Signature Style Series GIVEAWAY!!!

Signature Style Giveaway!

Y'all! Are you ready for something fun??? I hope you enjoyed visiting all 22 bloggers this week for the Signature Style Series. It was so fun to see everyone's unique and special choices of what expressed their  style. BUT….we have more fun! If you'd like to see a roundup of all 22 bloggers in one place…head on over to Carrie's at Making Lemonade HERE. This awesome giveaway hosted by 18 bloggers worth over $1200! AND, there will be 5 winners! Woohoo! Some of my favorites from the the … [Continue reading...]

My Signature Style ::: Vintage European Cottage

Cottage in the Oaks Signature Style ::: Vintage European Cottage

   Today I'm joining some of my favorite bloggers in a Signature Style Series Blog Hop. Carrie, at Making Lemonade organized this awesome group of lovelies…..and I'm happy to have been asked to be a part! If you've headed over here from At the Picket Fence…..welcome to the cottage! I'm so glad you're here! I just love Heather and Vanessa's style…their homes reflect their hearts and families… favorite kind of style. ;) I've had the pleasure to get to know them in person…and they are … [Continue reading...]

Organizing My Day with Sharpie Clearview Highlighters!

Organizing with Sharpie Highlighters

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpieClearview    A lot goes on in my day….from many different categories and responsibilities. I'm very visual…so, I've always liked to color code my school notes, checklists, etc. In my really uninteresting classes that were required in college I took several different colors of pens and turned my notes into … [Continue reading...]

Back to School Dinner {2014}

Back to School Dinner Celebration

   So….it begins! Time for hitting the books and tighter schedules. I love autumn….and even though I hate to see the lazy, relaxed days of summer end….I love the smell of new school supplies, cracking the spine of brand new books, and sending our three arrows off into a new school year adventure. Each year we have a special celebratory dinner to ring in the new school year….usually the night or weekend before school starts. It is an evening of fun, time together, great expectations, deep … [Continue reading...]

Friday Favorites & A WINNER!!!


   How has you week been? It's been a big one around here as we have prepared and started back to school. Before I share my Friday Favorites…..I thought I'd announce the winner of the Big Back-to-College Haul Gift Card Giveaway…. Drum Roll, please…….. The winner is: TERRI!!!! Woohoo! Terri, if you would please contact me and give me all your info:  Full name, mailing address, e-mail address. I will send it along to Brita so they can send out your gift card to you! Yahoo! … [Continue reading...]

Simple Homekeeping ::: Decluttering

Delcuttering your Home

   If you've been around here a while….you know that I've been doing a lot of cleaning out and decluttering over the past several months. You can check out my post on Organizing the New Year HERE for tips on cleaning out and organizing your home. Yes…I said several months. Just when I thought I had accomplished the task I realized I could walk through rooms and open cabinets and doors to find another layer to clean out. That's why I think of decluttering much like peeling an onion. Sometimes … [Continue reading...]

Late Summer Centerpieces

Late Summer Centerpieces

   Something happens in August with me…..I get pretty intensive about nesting! I like to get everything cleaned out and hauled off and scrubbed clean….almost like the new year….I want to start fresh with a new school year. My mind is starting to turn from summer to autumn….thinking about school does that to me. So, I didn't want a super summery centerpiece….but I'm not quite ready for anything autumn. So, I gathered a few things together to create a new, fresh centerpiece for our farmhouse … [Continue reading...]

Friday Favorites ::: Ball Jars & Giveaway!

Heritage Collection Green Pint and Quart Lifestyle HR

   I love Ball jars! We use them for all kinds of things. Making jam…. We line our flagstone walkway with Ball jars with candles inside for luminaries. I love the use the blue ones as glasses! Have you checked out all the fun, new products that Ball has these days? I love these new Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection jars….. And the 16 oz. drinking mugs with handles…... How cool are the Sip and Straw lids? ha! Like infused waters? Well, now Ball has Mason Jar … [Continue reading...]

Back to College Haul Giveaway !


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! =) This post brought to you by Brita. All opinions are 100% mine. Be sure to check out the info at the end of the post…..for a way that you can win a gift card to go out and get your own college haul checklist checked off! Well…it's time for everyone to go back to school…..even No. 1 Son is headed back to college and all that a junior year entails! How do the summers go by so fast? I love shopping at Target for back to college stuff  everything…..I loved it even … [Continue reading...]

Simple Homekeeping ::: New Uses for Dryer Sheets

Simple Homekeeping  New Uses for Dryer Sheets

   Do you use dryer sheets? If so…did you know that there are LOTS of other uses for them? SIMPLE HOMEKEEPING :::: NEW USES FOR DRYER SHEETS You can tuck one into a pocket when you garden or are going to be outside and it will repel mosquitoes and biting insects. If you use one to wipe down your window blinds they will stay dust-free a lot longer. They are great at wiping up 'dry' spills, like powder or flour……works a whole lot better than a paper towel or a wet … [Continue reading...]

Summer Coffee Table Decor

Seashell Basket Coffee Table

I love to use seashells around our home in the summer. I shared a few ways that I’ve used seashells in decor in the past HERE.
My daughter gave me this wonderful, huge basket for Mother’s Day…..and I thought it was perfect to fill with seashells for the center of the coffee table this summer.

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