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Your Happy Place: How to Design a Healthy Happy Home

Your Happy Place: How to create a healthy, happy home

Frank Lloyd Wright taught us that the way to a healthy, happy home was to bring the outdoors in.  The sky, trees, water, sunlight–all the natural beauty that surrounds us–can give us inspiration for designing homes that meet our physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. I love bringing the outdoors in, using nature to make our home feel more comfortable and nurturing.  […] Read more…

Blueberry Avocado Chia Smoothie

Blueberry Avocado Chia Smoothie

When we were in Charleston we discovered a magical place called the Tropical Smoothie Café.  It’s a chain, and if you’re lucky you have one nearby.  Every day we stopped by to sample their delicious smoothies–specifically, their mocha madness smoothie.  This nectar of the gods is part of their “indulgence” menu.  And, at 588 calories, it was definitely […] Read more…

Shop the Rug Sale at Target and get 40% off today only!

Rug Sale at Target

Today only, Target is having a great sale — their beautiful rugs are 40% off!  The last time they ran this sale I bought the vintage distressed rug shown in the photo below, and I love it so much I’m shopping the rug sale at Target again today. A beautiful rug can add color to your kitchen, brighten an entryway, or change the entire […] Read more…

Mini Egg Frittatas (Paleo and Whole 30 Friendly)

Mini Egg Frittatas with Spinach

As I mentioned last week, we’ve been trying to eat a bit more mindfully lately (as in no more grits!) which means finding healthy protein-filled breakfast options. This prompted me to play around with one of my favorite recipes to create a lighter version, and these amazing mini egg frittatas were the result! This is a dairy- and meat-free version […] Read more…

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

After indulging in all the wonderful southern fare (and ice cream!) on our Charleston family vacation last week, Dave and I decided it was time to get back to our usual healthy eating routine. In need of a healthier snack option than tortilla and potato chips, I decided to try my hand at making homemade sweet potato […] Read more…

Charleston family vacation guide

Charleston Family Vacation Guide

What’s the best way to end your summer?  With a Charleston family vacation, of course! When we realized that our last family vacation was nearly five years ago, we knew it was high time to plan a getaway with our two daughters, their husbands, and our granddaughters, ages 3 and 1. And when a good friend offered to let […] Read more…

Summer travel must-haves for men + JORD wood watch giveaway {closed}

Men's travel must-haves + Jord Wood Watch Giveaway

Not long ago, I shared with you my summer vacation packing tips for women, and since we just returned from a great Charleston family vacation, I thought I’d add a few travel must-haves for men. **Plus, stay tuned for info on how to enter a giveaway for a JORD wood watch voucher-later in this post!** For this post, I went to the expert–my husband Dave–because […] Read more…

How to Create a Botanical Gallery Wall on a Budget

How to make an easy DIY botanical gallery wall

Looking for a unique way to display your art collection? Creating a gallery wall is the perfect way to make a personal statement in your home, because you can use what you love. I happen to love flowers, but you could create a gallery wall of photographs from recent trips or prints and artwork that you […] Read more…

Avocado Salad with Feta and Cucumber

Simple Summer Supper Ideas

Dave and I are such avocado lovers–we enjoy them all day long: as avocado toast for breakfast, in guacamole with chips for snacks, and this wonderful avocado salad for lunch or as a side dish for dinner. So, not long ago, when our California nephew and his lovely wife sent us a box filled with huge avocados from their very own avocado trees, we […] Read more…

Wild Wallpaper–Our Colorful New Work Space & Craft Area

Our Colorful New Work Space & Craft Area with Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Have you ever had a home project that seemed to drag on forever? For me, that project was the completion of this odd little nook in our basement. We knew we wanted to turn the space into a work/craft/sewing area, but we couldn’t decide between built-in cabinetry, a countertop and shelves, or a combination of the two. For six years we debated and measured […] Read more…

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