great idea. I would keep it out to as a reminder to myself that I need to not only add color in 2009 ;) but that I also need to have more people over


Beautiful reminder. Jill's punch sounds especially good.


I have a punch bowl exactly like yours! Everyday celebrations are the very best kind. I love using my pretty dishes.


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