September Essential: Teacher Back to School Survival Kit and a Target GiftCard® Giveaway

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit | 11 Magnolia Lane

While this is a post about the awesome back to school survival kit that I put together for my daughter's teacher, I'm going to begin with a guilty confession about Target, just so you know where things stand.   Full disclosure is that Target is probably my favorite store, ever, period.  We're … [Read more...]

Our Best Fall Decor ideas

Best Fall Decor & Recipes

  Since Labor Day is upon us, football season has started and we even have a few leaves on the ground outside I think it's safe to start talking about Fall. I added 'decorate outside' to my continuing list of  Things to Do so I am looking for inspiration all over Pinterest.  I thought … [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July


    Happy 4th of July! In honor of the holiday, I am sharing a makeover of our "Beach Martini" as a festive 4th of July cocktail. See the recipe HERE, add some red cookie sprinkles around the glass and you're in the spirit! We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day … [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...]

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...]

End of School Treats and Play Date Calling Cards {PLUS Yummy GIVEAWAY}


  Today is the last day of school and we are all very excited for summer vacation to begin. My boys have really been looking forward to summer break, counting down the days to say the least. We've created our summer bucket list and have downloaded a couple new eBooks perfect for summer … [Read more...]

Teacher Gift Round Up–Fun, Inexpensive, and DIY

End of school year teacher gift ideas

Looking back over the past few weeks, we've done a pretty good job of giving you fabulous ideas to treat your teachers at the end of the school year.  I thought it might be helpful to consolidate all of those great ideas into one post, to make your planning easy. Starting from the top right (the … [Read more...]

End of Year Teacher Gift Idea–“Thanks a Latte” Coffee Gift Cards

Thanks a Latte printable

School's out this week (!), and just a few days I showed you the darling Pop Rocks goody bags my daughter and I made for her classmates {here}. But the teachers would probably prefer something a little more sophisticated! I found these darling printable cards on Etsy from seller Design 13. … [Read more...]

End of the Year Gifts for Classmates and Friends–Pop Rocks Goodie Bags!

Pop Rocks Have a Rocking Summer printable

School ends before Memorial Day down here in Savannah, so that means that NEXT WEEK is the last week of school (can I get a whoot! whoot!?).  So most of our free time over the past few weeks has been spent on the usual end-of-the-year busy-ness:  recitals, class trips, performances, parties, field … [Read more...]

DIY Flag Banner–Perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th!

flag bunting banner

It's almost Memorial Day, and that day is about more than cookouts and the pool opening for the summer.  As a military family, we now remember far too many friends on this day, and one thing I like to do is decorate our home in their honor. Over the years, I've collected different red, white, and … [Read more...]

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