Family Photo Taking Tips and I’m Off the Naughty List

Christmas Card Photo Taking Tips!

  2014 is officially my year to make it onto the nice list. That's right, while everyone is running around like chickens with their Santa hats falling off, I'll be sitting by a roaring fire, sipping a glass of wine and listening to Elvis croon I'll have a Blue Christmas Without You.   Why you ask? Because not only can I … [Read more...]


Welcome My Pretties to My Halloween House

Halloween party decorating ideas

  Come in my pretties. Helga is getting ready to party and she's breaking out her cauldron and mixing up a poisonous brew of eye of newt. October 31 - time for my girls annual Halloween party.  Tricks and a few treats to get the night started before filling up their plastic pumpkins with sugar overload. Not having a party? It's … [Read more...]


Eclectic Home Tour – This is Happiness

Peaceful bedroom retreat

  This week we visit an Eclectic Home Tour filled with cheery colors and decorating ideas that make Becky of This is Happiness blog and her family truly happy.   Everything tastes better eaten off of a reclaimed wood table that Becky's hubby made. Every bedroom needs crisp white bedding and fresh flowers ... and a … [Read more...]


Paradise Found – Miami to Key West Road Trip

Miami to Key West Roadtrip

The kids were away so the parents did play. We hopped on a jet plane and headed down to a place where the sun shines all day.   It's an epic Miami to Key West road trip and it was unforgettable.  Here's my itinerary with favorite places and things to do if you ever get a chance to make your own road trip to paradise. South Beach … [Read more...]


You’ve Been Booed!

Make Paper Pinwheels

Every Halloween, my girls fill up bags with candy, print out an outline of a ghost and "Boo" their friends. They ring the bell and hide in the bushes while laughing uncontrollably waiting for someone to answer.  Usually, the kids run outside searching for the culprit and a chase ensues.   Why let the kids have all the fun? I … [Read more...]


Eclectic Home Tour – Tidbits and Twine

Eclectic Home Tour Tidbits & Twine

  Today's Eclectic Home Tour takes us to the home of Kim of Tidbits and Twine calls her style casual elegance with a lived in look. I call it beautifully put together with things she loves. From setting a summer table ... to a fall feast, her home is a feast for the eyes. Every bedroom should have a cozy little fireplace. A … [Read more...]


Energy Saving Tips for a Smart Home!

Simple Energy Saving Tips

Do you work for the electric company? I can still hear my dad yelling that across the house every time a lamp was left blazing brightly with nobody in the room.   Now I run around behind my girls turning off light switches - what goes around comes around. But surprise, what hides inside my chandeliers and vintage lamps are energy … [Read more...]


Fun Free Halloween Printables

Free Halloween Printables

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.   I would never deceive you my pretties. I'd rather share some fun free Halloween printables because I think you're the cat's meow. Instead of driving yourself batty searching for fun Halloween ideas, just print these out. Jump on your broom my little witches and … [Read more...]


No More Ugly Plastic Pumpkins!

8 Creative Ideas for Cheap Plastic Pumpkin Pails

I'm on a personal mission to rid the world of ugly plastic pumpkin pails! It all started years ago when I couldn't take the smug look on that ugly plastic pumpkin's face anymore so I covered that hideous pumpkin in music sheets. The following year, I unleashed my fury on the ugly plastic pumpkin by blinging it out. I'm not alone in my deep … [Read more...]


Eclectic Home Tour – Charming in Charlotte

Eclectic Home Tour Charming in Charlotte

  Mallory of Charming in Charlotte mixes old and new, trendy and classic into a most charming home. I love the combo of floral and leopard. Her table is beautiful whether it's set for every day ... or a festive fall occasion with a faux pumpkin vase centerpiece. I love a bit of bling. How fun is this multi purpose … [Read more...]