March 27, 2014

Join Us at Becoming 2014: a Weekend of Inspiration, Creativity & Encouragement

Becoming Conference speaker

I can hardly believe that this is the fourth year of bringing a dream to reality.  As much as we all love a good blog read, I remember wanting to laugh, celebrate, and invite you all to my front porch […]

Are You Holiday Hosting Ready? Some Simple Encouragement

Are You Holiday Hosting Ready? Simple tips and encouragement for hosting guests this season.

It’s unbelievable to think that our family’s annual mountain Thanksgiving trip to the tree farm is in the past. Where has the fall flown? With Thanksgiving falling one week later, it’s a little overwhelming to think of all that needs […]

The Party That Will Never Be Pinned


The time had come when I was finally going to do it up right.  A party deemed worthy of scrapbook status or, might I dare, Pinterest? No more last-minute decorations. No more Krispy Kreme Donut cakes. No more email only […]

Finally Fall – Home Decor Ideas

Fall centerpiece

For years, our home was the place to be during the fall. With lots of land and a huge bon fire pit, hay rides, bon fires and s’mores welcomed our fall guests with all that autumn has to offer. With […]

Simple Pleasures (Tasty Tuesday)

Simple Pleasures in Life

We cranked the kitchen music to The Sound of Music’s “Favorite Things.” We twirled and danced and sang at the top of our lungs. My girl and me. She loved it. I loved it. We giggled and were silly and […]

It’s All About the Cake: Krispy Kreme Cake

How to Make a Dirt Cake

Teen Age Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget With five children, we have definitely hosted our share of parties – birthday parties, going away parties, graduation parties,bridal “parties,” Just Because parties, and probably every category not listed. There’s nothing better […]

Won’t You Join Me?

Take Rest

There’s a soft subtle breeze that whispers through the tree tops. The crickets, frogs, birds, and a host of other creatures I try to identify without success bellow a cacophony of instrumentation that I haven’t heard in months. It’s a […]

We all Dream of a Backyard Oasis (+$25 Gift Card Giveaway)

sand volleyball court back yard

Our home is nestled amongst twelve acres of wooded beauty, complete with our neighbor’s horse that comes and visits us like clock work every single morning. So many days, I’ve sat on our back deck with my morning coffee and […]

Easy, Elegant Party Decor Ideas

tablescape for wedding shower

It’s wedding week in our family. My precious niece joins in matrimony with an amazing young man this Saturday, and it was my honor to host a bridal shower for her at our home. Approximately 40 -45 women were in […]

Music, a Graduate, and a Bit of Bedlam


I did it! I survived our first graduate. Then I survived our first graduation party with a fun celebration of our eldest son. This was  last night actually, with WAY more people in attendance than I thought were coming. Unfortunately, […]

Join Us at our 2nd Annual Becoming Conference – Sept. 21 – 22

Button bird designs stage

Last year, my sweet friend Jenny (Southern Savers) and I had a dream.  A dream to bring the topics that we are passionate about on our blog, and bring them in real life to our readers. Our desire was that […]

Fun and Festive Bunny Napkin Fold

Napkin Fold Bunny ears

When I entertain, I love to create and develop a simple, yet fun and elegant tablescapes on a budget. I always make sure that some unique napkin fold comes into play. Learning to fold napkins is such an easy way […]

Last Minute Holiday Party Tips and Tricks

sparkling candle with Vaseline

I’m gearing up to host our annual Christmas Eve get together with my side of the family. Even though not everyone can attend, our “” of family members still consists of 30 people, so I am rushing around putting my […]

Last Minute Easter Ideas – Food, Decor, Games, Traditions


I am always in need of last minute holiday inspiration, so why not share the little bit of last minute Easter ideas I have to help you as well. FYI: I need some divine inspiration for my egg decorating. It […]

De-stress During the Holidays

destress during the holidays

As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts.  Our desire is to welcome guests to our home with beautifully adorned decorations, deliciously homemade delights and ambiance that rivals […]