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We made the move over the weekend and I’m exhausted! It is starting to look like home, but we still have lots of boxes to go through. We moved into a rental house and we are planning on being here for about a year as we build our new house. Here are some photos from the weekend.

Oh, by the way. I am now the proud new owner of an iPhone 5. Seriously, this is my first iPhone and I’m in love. Do you Instagram? I do now! Follow me: shophollydays

I’m really excited because Jen has a great post coming tomorrow! She is going to start being a regular contributor on the blog.

Have a great day!



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HollyDays Behind the Scenes

Well friends, today as you read this, it is officially our moving day. Our boxes are being stacked onto trucks and our furniture loaded. I took a few pictures of things around the office before we started packing and I wanted to share them with you so you could see our space. I had it filled with colorful things that inspired me!

Our phones will be down for a couple days, but should be back up on Monday. You can still leave a message and we’ll return your call. Jen and I will also be answering emails during this time.

Hope you have a great day!

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Holly’s Happy Finds

 Happy Friday! I’ve been wanting to compile collections of my favorite things/wishlist to share with you. So without further adieu, my first Holly’s Happy Finds. Of course, all of these things I already own, so it was easy to come up with my first list of favorites!

Holly's Favorite Finds

1- Eau De Toilette, Oiseau The Charmer from Anthropologie : : It has such a soft pretty scent- LOVE IT! {$28}

2- HollyDays Luggage Tags : : Such a pretty way to personalize your luggage {plus it makes your bags easy for you to spot in the airport at luggage pickup!} Cute designs + more coming soon. Football season is here, so football fans be on the lookout for your team colors soon! {$8.50}

3- Stella & Dot Serenity Stone Drops Earrings : : I love to wear these with practically everything. {$49}

4- Sseko Sandals :: {Pronounced \say-ko\} These are amazing with interchangeable straps. Made by women in Africa -a sandal company who provides “employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty”. I purchased mine from Philanthropy, a cute boutique in Franklin, TN, with a charity mission. {$39 + straps}

5- Hot Pink Skinny Jeans by Mossimo Supply Co. {Target} : : I just bought these and I can’t wait to wear them! {$22.99}


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Candy Making for Kids Book Giveaway!

Candy Making for Kids by Courtney Dial Whitmore

I am so excited about this today… I have a super cute book to GIVE AWAY! You may have seen that we were featured on Pizzazzerie this week! Well, Courtney Dial Whitmore of Pizzazzerie has a new book, Candy Making for Kids! The book is filled with bright, colorful photos and easy recipes for making adorable candy creations for kids and with kids! Here are some of the beautiful images in the book:

Candy Making for Kids Candy Necklaces

Candy Making for Kids Candy Caterpillars

Doesn’t it make you want to make some candy with your little ones today?

Are you ready to win this book?

Candy Making for Kids by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Enter to Win Here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Where to Buy the Book

You can buy the book Candy Making For Kids here (at Amazon) or here (Barnes & Noble).

Good Luck!

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New Orleans Trip and my Beignet Smile

We just got back last week from a trip to New Orleans. My husband had some agents to visit, so I tagged along because it was his birthday weekend. We had a really fun time and ate some really good food. Two things I love for sure, food and pretty architecture and New Orleans has plenty of it. Here are some of my favorite pictures I took.

New Orleans Royal Street

New Orleans Royal Street

Shopping on New Orleans Royal Street

New Orleans Jackson Square

Ok, now for the food. You knew I would get to that part, didn’t you?! Well, too bad I ate it all before I could take pictures except for Cafe Du Monde. Yes, beignets do deserve a photoshoot.

Cafe Du Monde Beignets

Yummy… just puts a smile on your face. Funny how you can still eat those hot fried things even when it felt like it was 100 degrees outside!

Cafe Du Monde Beignet

I think I’m going to try to make some myself this week with my 3-year-old. Now, we’ll just see how that goes. I pretty much think it is going to end in one big powdered sugar mess!

Happy Monday!

Holly McKenzie HollyDays

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Warehouse Sale!

Join us for a GREAT sale this Friday! We are cleaning up & clearing out. We’ll have the best prices on a variety of products, blanks, samples & fixtures/displays we don’t need anymore! You don’t want to miss this sale! Join our Mailing List for a special code we will email you this week for extra savings!

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Southern Living Cupcakes Book

As promised yesterday, we are giving away a SIGNED copy of Jan Moon’s Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes. I picked up my own copy last week at Blue Willow in Birmingham, AL, and wanted to share one with one of you! It is filled with a ton of delicious cupcake recipes as well as cupcake tips & tricks.

Jan Moon is the owner of Dreamcakes in Homewood (Birmingham), AL.

Source: Dreamcakes Bakery

They have an adorable cupcake truck that makes stops around the Birmingham area… super cute and OH SO YUMMY!

So… would you like to win your own copy of the Big Book of Cupcakes filled with delicious cupcake recipes? Here’s how…

How Can I Win?
{Leave a comment for each item you do below to maximize your chances of winning!}
2. COMMENT BELOW on this post about why you would like to win
3. Blog about this giveaway (be sure to comment below with the link!)
4. Follow us on twitter @shophollydays
5. Tweet this: “Win a Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes from @shophollydays”
6. Put our button on your blog
Ok, that’s it…
Good Luck!  Giveaway ends on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 12:00 Noon CST and we’ll announce the winner sometime Friday afternoon!
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Cute Earring Cards

I am loving how cute these earrings by Emily Schuler and Amy Henson of Tootlebugs look on the Earring Cards we designed for them! How southern and cute!

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Parents’ Picks Awards Post-Party

Join us today on Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect Website for chances to win prizes!  It is the online party to celebrate all of the Best Product award winners.  They will be giving away one of our personalized plates!

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Super Weekend Yard Sale Adventure

I’m super excited to tell you about my weekend!  First of all, I must tell you about a blog I love to read- The Lettered Cottage.  Layla is a very creative decorator and she’s awesome at redoing, re-purposing and reusing!  It’s the one blog I HAVE to check out everyday.  Guess how excited I was one day last year when I realized she lived in Prattville, AL?!  It made me love her even more because she’s an Alabama girl like me!  Anyway, I was even more excited last week when I found out that she was having a yard sale in Birmingham with Rhoda, a fellow blogger and friend of hers, just 10 MILES FROM MY HOUSE!!!!  Wow!  You better believe we were there bright and early Saturday morning!  I can’t wait to show you what I bought…

My niece, Gracyn, was spending the weekend with us, so we loaded up the car with the girls bright and early and went on our way!

Oh, and we also brought our trailer!

We were there earlier than Layla and her husband, so we had a little waiting around time… Animal Cracker, anyone?  Gracyn couldn’t understand what we were waiting for…

Well, our car decided to die on us while we were waiting in it, so after Rhoda’s nice neighbors helped us get it started again, we were in business!

Time to shop!  Rhoda took the photo below.

Then, Layla and Kevin showed up in a big van with a trailer of furniture!

First of all, I have to show you the chairs I bought: LOVE THEM…
Layla blogged about them here and they can be seen here in her dining room.
The numbers on the back of the chairs are 1,4,3 for the number of letters in the words

“I love you”

We also got an old dresser with a pretty round mirror.
I can’t wait to redo it… I’m thinking a pretty fresh white.

We also bought a pretty side table for my daughters room and this:
It is a panel made out of slats of wood that is stained to look weathered.
I’m thinking of painting a Bible verse on it in white or cream.  Any ideas?

And of course, I had to have my picture with Layla!  She is like a celebrity to me!

Thanks Layla for your super fun yard sale!  We had loads of fun!
I can’t wait to share what I do with my new items.
Give me a while to work on these projects, I have a business and a 16-month-old! :)

Hope you had a great weekend!
Coming up this week… a baseball baby shower, photos of our Christmas booth in the making and more!

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