dia de los muertos

Join the fabulous Living Arts and Science Center to celebrate the Festival del Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Festival).

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When: TOMORROW!  Tuesday, November 1 from 5-9 pm

Where: The Living Arts and Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington, KY, 40508, (859) 252-5222

What: Join LASC for their sixth annual Day of the Dead festival and enjoy the rich visual, musical, and culinary traditions that are celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Central and South America. A participatory event, the LASC’s festival invites children and adults to work with artists to create traditional sugar skulls, papel picado (cut paper) streamers, design sand murals, tin ornaments, and more!

Such a fun activity with your kids.  No post-Halloween let-down here!


the holiday open house tour

Some of my favorite Lexington stores are joining forces this week for their holiday open houses.  Scout, Decoratifs and House are teaming up to offer you savings!  This Tuesday-Saturday, November 1-5, stop by any of the three businesses and get a card that when signed by all three places, will qualify you for a $25 gift certificate to all three locations!

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Get a jump start on your Christmas decorations and/or holiday gifts.  I might just see you at one of these Lexington hot spots!

pumpkin seeds snack

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Try this yummy and healthy treat after your pumpkin carving!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™
  • vegetable oil cooking spray
 Step by Step:
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Rinse pumpkin seeds in a colander. Spread out on paper towels and pat dry.
  2. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the pumpkin seeds out in a single layer. Spray the tops of the seeds with additional cooking spray. Sprinkle the seafood seasoning evenly over the tops.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasted. Cool for a few minutes before serving.

a day at the orchard

Have you been to the orchard yet? A trip to Evan’s Orchard is a must for the fall in the bluegrass! Head to this Georgetown spot to pick your pumpkins, enjoy some apple cider and check out their fun petting zoo. Spend a beautiful October day outdoors in style!



a day at the orchard


Saint James striped long sleeve t shirt, $95 – lagarconne.com
Old Navy double breasted coat, $35 – oldnavy.gap.com
Old Navy boot cut pants, $25 – oldnavy.gap.com

Madewell shoes, $40 – madewell.com

Heart handbag, $18 – modcloth.com

TopShop crochet hair accessory, $20 – topshop.com

preparing your guest room {a guest post by alice greene}

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Even though the Fall Keeneland meet is almost over, you may be expecting company for Thanksgiving or the Christmas Holidays. It’s time to get prepared for your guests!  One of the things I most enjoy to hear is the phrase “Southern Hospitality.”  I always take it as a compliment and hope I do the right things to live up to the reputation.  Whether your guests will be on a futon, a blow-up mattress, sleeping on the sofa OR if they are fortunate enough to have a special guest room, the most important thing is to make guests feel comfortable and WELCOME!

Here are just a few tips:

  • Make sure all bedding is clean and smells great. Spritz it with a product like Caldrea’s Mandarin Vetiver for a clean, citrusy scent.
  • Make sure it is obvious which bath towels you wish guests to use. Consider leaving them on their guest bed for easy access.
  • Always leave two baskets of goodies – one containing items they may have failed to pack like a toothbrush, small toothpaste, travel-size shampoo, conditioner and soap and the other basket filled with an assortment of granola bars, individual muffin packages, chips, snack-pack crackers, etc. so guests will not have to ask for a bedtime snack or an early morning breakfast option.

There are many more small things you can do to make guests feel at home –the more, the merrier – but a good test is to walk in your home and imagine yourself as a guest. Would you know where to find things? Would you know where your host intended you to be?

But the most important element for a good guest stay is a relaxed host and a stress-free environment that says, “Welcome Home!”. Enjoy your company this holiday season.

-Alice Greene, Lexington, KY