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The Charming Index – February

French Toast at The Mockingbird, Nashville - The Charming Index

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 Antiques & Garden Show, Nashville One of the oldest antique and garden shows in the South, this show mingles over 150 antique, art, and horticulture dealers with beautiful indoor gardens.  Lots …

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10 Novels for the Rosy Romantic

10 novels for the rosy romantic - woman at cafe reading book with latte and peonies in pearls and tweed

Looking for timeless love stories where the heroines are intelligent, capable, and winsome and the heros are strong, irresistible, and kind…where despite trials and tribulations a happy ending is ensured? Well, then you need to check out these 10 novels for the rosy romantic! Love is in the air…with Valentine’s day right around the corner …

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Elegance on the Half Shell – The Oyster Plate

Elegant antique oyster plate - refined dining must have

Entertain in style with the ever elegant oyster plate, delighting refined diners since the 1800’s. Learn more about these charming dishes, their history and how to collect. Candlelight flickers, music stirs the air, and elegant florals cascade across the table as guests saunter into the dining room. Chairs are pulled, napkins unfurled, and delighted chatter …

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Dear 2019, Let’s Grow Joy!

Gracious Disposition Challenge Grow Joy Quote on blue background

It’s that time of year again – time for reflection and setting goals! Time to take stock of where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished, and where we want to go as we start a new year. 2018, you have been a whirlwind! A whirlwind with many hurdles, laughter through tears, and significant joys too.  The …

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Handcrafted Christmas Gifts: Featuring Made in the South

Red Christmas present tied with plaid bow against green backdrop - Handcrafted Christmas Gifts

Spread the love this holiday season with handcrafted Christmas gifts from American artisans. Featuring unique made in the South products, P&P’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide is sure to please your loved ones and help us all support local economies! Merry Christmas Y’all! I am excited to share my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide today. This year’s …

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Autumn Adventures: My Fall Bucket List

Partake in autumn adventures with this fall bucket list - Blonde woman reaching up to pick an apple.

Her heart was filled with flutter and wonder. ~ Emma, Jane Austen This is how I feel every year as autumn begins to meander in with her crisp air…cool, misty mornings…and burst of color. I get fluttery about the thought of cozy sweaters and darling pumpkins. And I feel infinite wonder at the beautiful glory …

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Dahlias Don’t Multitask

Blonde woman in white dress and hat smells purple dahlias

A lesson from a dahlia: thoughts on time management, the power of singular concentration, and the pitfalls of multitasking. Dahlias have no fragrance. Did you know that? I wandered through a field of them and there was absolutely no scent. No cloyingly sweet smell like a lily. No bright effervescence like a gardenia nor exotic …

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Wedding Registry – The Most Useful Wedding Gifts 5 Years Later

Useful wedding gifts - wrapped in pretty gift bag with pink bow

Add these useful wedding gifts to your registry for their lasting practicality a.k.a. 10 present ideas that will make brides & grooms deliciously happy! Of course the best part of our wedding was marrying the love of my life, but a close second was having our friends and family travel from all around the country …

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7 Signs You Are at a Southern Wedding

Couple monogram decorates seating card display at this 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

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

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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