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Couple monogram decorates seating card display at this Southern wedding.

7 Signs You Are at a Southern Wedding

Ever wonder what makes a Southern wedding so distinctive? Read about 7 Southern wedding traditions and peculiarities that express our unique Southern joie de vivre. The cutting of the cake… the first dance… the throwing of the bouquet… Tradition and weddings go hand in hand, and you are probably familiar with all of the above …

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Naming your house: white brick house with dogwood trees in bloom

Naming Your House

Naming your house is a great way to define identity, add character, and show affection for that place we call home!   There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home. Home brings to mind a distinctive vision, stirring memories, special smells, and a singular feeling of love.  There’s …

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The Southern approach to holiday etiquette and hospitality plus a plaid Christmas table idea.

Holiday Etiquette & Hospitality + My Plaid Christmas Table

The Southern approach to holiday etiquette and hospitality plus a plaid Christmas table idea perfect for holiday entertaining. Good manners the world over are important even today when it feels like propriety has fallen out of favor and civility is long forgotten. Here in the South, being courteous and well-mannered have a certain sine qua …

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Rick Bragg's book My Southern Journey will make you laugh out loud and cry until your eyes are bleary.  Every Southerner should own this incredible work. I recommend reading this with a glass of bourbon on your favorite porch.

Currently Reading…My Southern Journey

Let Rick Bragg take you home with My Southern Journey… This book takes me to places familiar: It takes me to lazy evenings rockin’ on my grandmother’s porch. It takes me on truck rides down back country roads on misty mornings. It takes me to oyster bars in Charleston and a barstool in my favorite …

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Life is Better at the Lake

Did you know that you can rent a cabin in a lot of state parks? This is a totally new discovery for me, but two weekends ago S. and I did just that to celebrate our four year wedding anniversary.  We rented a little cabin on the lake at Big Ridge State Park, and it …

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