My family just returned from a week-long vacation in South Carolina where we explored new places and reconnected with loved ones. For several days, we stayed with my best friend and her family in Greenville. Laura has been my dearest friend for over 20 years, yet we haven't lived in the same city since we were in high school. Each of us is a mother of four so most times we don't have the opportunity to connect on the phone, much less visit each other regularly. Still we are committed to . . .
How do I sum up this weekend's events in my beloved Charlottesville? My family drove home from vacation listening to and reading about the terror taking place in our city. We arrived to helicopters overhead and a declared state of emergency. We connected and cried with friends who attended a peaceful Saturday morning rally with clergy and left a few hours later because they felt scared; minority friends who stayed indoors or left town; another who was counter-protesting when a car plowed into . . .
With all mom minds on back-to-school checklists, Lorae brings us the Company Memo with worthwhile reads, easy meal inspiration, and late night laughs for everyone needing a little respite this weekend. Read: Wonder by R.J. Palacio If you've been a mom for any length of time, your child has likely participated in a summer reading program. This week, Business Insider published a list of classic children's book recommendations that are perfect for getting those reading . . .
On this inaugural edition of The Thersday Series, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Maria Pace. I have enjoyed Maria's work so much over the years, often purchasing her textiles as gifts, and collecting a few favorites for my own home decor. She is both genuine and humble, delightful and deep thinking. I know you'll enjoy her story, and I hope you'll connect with her pieces and make one of them your very own. Tell us about Maria Pace Designs. I design custom printed stationery, . . .
When writing a recipe for Vidalia Onion Pie, one's first sentence must begin with an obligatory y'all. . . Y'all, I've been into super simple dinners this summer. Nothing fancy, nothing too messy (since the rest of my house is in utter chaos with children on summer break), nothing fussy. This Vidalia Onion Pie has been the ticket on several occasions. After a weekly visit to the Farmers Market for all my fresh veggies, heirloom tomatoes among them, I take what hasn't been used to make my . . .