Spring Mantel Makeover

Well, my server has been upgraded and I can finally share my spring mantel with y'all -- we had some nice weather over the weekend and at the beginning of the week so I was itching to get it finally ready for spring. :)  Never mind that we're back in the cold wind and rain right now.   We should have known this winter would not go quietly! You've probably noticed I left a few things in place... like my antique frame that's propped on my … [Read more...]

5 Easy Christmas Projects

First of all -- WE DID IT!  We've fully funded the second home for Mercy House Kenya!!   I have been humbled over and over by the amazing generosity of the online community through this project.  What a gift to participate in some small way.  And THANK YOU for your prayers, encouragement, and any and every contribution to the cause.  We are -- with God's help -- changing lives and futures, y'all!! We were on the go last week for the … [Read more...]

This ‘n That Tuesday

I have re-entry issues. :)  When I travel on the weekends, Mondays are always a challenge -- laundry, grocery shopping, mail, email, and... oh yeah -- work!  Yikes! Last weekend was totally worth it, though.  If you follow me on Instagram, you got some peeks at our fun at the Auburn v. Texas A&M game and time with my family.  I'll be sharing some more photos later this week when I get them off my camera (!), but suffice to say it was an … [Read more...]

Fall in the Kitchen

Hump Daaa-aaayy!    Had to go there... :)  Before I launch into lots of photos of my kitchen fall decor, I have to share this preschool funny from Monday... In honor of Columbus Day, we were discussing Christopher Columbus and his journey across the Atlantic Ocean.  The children's book I have about Christopher Columbus has an illustration of him at his desk, with a map, compass, hour glass, and armillary sphere.  Of course there were questions … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It {May}

I had to chuckle when I remembered writing about how crazy my month of May would be and that you might not see much of me on the blog during that month... ha!  I'm so thrilled to be into June when I can breathe a little, take stock of what projects I'd like to accomplish this summer, and catch up on blogging and reading. In case you missed some of these May moments, here's a look back! We squeezed in a lake getaway to recharge before … [Read more...]


Hello, gang! I'm so chock full of emotions these days, I can't even find words right now.  Those of you that have had crazy times of endings know what I'm saying... My guests have begun arriving, the party prep is ongoing, and tomorrow, this handsome guy will close out a chapter in his life (where did the time go???). I also said "goodbye" to my Little Ones yesterday, after a crazy gratifying emotional roller coaster of a day with … [Read more...]

DIY Burlap Moss Vases {a Dollar Store Project}

I love the Dollar Store.  A brand new one just opened up near my house and I could get lost finding great deals in there.  It was my first stop when I was preparing for my preschool Moms' Tea -- on the hunt for those simple glass cylinder vases.  I had a vision for this project... These were a big hit with my moms, especially since three of them got to take one home. :) Here's the how-to! Supplies you'll need: glass cylinder … [Read more...]

Celebrating our Moms {Preschool Moms’ Tea}

I'm still alive, with a nasty head cold to show for my crazy week.  But yesterday was a sweet and special day at the preschool, when we hosted our moms for our annual Moms' Tea.  It was simple fare of cupcakes, tea, and coffee, but they enjoyed taking it all in.       The brown books are scrapbooks of art projects from the school year -- one for each month -- plus a couple of sweet little Q & As … [Read more...]

Thinking Wall Decor {for the Guest Room}

Trucking right along!  I'm drilling down on bedding for the guest room, using some basics I already have and filling in the gaps as economically as possible.  Fun!  Especially since it involved a trip to HomeGoods, armed with a 2 gift cards I've been hoarding for a while. I picked up a few things for the beds, but also found these... My wheels have been turning about the wall decor for this room and I'm planning on using a few things … [Read more...]

Easy Valentine Treat

Oh, rain, rain, go away... I am in serious need of some sunshine, even if it's of the COLD variety!  We've had so many gray, rainy days lately, it's taking a toll on me.  I live in the South, for heaven's sake, not the Pacific Northwest! Last weekend, I caught up on some Valentine treat-making, so I thought I'd share it here today, to chase those rainy day blues away!  Anyone else cheered by a sweet and salty treat?? This is as easy as … [Read more...]