Letting the Sunshine In

Letting the Sunshine In

 

disclosure:  this post is sponsored by Crane and Canopy

Yesterday I picked flowers in the rain.

Baskets and baskets of roses.

I had just finished shaking off the winter cobwebs and fluffing the pillows and changing the linens and refreshing the master bedroom for spring.

The day was stormy and the clouds were rolling in and it was dark as night…

…and I needed a little sunshine.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

It was a week of learning about myself.

Do you ever have a week like that?

A week where you discover stuff about yourself that you weren’t even looking for?

We spent the week in Florida for a baseball tournament.  A week of spring break.  A week of family.  A week of and sunshine and warm weather and baseball games and the joy of watching number 11 run home again and again  I brought tons of work and writing and chapters to work on for the next book.

And then?

There wasn’t any internet.

I couldn’t work.  I couldn’t write.  I couldn’t research.  I couldn’t post to this blog (except for the one post that was already written and scheduled).

At first I was frustrated.  And irritated.  And discombobulated.

But you know what?

In the end, it ended up being amazing.

I played more card games that you can count and fixed lunches and read books and listened to stories and took long walks on the beach and soaked in the sun.

And I learned that everyone needs a little break.

Everyone needs a week to run and walk and read and listen…

….and to just be.

Thank you Florida for mine. 🙂Continue reading

Before and After Guest Bedroom

Before and After Guest Bedroom

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.

Here’s a little throwback Thursday.

I’m not sure if a little throwback on a Thursday should make you a little wistful.

But this one does.

This is the before.  This room was the twins’ room when they were younger.  This is the room of tea parties and stuffed animal boarding school and fancy hats and dance parties and stories that never ended.  Before they moved upstairs and ditched the monograms and chose even brighter colors and painted murals on their walls.

The room was a little sad when they left.

After all, who doesn’t love a fancy hat and a tea party with choreography.

But now?

It’s repainted and restyled and redone….

…and ready for guests.

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Wheat, Burlap, Fall and Magazines

Wheat, Burlap, Fall and Magazines

 
master-bedroom-fall

I’m extra falling it this year because a magazine is coming in just a few weeks to take pictures of the inside and outside of the house.

I can’t even believe I just typed that last sentence with a straight fingers.

I’m a little all over the place with it.

I vacillate between washing basketball uniforms and helping my son study for the PSAT with really big vocabulary words and forgetting all about the magazine…

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The Most Important Lesson of All

The Most Important Lesson of All

 

This post was sponsored by Country Curtains.

dance-sign

Teaching life lessons to the next generation is hard.

You begin with the standards.

Be kind to others.

Open the door for your mother.

Be nice to your sister.  Hold your fork properly.  Don’t wear white after Labor Day.Continue reading

The Day My Shutters Went All Gone With the Wind (and a 40% Off Coupon)

The Day My Shutters Went All Gone With the Wind (and a 40% Off Coupon)

 

This post is sponsored by Blindster.

master bedroom

When I was little my sisters and I used to play Gone With the Wind.

Or some facsimile there of.

We’d walk around in fancy costumes that came out of a barrel of old prom dresses some brilliant person handed down to us and wear hats and sip tea and pretend we were waiting to make clothes out of curtains.

I was in charge of everything.

So of course….

….I was Scarlett.Continue reading

Appreciate Yourself Day (and a Giveaway)

Appreciate Yourself Day (and a Giveaway)

 

This post is sponsored by Kathy Davis.

gray bedding

A few days ago I saw a picture of grilled chicken tossed with pasta and broccoli and tomatoes and topped with cilantro and bits of grated cheese styled on a plate that looked like summer with red and blue pattern and the tiniest of lemon wedges next to a glass of sweet tea.

It stopped me in my tracks.

Seriously.

I think I stared at the picture for ten minutes.

When was the last time I ate grilled chicken with cilantro?

When was the last time I put anything on a plate that looked like summer?

When was the last time I drank sweet tea from a glass that didn’t say Chick Fil-A on it?

When was the last time I treated myself?Continue reading

Almost So Close to Amazing

Almost So Close to Amazing

 
bedroom with wood ceiling

I had my first perm when I was in high school.

Wait.

Hold the phones and some horses.

I feel the need to go all Star Wars the prequel and preface that statement with a few facts.

1.  I have a lot of hair.  Like enough for myself and some friends.

2.  No judgement.  Perms were a thing.  Like stirrup pants and earrings that looked like door knockers.

3.  My hair has ADD.  It can’t make up its mind whether it’s curly or straight.  On the top it’s wavy.  Simple, classic waves with a hint of curl and then you lift up the hair and there’s a whole other layer going on.

Business on the top.

Party underneath.Continue reading