Run, don’t walk to Walgreens!

I was in Walgreens buying jelly beans when I came across these BEAUTIFUL white chocolate eggs! I immediately filled my buggy!! This is the perfect gift for the neighbor, lunch hostess, or  Sunday School teacher. I have included the link for you to download the tag from Love the Day.

Happy Easter~



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Download card here- Love the Day

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Company’s Coming!

Happy Easter and Holy Week! It is a wonderful time of celebration, but if you are like us here in Birmingham, Easter falls during our spring break so it makes things a little tricky.  We are leaving on a family trip (be on the lookout for a post!), but before we leave, we will host my family for Easter.

You may be hosting your family and friends as well this year and need an idea for an easy centerpiece or table setting. Here are a couple of suggestions that I have done in the past that make the preparation of hosting a little easier.



Purchase small potted plants and place them in  a container you already own. You have an instant centerpiece that is fresh, ALIVE, and will last for weeks to come!


If you are fortunate to have blooming shrubs in your yard, cut a few stems for an arrangement that cost you NOTHING and smells so lovely! This also makes a nice hostess gift if you have the pleasure of being a guest this Easter for lunch.


Don’t go buy ANYTHING!! Use what you have around your home.  Here I used an old quilt, wrapping paper for my table runner and some faux birds and rocks that I had in my “catch all” closet.  The “He is Risen” card came from Jones Design Company and you can download yours here.

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Happy Easter~ “Praise be to God for his indescribable gifts!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

Fondly~ Mary
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“Lucky for Me!”


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ya! I wanted to share a cute idea that I have done in years past to let my neighbors and friends know I’m “lucky” to have them in my life! Just click on the lucky card   below to print your own. Add it to a clover plant from your local nursery and you are set!




Lucky to have all my readers!



Getting Ready For Spring

It feels like spring is here with warmer weather and blooming flowers!  Spring time always gives me the itch   ( not my eyes from pollen) to freshen things up and move items around in my home. This doesn’t mean go out and spend a fortune, but it does mean clean out, de-clutter and try moving items and furniture around to give your room a new look.  Here are some easy things you can do to give each room in your home a fresh new look without breaking the bank!

  1.  Swap out pillows on your sofa and beds.  If you have down inserts, just change the covers for quick and easy seasonal changes.  Always look on the clearance isle at your favorite home store for great pillow selections.



2.  Out with the heavy and dark fabrics of winter and in with the breezy fabrics for spring and summer.  Keep your bed light and airy. No need for animal throws at the foot of the bed!!


House of Jade Interiors

3.  Add something living!  Plants and flowers give you that instant fix that many rooms need.  Take a container that you already have to your local nursery and let them help you find the perfect plant for your space.  Green plants, such as maidenhair fern, mixed with a seasonal bloom make a perfect combination.


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4. Carry your living space outside.  Walk around your backyard and find ways to spruce up your area. Paint your patio table, get an outdoor rug, add new potted plants, and even hang some party lights! By creating an outdoor space, you have given yourself, your family and your friends another area to enjoy!

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Happy Spring!



“Blessed Assurance”



Today I went to our church Christmas shopping event and purchased these sweet cards with a verse of the hymn “Blessed Assurance”.  I immediately began humming the hymn that I grew up singing as a child.  What a sweet reminder especially during this Thanksgiving season that no matter what I may be walking through, it is my story and my song…praising my SAVIOR all the day long!  May this time of year be a reminder that in all circumstances we can praise our Heavenly Father!




Gotta eat on Halloween!

Growing up it was always a tradition to have a hot bowl of chili before going trick or treating.  I have since carried that tradition into my family and each year my kids know what is for dinner the night of Halloween! It just feel right to have chili and cornbread.  If you are still deciding what to feed your family tomorrow night, here are a few recipes that are super yummy and won’t leave any of your Faries and Pirates hungry!


White Chicken Chili Barefeet in the Kitchen


Best Chili Ever  Pipa and Debby

 Trader Joes recently opened here in Birmingham! Two of my favorite items to buy is their cornbread mix and their Cookie Butter.

32809-Cornbread-mix If you have never had Cookie Butter, I describe it as “crack in a jar”…. you can’t put it down! Here is a cookie recipe using the Cookie Butter.  The only thing I add is a warm Cookie Butter drizzle on top!


Baking Bites

 We eat them while watching football, hence the WAR EAGLE platter!


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Trick or Treat

I don’t know if your family is like ours, but holidays seem to “sneak” up on us while we are busy living our daily lives and doing what we do!!  So… for all of us last-minute holiday doers, here are some easy Halloween ideas that won’t leave you out in the cold with the werewolves!



Stacking pumpkins around is a quick and easy way to get into the spirit.  The black tree is fun and could be cut out of black butcher paper purchased and a teacher supply store.

Family Circle

Painting pumpkins rather than carving allows you to use your pumpkins all the way through the Thanksgiving season.  Great way to get the most bang for your buck!

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Who wouldn’t want these on their Thanksgiving table???

Happy Halloween!

Happy Fall!

Today is officially fall!! It is truly my favorite season.  I love the sights and smells that it brings.  In honor of its beginning, I wanted to share some yummy recipes that you might like to try this season along with a few ideas to bring fall inside your home.


The Big Man’s World


Picky Palate


Cookie Monster

Miss Mustard Seed

Cotton and plaid are two hot items for fall. If you have not already, you will begin seeing these two EVERYWHERE! Try and find little places within your home to add a touch of these two very fall, yet very southern elements.


Antique Farm House


 Dear Lillie

Just wing it!

All too often, wingback chairs have unfairly be placed in the category of something found in our grandmother’s living room!  Many of us even have one or two in our garage or attic that are family hand-me-downs. You hate it, it’s ugly, but  you don’t want to give it away in fear you will hurt maw-maw’s feelings.  I say…. Bring it out! Recover it and enjoy!!  Wingback chairs are COOL, HIP, ROOM STATEMENT PIECES.

The great thing is that they go anywhere.  Anchor a fireplace, use them in a bedroom or even put them at the ends of your dining room table.

Have a great day!

Do you know what you are sitting on??

My mother is famous for cutting out articles and passing them on to those that would benefit greatly from it’s content.  I have a file folder full of anything from how to raise children (a lot on that topic) to decorating a cake.  But somewhere in the middle I found an interesting article that came out of Woman’s Day Magazine in 1967. Furniture has a personality all it’s own and a time period to represent.  Let’s see if you have any of these Early American pieces in your home today!!
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William and Mary 1690-1725 ( also known as the Baroque style) This tends to be one of my favorites due to it’s strong Euopean influence.
Furniture began to change in America due to new styles coming out of England.  The gateleg table was very popular due to its drop leaf frame. Side chairs remain straight with scroll work.



New England 1700-1870                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Painted Windsor chairs and chests were common for this period.  Corner cupboards, open dressers and tall case clocks all depict furniture from New England.


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Shaker 1776-1900                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The furniture in this period was all about function, not fashion. There is a lack ornamental design in the make of the furniture. Draw pulls are plain, and chair frames were often dark red.

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Pennsylvania 1700-1870                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Pennsylvania style is very similar to the New England style with the exception of the Germans and Swiss  influence. The Germans loved color and design. The tulip was their favorite motif.  The Windsor chair was first made in the Pennsylvania colony. Case clocks and chests were common in homes of this era.

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So there is your furniture history lesson for today.  Thanks mom for your clippings!!