Plant Your Own Avocado Tree
wavering arrows
Essential Oils Special Sale
Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

What A Little Hydrangea Taught Me ……..


I don't know about you...but I sometimes focus on the things that aren't really important. I can get caught up in circumstances and how things seem....and trying to do things through my own strength. On my own. Focusing on my abilities and weaknesses...and letting them determine the success or failures of my days or weeks. I lose perspective. I get off track. And I wear Continue Reading

Grow Your Own Avocado Tree ::: and a Recipe !

Plant Your Own Avocado Tree

It's the season of guacamole here at our home …… how about at yours? It's almost a daily activity to make pico de gallo and guacamole around here. But, did you know how easy it is to grow your own avocado tree? They are beautiful houseplants/trees….and if you live where the winter temps don't dip below 45 degrees you can plant them in your garden. {image from HERE …… I Continue Reading

For People with Teens & Humans in Their Life ………

wavering arrows

Handsome is an archer–not a hunter, but an archer.  He loves to shoot his bow and arrow–and as I have followed him while doing this I have learned a lot.  One day he was showing me a video and said, “Want to see what an arrow being shot in slow motion looks like?”  Sounded neat, so I went over to see the video.  At first I thought he was crazy—the arrow looked like a piece of Continue Reading

Essential Oils Special Sale!

Essential Oils Special Sale

Happy Friday! I just found out that for the next few weeks Young Living is offering their Premium Starter Kit at a special sale price! To my knowledge this has never happened before. If you've been interested in taking the plunge into essential oils… is a great time to do it! We use essential oils daily…….and absolutely love them! New members get $10 off the premium Continue Reading

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

I always get so excited for blueberry season. They seem to disappear here at our home faster than I can get them washed and ready to eat. But I always try to hide away enough to make a Blueberry Cobbler. It's my favorite! This is my great-grandmother's recipe…..and soooooo easy. BLUEBERRY COBBLER RECIPE 1 cup self-rising flour 1 cup sugar 1 stick melted butter 1 tsp. Continue Reading

Fun Ideas for Using Seashells in Your Home

seashells and driftwood

The beach has always been a big part of our summers since we live so close to it…….. So, to me, when I'm switching things out in our home for the summer season….using seashells is a big part of our home decor. We use them everywhere. It's almost like getting out Christmas decorations because each one has a little story…..where we found it, who gave it to us and where they Continue Reading

Fun Surprise!

Shovel Trellis featured in Country Living

   It's always fun to get a phone call or open your email that's a fun surprise. Surprises {good ones} are my favorite! Over the years our home has been featured in a few magazines, and it's always a fun email or phone call to receive. =) I'm always surprised…..and, funny how it's usually on a no-good-rotten-kind-of-day that I get it. ha. I love to repurpose items and use Continue Reading

How to Make Orange Lemonade


   Handsome’s great grandmother, Mamo {pronounced “Maaaaaa-maw”–I never understood why they spelled it the way they did—but families do stuff like that}, passed down a fun recipe that she called Orange Lemonade.  This weekend was the perfect time for it! Handsome shared it with me when we were dating—and we’ve been making it every summer since then. What you will need: 8 Continue Reading


summer flag on porch

I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th weekend……remembering that freedom comes at a price, and it's easy to take advantage. It does not mean that we get whatever we want. And TRUE freedom comes only from God. May freedom ring in your heart~ Continue Reading

Fun DIY Ideas for July 4th

4th of july parade

I always feel like July 4th marks the midway point in summer…..even though it doesn't. It seems that after July 4th the summer flies! Here are some fun DIY ideas for this coming weekend that we've had fun doing in the past. Hosting a 4th of July Party July 4th Crazy Hate and Fan DIY What the Flag Reminds Me ::: Today and Everyday What fun do you have planned for Continue Reading

Favorite BBQ Sauce Recipe

Poppy Sauce

   I know I've shared this in the past…..but over the last few months we have lots of new people around here, so I wanted to share again. We put this on everything in the summer……... My Dad {a.k.a. "Poppy"} makes the best BBQ sauce ever!  When I was little I would try to drink it!  Yeah.  I'm smart like that. It was so hot here last summer that we did not have as many Continue Reading

Cottage Dining Room ::: Big Cottage Switch

Cottage Dining Room switch

I think I must be in full summer mode. Totally lost track of the days this week….and forgot to post this on Wednesday! ha! We are loving the Big Cottage Switch …… here's a peak at the 'new' dining room. This space was our living room before the switch…. We decided at the end of last year that in order to be able to do several of the things that we've been trying to work Continue Reading