Happy Friday!

I was trying to write a post all last night, and my mind will just not focus!  Between the class parties and the birthdays and teacher appreciation, tying up loose ends getting ready for summer, Mother’s Day, and trying to keep it all together, I just can’t put the words together for a gathered thought, much less a decent blog post.  We have a fun Friday planned and a big weekend ahead of us, with soccer, a fun Spring carnival,[Read more]


Happy Friday!  It seems like as we count down to the end of school, each week is one doozy after another!  Scott was gone for a few nights, which wasn’t so bad, but on top of that, I had a horrible case of poison ivy (I KNOW, what??!) that I had to go to the doctor for, it was so unbearable.  I was put on a 14 day steriod and I literally went through 2 tubes of hydrocortisone cream to keep me from clawing[Read more]

Kale Salad with Craisins and Blue Cheese

There is the cutest little sandwich shop in Downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, where my parents live, called The Blue Ridge Grocery, where we have stopped to eat the past few times we have been in town.  They have the most delicious sandwiches (their classic Reuben and Smoked Salmon BLT are my faves), coffees, and baked goods, but they have a kale salad that I had last time we were there that has me hooked. I am not a huge kale fan, and[Read more]

Mommy and Me

They say that timing is everything, and I got the timing just right the other night on Facebook.  I was just browsing my news feed, as usual, and on one of my local moms boards was an offer from up and coming photographer Sydnea Lanfear, for a free Mommy and Me photo session for the use of the photos in promotional materials.  I jumped on that as fast as I could, replying, “YES!  Interested!!”  Free photos??!!  And with the focus on ME[Read more]

What I Wore Wednesday: Handmade Wardrobe

As much as I love to shop (which is a lot), I love to sew.  Children’s clothes are easy to sew because they don’t take much time, and don’t take up much fabric either.  The lines are also pretty simple, since kids are pretty much straight up and down, with few curves.   But women’s clothing can be intimidating sometimes.  Women are obviously much more curvy, and you can’t make a women’s dress out of a yard of fabric like[Read more]

Easter 2015

We had a lovely, relaxing, and laid-back Easter this past weekend.  After the crazy week prior, it was nice to take it easy and just hang around the house, just the five of us, for the holiday. The Easter Bunny came!  I didn’t go crazy with the Easter baskets this year, and the girls got a Princess Barbie, a headband, and some candy.  Ben got Spiderman, a cute straw fedora, and candy.  Honestly, the kids played with the dolls, but[Read more]

Timeline of an Attempt to Take a Decent Easter Photo

I don’t know about you, but it takes me, on average, about 478 snapshots of my darling (but totally crazy) children before I actually get a decent one (maybe a *smidge* of an exaggeration, but it seriously feels that way).  Add an impatient husband, a week-long sugar high, and the promise of an impending tea party, and well, it’s pretty much impossible.  So here is exactly what happens, in order, as we tried to take an Easter photo yesterday… Try[Read more]

Hello Tuesday

Hello Friends!  I am a day behind this week, and I need to be thinking a day ahead!!  We have a busy week ahead of us, with Easter Egg Hunts (3 to be exact!), Easter parties, lots of sewing to be done, grocery shopping and Easter prep to be done (at least the Easter bunny seems to be done with his shopping!), and lots of other to-dos on the good old, never-ending list.  Here’s what we’re saying hello to today:[Read more]

Amanda’s Spring 2015 Fashion Must Haves

 The new season is upon us, friends!  I am a big fan of boots and sweaters and jeans, but after this yucky winter and lots of super cold weather, I am ready for bare legs, sandals, and loose, lightweight tunics.  Spring is here, and I am ready for some new clothes! Every season I make myself a “must haves” list.  I love buying clothes, but unless I focus my attention on a few key pieces that I really want, I[Read more]

The Lutons Take Savannah

Scott and I had a long-awaited trip to Savannah BY OURSELVES this past weekend.  We don’t get date nights very often, and get away by ourselves even less often, so when we have the opportunity to get away, we take it!  Scott had a work event on Saturday, so after my mom arrived Thursday night to watch the kids, and we dropped Brantley off at school Friday morning, we hit the road! Scott took phone calls and worked the whole[Read more]

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