Lila Rose North Star Flexi-Clip Review

Last week we got a package from a dear friend of ours, Jayme from Katies Lullaby Lilla Rose. Inside we found this beautiful North Star hair clip. 

We've never had the opportunity to use a clip from this company before, but I've heard lots of good things. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. We girls at the Cottage have a lot of hair, so it's hard to find a clip that will hold it and stay put all day long. Enter the Flexi Clip. This beauty is so beautiful, and most importantly stays put which as you can see is a challenge. They have lots of styles to choose from and a size for every person from small to mega. If you are looking for the perfect hair accessory I highly recommend you check them out.

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We received this product complimentary all opinions are our own.

Beneath Copper Falls Book Review

Step with me into the pages of Colleen Coble's new book Beneath Copper Falls, a fast-paced mystery based in Rock Harbor. If you have read many of her books you may remember many of these beloved characters.

This book tells the story of Dana a 911 operator who returns to Rock Harbor in hopes to escape her abusive fiance. She must learn to let people in, and trust her new friend Boone. But danger lurks around the bend, and one day she answers a call only to hear her friends desperate cries. Can they solve the murders and the mysteries of her past before time runs out?

Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think I finished this in a day, I couldn't put it down! Such a great book! It leaves you guessing until it finally springs the killer's identity on you, drawing you into a race against time as the characters attempt to stop him before it's too late. Received this book from the publisher for our honest review.

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Indoor Garden Party

Over the weekend we hosted our indoor garden party for Brianna and my 20th birthday. If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook you may have caught our sneak peeks. This party was a huge success! Everyone loved it and with our unpredictable Tennessee weather, it was perfect. We were originally planning a beautiful party out in the garden- but we were expecting strong storms so that plan was quickly abandoned. 

You see we have a bit of a problem with events at the Cottage and the weather. Most of the time it pours, a few times we have even had severe weather and the tornado alarm blaring as Mr. Cottage grills out the back door. But we make it work. 

Therefore the indoor garden party was born! We gathered all of our mismatched yard-sale find chairs and a few fold out tables that Mr. Cottage got from his last job.

We decided to place one of the fold out tables against our dining room table, and the longer folding table across from those two.

Over the tables, we strung Edison lights that we picked up at Kroger on clearance last season on cup hooks to add a that our door garden feel. Plus it added more light! Score! I had to get Mr. Cottage to help me put them up so I wouldn't clank them together and break the bulbs.

Mrs. Cottage and Brianna stopped by Dollar Tree and Walmart and bought those beautiful clear confetti balloons and the gold disk garlands. We cut the disk garlands in 1/4ths and used clear thumb tacks to hang them. I found some left over white balloons from another party so Brianna and I blew them up after the first to our pump died so we had to do the rest by hand- or should I say mouth? We hung them inspiringly by a bit of thread and more clear thumb tacks (I knew my obsession with all things office/stationary would come in handy!).

Mrs. Cottage picked up these adorable miniature roses at Kroger for 99 cents a piece- now who can pass up a deal like that? Especially on roses! We put a beautiful cupcake holder that we picked up from Ross several years ago in the center for a touch of bling. You may recognize it from the Mother's Day Brunch we did.

We used some vintage table clothes in white and cream to cover the table. One of the lace ones my grandmother use to use at every family gathering so it was almost like she was there with us.

We decided to incorporate a few benches into our set up. So we borrowed the one from the front porch that we picked up at the 400-mile long yard sale a few years ago. We also used the Butterfly bench from Kirklands Mr. Cottage gave Mrs. Cottage for their anniversary last week, which was a big hit. Everyone wanted to sit in it!

They also picked up some white Chinese lanterns that we hung from the ceiling also with small electric tea candles in them. Don't they add a romantic, magical effect?

For the second table, we used our purple garden globe between two miniature red roses. On the far side, we paired a single miniature white rose with to candle sticks. Above the mantle, you can see the Cottage sign we painted a few months ago.

We wanted to keep it really classy so we tried to keep our colors white, with splashes of gold, and of course silver confetti in the clear balloons. On the back wall, you can see another one of our DIY projects the collage print.

We served drinks in these adorable beverage dispensers our little red side table. Behind it is our chalkboard inscribed with Sail Away With Me.

On the opposite side of the room, we placed a three sum of cloche displaying shells, and a three tiered galvanized tray to serve chips on top of an antique dresser.

We picked up this beauty at Hobby Lobby years ago, it pulls in the garden feel and still adds a touch more bling (you guys know how I like shiny things!) with out over doing it.

We talked about painting these pots or adding a bit of glitter, but in the end decided to leave them just as they are. This is a garden party after all.

I love how the confetti filled balloons looked dangling from over head next to the crisp white ones. It gave the room such an enchanted magical feel. Which is really good because it took forever took forever to blow them all up.

Mrs. Cottage also found those beautiful tissue paper flower garlands at dollar tree. We hung them with some more thumb tacks. I love how girly they are!

Our menu included smoked bbq pork on brioche roll sandwiches (I'm drooling just talking about them), hot dogs and hamburgers for the kiddos, chips and salsa, baked beans, fruit punch and sweet tea.

We picked up this cute bee hive dispenser at Ross, it's so cute and summery. We found those cute napkins at dollar tree, they fit our theme so well that we got them.

We were expecting 20+ people to arrive for our indoor garden party, ironically we checked the weather the night before and it said 0% chance of rain... But with Tennessee weather, you can never really trust it to do as they say. The weather turned out to be hot and muggy so inside was perfect. The adults got to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning while the kids fished for frogs in the ponds. 

At first, we planned to bake all the cakes ourselves but we just ran out of time. So we picked up that delicious chocolate piece of heaven in the middle from Publix and an angel food cake that we topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries. We made the lemon cake up front (it was DELICIOUS).

We wanted them to be really pretty, so we served them on some of our favorite cake plates. The galvanised one beneath the angel food cake is from World Market (I swear I get into way too much trouble at that store- but I love every minute), the vintage glass beauty under the chocolate is sitting on a charger from Decor Steals and for the final cake we used an adorable green Pioneer Woman cake plate.

To all of our friends and family that came to help us celebrate, and to all of our dear followers that wished us happy birthday thank you so much! You guys mean the world to us. Much love!

~ The Girls

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Exploring Nuremberg

Welcome back to Germany, this is one of my favorite cities that I visited (actually it was third behind Istha and Weisenheim am Berg because my family lived in these towns). Seated on the river Pegnitz and the main-Danube canal it is the largest city in the German State of Bavaria after Munich. This is where we found ourselves heading, Nuremberg. I wish so much that I had more time in this city rich with history.

Nuremberg Germany

Before I go any further I would like to thank the wonderful ladies that work at the visitation center who so graciously set us up with information maps, passes for the city and recommended the Hotel Keiml for my traveling companion to spend the night. The lady who runs the hotel was very nice and gracious. If you are going to be in the area I highly recommend staying here!

Nuremberg Germany

The earliest mention of this beautiful city was in 1050 the location of an Imperial Castle between the east Franks and the Bavarian March of the Nordgau.

Nuremberg Germany

Between 1050 and 1571 the city expanded and became influential sitting on key trade routes. Nuremberg is often referred to as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, partially due to the Imperia Diet –Reichstag and courts met at Nuremberg Castle.

In 1219 Frederick II granted the Great Letter Of Freedom which included town rights, Imperial immediacy and the privilege to mint coins and independent costumes policies. Nuremberg quickly became one of two great trade centers on the route between Italy and North Europe.

In 1298 the Jewish people living in the city were accused of desecrating the host –or sacramental bread- as a result 698 were killed in one of many Rintfleisch Massacres. They suffered many such massacres during the Black Death plague years.

In 1349 Nuremberg’s Jewish population was again under fire, subjected to a Pogrom. Burned at the stake or expelled. Later a market place was built over the Jewish quarter.

The largest gains for the city were during the 14th century, Charles IV of the Holy Roman Empire’s Golden Bull of 1356 (a decree issued by the Imperial Diet at Nuremberg and Metz which fixed for more than 400 years important aspects of the constitutional structure of the Holy Roman Empire it eas named for the golden seal it carried) which named Nuremberg as the city where newly elected kings must hold their Imperial Diet making it one of the three must important cities in the Empire.

In 1349 the members of the guilds unsuccessfully rebelled against the Patricians in the Craftsmen’s Uprising. Supported by merchants and some councilors it lead to a ban on any self-organization of the artisans in the city and abolished the guilds that were customary across Europe. Unions were dissolved and Oligarches remained in power while it was a free city.

Nuremberg Germany

Charles the IV conferred the right to form alliances independently, placing the city on a politically equal footing with the princes of the empire. Meanwhile frequent fights broke out between the Burgraves none left lasting damage on the city.

The castle was destroyed by fire during a feud between Fredrick IV (the Margrave of Brandenburg since 1417) and the Duke of Bavaria-Ingolstadt in 1420. The ruins and surrounding forest were purchased by the city in 1427.

The Hussite Wars (also known as the Bohemian Wars or Hussite Revolution) were fought between the Hussite’s and various European monarchs who sought to enforce the authority of the Roman Catholic Church on them and different Hussite fractions lasting between 1619 to about 1434. The Hussite community included most of the Czech population of the kingdom of Bohemia and formed a major military power. They defeated five crusades against them declared by the pope in 1420, 1421, 1422, 1427 and 1431. The fighting ended when the moderate Utraquist fraction defeated the radical Taborite fraction. The black death put in another appearance in 1437 that and the first Margrave War led to a severe drop in the population in the mid-15th century.

At the beginning of the 16th century the city sided with Albert IV Duke of Bavaria – Munich in the Landshut War of Succession the result of a despute between Albert and the Bavaria-Landshut, an earlier agreement between different Wittelsbach lines. The treaty of Pavia struck in 1329 concerning the Law of Succession and stated that if one branch should become extinct in the male line then the other would inherit disregarding imperial law stipulating the Holy Roman Emperor would inherit.

George Duke of Bavaria-Landshut and his wife Hedwig Jagiellon had no sons, so the Duke in breach of laws named his daughter Elisabeth his heir. The war ended in 1505 with the death of Elisabeth and her husband. Nuremberg gained substantial territory after this.

The cultural flowering of the Nuremburg in the 15th and 16th centuries made her the center of the German Renaissance. In 1526 Nuremberg accepted the Protestant Reformation and in 1532 the religious Peace of Nuremberg by which Lutherans gained important concessions was signed there. During the 1552 revolution against Charles V, Nuremberg tried to purchase its neutrality but the city was attacked without a declaration of war and was forced into a disadvantageous peace.

At the Peace of Augsbury – a treaty between Charles V and the Schmalkaldic League signed on the 25th of September 1555 it officially ended the religious struggle between the two groups and making a legal division of Lutherism or Roman Catholicism as the official confession of their state.

The 16th century saw increased trade routes elsewhere and ossification of the social hierarchy and legal structures contributed to the decline in trade. The frequent quartering of Imperial Swedish and League Soldiers the cost of war and cessation of trade cause irreparable damage to the city and cut the population in half.

In 1632 the city was besieged by the army of Imperial General Albrecht Von Wallenstein. After the war the city declined only to reclaim it’s importance in the 19th century as an industrial centre.

After the 30 years war Nuremberg sought to remain detached from the external affairs but contributions were demanded for the war of Austrian Succession and 7 Year War. Restrictions on import and exports deprived the city of many markets for its manufactures.

Charles Theodore appropriated part of the land obtained in the Landshut War Of Succession to which Bavaria had maintained it’s claim while Prussia claimed part of the territory. The city wished to be incorporated into Prussia but Frederick William II not wanting to offend Austria, Russia or France refused.

At the Empiral Diet of 1803 the independence of Nuremburg was affirmed, on the signing of the confederation of the Rhine. It was decided to hand the city over to Bavaria, with Bavaria guaranteeing the cities 12.5 million guilder debt.

After the fall of Napoleon the cities trade and commerce revived.

Being incorporated into a catholic country the city was compelled to stop discriminating against catholics who had been refused citizenship before.

In 1810 the first Catholic Parish was established, by 1818 the parishioners numbered 1,010. In 1817 the city was incorporated into the district Rezatkreis later renamed Franconia. 1835 saw the first German railway, the Bavarian Ludwigsbahn established from Nuremberg to nearby Furth.

To be continued...

Mr. Cottage