You Asked ... Volume 1

I love my readers and followers so very much.  I honestly feel like a lucky girl every single time you send me a sweet message, a word of encouragement or even a question.  I get a lot of questions that I have noticed tend to either be the same or are basically similar so I decided to let you send some questions that you would love to have answered.  After putting it out to you on Monday and sorting through your questions (you sent some good ones!) I have a number of them to answer for you today.  I am excited about this post and hope to make it a regular thing ... if it is something you would like to see more of, you ask and I am happy to answer!

Here we go ... 


Brie + Prosciutto Crostini

I love partnering with other bloggers and do it as often as I can.  As a person who works alone most of the time it is always fun to partner with others and I am super excited about today's blog post.  I am part of a Spring Progressive Dinner hosted by the darling Heather of Southern State of Mind.  Heather has a darling blog and a beautiful home.  I love following and reading her blog and enjoy seeing her when we have the chance to meet up in the city for events.  I am thrilled to share my part of this wonderful group of bloggers for her virtual progressive dinner.

You will absolutely love this post today and all of the amazing links.  These women write amazing blogs and have incredible ideas ... it is like being invited over to nine different homes at once.  Can you think of a better way to spend a Thursday?  I know I can't!!


Introducing Audrey Durden

I love small businesses and I love finding new businesses to share and support.  The internet is filled with amazing small businesses with wonderful owners and fabulous products and I love when I discover a new one with unique products.  One of my new favorites is the darling shop of Audrey Durden.


Skin Care Update ...

As I shared in this post I am very focused on taking care of my skin this year.  I have been using a combination of products for almost three solid months and I can already notice real changes in how my skin looks and feels.  I am confident that my new routine will make a big difference in my skin and I am so happy about that fact.  I am very aware that I am at an age where how I take care of me makes all the difference in how I look and feel and I feel confident in the decisions I am making.

Good skin is always a good idea!


Brown Sugar Flank Steak

Happy Monday!  I hope your St. Patrick's Day was amazing and left you with just the right amount of celebration and sipping!  💚 Our weekend was fabulous, with just the right amount of busy and relaxing!  The kids all had fun things to do + church events and I had a security training meeting for Haiti that left me with very wide eyes but very prepared to travel outside the country.  I have a long to do list for today to get us ready for a successful week and I am ready to hit the ground fully caffeinated and ready to tackle the day.


25 St. Patrick's Days

I am pretty sure I have mentioned it before, but just in case I didn't St Patrick's Day is special to our family.  Lawyer asked me out for a green beer 25 years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history.  I truly love St. Patrick's Day, as I have come to learn, very special for so many people. For us it always signifies another year we are a family and another year to stop and be thankful for the gift we have in each other.  A green beer that turned into a "do you want to walk over and listen to the pianos play" and lastly with a sweet kiss. 

It is one day I shall never forget!  💚


Spring (& Summer) Bags

I am sure I am not the only one stalking the weather to see when the warmer temps are here to stay.  I really have no ground to stand on to complain since so many people just got snow again, but I am ready for the warm to stick around longer.  My last few weekend trips to Thomasville, Georgia and Winter Park, Florida have also sparked my excitement for spring. In both locations the trees were in bloom and the flowers filled the yards. Can spring hurry along, maybe even just a little? Maybe we can bribe a specific ground hog to change his prediction?  

Just maybe ...


Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

The weather dropped quickly here when the north got its most recent storm and I quickly turned on the heat and searched for something warm to make.  Am I the only one who wants something warm to eat when it gets chilly?  The second I feel a chill I am craving soup and chili thinking it will be perfect for lunches and dinner.


All My Favorite Spring Shoes

I have shared with you that I have purchased some new shoes for spring, mostly in the espadrille and sandal department.  Of course as soon as I round up a bunch of cute spring shoes it gets cold in Atlanta again, but I am not letting the chill in the air deter me, it will warm up again as quick as it got chilly!

Thinking warm thoughts ... 🌞


When Your Coffee Needs Coffee

I don't think I could imagine a morning where I needed coffee more. Anyone else not a fan of Daylight Savings time when you have to spring forward?  I don't think anything could make a Monday appear worse ... it was dark during carpool +  it was 37 + it was raining.  No one was excited about greeting the week this morning, and most definitely not me. I dropped them off and then headed for the nearest Starbucks to make sure my coffee had extra coffee to battle the crazy day. 

Dark + Cold + Rain = the trifecta of blech ... 


A Host's Guide To Cocktail Hour

As I shared in this post I was treated to an amazing evening at the home of Lee Cox and his incredible hosting skills.  His bar was perfectly stocked, it was styled perfectly and the entire cocktail hour was truly magical.  One of my favorite things about having cocktail hour at his house before dinner was the combination of the music, the wonderful drink and the yummy cheese tray and popcorn.


We Are Going To ... Haiti!!

I can't believe I am typing this ... it almost feels unreal but it is and I am thrilled to announce that my youngest child and I are headed to Haiti for a week this summer.  We are going with a team that is headed to Haiti for a week in partnership with Buckhead Church and global(x).  Our mission is to pour love on the people, help them anyway we can, teach them about the love of Jesus and to basically take all our love to them.  This will be our first mission trip together and my child is literally the most excited I have ever seen her. She talks about it non stop, she asks a million questions and she already has plans of what she wants to take and some things she is leaving behind (her phone). I am just hoping I can resist the want to bring everyone we meet home.  I could not be more proud of her attitude about sharing her love for Jesus and others with people who truly need our love and support.  My heart may burst with pride!

So ... the second week of June we are headed to HAITI!!!


Weekend Musings ...

We had a really great weekend.  Having a full plate at the moment means the need for quite a bit of true down time.  We honestly had just a few things that needed to be done and the rest of the time we either watched a movie, went for a walk, slept in or ate amazing food.  I really was ready for a weekend with nothing to do and I truly think I will be planning more of these in the future.  The weekend is made to relax and regroup to be successful during the week and not for my usual go 90 miles an hour and run around with my hair on fire to do lists.  I mean, that might be the worst plan ever now that I really think about it.  This weekend was used for deep breaths, relaxing and lots of refreshing and today I feel better than I do most Mondays.

I call that a major win. 


Silk Scarf Obsession

I love silk scarves.  I love so many things about a scarf, they are so easy to wear and make such an impact in your outfit.  Honestly, a scarf may be one of my favorite accessories with all you can do with it.  It is the perfect belt, necklace, light jacket and even a hat when you need to maintain good hair while riding in a convertible.  😉 Am I wrong?  Truly, a scarf can add so much to any wardrobe selection.


Introducing ... The Ladies Who Lunch Tote

The darling Leslie Dasch is at it again with a brand new bag!  If you are like me and absolutely love your Cocktail Clutch you are in for a major treat with the release of Dress for Cocktails new The Ladies Who Lunch Tote.  I am all about accessories and for me the bag makes the outfit and this tote is truly so fabulous.  Think style + function + versatility.  My review ... outstanding! 


Shopping The Shop Bog Sale

The sale currently happening at Shopbop is out of control!  I save my Shopbop purchases for basics that never go out of style and fun special items and this sale has allowed me to do both and snag a few things from my long wish list.  I love so many things they sell and narrowing it down to just a few things was not easy at all.  I love that anything I purchase from them shows up quick like a bunny and returns are easy peasy.  Shopping online can be tricky and you definitely need to be able to swap sizes and ship anything back with no hassles.  Shopbop makes all of those things a breeze and now that the site is having a major sale I encourage you to check them out, the sale is only on until Sunday, and make sure you use GOBIG18 when you check out.  The more you purchase, the more you save.  A major win, win!


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