Monday, September 19, 2016


Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13. 

Hospitality has been a topic of conversation between Paul and I lately. It is something that we both want to be more intentional about - welcoming others into our lives and home. The pineapple is the universal symbol of hospitality and the warmest welcome. I came across the printable above one day and thought it was the perfect reminder to add to my kitchen as we strive to love, connect with and bless others more. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

around the tv

Ideally, the large wall where we have our tv would be lovely creamy-white built-ins with a spot for our tv, but that is not currently in the budget. I went with the next best thing: a gallery wall of botanicals. The prints really add color and balance to the wall. The prints are from here .  I am finally getting my act together in our living room! Happy Weekend to you and yours! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

orange and blue

For as long as I can remember, blue has been my favorite color. My house will probably always have a shade of blue in every room. I think it works well with so many other colors too. Recently, I have been loving the orange and blue color combination. I have added this combo in two rooms in our house. Most recently I added these orange pillows to our living room to give it a little punch and I am loving it. It certainly works well for fall, but honestly, I think it can work year-round. 

A couple months ago, we switched Graham to a bed and I first incorporated some orange into his blue/grey room. I will share more pictures of his sweet big boy room one day. 

Speaking of ORANGE... I will be cheering on my Clemson Tigers this weekend! Let's hear it for some football!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

school is now in session

School is now in session in our world.  Earlier bedtimes and packing lunches have begun.  Our oldest started kindergarten and our baby started preschool. I am excited for all the new things they both will learn this year, but there is a part of me that wants time to stand still too. I am so proud of both of our kids. They both were so brave starting new schools and Georgia even rode the bus! It has been a great week, but I am welcoming this long weekend with open arms! Happy School Year! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

teeny tiny mudroom

When we first moved into our house, I noticed this interesting cutout right by the garage door. I knew the space could be better utilized, but I wanted to live in the house a bit before deciding what to do with this little spot.  Our house is a perfect size for our family, but nothing crazy big so I am trying to add storage and make the most use of the space we have. Less house, more storage approach:) We began just piling our shoes and bags in the cutout and honestly, I was just tired of looking at it creep it's way into the kitchen. I told Paul what I wanted the space to do: hold bookbags, shelves for daily-used shoes (all boots and sports shoes stay in the garage), and two shelves for baskets to hold hats, gloves, flip flops, etc... I cannot sing my husband's praises enough. He did an amazing job on creating our teeny tiny mudroom. I am sorry for the terrible pictures. It is a very small space that gets no natural light and is in a hallway. Whew! Completed just in time for school! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

pesto spinach artichoke chicken bake

I am always looking for quick and easy dinner ideas especially once the school year kicks off with other extra-curricular activities at night. I found this Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake recipe earlier in the summer and have made it several times now. It is a delicious and easy dinner that I will be using throughout the year! Just thought I would pop in and share. I found the recipe here! Enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

farewell to summer

We are gearing up for school to start back next week and mentally that is when summer ends for me. I just cannot get over how quickly summer came and is now slipping away. I was thinking about all the fun we had and I thought it would be good for me to organize at least a little snapshot of our summer (outside of our beach trip). We sure packed our days full of good times. Farewell summer. You were good to us! We are excited to welcome fall and all the new adventures that it holds! 

First library card

First dentist appointment

Kindergarten appointment

NC Zoo