Tuesday, July 25, 2017


You probably recognize the sponge in the picture as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. But I wanted to make sure you know one of the magical ways to use it.

If your shoes are a bit scuffed up on the heels from driving, the eraser can help you out. This is a before shot of the these shoes I love to work in. They are not too high, but have just the right amount of heel for a little lift and a little bit of a dressy look. You know I love a good wedge. I felt like I should chunk them, but some elbow grease and the eraser have given us more time together!


And after...

Looks much better, don't you think? All you have to do is continue wiping until you get the results you want. You don't have to wet the sponge or do anything to it. These are also wonderful for getting marks off the walls. Have you used the Magic Eraser?

Hope your week is off to a good start!


Friday, July 21, 2017


I know many of you don't have to worry about back-to-school until the middle or even closer to the end of August. You're so lucky!! In Alabama, sadly, we head back in less than two weeks. But for those of you who will be summering much longer than me, here are a few items that I loved all summer long. Some I use all the time and some I just came across.

By far, my favorite little sandal of the summer is this one from Franco Sarto.  I found mine early in June at T J Maxx, but they are still available on line. They were comfortable and never once hurt my feet from the minute I started wearing them. They also come in black.

My year-round lotion is this one by Nivea. It is a little heavy, but I like the slight shine it leaves. I don't tan well and have the fairest skin, so during the summer months I use this self tanner by Jergens. It works great (and the smell isn't too bad)!

Here are two sunscreen products I love. My son plays tennis and uses this one by Coppertone, and I use it as well on everything but my face. For my face I like this Timewise moisturizing sun screen by Mary Kay.

I've shared this favorite nail product before. I promise you if you are having trouble growing your nails, you will thank me for this one. I would show you my nails, but I think I'll spare you the age spots. :-) I tell everyone I know about this Sally Hansen product.

And last, but not nearly the least, the three things I throw on when I don't want to put my entire "face" on to leave the house. You know what I mean? Cover Girl Mascara, Wet n Wild Lips (there are tons of colors), Rimmel Lip Liner.

Here are all the links to the products one more time for quick reference--in case you want to try any for yourself.

Those are my favorites. Have you come across something new that you've loved this summer?

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


The paint is dry and things are shaping up in the dining room. Today I thought a would give you a quick update. I still have a little trim and some touch up here and there to do, but things are coming together.

But first, a list of the things I've learned during this project:

1. I am not as young as I once was; my elbow may never recover. This makes me extremely sad. I love to paint!

2. Red is a strong color and does not give up easily. It takes a bunch of white to cover red. :-)

3. Paint is such an easy way to refresh any space.

4. Paint is much cheaper than new furniture (in case you need to convince someone).

5. Most of the time, following your vision pays off.

Here are a few random before pictures:

And here are a few "so far" pictures. I won't call them "afters" just yet. The room still has a ways to go.

I've decided to go rug-less for now. The hardwood has been covered since we moved in and I want it to show. The hard wood in this room, our foyer, and our living room has a dark trim running throughout that matches the darker floor in the hallway on the kids' side of the house. I know that may be hard to visualize. The floor was like this when we moved in thirteen years ago this summer. I've never seen floors done this way, but it is a unique finish that I like.

 The china cabinet is stocked with white, and I added two new baskets atop.

I will put panels back on the windows eventually. I'm trying to decide if I want to add a pattern here or a pretty neutral. Thoughts?

Here is the current state of the buffet.

This is one of my inspiration pictures from James T. Farmer. He is one of my favorite southern decorators and the author of several books including A Place to Call Home and Porch Living.

That's where things are for now. Are you guys in the middle of any projects?


Friday, July 14, 2017


Today I'm linking to my five favorite summer recipes shared on the blog over the past few years that your sweet tooth or your summer guests might appreciate. Click the blue link and ENJOY!

(my mom's recipe)

(my husband's favorite)

(everyone always wants this recipe)

(for lazy summer days)

(perfect for your fresh picked blue berries)

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017


You probably know that the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality. But do you know how and why it came to be so?

Here's a great article I found from Southern Living explaining all the ins and outs of the pineapple's journey to becoming the hospitality symbol. After reading it, it's easy to understand why the pineapple, in every size and color, can be found on store shelves, clothing items, household items; just about anywhere you can imagine. Here are a few fun examples.

1 - The teacher in me loves this back pack from Jansport.
2 - And you never know when Pine Apple Duck Tape will come in handy. 
3 -  Alex and Ani bracelets... Here's the pineapple version.
4 - Salt and pepper shakers from Mudpie.

Look how cute for summer! The pineapple rug from Caron's Beach House.

For sunning, how about this adorable suit from Cupshe.

And finally, enjoy these pineapple vignettes, decorating ideas, and inspiration from around the web. 

Dimples and Tangles

Stylish Petite

Jesi Haack via Glitter Guide

A Thoughtful Place

Domino Magazine

Thanks to the pineapple for inspiring this post. :-) Do you have any pineapples in your home?

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