mom and parker Nov 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Today, I’ll be gathering with my sweet family and we’ll be offering up thanks for a wonderful and blessed year and I hope that you are doing the same.  I love my family and am so grateful that they are mine.  Lauren and Philip will be with us again this year, along with that sweet baby girl, Parker,and I have to tell you that life is so much more fun with her in the family.

She lights up our life!

Family Thanksgiving 2013

We usually celebrate Thanksgiving with our extended family members, some of whom live in Atlanta, but this year they are going to Florida and it will be just us.  We don’t mind that either and we’ll all be gathering at my sister and brother-in-law’s house for our feast.  This is last years pic at my cousin’s house.  We always take a family pic on Thanksgiving day and we’ll have to try for that again this year, with the addition of Parker in the pic.

mom and parker Nov 2014

While Lauren and I went to the Grove Park Inn, my sister kept Parker and she brought her over to my parents house every day so that they could see her and spend time with her.  As you can imagine, this delights my parents greatly and it’s so fun for us to watch them together.  It’s precious!


Me and Miss Cutie Pie just last night when they arrived.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Here’s a fun post I did with Ebay on collecting white ware or ironstone, so I hope you’ll check it out!  Just click the pic!

white ironstone

Red and White Christmas Craft


I still love red and white for Christmas and enjoy using red, white, and lime green in my kitchen.  Those colors are happy and really fit well with my white kitchen. So, this month for my FrogTape® project, I found a cute metal cylinder container which I thought would be perfect for Christmas decorating.   I’ll find a spot to use it this year. I spotted this metal container at Goodwill for … Read More»

Everything But the House Online Auction


You all know I love shopping second hand finds at yardsales, estate sales, and even in real life auctions. I’ve been to a few of those over the years and they are always entertaining. Online auctions have been around for a long time now and probably most of us have tried it out once or twice.  The internet has opened up the world to us and now we can shop from the comfort of home and look at … Read More»

Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House Competition 2014


Last weekend was such a thrill for me, as I was invited to be a judge this year at the Omni Grove Park Inn’s 22nd annual National Gingerbread House competition for 2014.  This event was something I had vaguely heard about, but really didn’t know how it all worked.  My niece, Lauren, however, has been following the competition for 10 years, watching the shows on the Food Network and following along … Read More»

Feature Friday: Mrs. Hines Class


I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers online and Sharon is one of them.  Warm, personable, and always encouraging, I’ve enjoyed watching Sharon with Mrs. Hines Class, grow as a blogger and get to know her a bit.  After 17 years in the elementary classroom, her blog is now a virtual classroom where she shares her passion of making a house a home. She lives in Texas in a beautiful cottage style … Read More»

Arhaus Furniture Avalon Store


A few weeks ago, a huge retail/residential complex opened on the other side of town from me called Avalon, over in Alpharetta. If you are in Atlanta you have probably been hearing about this grand place for months and now it’s finally open.  I got an invite to the grand opening of one of the stores that I really wanted to check out anyway, so I did just that.  Arhaus is a furniture and accessories … Read More»

Scripted Simplicity $100 Giveaway


I first saw the work of Rachelle with Scripted Simplicity over a year ago at Woodstock Market and took pics of her beautiful wooden handpainted signs.  I thought they were so cute and loved that she is a mom-owned local business and her signs are inspirational too.  She’s expanded her business this year after going to the Atlanta market and has a lot of new products to offer now. She’s gone from a … Read More»

House Renovation: Before and After Photos


This was a fun post to put together and recap!  I loved looking back. I mentioned recently that it's been 2 years since I moved into my new/old house.  It's been quite the 2 year journey, after getting settled in and past all the renovating we did in 6 months.  I moved in as soon as I could, but there were still plenty of projects left to do and still a few more I'm going to complete next … Read More»

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