If you are reading this….I’ve just finished my coffee and I’m heading down to Nashville to go to the City Farmhouse show.

The leaves are falling and the weather is glorious and the sun is shining and I’m going to a lunch there and meeting friends….

….and…oh wait…shopping.


Does life get any better?

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Why You Should Always Clap in the Rain

Why You Should Always Clap in the Rain


I think I fell in love with my husband because he makes me laugh.

Every. Single. Day.

Especially the dad humor.

master bedroom fall decorating

You know what I’m talking about.

You understand.

Dad humor is like a cross between why did the chicken cross the road and puns that make your roll your eyes and groan.

You simply can’t help it…..

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DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection

DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection


I almost titled this post #calmdownitsnotevenhalloweenyet

And #dontadjustyourscreenandyesthosearestockings

But I had to post because (1) I was so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to show you the stocking collection and (2) the stockings sold out last year and (3) by the time I got around to remembering to post my Christmas mantel in December they would all be gone.

So with a drum roll and clanging cymbals and a ticker tape parade….I present to you without further ado…..

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Five Delicious Fall Recipes

Five Delicious Fall Recipes


Have you ever watched Survivor when they have the eat-the-weirdest-thing-you-can-find-on-the-island challenge?

If you’ve ever seen it….you know exactly what I’m talking about.

The castaways start off with something simple like quails eggs and before you know it they are eating something that’s moving.

Could you would you eat something that made your stomach and your eyes roll?  Could you take the challenge for a million dollars?

I couldn’t make it.


Not even a little.

I would have to turn in my scarf and wave goodbye to my fellow island mates and hop on the next helicopter to the mainland.

I mean, really.  I like what I eat to be sweet or savory…..

…..and preferably not moving. :)

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The Contract

The Contract


After the twins were born, I stood in the middle of my living room one evening….bleary-eyed from lack of sleep with hair that hadn’t been washed in a week….wearing pajamas covered in spit-up…..

…..and wailed plaintively to my mother.

“How can I do this?”

“I’m not going to make it.”

“They are totally winning.”

Then I wiped my faced and brushed the hair away from my eyes….inhaled and exhaled several times and then stood patiently waiting for her words of wisdom.  I mean after all….my mother is brilliant (and getting more brilliant with every year that passes) and experienced and wise….

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The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Birch Lane.

One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

If you’ve read it….you are nodding right about now.

If you haven’t I’ll totally Reader’s Digest it for you.

It’s about a tree who loves a little boy with all her heart.  When he is young he plays under the tree and swings from the branches and eats buckets of apples.  And as he grows older he sells the apples from the tree and uses her branches to make a house and her trunk to make a boat to sail away and explore the world.

And when he is older and his travels are done, he sits on the stump and rests…..

….and returns to the tree that he loves.

“And the tree was happy.”

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30 Minute Pumpkin Challenge – Mod Podge Pumpkins

30 Minute Pumpkin Challenge – Mod Podge Pumpkins


Do you remember the show What Not To Wear?

It was amazing.

An unsuspecting woman would be walking down the street and Clinton and Stacy would jump out and be all like we are here to make you over.  And then they would take the contestant home and open her closet and start throwing all the clothes into this giant trash can while the woman looked on with a mixture of horror and intrigue…..

….like she had no idea what would happen next.

No worries…..we all knew.

Because we watched the show.

We knew they were going to offer them money to go shopping and send them off with tips and then the woman would be shopping at the store and start making bad choices again and not listening to the hosts’ sage advice and then all of a sudden Clinton and Stacy would pop out at the store and surprise them and save the day.  And of course they would find her perfect outfits and then have her show them off in front of this eight way mirror and the lady would be all like you all are the best and look how amazing I look……

…..and we would all agree and sigh and wish that Clinton and Stacy would stop us on the street.

I know….right?

I know what you are thinking.

Where were Clinton and Stacy when I was wearing my blazer?

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I Wish

I Wish


If you read this….please take a moment to tell someone special to you how much you love them.


Late last night we found out that our sweet youth pastor and his entire family were killed in a car crash in Nashville.

Four brilliant, beautiful, wonderful lives snuffed out in an instant on a busy freeway.

And I sit here typing this to you with tears streaming down my face…..

…..because I wish.

I wish I would have told him of the amazing impact he had on my children.

I wish I would have told him his jokes made me laugh.

I wish I would have told him generations of families will be forever changed because of his leadership and how he allowed God to use him.

I wish I would have told him what a light he was in a world sometimes full of hurt and heartache and overwhelming sadness.

I wish.

“Today is a new day.

Make the most of it.

Tell someone you love them.

Smile at someone.

Give a hug.

Hold a hand.

Or just listen for a moment and be a friend.”