Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Last Friday was the Daddy/Daughter Dance at the kids’ school.  I was initially kind of against most of it because it seemed kind of like a big deal over nothing, so we really tried to make this as low-key as possible.  She got a dress (sort of by accident, it was just a  new spring dress that we happened to get the week of the dance completely by coincidence), Chris gave her a tiny wrist corsage, and then he took her to a restaurant of her choice. She chose our…

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Valentine’s Day Goodies, 2014

For the past two years, I have really gotten into the Valentine’s Day spirit.  I think it’s having kids.  I have sort of taken Valentine’s Day on as my own little holiday for the kids, and I love finding little ways and traditions to make it special.  This year, I finally got my act together early enough to show you what I’m doing for the kids BEFORE the actual holiday!  Look at me! Every year on Valentine’s Day morning, the kids and Chris wake up to find the kitchen has…

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A New Take On Classroom Valentine’s

This year, I have done something a little different for Valentine’s Day.  You know how kids bring classroom Valentine’s to their schools, all addressed out to their classmates and friends?  I have always loved that.  Well, this year, my kids have something slightly different than those boxed cards from the store. PERSONALIZED VALENTINE’S!!!!!! I am so stinking excited! Bean picked out these superhero ones… And Gracie chose the pretty mermaid (who she believes with all her heart is Ariel, so go with that if she mentions it to you). I…

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A V-Day Giveaway!

Growing up, Valentine’s Day was never a big deal around my house.  We’d get a card and some flowers or chocolates from my dad, but that was about it.  I sort of have the same attitude about it as an adult, too.  It’s really nice to have a day to love on people, but I don’t really put all that much into the gifts. I’m doing the same thing this year that I did last year, so I guess you could say we are creating a tradition in our family. …

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Come Visit, Ya.ll!

I’m so happy to announce that I’ll be posting a regular column twice a month on the Southern Weddings Magazine blog starting… TODAY!  I am super excited because Southern Weddings encompasses all that I stand for as a Southern woman – charm, sophistication, and sweet tea, among other things – all wrapped up in super chic and yet very down home weddings.  Basically, I want to invite myself to every wedding they profile.  I don’t think the brides would mind.  I’m a really good wedding guest.  I always bring a…

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A Poem for My Valentine

Roses are red Violets are blue Remember that night We went out for fondu? It was the night before our wedding And we were needing a break From all of the demands A bride and groom must take. So, the night before our vows We snuck away from our crew And had a quiet dinner Just me and just you. We talked about our lives That were about to begin. We laughed and we planned And we kissed and we grinned. That night as we dreamed as only young lovers…

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Valentine.s Day Survival Guide

Hi there, it is me again, its been a while eh? Sorry about that. Today we are going to talk about something real. Something serious. Something looming. We are talking Valentines Day. The big V. V-Day, one of the most critical days of the year. One of the few days of the year that lets you sleep in the bed, or on the couch. (FYI Ladies- This would be the part when you would call your man to come and read…) There are two types of Valentiners. Ones that absolutely…

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Valentine’s Day After Children

Sunday night, Chris and I went out to dinner for an early Valentine’s Day.  We tried a sushi place for the first time and we were not disappointed.  I think I ate my baby weight in sushi (only the cooked fish though – don’t worry!).  It was delicious.  We hadn’t had good sushi since we moved from Connecticut and though this place was worlds different than the hole-in-the-wall place we used to go to up there, the sushi was every bit as good and it was nice to feel like…

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A Letter to My Sweetheart Regarding Valentine’s Day

Dearest Sweet Pookey Bear Love Muffin Baby Waby Lovey Dovey Christopher, I don’t want to alarm you, Sweetheart, but Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away.  This year, I don’t want anything.  No diamond or box of chocolates or flowers could ever come close to the happiness that your love brings to my life.  My only wish, Puppy, is to spend an evening at home with you and our lovechild, Bean Man.  I want to spend a night basking in the abyss of Bean’s baby blue eyes, as we…

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