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  • Five Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

    They are upon us, aren’t they?  We’ve all been running around shopping, baking, entertaining and decking our halls!  Are you ready?  Or more importantly, is your home ready?   Every year I seem to think my home is ready, and then I find myself with house guests or in the midst of celebrating and discover that …

    Tips for a Luxe Holiday Home

    It’s the time of year when friends and family gather, laugh and make memories: the perfect time to fluff up your home and make it feel extra special. Ready to step up your holiday decorating game and give your home the luxe treatment? Try these tricks to make your house feel warm and luxurious this …

    DIY Handmade Gifts for the Holidays

    ‘Tis the season, friends!  Your budget and gift inspiration might be running low about now, so I’m here to share some amazing DIY handmade gifts to help you finish off your list.  The blogosphere and Pinterest are loaded with creative ideas for gifts you can put together, many of them for only a few dollars.  …

    Rustic Pine Holiday Table

    Rustic is one of my many styles, and this Rustic Pine dining room setting has the perfect amount of class and rustic charm all rolled into one.     Would you like to recreate this look for your own dining space? It all starts with the table! Weathered and distressed, this gorgeous table is perfect for …

    Heirloom Willow Holiday Tablescape

    The holidays are my favorite time of the year! Having the whole family together and the beautiful decorations are things I look forward to all year long; so of course I want to set the best holiday table possible. And, I have to admit, I try to out do myself each year. Pinterest has lots of …

    Need a last minute holiday gift? Make it!

    This is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year!  I love that my little neighborhood is jolly with twinkling lights.  I love the empty boxes beckoning from my office corner to become brightly decorated gifts.  I even love the holiday music playing non-stop since Thanksgiving.  Yes, I’m a Christmas-aholic! Sometimes, rather than plow …

    Setting the Perfect Thanksgiving Table to Match the Fall Season

    While the holidays can oftentimes feel busy and overwhelming, there are a few traditions that I absolutely adore. Setting the Thanksgiving table is a festive task that I look forward to every year, because the table is the heart of the feast. I love sitting down over flickering candles, beautiful dishes, and accents of warm …

    Favorite DIY Fall Front Door Wreaths

    It’s time to open your doors to fall (and maybe a little winter, eek)! Welcome the season in the most gorgeous way with a beautiful autumn or fall wreath hanging on the front door.  You could even take some of these ideas and add a couple wreaths throughout the home to coordinate your whole look.  …

    Traditional Thanksgiving Featuring Modern Recipes

    Thanksgiving Traditions Like many Americans, our Thanksgiving traditions include watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in our pajamas while eating pumpkin pancakes, spending hours traveling to family for the Thanksgiving dinner, watching football in between courses, and then planning the countdown to the holidays diet that we attempt to start on Black Friday but doesn’t …

    Easy Soup & Dessert Recipes for a Cozy Fall Night at Home

    Fall is finally here, and the cool breeze in the morning is getting me in the mood for oversized sweaters and cozy evenings at home with my family. My house is decorated with fresh pumpkins and touches of autumn, and now I’m incorporating warmer recipes into my menu as well. Easy soups and chilis are …

    Orange: from Bright to Warm And Cozy

    The time for beach vacations and warm sunny weather has come and gone.  Up until about a week ago, it still felt like summer and then BAM, fall hit! We’ve started to have frost warnings in the mornings and it’s time to grab that scarf for some extra warmth as we head out the door.  …

    Fun and Easy Kid-Friendly Spooky Halloween Snacks

    Halloween is right around the corner, and we love to invite the neighborhood kids over before trick or treating begins. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it’s colorful, creative, and pretty low key. To prepare for our annual neighborhood gathering, I’m going to be sharing three of my go-to fun and easy kid-friendly …

    Fall Perfect Pumpkin Fluff Treat

      Looking for a fun, yet easy, fall dessert? Look no further! This amazingly simple recipe known as Pumpkin Fluff is perfect for all of your fall festivities.   This amazing pumpkin dip recipe is a staple at my family’s annual Halloween get-together. Pumpkin Fluff is exactly what it sounds like … a light and …

    Atlanta Home Refresh Part Two: Foyer and Living Room Edition

    Recently, my mom, Lori Allen, owner of Bridals by Lori and star of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, has been focused on redesigning her home one room at a time with the help of interior designer, Courtney Myers. A breast cancer survivor, she feels redesigning her home represents her second chance at life. We …

    Atlanta Home Refresh Part One: Dining Room Edition

    Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Like you, I’m starting to spruce up my home for the joyful chaos the impending season brings. Recently, my mom, Lori Allen, owner of Bridals by Lori and star of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, has been focused on redesigning her home one …

    10 Dorm Room Ideas for College Guys

    My teenage mutant ninja turtle loving five-year-old son is gearing up for Kindergarten this year, but as most Moms know life goes by pretty fast and he’ll be college bound in a blink of an eye. So I was able to have a lot of fun with today’s blog post, without wiping away any tears …

    4th of July Entertaining

    Holidays are always something that I look forward to. They are an excuse to take time away from work to relax and enjoy the company of others. They are also the perfect opportunity to throw a party, and who doesn’t enjoy a party? Unfortunately, almost everyone except the hostess because of all of the hard …

    Creative Teacher Appreciation Ideas

    It’s never too late (or too early!) to show your appreciation for your child’s teachers. As a former teacher and now preschool director myself, some of my fondest memories are the creative ways parents and students expressed their appreciation. Teacher appreciation gift ideas are plentiful on the internet, but simple heartfelt gifts and special experiences …

    How to Set the Perfect Easter Table

    Photo Source: Love the Day by Lindi Haws   Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its way!   Even though it’s not warm outside in many parts of the country quite yet, I’m still seeing subtle hints of springtime here and there. It’s hard to believe that Easter is just a few short days away. And if …

    Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Mother and Daughter Tea Party

    Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It may be the overabundance of red, pink, chocolate, and glitter, but the thoughtfulness behind it makes me swoon. Perhaps it’s because Valentine’s Day follows the chaos of the Christmas season, but the simplicity of taping lollipops to cards and buying small surprises for my little ones …