Saturday, April 22, 2017

two weeks

We have been on the move the past two weeks and packed them full of fun. I hope to be better about blogging a few personal posts here and there. 

Paul and I attended a wedding of a friend of mine in Beaufort, SC. The wedding was gorgeous and we enjoyed seeing beautiful Beaufort. We hope to go back and spend more time there soon. 

We enjoyed breakfast at LowCountry Produce Market. I of course had to ask them what the shade of green paint was and they told me it is a Sherwin Williams paint that they created called LowCountry Produce. 

We came home and immediately went to a super fun Easter Egg Hunt. 

Field Day was that week too!

Graham's preschool Easter party. 

The next day, we left for Wilmington to enjoy a few days away during Georgia's Spring Break. We toured the Battleship, spent time at the beach and park and enjoyed eating outdoors. 

 Wrightsville Beach 

As with anything, all good things must come to an end. Graham ended up in the ER  for dehydration when we got home after battling a stomach bug. 

Easter Morning. No family Easter pics here since Graham was sick, but the Easter bunny did visit. 

I took off two days of work during Spring Break to spend some quality time with the kids. We visited the library, Billy Graham Library and the Schiele Museum. 

Happy 9 years to us. 

A rare of photo of us on our anniversary, courtesy of our 5 year old. 

Now it is back to getting in the groove for the remainder of the school year! Happy Weekend! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

peace in the valley

I started this blog 8 years ago and the main purpose was to document home projects and the day to day aspect of our lives. I have slowly included less and less personal posts, but I cannot help but at least pay tribute to my papa that went home to be with Jesus at the end of March. He was 91 years old and lived a full and rich life. He was a World War II Veteran, Husband to my Grandma Faye for 68 years, Semi-pro baseball player, Professional Bowler,  Author, Avid reader and sports fan, Father of five, Grandfather to 9 and Great-grandfather to 5. We celebrated his life on April 7. It was an honorable service. My sister and I had the privilege of singing How Great Thou Art together and my papa also requested that the song Peace in the Valley be sung. I was honored to sing it.  I had never heard Peace in the Valley, but it is a song that he loved and grew up with. 

I feel so fortunate that he was able to be at my wedding and meet both of my children. We will miss him dearly, but know that he is in the presence of Jesus! 

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

texture and depth

If you want to add some texture and depth to a room, consider hanging a basket or hanging plates on the wall. They typically have a different shape than a standard picture and visually I think they add a little life to a room! I hung a round basket tray above our pantry door to add warmth and texture to our kitchen and in our breakfast area hung three plates. The best part is that these items generally can be found at a low cost at a variety of stores like TJ Maxx, Target and even Walmart. 

Happy Thursday! 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

easy chocolate mousse

I have a super easy dessert recipe for you. Chocolate Mousse. I decided that I would try to make this for our New Year's Day dinner and it was a big hit with the kids. My kids are not big cake, pie or cobbler lovers like myself so I am always on the hunt for other dessert options. It is delicious, easy and makes for a nice presentation for adult guests as well. 

All you need:
1 pint Heavy whipping cream
10-12 oz package of milk chocolate morsels
Any fruit you want to add for garnish (we have used strawberries and raspberries)

1. Beat the whipping cream in a bowl on medium speed for about 2-3 min or until peaks begin forming (has consistency of mousse)
2. Melt your chocolate morsels. I literally poured mine in a microwave safe bowl and heated it for 1 min. 45 sec. 
3. Pour the chocolate into the bowl with the whipping cream. 
4. Fold the chocolate into the whipping cream (do not over-stir)
5. Refrigerate for 1 hour (if you can wait that long:)

I poured mine into ramekins before I refrigerated them so they are ready to serve. I would say it serves 6-8 people easily. 

Top with garnish and enjoy!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

soft earthy tones

The older I get, the more I notice myself gravitating to soft earthy tones. This home featured in Southern Living is so lovely and full of calming, coastal colors. We are all dreaming of anything coastal at the moment as it is freezing just about everywhere! Enjoy this home tour! Stay warm out there!

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Have you heard of Seedling? My sister told me about this website around Christmas time and I was able to get my kids a couple of really neat gifts.  It is a great site full of unique and affordable gift ideas for kids. I am already starting to think about a few goodies for my kids' Easter baskets. I always stick to pretty simple Easter baskets and my go-to stores typically are Target dollar bin, Walmart and Hobby Lobby, but Seedling has some great activity centered gifts too. Below are some toys that are on my radar for Easter. Currently they have 20% off the entire site thru 3/12 using code green-17. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

window art

As I began thinking about this post about hanging art on a window, all I could think of was Lil Jon's 'To the Window, to the Wall'. I was either in high school or college when that song came out and it just makes me laugh. Hopefully, I took you down memory lane for a second!  Anyways, back to the good stuff. When we first moved into our house, one thing that I really loved and still love, are the three windows in the living room. Our couch backs up to the windows. I have contemplated several times hanging art on the windows. Last Christmas, I hung a wreath between each window and I really liked how it looked. It would definitely have to be the right print or painting, but I like how it adds some color above the couch. My main hesitation in doing this though, is the little feet that inevitably end up running and jumping on the couch. I fear for what might happen to the art. For now, I will keep this idea in my pocket and will bring it out some other time! The pictures below are my inspiration!