10 tips for getting dinner on the table


New Year. Fresh start. Sometimes we make resolutions around this time of year....getting dinner on the table might be on your list. I wanted to give you some ideas to help. I am only sharing things that work for us...in hopes that it will help you too. I get it. You’re busy….places to go…people to see…kids to be carted….but dinner is important. … [Read more...]

you know….


A few musings….   …you know those mornings when you are slow to getting started and you find yourself wasting 15 minutes on buzzfeed reading an article about celebrity bff’s…..it’s important information for dinner parties…right!?!?   …when you take half the things out of the dishwasher before realizing it wasn’t turned on…..   … [Read more...]

Time for A Vacation yet?


    Merry Christmas!! Want to plan a getaway….like now?!?! :) My dad was in international sales. So he traveled a bunch when I was growing up. He would normally come home Thursday night for the weekend. When I got to be a bit older he didn’t have to travel quite as much..but when he did..he went far…like to Toyko and … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I know that many of you are dreaming of warmer days already…and winter has really just begun. You may be starting to plan a trip down south somewhere….and I wanted to give you a few reasons why I think … [Read more...]

My Holiday House Tour and a bit-o-blog stuff


My mission remains the same….share clever ideas that inspire you to be clever in your home. Blogging has given me so many amazing gifts….that I really never considered when I first began this little blog over 3 years ago. I didn’t start it to get rich, I didn’t start it to be featured in any magazine, I didn’t start it to be anything other than … [Read more...]

Selling the Lake house….


Bittersweet. It is a word that perfectly describes our feelings about selling our beloved lake house. We have made so many fun family memories there. But that is the best thing about memories….you always take them with you…forever. It is a place that we hope to pass onto another family who equally enjoys time together….away from the “stuff” of … [Read more...]

this and that….


A bit about our fall break. It was kind of an epic week….we are still on a high from it all really. It was a ton of traveling but it was so worth it….I took about 300 pictures. It was really hard to pare down what ones to share with you….so here is my fall break in a nut shell… We spent 3 nights in Colonial Williamsburg. Our kids are learning … [Read more...]

what people remember…


I hosted my annual “ugly dress'” girls night last night. It was full of belly laughs, bad fashion shows, good spirits, horrid dancing and just plain old fun. It got me thinking as I was “preparing” my house for my friends to come over and enjoy. We put so much time, effort, blood, sweat and tears into our home…and we are usually the first ones to … [Read more...]

25 things & Miele #pureairblog tour


25 things from the past weeks travels... 1. Packing just a carry on for 4 days is a similar to an Olympic sport...blood, sweat and tears. 2. I forgot my book and realized it in the Charlotte airport (which is a gorgeous airport btw). I bought a book titled Margot by Jillian Cantor and finished half of it while waiting for my flight to … [Read more...]

wasn’t that awesome

Remember that day….when you were sitting enjoying your morning coffee and looking at at the schedule for the day…and then water starting pouring out of the dishwasher….so you called the repair man that had just been there 3 weeks prior to fix the dishwasher…and he proceeded to tell you that the dishwasher door needed to be replaced so he suggest … [Read more...]