Happy Independence Day!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” –Ronald Reagan Happy Independence Day, my friends!!  I hope you’re celebrating our great nation’s birthday with friends and family, and celebrating all the wonderful liberties that our country has provided us.  God bless you and God bless America!

Happy Birthday, Brantley Girl!

Nine years ago today, we were blessed beyond belief as Miss Brantley Parrish entered this world and made me a mother.  She has grown and changed and challenges me daily, and I couldn’t possibly be more proud of her.  She is a natural born leader and a first-born through and through.  She is smart, loyal, helpful, creative, brave, independent, athletic, head-strong, respectful, stubborn, and challenging, and 100% just. like. me.  She makes crazy some days, but when I think about her[Read more]

Celebration Invitations with the Paperless Post

Who doesn’t love a party, am I right?  I love the planning, and the decorating, and making cute theme-coordinated finger foods, and of course, super cute matching invitations.  And in fact, I’ll be doing all those lovely things next month for Brantley and Grayson’s birthday party in June! But sometimes, you just run out of time.  Or you plan a party on the fly.  Or daggumit, you just don’t want to write out all the dang invitations ’cause you’re just[Read more]

Highlights of Spring Break

I am usually so excited for it to be Friday, but when it’s the Friday of Spring Break, it’s so sad!  It has gone by so quickly, and I guess the silver lining is that we are one step closer to summer!  We’ve had fun, and at least we still have today and the weekend relax, play, and maybe squeeze in a surprise or two. 🙂  Here’s a few fun snapshots from our week: I hope you’ve had a wonderful[Read more]

Valentine Ideas for the Kids

The kids always get super excited to pick out Valentines for their friends and classmates each year.  Of course, it stressed me out a bit, wanting to find something cute and unique, but not too expensive or labor-intensive!  So I Go straight to the source, and Pinterest never lets me down!  Here are some cute ideas that are a little bit different that we may or may not be using for our class Valentines this year: You’re a KOOL Valentine[Read more]

My Christmas Lesson

I had a horrible day on December 23rd. Our holiday season was very busy this year.  We were gone a lot, we had a lot of obligations.  We had holiday parties, LOTS of work, we bought gifts, we did this, we did that, we celebrated, we were here, there, and everywhere, and up to our elbows in Christmas cheer.  It was fun, and there were jingle bells, and Christmas cookies, and twinkly lights, but man, did I overdo it.  And it all[Read more]

Happy New Year! 2017: Year in Review

Helllllooooooo friends!!  It was not my intention to take such a long break through the holidays… my WordPress blog server was down for almost two weeks and it took me a while to figure THAT out, and then it took them a while to get it fixed!  But here we are now, back up, and a lot to catch up on! I had several end-of-year blog posts planned that will just be published a bit late.  Nothing much more that you[Read more]

Weekend Recap + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I cannot BELIEVE that Christmas is now less than one week away!  Are you ready?  Are you done with your shopping?  Are you ready to just sit back and enjoy the holiday cheer this week?  If your answers are no, no, and no, then I’m right there with you!!  I have a SUPER CRAZY week this week (just like last week- hello, only one post), we have three school parties this week, and we’re finishing up teacher gifts,[Read more]

Goat & Lulu Gift Guide- Friends

Hi friends!  I’m back with Day 2 of my holiday gift guides!  I’ll be posting each day this week with new suggestions for all your gift-giving needs.  Here’s what’s in store: Dad/Brother/Husband Gift Guide Friend Gift Guide Kids Gift Guide Mom/Sister/Wife Gift Guide Teacher and Seasonal “Thank You” Gift Guide **and an added bonus** Mompreneur Gift Guide Today I’m focusing on gifts for your favorite girlfriends in your life!  Those mamas that keep you sane and on track, and ought to[Read more]

Scenes from Thanksgiving + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving break, with lots of good food, tons of good family time, and maybe a pajama day (or two).  We were able to spend time with family- we were in Blue Ridge last weekend and in Aiken early last week- and then were able to spend the rest of the week at home, just our little family of five. When I was growing up, we spent most holidays with just our immediate[Read more]

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