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I have a confession: I've raised a bad dog. I'm talking Marley and Me bad. Can't be trusted in the house alone bad. And I'm terrified my kids will turn out just as bad. I'm not sure where we went wrong with Bailey....

Ten Years Without Our Mom

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This week marked ten years since we lost our mom. That's a staggering thought. As we've remembered her this week, we've reflected on the amazing person she was, the pieces of us that will always be missing, the pain...
There was a time in my life when I viewed dogs simply as pets. They were cute tail-waggers that are fun to pet and occasionally dress up. I had grown up with dogs, but I didn't think much beyond...
If you told me 10 years ago that I would purchase a complete fixer-upper and renovate it, I would have called you crazy. I like new things, shiny and clean. Yet here I am, deep in "Phase II" of our mid-century renovation....
Summertime is for lazy days and late nights watching great films as a family. In my house, we pile up on the couch with pillows, snacks, and lots of laughter. If you and your family are looking for some...
I've been doing this stay-at-home mom thing going on nine years. Three years ago, when I added the role of homeschool mom to the mix, our house went from a little cluttered to a complete mess. There was stuff...
It is never easy to lose a loved one, no matter how old you are. But for a child, it can be especially difficult to understand. A little while ago, our precious fur-baby, Leo, passed away. He was a 14-year-old...
If you decide to shop for organic, whole foods that are not overly processed and filled with preservatives, you will be spending more on your groceries. When we made these changes for our family, we did cut out a...
My favorite television show growing up was a game show called Supermarket Sweep. This should have been my first clue that I would grow up one day to be a foodie! In this game show, contestants would answer trivia questions about food and...
"ARGHHHHH!" I yelled. It was a Friday morning, and there I was in my closet, holding a terrified house cat. I had grabbed her out of her hiding place, and literally scared the pee out of her. And it went...

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Antique Shopping in Birmingham

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  Antique shopping is a creative outlet for me. While some might consider a spa trip to be the ultimate in “self-care,” give me an...
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