Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for All Types of Moms

Mother's Day is right around the corner!!! This quote is so true! And the older I get with grown children, the more I appreciate my sweet mom. She's my biggest supporter and best fan, and she has always offered the most amazing encouragement for all my crazy ideas!! Though I'm not much of an advanced planner, I decided to post my top gift-giving ideas early so you'll have plenty of inspiration when it's time to treat your mom, mother-in-law or grandmother to something special! 1. For ...

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A Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt!!

It's Valentine's Day again! So how do you show that special someone that you care? With my husband of 28 years, I have found that it's never the monetary gifts never that show him how special he is to me – after all, his eyes don’t light up at a blue Tiffany box like mine do!! But he always appreciates little notes and handmade gifts which bring out that youthful smile I fell in love with all those years before. When we first married, we were as different as black and white, but ...

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Did I Meet My Resolutions?

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions again!!!  Last year, I wrote a heartfelt post on what I wanted to achieve. My resolutions were no different than the top statistics from around the globe. And some of you, my blog friends, kept up with me all year offering words of encouragement! Thank you for that!!! The top resolution of all time is losing weight! Although I had tried just about every method sold on late-night infomercials, I lost and gained more over and over. Weighing more than my ...

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Our Thanksgiving Getaway!

I had recipes and tablescapes already planned for the annual Thanksgiving at our home when I found out from my kids that the only time they could all get off this year is Thanksgiving! Breaking the news to my parents, brother, sister, niece and nephew, I started planning a last minute vacation for the five of us. My family loves the beach, and, with limited time to spend, we wanted to try a new destination that was less than three hours away and had beautiful water. I have a lot of ...

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How To Pick The Most Luxurious Towels on a Budget!!

You know how one thing leads to another when redoing your home and the little things sometimes make the biggest difference?? That little thing for me was towels -- bath towels, bath mats, kitchen towels, cleaning towels. Some hand-me-downs from one's grandmother are worth keeping, as are some wedding gifts, but looking at how old some of my towels were (I’ve been married 28 years), I decided in this instance my very worn heirlooms should all be demoted to car washing and cleaning ...

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The Final Reveal!!

With summer time in full force and so many people away to escape the heat, we have had fun completing projects while our vacationing clients are away!!! It's so exciting to see their faces as we reveal the new space!  In a small way, I'm getting a bit of the thrill that Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper -- whose show I am slightly obsessed with -- must feel when they reveal their amazing renovations to their clients once the home is completed, styled, and move-in ready!! ...

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Lavender Fields

A staple in the scenic hills of France and England, there are few herbs with as long and rich a history as lavender! Source I have always loved the fragrance, look and color of these pretty bundles, so imagine my surprise when I learned that there were two beautiful lavender farms practically in my own backyard! The first, Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, is located in nearby Brenham, Texas, in the heart of bluebonnet country! A mere eight miles from historic Chappell Hill, this ...

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Stars & Stripes Forever!

Fireworks? Sign me up!! July 4 is one of my favorite holidays -- always happy to celebrate all the graces Americans enjoy. With our home renovation complete, we can finally entertain, ring the bell of freedom, and wave the red, white & blue! By July, it’s a tad hot here in Houston, so my July 4 party planning is super easy and breezy! Décor! Since my overall landscape theme is green and white (rosemary, roses, boxwood) – I am going to use BIG star stencils on my back lawn and ...

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A Mother’s Love

I hope each of you will have a wonderful Mother's Day week!! We have still been having trouble with the blog sending out, so if you haven't been getting the articles, hang in there and go back and read the last several posts--SOME GREAT PROJECTS!!!  I thought about doing this year's holiday blog on gifts and recipes, but realized most of you are Mothers yourselves and are, hopefully,  busy being treated on this special day! Instead, I am sharing with you a cherished family photo, some sweet ...

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Wedding Dreams

Imagined by most young girls the whole of their early life, one's wedding day is full of love, joy and excitement not only for the bride and groom, but also for everyone who cares for them. This year, sweet, smart, cute Leslie Carrigan (known as little Leslie around the office) not only found her perfect man but also experienced the wedding of her dreams! From conceptualization to the moment of “I do”, I could not be happier to share this very memorable event! When Leslie began working ...

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