Make Sure Your Village Always Has a Story Teller

Make Sure Your Village Always Has a Story Teller


hospitality// n.  Friendly and generous treatment and entertainment of visitors and guests

Thanks Webster….perfect dictionary definition.

But what does true hospitality really mean?

Beyond the dictionary.  

Beyond the cookie cutter answer.

Beyond the simple definition.

I have a story for that (Of course I do.  You knew I was going to say that….didn’t you)

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Random thoughts on a cold Saturday morning.

Just add coffee.

1.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a really good hand cream?  I’ve tried almost everything and my hands look like I was around when Columbus discovered America.

2.  The sweetest kitten showed up on our doorstep.

Once my children saw him, he became a member of the family.

His name is Nash (as in Steve…the basketball player).

3.  I love singing “Let it Go” at the top of my lungs in the car.

Preferably with the windows rolled up. :)

4.  Don’t you think the idea of an entire Christmas tree covered in nothing but snowflakes sounds so pretty?

5.  Is it wrong if I’m hooked on the Hallmark channel?

Even if I can figure out the plot in the first five minutes.

I can’t help it.

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Lamps Plus Gift Guide and a Giveaway!

Lamps Plus Gift Guide and a Giveaway!


When I was growing up we had a red plate.

And when you got an A on a test or lost a tooth or won a blue ribbon for the hula hooping contest or finished second in the multiplication bee….you couldn’t wait to get home because you knew that sitting at your place at the dinner table….

….would be the red plate.

Your mom would serve dinner and you’d look around the table at everyone else eating on plain white plates.

Bless their hearts.

And you knew that you knew that you knew….you were special.

I mean after all

….the plate said it. :) Continue reading

10 Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas

10 Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas


This we had the first snow storm of the year.

It was all over the news with warnings about days of freezing snow and ice and frigid temperatures.  And so I did what everyone else in the county did when faced with the prospect of spending extended amounts of time indoors due to inclement weather.

I went to the Dollar General and bought milk and bread.

Of course, I did.  Wouldn’t you?

And after I shopped, I thought to myself.


Why not oranges?

Or pop tarts?

I can’t explain it.  And I’m not even sure why instinct drives us all to the dairy aisle.  I just know I feel better knowing if it’s 10 degrees with snow covering the ground and I want a glass of milk….

….I can.

And maybe a piece of toast to go with it. :)

So if you are snowed in like me and starting to decorate for the season….

….here are some 10 minute decorating ideas for Christmas.

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My Favorite Things For the House

My Favorite Things For the House


Cue Julie Andrews and raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

When Melissa from 320 Sycamore invited me to join with a group of bloggers sharing their favorite things….

….I was so excited.

You see….you don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to write this post.  I’ll find something amazing or useful or one-of-a-kind that I can’t live without and I want to tell you all about it.

But then I plunge into the next project…..

….and I forget.


And today on this cold chilly Wednesday….I’ve finally put the list together.

So without further fanfare (or warm woolen mittens) here is a list of some of my favorite things for the house.Continue reading

Room Reveal:  Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Room Reveal: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Thanks so much to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this post and this incredibly fun partnership.

Have you ever watched the Academy Awards?

(I know…silly question…right?  Are you rolling  your eyes at me now?)

If you have then you’ve seen the part in the show where someone famous (and preferably George Clooney) stands up and reads off the names of the nominations in different categories to much fanfare, excitement and general hullabaloo.

The announcers make awkward banter with each other and show the pictures of the actors up for the award and the occasional random silhouette of the embarrassing nominee who can’t even take time off of filming in Rome to show up.

Then slowly a hush falls over the crowd.Continue reading

Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post. But all opinions and statements are completely my own.

There is a box in our attic full of treasures….

….worth more to me than the finest exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stacks of tiny dishes that closely resembles plates painted a brilliant shade of bright pink with initials carved into them.

There are butterflies made out of paper plates and baby food jars full of confetti and a santa with moveable arms and caterpillars painted from thumb prints and a popsicle log cabin.

Masterpieces each and every one.Continue reading




This is a public service announcement for the double zipper.

Have you ever seen one?

Last week I went shopping for a jacket.

I found the perfect one.  Just a little puffy with a belt and a zipper and snaps in a beautiful shade of navy blue.  I stood in front of the mirroin the store looking at the amazing jacket and wondering where it had been all my life and picturing myself and the jacket at football games and drinking hot chocolate and watching the parade….

….and running gracefully through the WalMart parking lot.

Good times.

And just when I thought my jacket couldn’t get any better….the manager of the store pointed out that it had a double zipper.


What is that and why in the world would you ever need a double zipper?  Then she showed me how with the double zipper you can zip the bottom half up and the top half down, kind of creating this amazing hold in the middle that made you look so skinny and totally unpuffy in a puffy jacket.

My fashion life will never been the same. :) Continue reading