Our New Home: Living Room Progress and New Built-Ins

Living room Ikea "built-ins"

**Don't forget to enter our giveaway for an after-beach tank sprayer (perfect for summer!) here**  I haven't shown you many pictures of our new living room yet, because I haven't been happy with how it looks.  That's kind of a bummer, since this is the room that we use the most, with the … [Read more...]

Girls’ Weekend at the Haven Conference

Terry, Christy, and Amy

Phew!  The three of us are just getting home from a weekend in Atlanta, spent at the Haven Conference for DIY bloggers.   Amy and I went last year (Terry had a brand-new baby and obviously wasn't leaving him), and we had so much fun, and learned so much, that we all went back this year.  Imagine … [Read more...]

Tank Sprayer For After-Beach Clean Up: A Must-Have for Summer!

H2O Only vinyl decal for tank sprayer

How great is this idea?  I can say that because it came from a friend.  It's seriously genius, though! If you live near the beach, like we do here in Savannah, then consider this part of the essential list of things you own for your trips to the shore.  Right along with your chairs, umbrella, … [Read more...]

Creative Computer Station Ideas


Back in January, as part of our Operation: Organization series, I completely overhauled our computer armoire (aka the center of my universe) and made it look like this: and this: … [Read more...]

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe–A Summer Favorite!


Blueberries are in season, and if even if you can't pick your own, they're inexpensive in the stores right now.  My daughter eats them by the pound, so that's good for us! We usually pick our own when we visit family in Michigan in August, but we can't make it up north this summer due to some … [Read more...]

My Fourth of July Front Porch

Fourth of July front porch with red, white, and blue bunting

July 4th is right around the corner, and I've had my front porch decorated since Memorial Day! I don't think that makes me a slacker; after all, we had Memorial Day, then Flag Day, and now Independence Day.  I'll take it all down next week and go back to my lime green or pink color scheme {see … [Read more...]

Monogrammed Swim Suit for My Tween Girl

Monogrammed tween girls swim suit

I've been drooling over the cute bandeau-style monogrammed bathing suits I've been seeing this summer (Jane.com had one a few weeks ago, although I didn't buy one and probably should have).  My daughter's been drooling over them, too, but she's a girls' size 8 and ladies' sizes don't have a prayer … [Read more...]

My Son’s Summer Reading Picks–The Best Books for 7th-9th Grade Boys

Summer Reading List for 7th-9th grade boys

I shared my daughter's favorite summer reading books for 5th-6th grade girls here and for 4th-5th grade girls here, but I've never written a similar list for boys.  It's time!  My son loves to read, especially history, but he also enjoys many of the popular series.  I think there's something on this … [Read more...]

It’s Almost July 4th–Red, White, & Blue Party Ideas

Red and blue Jones soda for July 4th

The Fourth of July is my very favorite summer holiday.  Growing up, I loved the parades, fireworks, and candy, but age has brought a certain perspective and mostly I am just thankful for our Founding Fathers and in awe of the boldness of their vision for this country. During two years of our … [Read more...]

It’s 5 O’Clock at Magnolia Lane- {The Pink Lady Summer Cocktail}

Pink Lady cocktail drink recipe

  It's time for our weekly cocktail recipe, as part of our summer "It's 5 O'Clock at Magnolia Lane" series, and today I'm sharing my version of the "Pink Lady."  This is the yummiest summer drink recipe.  I could drink it by the bucketful, although that wouldn't be ladylike, now would … [Read more...]

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