Thursday, December 30

Happy New Year, Feliz Ano Nuevo, Felice Anno Nuovo, & Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Duit

It's almost New Year 2011!

We look forward to this night.

Music, good food, wine, & champagne.

We celebrate different time zones. Our family is from everywhere.

We stay up and enjoy every one's Midnight.

We have family in








We celebrate the feast of seven fishes.

It's usually done on Christmas Eve but we started doing this tradition on

New Years Eve.


Shrimp, mussels, little necks, bacala, scallops, calamari

in a simple Meditteranean broth.

It's delish.....

Can't wait to start tomorrow morning.

For desserts,

from our local town bakery

The Annabella

Cranberry and meringue,

then on New Years Day

the kids and I make Struffoli.

I wanted to Thank everyone for a wonderful year!

I had the privilidge of following fabulous and inspiring women with so much talent.

It's only been a short while for me to start

Claudia Coming Home.

I have loved every moment and had fun. I still have a lot to learn.

Thank You for following.

It makes me happy!

Lots to look forward to in 2011 such as

The Big

One Year Anniversary of Claudia Coming Home,

I also look forward to your posts and pictures that inspire.....

Have a Happy New Year and see you in 2011!

Salut and start making sweet memories!


Saturday, December 25

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale & Nollaig Shona Duit!

Have a beautiful day with your family and friends!

I have been up all night gift wrapping, building dream houses, and adding final touches for Christmas morning.

I hope to be able to sleep for the next two hours before our kids wake up!

This always happens to me every year but it's so much fun to see their faces light up.

Here are a few Christmas touches around our home.

Enjoy this wonderful day and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

We were blessed with a White Christmas!

It was a fun week playing in the snow.

Take care,


Sunday, December 12

Wishing for a White Christmas!

Here in New England we are wishing for a White Christmas
to go along with our Christmas decor!

My husband flew out to Hong Kong yesterday morning and so we decided to pick our Christmas tree and do all the decorating last weekend before he left.

That is early for us.

Now if it would only snow.

The kids had their first sleep over under the Christmas tree.

Their cute little eyes covered with the 3D Christmas glasses.
Have you seen those?

Really cute idea for Advent and stocking stuffers.
They can see different Christmas images of Santa, reindeers, and snowmen.

They love them!

After they fell asleep I watched one of my favorite movies
White Christmas right next to a cozy fire.

Just wish my hubby was here with me to enjoy it.

Soon enough....

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Here are some inspirational holiday decor.

Have a great Sunday!

Image by Country Home

Image by Country Living

Image by Country Living

Image by Country Living

Image by Country Living

Image by Country Living

Image by Coastal Living

Image by Country Home

Take care,


Wednesday, December 1

Advent Calendar


It's the first week of December. It's so exciting!

We are getting ready around here to decorate for Christmas.

We started listening to our Christmas music playlists, gathering together after dinner and
watching our favorite Christmas shows.

Last night after the kids went to bed I watched one of my favorite Black and White movies

The Bells of St. Mary's.

While watching the great Ingrid Bergman I made an Advent Calendar.

I have purchased in the past card board box calenders filled with chocolates and have done the
wooden boxes with hidden treasures but I was tired of the same old thing.

So I decided to look on the web and found a couple of inspirations!

I loved one of them but it wouldn't get here in time.....

I decided to make one. It's simple but it's cute and the kids love it!

Do you keep the tradition of an Advent Calendar?

Image from Land of Nod

Image from Land of Nod

This one I almost bought but wasn't going to get here in time.
Isn't it cute?
Lots of room to put lots of goodies.

Image from Potterybarn

This one is my favorite. I wish I had more time to copy this idea.
Isn't it fabulous?
Image from Potterybarn

Here is mine.

Have fun decorating!

Take care, Claudia