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How does that one saying go, Come on in, the water’s fine? Well, the spring sun is shining and all I can think to say is, Come on out, the weather’s fine! I am the kind of girl who loves to celebrate any and every occasion year round, but there is just something about the […]

Easter is such a fun, family-friendly holiday that I look forward to every year. It has recently occurred to me, however, that Easter is a holiday that is all about the kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching kids search the yard for the eggs they worked so hard to paint the night before; […]

Spring is in full swing and I could not have asked for a better start to this season than by having a different garden party to attend every Saturday for the Ready to Impress container gardens at The Home Depot. Today we will be taking Texas by storm! Join us at The Home Depot Garden […]

If I had to jot down a list of a few of my favorite things, you can guarantee that somewhere on that list you would find planting flowers, birthday parties, and happy, smiling children. Katie’s 10th Birthday Bash had all three! Katie absolutely loves to plant so when her parents, Jamie and Melissa Keating, told […]

It is officially springtime and I could not be more pleased! If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that there are a lot of things that I am looking forward to this season—hosting patio parties and enjoying some delicious, fresh strawberries are just a few. What you might not know, though, is that […]

If you’ve been driving around lately and wondering, ‘What are those beautiful pink blooms bursting from yard after yard?’ the answer to your question is this: Sasanguas. These flowers are in full swing this season! Realizing that I had missed out on this trend, I borrowed a few from my neighbor for the sake of […]

The month of February is typically characterized by one thing and one thing alone—Valentine’s Day. With this Hallmark holiday staking it’s claim on the first half of this month every single year, it is impossible to ignore the fact that love is certainly in the air and it is something contagious. That being said, this […]

In my line of business I am both blessed and cursed with the need to travel. While I love experiencing new places, traveling from one place to the next often proposes some challenges. With the weather being abnormally cold—and snowy and icy—it has become increasingly clear to me how important it is to be prepared […]

It’s Friday, you can’t wait for 5 o’clock to get here because you have been working like a dog all week long. In fact, all of your hard work has given you a terrible headache so you head to the drug store on your lunch break to grab something to ease the pain. To your […]

Like any holiday or special occasion, what makes Valentine’s Day so exciting is all the anticipation leading up to it. It is those little moments of unexpected sweetness that make your loved-ones all ooey-gooey inside. With only a few days left before February 14th makes its grand entrance, putting all you lovers on display, it […]

It is no secret that Valentine’s Day is geared towards a specific group of people—those who are happily paired off into units of two. It is also no secret that Valentine’s Day tends to have negative connotations for anyone left standing in the other group—single, party of one. Having occupied both of these groups at […]

You are probably familiar with the old saying that suggests the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While I do believe this to be of some truth, what about us women? We like to eat too! Don’t get me wrong, diamonds and pearls are much appreciated, but a girl has got to […]

I am thrilled to be sharing our very first giveaway with all of you—a brand-spanking-new pair of Hunter Rain Boots. It is no secret that, as a gardener, I absolutely adore my pair. They are perfect for quality time spent in the garden. They are also a great friend to have—and a great splash of […]

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The holiday season is in full swing! Thanksgiving was a huge success and now it’s time to shift gears and to start making preparations for Christmas. That means picking out the perfect tree, staggering stockings on the mantle, turning your front yard into whimsical wonderland of lights, and filling every nook and cranny with Christmas […]

Thanksgiving is only a few days away so for today’s table I could not help but be inspired by the upcoming holiday. Thanksgiving Day is like the ultimate Sunday dinner even though it’s on a Thursday. The entire day is dedicated to spending time with family and friends, around the dinner table, with an outrageous […]

As the weather chills and the arrival of winter comes to mind, I have visions of tulips and daffodils dancing in my head…shouldn’t it be sugar-plums. A trick to remind yourself when to plant anything is to connect it to a holiday. In this instance, Halloween is that holiday. When you think of Halloween don’t […]

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile” -William Cullen Bryant Fall is most definitely a magical season, with a unique allure all of it’s own. It’s as if there are all of these treasures, hidden throughout the year, that suddenly come to life in the fall. The way in which the warm sun and cool breeze […]

Sunday, in a biblical sense, is meant to be a day of rest. For some, Sunday means waking up early for church followed by a relaxing afternoon, enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. For others, Sunday means sleeping-in one last time before Monday morning sounds its inevitable alarm. Some people have to work […]