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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring is in the Air ...Well, maybe if you don't live in the Midwest ~ it's still FREEZING here! Anyhoo, check out these AWESOME porch ideas, you might decide you need to try out something new on our own porch!

In the South, deep porches with lofty ceilings provide cooling shade to the home. With their screened enclosures, they also serve as outdoor rooms — like this one in Charleston, S.C., fitted with cushioned rockers and even a coffee table with a potted orchid. The ceiling is painted in traditional Haint Blue, a shade thought to repel wasps (or, for the superstitious, "haints"—ghosts or lost spirits).

Looking for days when we had slower lifestyles? Check out this porch that looks like it could harken back to the days before cell phones and internet! It has all the right pieces ~ an Original Charleston Bed Swing lined with comfy pillows, retro 1950s metal patio chairs, a chevron-patterned indoor-outdoor rug and lime-green garden seats. Take me back!!!

In this cottage, the old-style shutters can be opened and closed for privacy and shelter from the weather. Imagine settling down on the cushy porch swing for an afternoon nap with the ceiling fan to keep you cool. Heaven!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DIY Projects You Need to Try This Easter and Spring

Brighten things ups with a few whimsical, super-easy projects. It’s that time of year again—tulips are blooming, daffodils are peeking out of the earth, and blossoms are just starting to bud on tree branches. Spring is approaching and it’s time for an update indoors and out. Try adding a little spring color to everything from your front door to your table with these super easy projects that often require only a few supplies. What’s a more fun way to ring in spring than with a crafty new project? A few must-try spring DIY projects.

The perfect centerpiece for Mother’s Day or for spring parties. The cabbage is unexpected, but so easy. Instructions here.


This colorful arrangement is the spring equivalent of a springtime cornucopia, relying on both flowers and produce for its beauty. Instructions here.

Friday, March 23, 2018

When God Smiles 😊

“They did not conquer by their own strength and skill, but by your mighty power and because you smiled upon them and favored them.” Psalm 44:3


Do you need supernatural strength to conquer something in your life? Maybe you need strength at your job, to overcome an addiction, or to deal with a difficult person in your life ~ no matter what you may be facing, God has supernatural strength for you in every situation you face! It’s interesting that this verse says they conquered “because God smiled upon them and favored them.” When God smiles on you, He is empowering you, He is giving you strength. Did you know that simply calling on God causes Him to smile? It pleases Him when you come to Him. When you surrender yourself to Him, that’s when you receive His favor and strength.

I know some days are harder than other to believe in yourself and that you are worthy of His smile BUT you have to know that God loves to show Himself strong on your behalf no matter where you are. Turn to Him, call on Him and surrender every area of your life to Him. Let Him fill you with His joy and supernatural strength to overcome in every area of your life!

Father, thank You for smiling on me today. Show me Your favor so I can walk in Your strength today. Thank You for equipping me with everything I need to live as an overcomer. I bless You and honor You in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Green Food?!?!? Yep for the young and old, from breakfast to dinner and drinks to desserts, get in the spirit and make all your meals green this St. Patrick's Day.

Shamrock Macarons ~ You better believe there's Bailey's chocolate ganache in these sandwich cookies.

PESTO VEGGIE PIZZA ~ When I was thinking about what my family likes to eat and what I like to cook, the answer was pizza! 

PIRATE PUNCH ~ The nice tang to this punch, crowned by foamy topping makes it a very refreshing drink. Children love it!