Christmas Catalogs? I Just Solved All Your Gift Giving Problems.


Every year around this time my mailbox starts to fill up with catalogs full of gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Some of them are totally legit ideas for gift giving. And some of them are full of some of the most random assortment of items I have ever seen. And every year the exact same thing happens: I open one of these catalogs and I am immediately hypnotized by the glossy sheen of the pages featuring nonsensical items. I don't even know what comes over me. The first few pages I am scoffing at popcorn makers shaped like the Stanley Cup and five hundred dollar robot tea pots. The next thing I know I am dog-earing corners of … [Read more...]

Two Awkward Moments Involving My Questionable Clothing Choices


That time I found a really cute, pink, striped, boatneck long sleeve shirt from Ann Taylor Loft on ThredUp for just five dollars. And then later put it on only to  have Scarlette come running in my room holding out a shirt that I had purchased for her from Carter's a couple of months ago and saying "Mommy I wear my pink shirt too!" Once she discovered that we owned matching tops it was all over and she also wanted to wear matching pants and shoes. Not only did I inadverntantly purchase a top that is completely identical to one that I had bought for my three year old, I then had to run errands while dressed like twins. It's a good … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Autumn 2014

Book Reviews: What I'm Reading: Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Eight Twenty Eight, Enough, Boring

I like to sit out on the front porch and read in the afternoons in Autumn, preferably with a cup of hot apple cider.  I am just waiting for the day that I get some Cracker Barrell-esque rocking chairs to sit out there and then it will feel quintessential fall here. Also, I don't know if you know this but Savannah Cinnamon Mix Syrup is the absolute best for making hot apple cider. I realize that not making my own apple cider recipe tutorial is a total blogger fail but listen, sometimes you just don't mess with tradition. So there is that little tip and here is what I've been reading lately: Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty … [Read more...]

How To Make A Monogram From A Vintage Book Using A Dremel Micro 8050

Vintage Book Letters: How To Make A Monogram From A Vintage Book (Without a jigsaw!)

I first saw a version of these vintage book letters at a little boutique near my house. You know how sometimes you see a crafty thing and think to yourself "Self, I could totally make that" but then you never actually make the thing? This time I was determined to follow through, mostly because I have boxes upon boxes of vintage Reader's Digest books that belonged to my grandmother and also because my friend Laura Anne's birthday is this week and I knew she would really love one. I googled "How To Make Vintage Book Monogram Letters" and discovered that they were made using a jigsaw. Which was a slight problem for me on account of how I … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | A Trip To Tennessee


I said "Stand still so Mommy can take a pretty picture of you at the lake!" and this is what I got. I stood up after taking her pictures and she said "Mommy, you are tall!" Then she thought about that for a minute and said "I not tall. I just very...down." Last week my step-grandfather passed away and so we made the eight hour drive to my grandmother's house, which is in a very rural area of Tennessee. That is code for "I could not get wi-fi anywhere. And also is there is no Starbucks." With all of the family in town, we stayed in a tiny little cabin on the lake. And do you even know what happened at eleven o'clock on Thursday night? … [Read more...]

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” | Free Fall Printable

"I"m So Glad I Live In A World Where There Are Octobers" Free Fall Printable

Happy first of October! I love this quotes from Anne of Green Gables: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers" October really is my favorite month, autumn in the south is splendidly beautiful and there are so many fun fall activities in the community to enjoy with Scarlette. I had this printed at Staples on heavy overstock. I went through Ebates and ordered online so it only cost about sixty cents and it was definitely worth it. The colors were crisp and the ink was just slightly glossy so it looks great framed. And to celebrate the fact that I turned in my manuscript and will now hopefully be much less scarce … [Read more...]

Car Line Confessionals

Car Line Confessionals

Scarlette is in preschool a few mornings a week this year and car line has been a slight source of distress for me. I mean, first there was that time I got chastised for not correctly counting the number of cars ahead of me before I pulled in. Then there was that time I sent my husband to pick Scarlette up and I got a vague text  from the school saying there had been an accident in the afternoon car line. It didn't even involve my husband, they were just late because they stopped at the store but my nerves did not take too kindly to that incident. Then there is the whole thing about having to remember the carline sign. Remembering things … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins – Perfect Fall Breakfast Recipe

Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins Recipe Perfect Fall Breakfast

I know pumpkin is pretty much considered a fall food but it is a staple in our house year round. As it turns out, pumpkin is really good for little ones with GI issues and so you can always find me adding a big spoonful of pumpkin to just about everything Scarlette eats for breakfast, pancakes, oatmeal, etc. I really wanted to mix up our muffins (no pun intended) but the thing is, I am terrible at altering recipes. I'm kind of a hard core rule follower. But I thought making pumpkin Nutella swirl muffins would be a fun treat for Scarlette (and okay, also for me) and so I asked my friend Jill to help me come up with a recipe. This is what we … [Read more...]

Overheard In My House: Lip Stain and Shaving Cream

This picture has nothing to do with this post, I just love her backwards boots and concentration face

An entire tube of lip stain spilled into my makeup bag, which has proved to be a huge pain. First of all, I tried to wash it off of my other products and ended up completely dying my hands red in the process. On a Friday morning. Before I had to introduce myself to approximately 50 women I had never met before at our local MOPS group. So that was awesome. I managed to scrub most of the red off my hands through sheer force but my bathroom sink did not fair so well. Water just made the lip stain smear around, spreading the stain the more I tried to scrub it. So I did what anyone would do. I sprayed it with shaving cream. My husband was … [Read more...]