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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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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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Holiday Etiquette & Hospitality + My Plaid Christmas Table

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

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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Currently Reading…My Southern Journey

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.

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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The Perfect Summer Picnic for Two

Throw the perfect summer picnic for two this July 4th with the right picnic food, portable baskets, gingham accessories, and sunflowers!

Throw the perfect summer picnic for two this July 4th with the right picnic food, portable baskets, gingham accessories, and sunflowers! S. and I love to go on picnics. Sometimes it is as simple as grabbing a Bo-box (yes, one of our guilty pleasures is Bojangles fried chicken) and heading up to the parkway, and …

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Southernisms: Mama Always Said…

Southern mamas' advice - The best words of wisdom from our Southern mamas - take them to heart!

Southern mamas’ advice – the best words of wisdom from our Southern mamas – take them to heart! As y’all know, Southern mamas are brimming over with important pearls of wisdom, and in honor of Mother’s Day this weekend I’m sharing some of my favorite Southern mamas’ advice from my own family.  After all, “Mama …

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Hunting the Perfect Christmas Tree

Explore my Southern Christmas Home on the Simply Seasonal blog hop: Christmas decorating tips, holiday decor, boxwood wreaths, mantle decor, garland, plaid

A beautifully lit Christmas tree with ornaments scattered amongst the branches is pure Christmas magic.  Decorating the tree is one of my favorite parts about the holidays.  I love how a Christmas tree transforms the room, and the way it ignites memories of Christmases long past. I grew up on a Christmas tree farm. You …

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My Southern Christmas Home

My Southern Christmas home and mantle with pine and boxwood garland and boxwood wreath

I’m teaming up with Caroline from Organize Nashville and 27 other bloggers to share our Christmas decorating ideas in the Simply Seasonal: Holiday Edition blog hop!  We are opening our doors to give you a glimpse at how we decorate for Christmas and make the season merry and bright.  I’ve listed links to the other …

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