Porch Makeover

screen porch makeover marked

I am so pleased to be able to finally be able show off our newly decorated screened porch today. If you've been following along, you may remember I mentioned I had plans for the porch space in the post about our new home last spring. I admit its taken awhile to get it pulled together, but I … [Read more...]

Summer’s Bounty~Fresh Basil Pesto

fresh basil pesto MARKED

One of my favorite things to make as soon as fresh basil appears at the Farmer's Market is fresh basil pesto. If you have ever tasted pesto sauce that has been freshly made, you know there is no comparison to the packaged or even readily-available jarred pesto. Don't be afraid to try this, this is … [Read more...]

My Daughter’s Summer Reading Picks–the Best Books for Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls

Annabelle's summer reading list

Here in Tennessee, the kids have been done with school for over a month.  I know some of y'all are just finishing up for the year, but don't be a hater--remember, we'll be back to school in early to mid-August, and you won't have to worry about it until after Labor Day! In the interest of … [Read more...]

Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner: TLC for Fried Summer Hair

Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner

My hair is telling me that it's been a long, hard summer.  Between chlorine, salt, sun, hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons (and that little box of hair color I--shhh!--use every couple of months), my golden tresses are looking a bit like straw.  Plus, it's been a shocking FOUR MONTHS since … [Read more...]

Summer Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out

A few weeks ago I hosted a Kick-Off Summer Girl's Night Out Party. I wanted to get my new neighbors and friends together before summer got in full swing. It was a great night, and even more fun because Terry came down to help me pull it off and put her signature stylish touch on everything. We … [Read more...]

Welcome Summer–Free Summer Printables

summer header

  Memorial Day weekend is over which means *SUMMER* is here! In celebration we have created this set of FREE printables {simply download, and print!} to help you kick this fun season off. A "Shopping List" for all the summer necessities... Just click here: Printable Summer … [Read more...]

Summer Strawberry Lemon Vojito

strawberry vojito 2

Welcome to summer!!! Not to long ago, I had a similar drink to this in a local chain restaurant. It was good. Very good. I love mojitos. I rarely make them as I prefer to only have them when Christy's husband makes them, as they are the best! {And that recipe is HERE} It's strawberry season … [Read more...]

Must-Have Recipe for Easy Summer Entertaining: Mojitos!

Mojito Recipe

Not too long ago, I posted a tutorial on making your own wooden beverage tags a la Ballard Designs (read about that HERE).  The tag I chose to use while shooting the "after" photo was one of my favorites:  mojitos!  Since my husband has created the absolute best mojito recipe I've ever tasted, I … [Read more...]

Tropical Vodka Fizz

Orange Guava Vodka Fizz Recipe

Happy Weekend & Happy Saint Patrick's Day! In honor of the weekend and holiday and because I had a small get together yesterday, I wanted to share this delightful spring/summer cocktail I threw together. I am calling it a Tropical Vodka Fizz and it is as refreshing as it is … [Read more...]

Moving On…

house construction

I have been absent from blogging for awhile. I forgot (or blocked out!) how difficult it is to move. This time just about pushed me to the brink, between packing, finding a new house, the school year ending and working on a major project all in about a month.  I think I am still mentally recovering … [Read more...]

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