Tuesday, April 10, 2018

garden goodness

It is that time of year again; time to get that garden ready. We were complete amateurs last year (and still are), but our garden grew really well. We are keeping ours fairly simple again this year, but we did double the height of our raised bed as well as moved the location in our yard. Our fingers are crossed for another good garden. If anything, we know the kids will enjoy checking on it's growth each day. Enjoy some garden goodness below. 

Dream Garden:)

all via pinterest 

Friday, March 16, 2018

a few spring items

We are hopefully moving into spring here in the Carolinas, despite our little surprise snow this week. I have picked up a few new items this year for spring/summer and I'm hoping I can wear them soon! 

This jumpsuit is super cute and comfortable. It will be a great piece to dress up with espadrilles or flat sandals. 

This embroidered blouse caught my eye one day. It will be a great shirt to pair with white jeans in early spring and shorts in the warmer temps.

I desperately needed a new pair of everyday sandals to wear for spring/summer. I love these Jack Rogers sandals. It sounds crazy, but I get foot cramps in sandals if they do not have a back strap or do not go between your toes. These will be perfect for everyday use.

Lastly, I picked up a new pair of jean shorts. I do not wear any shorts less than a 4 inch seam. This length just looks much better on me, but it is a hard length to find. I picked these up at JCrew Factory and they are the perfect fit.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

lovely connecticut farmhouse

I can't stop looking at this beautiful home owned by the president of One Kings Lane. I love everything about it: mix of old and new, warm wood tones, textures and shades of blue. 

Happy Saturday! Enjoy your weekend and touring this lovely home! 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

a time to reflect

Happy New Year - a little late! The older I get, the more I appreciate the month of January - minus all the yucky sicknesses though. It tends to be slower-paced which means more time with family, friends and more time to think. 

I like give myself the whole month of January to reflect on the past year and make goals for the upcoming year. I came across a post by a gentleman by the name of Mark A. Smith on LinkedIn. He talked about things that he has learned throughout his life and  living with a difficult disease. I thought his learnings were spot on and were things I want to remind myself often. I hope you find them to be valuable reminders in 2018 as well! 

Mark A. Smith: Here is some of what I've learned -- I'll hope you find some value:
- We have the capacity to find joy in all things. A negative attitude is worse than a tumor. The best of life can come from the worst of life.
- Everyone has a difficult trial. Everyone. Be compassionate.
- When your looks get taken away, you better have a solid character or you're screwed.
- Priorities are revealed when abilities are stripped. Put them in order before life forces it upon you.
- No one learns in the middle of a crisis. Survive. Breathe. Reflect.
- Life is too short to take offense. Assume the best and move on.
- One day our children will struggle. We must endure our own trials so that, when needed, we can look in their eyes with perfect credibility and say, "I've been through the same struggle. I know your pain. You can do this."

Friday, December 22, 2017

joyful, joyful we adore thee

Joyful, Joyful we adore Thee!

"The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with Joy." - Psalm 126:3

We have been more intentional this year about preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas. The kids have been excited to read our Advent calendar each day and read the coordinating scriptures. And eat the chocolate of course:). Our Sunday school class has also been studying Max Lucado's "Because of Bethlehem." We have truly enjoyed this study. 

I hope and pray that you have a wonderful Christmas filled with God's presence and love. 

"God took on your face in the hope that you would see His" - Max Lucado


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

up-close Christmas

One thing I think we all love about Christmas is traditions. I enjoy putting our Christmas decor out each year, especially the ornaments that we have collected over the years.  My Christmas decor does not change all that much from year to year, but I like adding a few new touches each year. I do not have a complete house tour to share, but here are a few   
up-close shots of Christmas around our house. 

Twinkle stepped us his game this year!

Monday, December 4, 2017

colonial christmas home

Our halls are decked and now the race begins to get everything accomplished before Dec. 24. One of my favorite things to do this time of year, when I need a break from all the craziness, is to drive around and look at everyone's Christmas decorations. I look forward to all of the Christmas home decor magazines too. This colonial home in Charleston, SC,  featured in Southern Living, is a show stopper. I'm sure it is even prettier in person.