Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

 

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Home Decorator’s Collection.

Back Porch Decor

In Kentucky we have a saying that if you don’t like the weather….

….just blink.

It’s so true.

Around here the weather can change on a dime.

One minute you are sitting on your back porch in the most amazing set of indoor/outdoor chairs listening to the crickets and drinking sweet tea and discussing if hamburgers taste better on a charcoal grill and if pink lemonade goes better with french fries than orange popsicles.

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How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

 
farmhouse kitchen

Can you even guess how many minutes are in a year?

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred.

Or a whole bunch.

Depending on how particular you are.

What if you saved 10 minutes every day?  It doesn’t seem like that much until you add it all up.  10 minutes x 365 days =3650 minutes.  And can someone please check my multiplication because I ran from higher math in high school.

3650 amazing, incredible, precious, glorious minutes….

…..and here’s how I saved them.Continue reading


Words That Make You Go Hmmm

Words That Make You Go Hmmm

 
Words that make you go hmmmm

Every day we are adding words into the English language.

Trying to keep up with what people are saying and how they are saying it and what it all even means can be a little overwhelming.

Just ask Webster.

Here’s a few examples to try to work into your vocabulary if you want to sit at the cool table at lunch.

“On fleek” meaning on point, perfect.

As in “Girl….your eyebrows are amazing….they are so on fleek.”

“Obvi” meaning short for obvious.

As in “Your hair looks incredible.”

Obvi.

“Humblebrag” meaning trying to sound like you aren’t really all about yourself when the entire point of your statement is to point out how awesome you are in conversation.

As in “I think I need to get a hobby.  I just have too much time on my hands and I’m so organized and it’s totally embarrassing that my house is so perfect and picked up all the time.”

(Sounds like humblebrag to me). :)Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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This is the summer of the book.

I’ve read some new friends like Orphan Train and Dear Carolina and some old friends like Emma and almost everything by Shel Silverstein and I want to read The House at Riverton and Life From Scratch.

And after that?

I got nothing.  Or nothin’ as we say around here.

How about you?

Have you been reading this summer?  What’s on your reading list?

Can you help a girl with an afternoon and a freshly squeezed pitcher of lemonade out?Continue reading


Summer To Fall Transitional Mantel

Summer To Fall Transitional Mantel

 
Summer to Fall Transitional Mantel

I taught a class at Haven on how to connect with brands.

In case you haven’t noticed, connecting with brands is big business for bloggers.

You’ve probably seen a few sponsored posts around blog land.  And you’re rolling your eyes right about now at how many there are.

And you are right.  So right.  But that’s a discussion for another day.

In my session at the conference, I talked on how to negotiate with sponsors and get sponsored posts.

You can thank me later. :)

And in my research for the class, I discovered 8 words that you should never use in a business correspondence.  I meant to share with my class to demonstrate my incredible business knowledge.  But I forgot.

I was too busy talking about lampshade parties.Continue reading


Strawberry Basil Biscuits

Strawberry Basil Biscuits

 
strawberry biscuits

Remember a long time ago and a land far away when I asked for biscuit recipes?

And you held my hand and gently led me down the carbohydrate path.

You told me about White Lily Flour.

And explained that biscuits could be so much more than flour and water and butter.

There were also spices and honey and fruits and toppings.

And I started counting my biscuit recipes….

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Even Chairs Need a Little Confidence Sometimes (And a Giveaway)

Even Chairs Need a Little Confidence Sometimes (And a Giveaway)

 

Master Bedroom Chair

I spent this last weekend speaking at a blogging conference called Haven.

It was a weekend full of laughs and catching up with old friends and wearing red lipstick and tromping through the halls and dancing on my tiptoes….

….and accidentally walking around with a band-aid in my hair.

But that is a story for another day.

Today we are talking about this chair and voting for our favorite and I’m giving away $100 Amazon gift card to one of you.

Just because I woke up and the sun was shining…..

…..and it’s a wonderful day to be alive.Continue reading


Extra Giggles Included

Extra Giggles Included

 
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I love writing this blog.

I love putting words on a page and connecting and sharing my heart and reading your comments and sometimes laughing and sometimes crying and sometimes sighing.

Why do I feel like I just wrote a vintage country song?

Hello Kenny Rodgers.

But sometimes I wish I could leap through the blog and clink my coffee glass with you or create a project together and you could hear me giggle or see me roll my eyes at myself (which may or may not happen all the time).

And now I think I might have kind of found a way.Continue reading