Wednesday, June 20, 2018


It's all about the details today as I take you through the planning stages of my daughter's wedding in Charleston, SC--

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Busy, busy, busy,

Our Florida house has been a haven for our family for 14 years. We are very thankful, and hold many family memories from our days spent here together. It's provided a haven of solitude and enjoyment for not only our family, but our extended family as well. But "she" needed a little a "TLC." Since God has given us this time to spend here, we decided to take advantage it. 

Our first quotes were for the exterior including the roof and patios, to be pressure washed. Then we solicited quotes for the exterior to be painted to include the patios as well. We hit
the jackpot with our chosen painting company, Ryan Hammond Painters, from Fort Myers who did it all for us! Now we had to choose our color palette.

We drove to Naples and spent a complete day touring Model homes. We not only were looking for our future home ideas, we were also scoping out exterior colors. We found the colors we loved, however, they wouldn't give us their names. So hubby said, "why don't we grab the Sherwin Williams paint deck, and match up the colors ourselves! They also used SW paint, so it was such a great idea. Brilliant!! 

After our selected color palette was approved by our HOA, we waited nearly 2.5 months
because of the lengthy schedule our painting company had ahead of us. I guess that alone was a clue as to their integrity!

Our painter uses Sherwin Williams paint so we chose:

*SW 7065-Argos for the walls
*SW 7571-Casa Blanca for the trim, and eaves
*SW 9178-Old Navy- for the front door


I'm still working on the patios. One patio had to be ground down a bit, and then both were painted. They turned out beautifully, but now it's time to decorate them. That's for another blog!!

Stay tuned.........

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


It's that time again when we take out the red, white and blue to celebrate Memorial Day! 

Today's blog is an easy tablescape for anyone to make! I combined decorative items from the Dollar Store with my own plates and napkins. Used mason jars as vases and grabbed beautiful golden color  daisies from the grocery. Easy and inexpensive decor!

                             HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Welcome to Wednesday TLB friends-

Things are getting pretty warm in Florida these days---high 80's and low 90's! As a former northern girl Spring was my favorite time of year. I do miss those sweet Spring days!

Unfortunately, the extremely warm days here bring many "frizzy" hair days for me! My hair is great after shampooing and blowing dry, then I step into the elements and the frizz takes over! YUCK! I loved my Dad a bunch, but I can thank him for the type of fine frizz that appears during these HOT days. My sister got the nice thick beautiful hair from my Mom---lucky girl!!

I've been using Living Proof shampoo and Conditioner for quite some time. (Thank you Jennifer Aniston!) But I recently was introduced, via a sample, to their Frizz Humidity Shield hairspray. 

What a difference a little Frizz Humidity Shield makes....and it comes in travel size for those warm climate vacations too!

If you have issues with "frizz" like I used to, give it a try? 

See you next Wednesday!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018


It's that time of year again, Mother's Day is just around the corner. In today's blog I've got a little creative gift to share with you. It's easy, fun and a contains a little "unexpected surprise" for Mom. You're not going to want to miss this one......

Anyone who knows Southwest Florida is aware of Norman Love Chocolates! And if you aren't.....check them out!

Each piece is a work of art, and the taste just melts in your mouth.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Margarita Madness

Welcome friends!

Cinco de Mayo is May 5th so it's time to get some of those party ideas together. First and foremost track down (and sample of course), a delish margarita recipe. I got mine when we lived in Houston. It's pretty powerful but really tasty! You may adjust the amount of tequila used to your own taste.

Margaritas Mas Grandes
Serves 10

2 1/2 cups tequila (I prefer gold)
1 qt. limeade
1/2 cup Grand Marnier
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 limes cut into wedges for garnish

Put all liquids together in pitcher, stir and serve with a bucket of ice.

For a more fruity margaritas.....check out Strawberry Mango Margaritas at Baker by Nature.


Pineapple Margaritas at Miss in the Kitchen

Whatever margaritas you serve on Cinco de Mayo, they will surely be a party favorite.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Greetings TLB friends,

I hope you've all had a great week!

We've been busy doing home maintenance projects, and also attended the Baptism of our  beautiful little grandaughter. Since the family was together it gave me an opportunity to try some new recipes on them! 

On today's blog I actually combined two recipes that my family really enjoyed. Stop on over, I think you'll like the result too....