Backyard Patio Hangout

March 6, 2017


Family came into town this weekend, and so did the warmer temps! I used this as an excuse to bring our dead patio back to life for some weekend celebrating. We are taking a gamble that the weather is here to stay here in Georgia, so let’s see how long we can keep these plants in good condition! I think we were out on our backyard patio hangout for eight hours yesterday enjoying company and a restful Sunday…..from brunch to dinner. It was such a good way to start the week that I think we will bring back Sunday Suppers starting now!

Here are a few things I added into our backyard patio to freshen it up for Spring…

Marriage: Loving through the rough and tough.

March 2, 2017

When many areas of your life are feeling stress or being challenged, how is a marriage supposed to function well? How can you love the other, when you yourself feel drained, tired, or void of emotional energy?

Currently Gabe and I are experiencing stress in many aspects of our life. Sometimes life feels just heavy. Yet somehow, we are ok. Our marriage is still fueling us and keeping us going. It had me thinking how this is possible when as human beings, our tendency is to shut down, lash out, or turn off when we experience pain or difficulty? Personally, my default when things get difficult is to bottle up and become numb. So today I wanted to write out a few things that have sustained us when grounds around us feel shaky.


City Guide: Charleston, SC

February 28, 2017


This list is a combination of spots we tried and loved over the last few visits to Charleston, as well as some spots that some of you readers recommended! A few family friendly spots we highlighted were in our last post about our most recent trip. I hope this can be a helpful guide if you are planning a trip to the area. Of course I am sure you can find more thorough city guides to this city, so keep in mind there are much more sites to see! It really is one of our favorite cities because of the historical elements, architectural charm, peaceful atmosphere, divine food, and undeniable charm.



3 Spring Travel Looks

February 27, 2017


I usually pack for a trip based on what activities we will be doing, weather, and versatility (if a piece can be worn two ways). Since our last trip was a family trip and I was packing for 5, packing light was the only option! I gravitate towards comfortable pieces, so for our Charleston trip I packed only two pairs of super comfortable shoes, a few outfits, and one sweater that went with everything. (Beach wear was another bag.) Here are 3 easy spring travel looks that mix and matched and worked for a long weekend trip…


8 bite sized habits for a better day.

February 26, 2017


As I shared last week, I started the book: Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives. It really had me thinking through the habits in my own life, both the good and bad, and the lack thereof. I wanted to share with you 8 small habits I am going to be practicing to avoid stress, increase peace, and maintain a healthy life. Please join me if you like and we can encourage each other along the way. Sound good?

Family Travels: Charleston, SC (+ video)

February 24, 2017

Airbnb has always been on my top 10 list of dream partnerships. When they reached out offering to team up for family travel, and provide stays in some of their homes, you can bet I didn’t bat an eyelash. Very grateful for the opportunity to have this time with my family, and share some cool spots in the upcoming months with you all.


Charleston is a city we have been talking about bringing our kids back to for years. It is easily a favorite place of ours, and we knew our little ones would just go bananas over its beaches. We will be doing a city guide in our next post, but for today, here are some of our favorite family friendly spots we visited…


25 Modern Desk Lamps for under $100

February 22, 2017

There is nothing that could be as boring as a desk lamp, but there is also nothing that can brighten up a space like a good one! In my hunt for some desk lamps for a few rooms we are working on, I bookmarked a bunch. Lamps can cost an arm and two legs which is somewhat ridiculous, so here are some favorites whose pricetags won’t induce ulcers! 25 modern desk lamps for under $100:

ROSEGOLD: one, $95 | two, $55 | three, $55 | four, $99 | five, $55

PASTELS: six, $50 | seven, $69 | eight, $33 | nine, $79 | ten, $25

GOLD: eleven, $43 | twelve, $79 | thirteen, $29
fourteen, $99 | fifteen, $58

BLACK: sixteen, $49 | seventeen, $35 | eighteen, $49 | nineteen, $46 | twenty, $95

MIXED METALS: twenty-one, $43 | twenty-two, $98 | twenty-three
twenty-four, $34 | twenty-five, $43

If you are on the hunt for budget friendly home items, let me know and we will work on more round ups like this!

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