Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Thinking ahead to Christmas! life has been all things "wedding" for quite some time. I must say it was a simply glorious day when our middle daughter was married, and now we have a new "son-in law" that we adore. But we won't be a family of "6," very long! Soon after the New Year we will be a family of "7!" Our oldest daughter is pregnant with our first grandchild.....2018 is going to be a busy busy year for us! We are blessed with a new son-in-law AND we are going to be grandparents for the first time! How exciting is that?

Since we've been in celebration mode, I decided that hubby and I should host a Holiday
Cocktail party at our new home. I must be crazy, but I decided to keep the good vibes rolling!

We built our home on a cul-de-sac street of 16 homes last year. Currently there are 15 homes now occupied. I was thinking what better way to meet the neighbors than to host a party....and what better time of year to do so! So we set the date for December 9th. 

I've nearly completed the inside decorating for Christmas except for the "live" tree that we will grab early next week. It's a bit early for a fresh tree here in Texas. I do want some needles left by Christmas!  I'm waiting for hubby who has been away on business to assist with the outdoor decor, so in the meantime I've been decorating inside and  planning food and drinks for the party. I'll be sharing all of my ideas with you in an upcoming blog.

Until then....take a peek at some of the Christmas decorations I've completed!

Have a wonderful weekend.......see you next week!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Happy Wednesday TLB friends,

I hope you all had a great weekend! Hubby and I just got back from a whirlwind few days filled with all kinds of wedding bliss! Our daughter's wedding was last Saturday in Charleston, SC. It was a sunny day filled with so much love and happiness, we're still floating on "cloud nine!"

There were so many personal touches on the wedding I thought I would share some of them with you today and in upcoming blogs. Today's feature is their "Welcome Box." Each guest was greeted by a special gable box either when they checked in to the hotel lobby or when they visited the wedding Hospitality suite.

Since this was a destination wedding, everyone was from out of town. The grooms parents graciously hosted the Hospitality suite in the hotel which gave our guests a place to stop and say hello, grab a quick lunch and an adult beverage, and be on their way.

The Welcome boxes........

Attached to the handle of the Gable Welcome box was a Palmetto Rose and a Welcome label that read:

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina

We are so excited you're joining us this weekend! While you are in town, we hope you
get to experience all that Charleston has to offer. Please see the reverse side for more 
details. In the Welcome Box, you'll see we chose to include a few things that represent
our lives, and a couple things to help you through the weekend.

A "B" family tradition from the state the "B's" lived in the longest.
From "N's" home state.
From the place we met and live.
These wafers are local to Charleston and are
thought to bring good luck!
Another Charleston tradition; the roses are made from
Palmetto leaves and symbolize eternal love.
This is your meal ticket for Sunday brunch.

"H" & "N"

(contents of box)

On the reverse side of the Welcome tag was the Weekend Itinerary for the guests to follow.

The following are some of the vendors that we used and would highly recommend:

6. Virginia Peanuts-gift of the grooms family.

7.  North Carolina State Cookie-private NC baker.

8.  Palmetto Rose-

9. Official Charleston Visitors Guide-ordered FREE of charge from the Chamber of Commerce.

I hope you've enjoyed today's blog and it gives you ideas on what to put in your "Welcome boxes" at your weddings. I'll be posting more wedding ideas in the coming weeks!

Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, November 2, 2017


Things sure have been busy at my house! I didn't have much time to decorate for Fall or Halloween, but did manage to get a bit of color in! Stop on over for a peek..... 

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Hello TLB friends,

I'm a New York girl and my heart will always hold a special fondness for the state I was born and grew up in. So when I got married and we started relocating around the US for my husband's jobs, I had some weather acclimating to do. As a northern girl my favorite season was Fall. For me, there is nothing like those crisp Fall days. Taking a trip to the apple orchards and coming home with fresh apples, cider, gourds and such a fond memory expecially now because our current state we call home is Texas where it seems much to warm to be Fall.

But.....yesterday hubby and I recevied a box from our youngest daughter who lives in Chicago. She made her annual trip to the apple orchards in Indiana and sent us a box full of "LOVE from the Heartland," apples, cider donuts, and homemade raisin bread! All reminders from my NY childhood.

We sampled one donut yesterday and had delicious raisin bread this morning for breakfast. Of course the Honey Crisp apples, which are hubby's favorites, are going to make a delighful afternoon snack today!

Do you have days where you long for foods from your childhood? Please share with us!

                            Wishing you a wonderful day filled with fond  FALL memories!


Friday, September 15, 2017



Our weather has been so fantastic lately I find myself wanting to spend more and more time outside. Temps in the mornings in the mid 60's and by afternoon low 80's. These temps are such a sweet spot for me. I love them!

I ventured out last week to my two favorite garden/nursery centers and bought mums, gourds and pumpkins. I've always felt a little frivilous when purchasing a bunch of pumpkins and gourds only to have them rot or get eaten by wildlife before Thanksgiving. Usually I would be hesitant to purchase them so early, but this year I came across a way to extend their life (I hope), to preserve them....until Thanksgiving!

What you will need:

-Bleach and water
-Dobie scrubber (or something similar)
-Clear lacquer sealant spray

Step #1:
Wash pumpkins and gourds in a solution of water and bleach. 
Scrub with a soft pad, like a Dobie pad so as not to scratch
the pumpkins or gourds.

Dry them off with a towel and lay in the sun for the remaining dry time.

Step #3:
Coat each pumpkin or gourd with 2 coats of lacquer. Let dry thoroughly and enjoy for the season!

Have you ever had an issue with rotten, moldy gourds or pumpkins like me? You may want to give this little trick a try!

                       Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Sending thoughts and prayers.........

to ALL that have been affected by the storms that have ravaged our country and elsewhere. My family is safe and our home's are in tact, but many others are not as fortunate.

Let's stay STRONG together as we wade through the path of destruction putting the pieces back together.

The power of FAITH will guide us through!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Hello TLB's blog started with over ripe bananas and special memories! Come on over......