Vintage Memories of Christmas and Mother’s Cheese Grits

If you could go back to any point in time at Christmas when would it be?  Mine would be in the late 60’s, early 70’s during the “wonder” years, when I was little and I knew for sure there was a larger than life, fatherly man coming down the chimney after midnight. Here are the top things I remember: Tons of Friends Coming Over for Parties: People like Mary, Rhoda and Lou were always at our house. Mother had such great friends (just like me) who never had to come up with a reason to throw a party.    Mother and Daddy would have parties for their employees, a Christmas Eve party for close friends, neighbors and family, then get together for Christmas day with family for an entire day of eating, playing, and celebrating.  Not to mention the luncheons and coffees with close friends she’d host mid-week.  I remember going … Continue reading “Vintage Memories of Christmas and Mother’s Cheese Grits”

What Would Holley Wear: Plaid Tidings

“Plaid Tidings,” dear friends!  Since plaid is one of our favorite “it” patterns, we want to share some fun ways to wear plaid during the holiday season.   I bet you are right in the middle of shopping and gift wrapping.  Speaking of wraps, let’s start with coats. A trench coat is “the coat” of the year.  When you add a plaid trench to the equation, you’ve got a holiday hit! We are major crushing on Burberry’s high-gloss trench….great for holiday shopping and even for a rainy day!   If you own a classic camel trench, think about giving it a festive pop with a plaid scarf.  A plaid scarf draped over the shoulder and tucked through the coat belt is insanely stylish.  A green plaid scarf from Tuckernuck will add an effortlessly classic touch to any trench. And be sure to check out the beautiful red plaid coat by … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Plaid Tidings”

Mrs. Twist Gives This: Gift Ideas for Her

I’ve got some great gift ideas for the sweet lady in your life.  If you want to check out the others ideas I’ve shared previously I’ve linked those stories at the end of this post. First, pajamas from Soma.  Right now they are offering a great deal on their PJ sets for only $29 (normally priced $64)!  They are really soft and have the coolnights fabrication.  Check out all the styles both long and short sleeved. Next, I would love a Mark & Graham monogrammed pill case.  I think it’s such a nice way to personalize and hide away the drug store plastic pill box.  Right now they are on sale for $38.99 (add an additional $9 for monogramming). Next, this is going to seem random, but I love this blowdryer!  One of my bestie’s Mary introduced me to the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer.  I detest blowdrying my hair … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Gives This: Gift Ideas for Her”

Home with a Twist Podcast: Episode 6

Episode six is live and read to listen here on Soundcloud or any channel you listen to podcasts. This episode I am sharing the life of my brother Jim and his death to suicide.   I included resources like the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation and  the National Alliance for Mental Illness. We talked about creating a mantra for 2019.  Mine for 2018 was #joiedevivre — Seek Joy in Everyday.  It has been one of the best strategies for me to focus on words of empowement rather than setting unrealistic goals. Send this fun postcard to Santa from the app Touch Note. And the game of This or That Christmas.  It is alot of fun. It you want a copy, email me at [email protected] and I will send it to your inbox. I shared a fun retro recipe for Cinnamon Red Hot Cider that my mother loved to make for the holidays.  You can … Continue reading “Home with a Twist Podcast: Episode 6”

It Happened in Pawhuska, Oklahoma! Travel Tips to see the Pioneer Woman

Bestie and I made a pilgrimage to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to check out all things Pioneer Woman and it did not disappoint.  Located in Osage county in the northeastern part of the state it should be called “Pawhuska:  Pretty Happy People.”  The hospitality in this town was by-far the best I have ever received. We started our 72 hour getaway with a stop in OKC to tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Musuem.  We spent several hours just taking in all the powerful moments captured in the thought provoking exhibits.  Honestly, I could have stayed at least another few hours, but we needed to head on to Pawhuska another three hours down the road.  If you’ve never toured this memorial, it’s a must.   Beautiful, reverent and inspiring. Our next stop was for a treat at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies.  Who wouldn’t brake for fried pie dough stuffed with filling!  We … Continue reading “It Happened in Pawhuska, Oklahoma! Travel Tips to see the Pioneer Woman”

What Would Holley Wear: (OCD) Obsessive Christmas Disorder

Is there a doctor in the house?  I know I’m not supposed to self-diagnose, but I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with something called OCD (Obsessive Christmas Disorder)!  The good news according to my research….I should be on the mend by January 1! Did I mention, we love Christmas “a-latte”?  Sitting by the tree with a cup of coffee and wearing a cute pair of pajamas definitely puts me in the holiday spirit.  From plaid flannel PJs to reindeer slippers, it just makes me happy! How cute are a pair of blue penguin pajamas? Pretty cute….right? And of course they look adorable when matched with penguin house shoes! Hmmm…a great gift idea for my daughter-in-law….penguin lover extraordinaire!    You know that feeling when you are so crazy/busy during the season and just need a moment to catch up and meet a friend for a cup of coffee?  We’ve got just … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: (OCD) Obsessive Christmas Disorder”

Gingerbread Project: A Sweet Way to Celebrate the Season

One of my most favorite projects to-date was the time I built a gingerbread retro-camper from scratch!  I wanted to share this story with you.  It was alot of work, but oh so fun.  Enjoy! My friend Jessica invite me to be a “celebrity” participant in her sorority’s 16th annual Cookies and Castles charity event benefiting Cook Children’s Medical Center. Since 2001, the Gingerbread Extravaganza, has become a holiday tradition cherished by many in Fort Worth. I love a challenge, and of course the first place I went for inspiration was Pinterest.  Representing Home with a Twist, I wanted something special that told a story and represented me.  As soon as I saw this idea I went to work on my plan! Sugar and Cloth posted this retro gingerbread camper on Pinterest last Christmas.  I grew up going camping in my parent’s motor home and I thought this would be the perfect way to … Continue reading “Gingerbread Project: A Sweet Way to Celebrate the Season”

What Would Holley Wear: Our Four Favorite Sweater Styles

Besides keeping us warm, sweaters also complete an outfit. With long cardigans, statement sleeves, cable knits, and turtlenecks, let’s get started and talk about some of this season’s sweater trends! Do you like to make a statement? Then sweaters with statement-sleeves are definitely the look for you. One of our Pinterest board picks shows a gray hooded sweater with bell sleeves paired with white jeans, a Louis Vuitton backpack, and brown lace-up Vans.  Style influencer, Jess Kirby, puts together a cute ensemble featuring a white sweater with pop-corn sleeves paired with crop jeans and a teddy bear coat.   Bulky sweaters with balloon sleeves are so on-trend.  A Pinterest board favorite features one of these beauties styled with a Staud bucket bag and large pearl hoop earrings.  A super-sized gray sweater with balloon sleeves matched with gray jeans looks so comfy and perfect for a casual night out by the … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Our Four Favorite Sweater Styles”

Mrs. Twist Gives This — Gifts for the beverage lover

Welcome to part two of my gift guide (you can read part one here).  Today, I will be sharing ideas for the friend that loves iced tea and coffee.  First, the Takeya Iced Tea Maker.  For years I relied on my trusty Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker.  The machine worked fine, but over the years the design of the pitcher to brew the tea  changed and the quality was not the same which meant that each time I brewed tea, the pitcher would leak.  Well, when I was at my friend Pam’s house she used the Takeya Iced Tea Maker and it brewed the most delicious glass of iced tea.  I always have a pitcher of iced tea in the refrigerator ready to go, and second I like to use PGTips loose tea and the Takeya checks both boxes.  You boil a kettle of water and pour it straight into the … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Gives This — Gifts for the beverage lover”

Monday Motivation: Holiday Cleaning and My Favorite Cleaning Products

It’s Monday and you know what that means…my day to launch something to keep you motivated for the week.  Today it’s housekeeping.  Pretty timely since your house was likely filled with family, friends and like me a college student home for the holiday.  They’ve all left you with full stomachs, great memories and a dirty house.  Well today is your lucky day! If you don’t already know about Clean Mama’s website to help you “keep a clean house while still enjoying your family and life with simple cleaning routines that’s perfect for busy homes” you are going to love her free downloadable December calendar. Visit her site for your own printable and tons of resources for all her cleaning supplies, books, recipes, oils, labels and tips she employs to keep her home clean and enjoyable.  I love a clean house, who doesn’t, but sometimes it is so overwhelming to think “ugh, … Continue reading “Monday Motivation: Holiday Cleaning and My Favorite Cleaning Products”