Our Favorite Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

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I used to be the "designated hostess" for Thanksgiving, but for the last few years we've spent it with our good friends, Scott and Becky, who used to be our next door neighbors when we lived in Savannah. When he retired from the Army, they relocated to Cary, which is only about an hour north of us. … [Read more...]

What to Wear & Bring This Holiday Season

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One of our most popular posts in November was the What to Wear, Bring, Eat and Drink for Thanksgiving post so I thought I'd reprise it for the Christmas holidays. Since this time of takes on a life of itself and lasts for weeks (including parties etc) I am going to break it up into two posts and … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Etsy and Small Business

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  Today is small business Saturday, and while it's really easy for me to shop small and local in our little town, I realize it's not always so simple for everyone else.  We've lived in suburban areas before where it seems like there's nothing but chain stores and restaurants, so I do … [Read more...]

Our Black Friday Gift Guide

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  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It is the morning after and this year, the Black Friday deals seem almost overwhelming, don't they? Today we've picked our very favorite ones to share with you all to help make your holiday shopping easier. We’ve already shared our Favorite … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for The Boys: Husbands, Dads, Sons, Brothers, Etc.

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  I know you're right in the middle of making something delicious right now, but later on tonight you'll be sitting on the couch after visiting with family and friends and you'll be thinking ahead to the next few busy and fun weeks.  It's time to start making your list … [Read more...]

French Vintage Decor Book

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  Happy Saturday friends! I hope you are having a great weekend. I got the loveliest package in the mail this week, it contained this beautiful new book French Vintage Decor (along with some other French goodies). This book is written by Jamie Lundstrom who blogs at So Much Better With … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas–And a Giveaway

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We've spent a wonderful weekend in Savannah, celebrating our dear friend's anniversary from the Army after 21 years of service.  Congratulations and thank you, Scott!  Today we head home for Memorial Day observances near Ft. Bragg...more on that tomorrow. But since Father's Day is right around … [Read more...]

Simply on Sunday

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Happy Sunday, everyone! We're detouring a bit from our usual to remind you that next Sunday is Mother's Day, and of course you don't want to forget Mom, so consider this your one-week warning. My own mom has been gone for almost fourteen years now, and Mother's Day is bittersweet since I lost … [Read more...]

Free Printable Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Gift Tags

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Friends, it's nice enough here today in North Carolina that I'm sitting on the back deck with my laptop, just dreaming of spring. While I know we may have another cold snap (or two) before the warmth is here to stay, I'm happy to get even a taste of warm weather. After I spent a few hours this … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Black Friday Deals

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving--I know we did!  My cousin and his family always visit us from South Carolina and we have so much fun together.  In addition to the usual Thanksgiving feast, we have a corn hole tournament that gets a little bit competitive (think brackets and a cash … [Read more...]

You Can Monogram Anything

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I am decadently dashing off mid-day to eat lunch with my husband--it's our 20th wedding anniversary today, if you can believe it, and he can't get away from work for even a long weekend right now, so we're going to head somewhere romantic like Roly Poly instead of the Bahamas!  It's nothing but … [Read more...]

Teacher Appreciation Ideas for Under $10

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  I am working on putting together gift ideas as Teacher Appreciation week begins next Monday. My schedule has been pretty busy this last year, so I haven't been as involved in my children's classrooms as I would like to be. I decided to volunteer to coordinate a daily gift of … [Read more...]

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