19 August 2019

Getting Ready!

16 August 2019

August Around Here

14 August 2019

One Word Wednesday


12 August 2019

In Case You Are New

09 August 2019

Happy Things

07 August 2019

Good Morning And Some Winners!

02 August 2019

Happy 7th Birthday, Little Blog And A Giveaway!

Seven years ago tomorrow, August 3, 2012, I hesitantly began writing thoughts and sharing pictures in this little space on the Internet. I am so very thankful I did. And I am so very grateful for you, my friends. Thank you for reading, sharing, and caring. In honor of seven awesome years, I am having a fun little giveaway! 

I am not one for formality, so if you would like to add some amazing scents to your home, just leave a comment below. I will randomly draw three names from those comments, and the first will win the large Vanilla Cupcake Yankee Candle! The second and third names drawn will receive a gift set of eight votive Yankee Candles in four autumn scents including our very favorite, Spiced Pumpkin! 

I will draw the names at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 6, 2019, and post the winners on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Again, thanks so much for reading! And Good Luck! Have a cozy August weekend with the people you love!

31 July 2019


28 July 2019

Shark Week Is Here!

Traditions are big in our house. And this is one of our favorites. Discovery Channel's Shark Week is something we look forward to every summer. It is another thing that brings us together as a family. Shark Week is exactly what it sounds like. It is a week of shows about sharks on Discovery Channel. We enjoy the shows and sometimes I even print off some fun trivia from Pinterest. There are recipes, games, and crafts out there too. Can we watch shark shows any other time of year? You bet. But it just wouldn't be the same!

Here is a link to a schedule of Shark Week 2019!

Will you be watching, my friends?

26 July 2019

Just Random Summer Pics On A Friday

24 July 2019

I Know It's Only July, But...

22 July 2019

Being Kind...To Myself

Today I was thinking about the fact that I can't sew a button. On anything. Before I got too down on myself, I thought of something I can do. I can decorate my house and make it cozy as can be. I can't parallel park to save my life. I can, however, teach little children to read. I can't crochet a pretty blanket, but I can make the best pot of homemade turkey soup around. I can't sing. At all. I can twirl a baton like a Miss America contestant. 

The older I get, the less time I want to waste wallowing in negativity. I want to embrace what I can do and what I love doing. I want to be kind to myself. And celebrate the talents of those who can sew, park, crochet, and sing. 

Happy Monday, my friends!

19 July 2019

Annual Visit To DelGrosso's Amusement Park

17 July 2019

Blog Friends Are Real Life Friends

15 July 2019

Can You Relate?

12 July 2019

Loving Where You Are

10 July 2019

A Quick Summer Lunch

Some whole grain bread, deli cooper cheese, garden tomatoes, fresh basil, and ground salt and pepper under the broiler~ yum!

What is your go-to summer lunch, my friends?
Have a great day!

08 July 2019

Summer So Far!

05 July 2019

Red, White, And Blue!

03 July 2019

Social Media Can Be A Good Thing

Like when you follow someone on Instagram and realize that although you live miles and miles apart, you share the same love of home, family, food, and cozy. This is my dear friend Joey. We met through Instagram years ago, and our families met once before when we spent days together at our old home. This summer, Joey and her amazing husband Roger are on the trip of a lifetime, and we are humbled they chose to stop here and visit for a few days as part of that trip.

Social media brought two women and their families together, and for that, I am grateful. Love you, Joey! Enjoy your journey!

02 July 2019


01 July 2019

What I Wore Saturday Night To Celebrate Our Anniversary

28 June 2019

Wearing Dresses, New Hair, and Other Random Things

26 June 2019

Summer When I Was Young

24 June 2019

Full Circle

23 June 2019

Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Smoothie Recipes!

21 June 2019

Officially Summer!

20 June 2019


Guess we will have to stay in and binge watch tv again!

Have a great day, my friends!

(Pinterest for the fun.)

19 June 2019

Super Simple Summer Supper

17 June 2019

Health Anxiety Update

 I first wrote about my struggle with Health Anxiety and OCD in a blog post back HERE. I want to revisit it today for a few different reasons. First of all, I never want to imply here that my life is perfect or without struggles. I visit blogs to feel empathy and friendship, and I hope that those who read here leave finding the same. I never want anyone to read this little blog and think that I have it all together because Heaven knows, I don't! As a super special person once told me, "Everyone has their own sh**!" Also, I feel very strongly that if sharing my story here can help one person struggling with this or any similar issue, I owe it to that person and to myself to do that. Mental Health concerns should no longer be considered taboo or embarrassing. Nor should they be thought of as a joke, weakness, or character flaw.

14 June 2019

Scenes From The Second Week Of Summer

12 June 2019

Freshening Up A Favorite Recipe

10 June 2019

What I Wore Saturday

07 June 2019

Scenes From The Start Of Summer

05 June 2019

What We Had For Dinner Last Night

The girls and I made a delicious summer supper last night. I picked some Rosemary, Thyme, Dill, and Parsley from our little garden while Peyton prepped the salmon. Madison brushed those beauties with some melted butter, added the chopped herbs, and then a slice of lemon. We popped them in the oven with Madison's seasoned broccoli, and Peyton made some rice in her rice cooker.

And what's a good dinner without a delicious dessert? Peyton made an amazing fresh berry pie with a cinnamon crumb topping that we enjoyed during America's Got Talent. Family dinner around the table followed by dessert around the TV. Retro? Vintage? Perhaps. Perfect? You bet.

03 June 2019

Peyton's Birthday Weekend!

31 May 2019

Random Photos And More May Birthdays!

29 May 2019

If You Need Me

28 May 2019

KFC And A Super Simple Dessert

When you live far from one of your favorite fast food places, and your daughter and her new husband are conveniently driving past one on their way home from a weekend getaway, you may be tempted to have them bring some home for you. This is even more possible if you spend a great deal of the day working outside getting your deck ready for summer. And you are too lazy tired to cook.

27 May 2019

Memorial Day 2019

What are your plans today, my friends?