Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

Cranberry Sparkler


Have you ever tried to stay up all night on New Year’s Eve?

Did you ever make plans to stay up and put a mud mask on your face and paint your toes and give yourself a manicure with cuticle correcting cream and make your highlights even blonder with lemon juice right after you put an egg deep-conditioning treatment in your hair?

And then watch the ball drop?

And see The Spice Girls sing on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve…..way before Posh ever married David Beckham and got a much cuter hair-cut and her own clothing line?

Did you ever drink diet coke and eat the tub of popcorn with the three divided sections of caramel and cheese and butter popcorn…..until all you had left was the butter section because everyone knows the caramel and cheese are way better flavors?

Did you?


Me, too.Continue reading

Who Wants to Be Perfect?

Who Wants to Be Perfect?

Pallet Table

I laugh sometimes when people ask me if my house is always clean.

Or if it always looks like it does in the pictures.

Or if it’s always perfect…..not a pillow or picture frame or dish out-of-place.


Not even close.

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Not a Single One

Not a Single One

Front Hallway Christmas


The week before Christmas I had a house tour.

It was so much fun.

The house smelled like a wonderful combination of fresh pine and cinnamon topped off with apple spice.  The lights were twinkling on Christmas trees and brown paper packages tied up with strings were tucked under the branches and fresh magnolia was everywhere.Continue reading

Winter Twig Wreath

Winter Twig Wreath


Was Christmas amazing?

Are you resting?

Or returning?

Or digging out from under wrapping paper?

Or already taking down your Christmas decorations?Continue reading

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas



Joy to the world

The Lord has come

Let earth receive her King.

Let every heart prepare him room…

And heaven and nature sing.

And heaven and nature sing.

And heaven and heaven and nature sing.


I am counting my blessings today.

Thank you.

Thank you for the joy and wonder and encouragement that you give me.

Every day.


Merry, Merry Christmas to you my wonderful, wonderful friends.


So Close

So Close

Christmas Eve Mantel


Dear recent  Wheel-of-Fortune contestant from Florida,


I could not let Christmas Eve pass without telling you how awesome you are.

You go girl.

Seriously.Continue reading

Confidence is a Good Thing

Confidence is a Good Thing

I’m singing the solo in the choir this Sunday.

Please don’t get too excited.

The first soloist couldn’t make it.

The second one went our of town.

So actually….I’m the third-string singer.Continue reading

Cookie Gift Tag

Cookie Gift Tag

The possibilities for a gift wrapping post title are endless.

As in the obvious title…..“Wrap it Up”

or the encouraging…..“You’re on a Roll”

or the obscure…..”Developing a good ‘Wrap’ por”

or my personal favorite….“Hope This Present Doesn’t Get  a Bum Wrap.” 🙂Continue reading