Thank you all SO MUCH for your wonderful comments and emails yesterday regarding my Finding Balance post – seriously, what a blessing each of you are to me! I’m so grateful that you understand and support me on my journey!! I am particularly inspired by this encouraging quote from Helen Keller about the importance of trials in our life:
Hello friend! I am sorry to have unexpectedly dropped out of your inbox last week but I needed a break. I have been working myself ’round the clock for way too long and I finally hit my breaking point and just had to full-stop in order to take an inventory and attempt to figure some things out around here. Has that ever happened to you? After taking a little more than a week I wish I could tell you that I had a bunch of answers but I don’t. The only answer I have right now is that I need to slow-down and honestly, I’m not sure what that means… I’ve worked at full-speed for so long now, I hardly know anything else. But, for my daughter’s sake and my own, I’m determined to find out.
I love watching DVD’s but I don’t enjoy looking at them on my bookshelf in my living room. Unfortunately the entertainment center that I have my TV sitting in doesn’t hold them so I’ve had to store them on the bookshelf next to it. I tried a few different ways to “disguise” the DVD boxes but nothing seemed quite right until this! Now, I can easily access my DVDs and display my majolica planter collection!
I came upon this quote by C.S. Lewis that I had never heard before and I found it to be so encouraging and thought you might be inspired by it too…
Over the weekend my mom, daughter and I went to Cracker Barrel for an early breakfast and stopped by Michaels Craft Store to pick up a few supplies I needed for some projects I’m working on. We took a few minutes to look around at each place and I’m so glad we did because I found these adorable seaside inspired decor accents that I love. They are pure whimsy!
So you remember me sharing recently about my new sponsor Kylie Bryn Designs? Well, I was delighted when I received this beautiful care package in the mail this week!
Prepare to be dazzled by today’s featured blog: Celebrate Creativity! My blogging pal Lisa is the creative genius behind this site that I just know you are going to love as much as I do! She is so talented that words kind-of fail me but thank heavens she’s also a fabulous photographer – so I’m happy to let her gorgeous photos do most of the ‘talking’! I’m also incredibly proud that she is a regular contributor to my magazine!! Lisa was a finalist in the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards with me last year – just check out all the mad skills she’s got going on!
She blogs about a wide variety of topics including recipes, decorating tips, DIY projects, book reviews, crafts, photography tips and more!
While it’s true that I don’t particularly have the greenest of green thumbs, I still have a love for beautiful gardens and am always trying to improve mine. I recently bought some geraniums for a photo shoot and after the shoot was over I wanted to take them out of their plain old plastic pots and put them into something pretty to enjoy in my back yard. So, my little one and I headed out to the home improvement store to see what we could find…
I don’t know how it happened but it is Memorial Day this weekend! Wasn’t it just Easter like last week?! In honor of this very special holiday where we take a moment to honor the brave soldiers who fought for our freedom, I have created a delicious dessert that is also simple – you know me, it’s gotta be easy or it’s just not gonna happen around here! Using one of my all-time favorite go-to ingredients, Pound Cake, I’ve created a strawberry shortcake with a knock-your-socks-off Wild Blueberry sauce. It was all I could do to not just pour this sauce into a glass and drink it, it’s that good!