8 Good Reads for Summer

I can't believe I'm already three weeks into my summer and haven't finished my first book! I blame it on being seriously brain dead and also trying to get some things done around the house. Hopefully I'll carve out some good reading time over the next few weeks, now that I'm getting back on top of things at home. I've been reorganizing (and redecorating) my bookshelves and handling my books has reminded me how much I enjoyed some of them. So I … [Read more...]

Summer Mantel {with a Coastal Vibe}

Howdy!  Hope y'all had a delightful weekend... the hubs went off to work today relaxed and happy after a fun-filled weekend with friends and our Peeps.  Fish frying, deck sitting, cocktail sipping, poolside lounging... we did it all.  And lots of laughter and chatting.  Such a great way to celebrate Father's Day! I polished off my summer mantel in preps for the fish fry, so thought I'd share while the hydrangeas are still fresh... I … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Pasta Salad

Dearest friends, thank you so much for your prayers on Friday for the sentencing... the judge handed down 20 years with 7 years of probation for which we are all so thankful.  He is also required to make a $100 donation to a charity each year on Kaely's birthday, and the fact that he will have to think of her at least one time every year is gratifying in some way.   Kaely's family and friends are glad to have this part of our healing behind us so … [Read more...]

Catalog Finds {the Outdoor Edition}

I don't know about y'all, but sprucing up my back deck has me perusing all those catalogs for more outdoor space inspiration... after all, the front porch could use a refresh, too!  So I thought I'd share some of the things that have caught my eye over the last week or so... links are underneath each photo.   I have to start with Grandin Road and this little sea horse table... Sea horse side table And this rug, if you're … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It x2 (April and May)

Y'all I'm so far behind, I never recapped April!  And since my feed was doing wonky things in late April/early May, I figured it warranted a quick recap of both months! I finally was able to regroup a bit after the crowd of young adults left on Saturday... things will be a tad quieter here now, so I've been working on some new DIY ideas and gathering supplies for a couple of home projects (yay summertime!).  But before we embark on June, let's … [Read more...]

Back Deck Refresh!

Oh my gosh, did our winter take a toll on my back deck!!  Every plant was dead -- even the ones that will normally winter over -- and my furniture had taken a beating.  Since it's prime deck-sitting time now, this was first on my list of summer projects. :) Here's the sad sad before... Ugh. And here's the after... Ahhhh!  Much better! Here's the un-fun stuff  I did: hubs had pressure-washed a few weeks ago for … [Read more...]

DIY Twig Vase

You wouldn't think such an easy DIY would take me two weeks to share, but life/end of school happened and here we are!  We enjoyed some fantastic family/friend time at Lake Blue Ridge over the holiday and the fun has spilled over into the week.  The current inhabitants of my home are two 15 year olds, three 19 year olds, a 21 year old, a 27 year old "boomerang", and the hubs and I.  You can imagine the chaos!   It's only for a few days, so we'll … [Read more...]

Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish {a new favorite recipe}

Thank goodness it's Friday!  First of all, thank you for your kind comments and encouraging words on Wednesday.  I so appreciate the supportive community here and am buoyed by your thoughts and prayers.  I'm looking forward to a weekend at home to rest, regroup, tick a few things off my To Do List, and take in the first two of our fall soccer games.  While summer is over, I'll still be wearing shorts and sunscreen on the sidelines... and then … [Read more...]

Summer Travel {Pinnacle Port and Carillion Beach}

As I'm back in my classroom now and thinking ahead to fall (can you believe it??), I'm thinking wistfully of our last blast at the beach right before Haven Conference.  Even though it made the week before school started a little hectic, it was such a lovely getaway! There were rainbows over morning coffee... Body surfing... Pelican watching... Chilling with this girl... Relaxing in a chair with my name on it (does … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It (July)

This is just shameful.  Past the mid-point of August and I'm just now reviewing July???  Welcome to my chaos, friends! :-)  I have to confess, though, that the past weeks of back-to-school nuttiness has me pondering a new project here on the blog.  Details to come soon!  Thank you for all the kind comments about my daughter's "new" furniture, too -- always love a good furniture redemption! Anyway, I looked back at July and it was full of good … [Read more...]