Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Downsizing 101

Like other fellow baby boomers we have decided to downsize.Even though all of our chicks have flown the coop and this decision was unanimously reached and very heartfelt it is still somehow bitter sweet.
Yes. I shed a few tears.:(
Some things I have learned on this journey.
1. You must be ruthless in your editing of possessions!
Do you need 3 soup pots? The George Foreman grill? Really? How many collectibles is too many? Remember only what you absolutely LOVE can make the cut.
2. You'll always have your memories. What you don't have is space!
That's why this piano

and this chinoiserie china cabinet(behind the column)

and this rice bed

did not make the move with us. They are much too large and formal for our new home.
3. Keep only what you must! This pine hutch and table go where I go.

Not only are they sentimental favorites they will fit in with our new casual home and lifestyle.
4. Embrace change!
Easier said than done. We carefully planned this move and are in the process of building our new "old" forever home but this has been an emotional roller coaster. So many "Remember When's". You must learn to let go of stuff while you hold firmly on to your priceless memories and cherished friends and family.
This is an exciting time of life , full of adventure and new beginnings. I am excitedly looking forward to what lies ahead!

Monday, June 15, 2015


Well that's all she wrote!

This lovely house that has been our home for the last 16 years has been sold!

Once again there will be games of hide and seek

cookies baking in the oven

and summer pool parties.
It was a little bittersweet today as we signed her over to her new owners but we are ready to begin a new life as empty nesters. (more on that later).I am praying that the new owners will be as happy here as we have been.

And in other breaking news! I became Lolli to this adorable sweet pea.

Meet my new grandson Levi Henry!
I'll be back soon with plans for our new home.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Slumber Party Fit For a Bride

My Oldest daughter got married last fall and I still have bridal magazines making their way to my house.:-) Recently I saw this beautiful soiree in Southern Bride magazine and just knew I had to share it with you.
It's a combination bridal slumber party and bridesmaids breakfast. How adorable is this?

Wouldn't it be wonderful to serve breakfast on your porch? Especially if you had a beautiful porch like this!

This lovely was featured in
Southern Bride magazine

Angela Marie Events was the event planner extraordinaire for this party.

And last but certainly not least Ashleigh Jayne Photography captured this event so beautifully!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Painting the Moon

Author Traci Borum's charmingly sweet novel is set against the idyllic backdrop of the English countryside. It commences with a cottage being left to our heroine Noelle by her great aunt Joy. Of course visions of Kate Winslet's cottage in The Holiday frolicked across my mind.
Oh that tiny bastion of English comfy perfection! Every time Noelle made tea I pictured her in this kitchen.

Back to our story! Noelle's great aunt Joy passes away and leaves her entire estate to Noelle. Joy was an internationally renowned artist who suffered a breakdown in her latter years and became a recluse. Looking to settle her aunt's affairs, California girl Noelle crosses the pond and so the adventure begins!
Unbeknownst to her, the cottage holds many secrets that promise to rock Noelle's world and with the help of her childhood BFF Jill and her first love ,Adam, Noelle comes to terms with her loss and discovers wonders she never knew were hers.
This delightful novel has it all,romance, mystery, the hope of second chances and the most charming town since Mitford.I really enjoyed Ms. Borum's engaging descriptions of Chilton Crosse and the residents will remind you of people in your own life.
This is a fun, easy read (my favorite kind) that you will thoroughly enjoy. This would be a great book club selection. How fun would it be to host an English tea for the meeting, complete with scones and jam?
Author Traci Borum

is a writing teacher and a native Texan. She is an avid Masterpiece Theater junkie, a Corgi owner and a blogger.
To purchase
Painting the Moon
go here.

To visit Traci's website and blog go here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Brit + Co

Some of the perks of having four young adult children is that they keep me abreast of all the "in" happenings.
Like I know about swag, Sam Smith and Jamberry Nails. After much discussion and a small demonstration I even know what twerking is. Thank you Miley.
Now they have gone and introduced me to Brit + Co. and I'm hooked!
The absolute coolest website and blog.
There are super cute party ideas

decorating inspiration

beauty tips


and recipes, all with a young chic vibe.

They even offer online classes!
Like Cake Baking 101

Sewing 101

Flower Arranging

and Calligraphy
And they're only 19.99 each! My youngest and I are taking the calligraphy class. Hopefully soon I'll be able to show you my new skills.;)

Hop over to Brit + Co. to see what all the fuss is about

Friday, June 20, 2014

Colorful Coppell Custom- A Home Tour

This beautiful Dallas area suburban listing is so lovely and charmingly colorful! Have a look!

What a fun kitchen!

Have you seen a cuter laundry room?

The Mrs. has a dream closest!

And a super cute craft room

Anyone up for a swim?

To see the listing go here.