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...]

A Mother’s Day Home Tour

House Front Home tour

Happy Mother's Day to everyone. I hope all you moms out there get a well-deserved break! I decided to take a detour from our regular Spring Open House series today since it's Mother's Day, and instead feature someone very special to me, my mom! I am also going to be sneaky and share a bit of her … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining: Champagne Cocktail and Mimosa Bar (and Free Printable Sign)

champagne cocktail mimosa bar free printable

Are you hosting a Mother's Day brunch?  Then why not set up a champagne cocktail station so guests can create their own fizzy beverage? This is such an easy idea.  Just start with champagne (I used Barefoot Bubbly; it's inexpensive but is still yummy) and go from there.  One bottle will fill … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Printable Quote by Abraham Lincoln


Mother's Day is coming up on May 11th this year, and of course Amy posted yesterday {here} with some great gift ideas for Mom or Grandma.  Actually, most of them would make this mom happy, too!  I got one of those beautiful bathrobes from Plum Pretty Sugar at Christmas (LOVE IT!) so maybe the … [Read more...]

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