December 19, 2014

15 Minute Party Planning Ideas: Use What You Have

Delicious Iced Coffee and easy party bar

I’m in a season of choosing my “Yeses” wisely. In fact, the summer is nearly over, our son goes off to collage in just a few weeks and I’ve watched days turn to weeks, turn to months and those moments […]

Marshmallow, Cupcake & Coffee Filter Garland: Easy Party Decor

This adorable hanging marshmallow garland is amazing!

Inspiration is everywhere, but it’s not often that I step into a bakery and pretty much call myself at home. In fact, if I recall correctly, I hugged the owner and told her I wanted to move in, on a […]

Favorite Brunch Ideas & Hospitality from the Heart

The Heart of Hospitality. Breaking bread is about so much more than food.

“Here, Mom, I picked these pretties for our party,” our young daughter exclaimed as her clutched hands pushed forth a wild flower weeds and daffodil mixture bouquet from our garden. Her proud, precious face burst with excitement because her afternoon […]

15 Minute Party Planning Ideas

Easy 15 Minute Party Planning ideas with adorable mason jar party line

There’s something about gathering with friends that I just adore. Whether it’s friends that you’ve known for decades, who get you and love you regardless of the bedlam your life entails, or whether it’s new friends sharing their love of […]

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

Becoming Conference speaker

I can hardly believe that we’ve reached another year of bringing a dream to reality.  As much as we all love a good blog read, I want to share life with you in person.  I want to laugh, celebrate, and […]

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 […]