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Five Things I Minimized to Create Space in My Home

Several years ago, I discovered minimalism through Joshua Becker’s blog, Becoming Minimalist. I was drawn to the concept of making more room for joy in my life by removing possessions. I recognized that I was spending a lot of time cleaning, organizing, and managing our home and its contents, instead of spending that time enjoying my family and friends. I must admit, minimizing is still a struggle for me today, but the progress I’ve made encourages me to continue. Does this mean my goal is a stark white house with only the most essential items inside it? Absolutely not! My goal Read more…

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Introducing…Our New Home

My full house tour is finally here! Oddly, it’s not the tour I’d imagined when I started this blog. Since then, my family has moved out of our rental and into our own lovely lowcountry home. When we moved to Charleston three years ago, we thought living here was temporary, but life has a way of surprising us in the most wonderful ways. We’ve become attached to the community here, so when the opportunity to buy a house presented itself, we went for it! We chose this house because it bucks the trend of super-sized houses on tiny building lots. Read more…

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Family Vacation in the Adirondacks

I’ve been taking family vacations in the Adirondack Mountains since I was a kid. When I go there, the rest of the world seems to disappear. It’s quiet, the air is clean, and the humidity is low – a huge plus if you’re coming from the South like me! The beauty of the mountains and lakes in upstate New York is unmatched. If you’re looking for a vacation filled with moments of peace, awe, and fun, the Adirondacks will not disappoint you. “We treasure the Adirondacks as a wild place. Yet people have lived here for millennia. We come to Read more…

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Orange Blueberry Bread

Blueberries are one of my favorite summer treats. When I was a little girl, I would follow my mom next door to my grandparents’ yard to pick from their blueberry bushes. I definitely ate more than I ever put in my mom’s basket! These days, we don’t have any bushes in the yard,  but blueberries are still a summertime staple. When I visit my parents in July, my mom always makes this scrumptious blueberry bread. I like to eat it with eggs for breakfast, or have a slice with a cup of coffee for an afternoon snack. Add a little Read more…

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Life with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

  I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I’m hesitant to share the private details of my battle with PCOS in such a public way, but I think it’s an important topic to discuss. My intent with this post is two-fold: First, I want to let others struggling with PCOS know they’re not alone. Also, I want to educate friends and family members of women and girls with PCOS so they’ll have a better understanding of what it’s like to live with this condition. In my early teen years, I began to realize something was wrong with my body. On the Read more…

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Charleston Restaurant Guide

Let Charleston charm you with its amazing lowcountry cuisine! I’ve visited and enjoyed every restaurant on this list. I’ll continue to add new favorites as I discover them. My restaurant guide is arranged by geographic area, so you won’t have to travel far when you’re hungry. I’ve indicated restaurants that I consider “kid friendly,” which means I would take my two squirmy little boys there. I always recommend calling ahead to verify hours and make a reservation. Enjoy! Downtown Charleston – Lower Peninsula (south of Calhoun St.) Poogan’s Porch – 72 Queen St., Charleston. $$$ Lunch, Dinner, Daily Brunch. 82 Queen Read more…

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Etsy Roundup: Pretty Paintings

Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop for affordable art. In today’s Etsy roundup, I’d like to tell you about five artists who create pretty paintings and prints to adorn our walls. 1. Janet Hill Studio Janet Hill offers a delightful selection of whimsical prints with a feminine touch. Her work features a cast of stylish characters and their animals in colorful vintage scenes. Each piece will surprise you again and again with its fun details. 2. Solo Work Studio Cathy Horvath Buchanan uses vibrant colors in her modern folk art paintings. She paints charming scenes of houses, Read more…

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Staging Your Home to Sell

My husband and I have gone house hunting several times, and it never ceases to amaze me how awful some houses look when they’re on the market. As I walk through the house, I’m thinking, “They expect someone to buy the place looking like this?!” I’ve wondered the same thing while looking at real estate listings online. As I scroll through the photos, I think, “Wow. They need to find a new realtor.” If you don’t believe me, just click here. There are entire websites dedicated to showing you how not to list a home. If you are willing to put Read more…

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Book Review: Unbroken

(This post may contain affiliate links.) Ever since Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken, became a movie in 2014, I’ve wanted to read it (then see the movie!). I recently found a copy on the shelf at my local library, but was almost deterred by its size. I don’t often read 400-page books, and was afraid it would take me a month to finish. I checked it out anyway, then went home and read it cover-to-cover in three days. I could not put this book down! Even though I knew how the story would end, I was in total suspense, reading frantically, Read more…

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How to Style a Fireplace Mantel

If you have a fireplace in your home like I do, you know that styling the mantel can be one of our biggest decorating challenges. The fireplace is often the focal point of a room, so bringing it to its full potential can enhance the entire space. But most mantels are only a few inches deep, so how can we pack a lot of style into that small space? Today I’m sharing four elements of a well-styled mantel. 1. Focal point A strong focal point will draw attention and encourage the eye to linger on the mantel. A large mirror or Read more…