Every spring, it never fails. Like clockwork, as soon as the temperatures rise and the rainy season starts, we have an ant invasion on our kitchen counters. Ugh. Of course we don't want to spray our surfaces with harmful chemicals. We also don't want ants running rampant in the space where we make and consume our food. The answer? Find the source of the problem. Where are they gaining access into my kitchen? Often, it's the dishwasher which is installed on an exterior wall, or from . . .
Today's feature on The Thersday Series is one of my oldest and dearest friends. We were roommates one summer in college, attendants in each other's weddings, and guests at our children's birthday parties. So when her A-DORABLE son got sick 18 months ago, I felt very, very far away, unable to help. Still, it was a comfort to know that Hallie had one of the strongest support systems during Grayson's long hospital stay—and still does. What I find most remarkable about this tenderhearted mama is her . . .
You know February 14th is approaching when the Target dollar section transforms from New Year's confetti to heart overload. Personally, I think Valentine's is one of the most overrated holidays of the year. The flowers are heavily marked up, all our favorite restaurants are booked, and the kids are sugared to the max. Graham and I don't do a whole lot of gifting in mid-February and have been known to put a movie on for the kids and enjoy a charcuterie and cheese board in the dining room by . . .
Like many of you, I have a word for 2019. I personally prefer this to the never-ending lists of resolutions, but it can be hard to keep a mindset—which is essentially what the word stands for—in my head all twelve calendar page turns of the year. Come to think of it, I don't remember what my word was last year. Which proves my point. But 2019's word is different for a few reasons: Contentment started popping up in my mind long before December, shall we say, 28th, when I likely chose my word . . .
Just after Christmas, my middle schooler went to visit family for a few days in North Carolina and I decided it was time to do the unthinkable, enter without knocking and give her bedroom a makeover. Actually, I swapped my preteen's bedroom with her little sister's to give her more space and a few needed updates. The caveat that almost drove a major wedge between us: I refused to paint the new room (it's Benjamin Moore's Elephant Pink). I tried to convince my preteen that with the right color . . .