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Poplar Forest
In the very heart of Virginia lies some distinctive homes belonging to some very special people; homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.  Of these three homes, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s uniquely styled masterpiece is probably the most famous and rightly so.

But did you know that Thomas Jefferson had a second home only 93 miles from Monticello?  This home is called Poplar Forest.  The acreage it sits upon and the original home were inherited from his father-in-law, but the home that sits upon it now is one of Jefferson’s own unique designs.

Poplar Forest was designed by Jefferson to be a retreat home for those times that he wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of Monticello. To spend quiet Read more….


halloween craftsMy grandkids love Halloween.   Whether they like the costumes or the candy more, I’m not sure!  I do know that they also love Halloween crafts and I enjoy coming up with crafts we can do together.

I’ve gathered together a few crafts that I think you will enjoy making with your grandchildren.  But before we get into them, I would like to add that if you don’t have time to gather supplies or maybe you just don’t want to, you can find kits at your local hobby store that have everything needed to put together easy projects.  I bought Halloween stamps and Read more…


lasagna recipe

Stories of  “Mom and Luke” cooking together in the kitchen!  Episode 1 – Testing the World’s Best Lasagna recipe.

My son is a pretty good cook.  Grilling is his favorite thing to do, but he knows his way around the kitchen too.  For a few weeks he had been telling me about a lasagna recipe he saw on  He said it was called “World’s Best Lasagna”, had over 10,000 reviews and remained a 5 star recipe… and that we should try making it together.  So I took the bait and the lasagna cooking day was planned. Read more….


For many of us the holiday season means traveling to visit loved ones.  We all know what that means when babies or young children are involved… packing lots of stuff to take along!!  

When family travel is involved, our grandchildren love to get to ride along with Paul and I.  So a few years ago when a trip was planned and our granddaughter would be riding with us, I created a checklist in the hopes of not forgetting anything.  I’m so much better at packing if I have a list!

I recently turned the list into a printable infographic for you in the hopes that it will help you out in some small way too! Read more…


HalloweenIn the blink of an eye, Halloween will be here and gone again!  Such is life it seems, just flying by at the speed of sound. With that thought in mind it’s time to start planning for costumes, decorating, candy and fun Halloween books to read.

I don’t know about your grandchildren, but mine just love Halloween; planning their costumes and dreaming of candy.  I’m not sure which they like the most, the costumes or candy, but I’m going to guess it’s the candy!

With Halloween just around the corner, I’ve joined up with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island, along with lots of other great bloggers to bring you the “Bugs and Hisses Giveaway Hop”.

I’ve got some of the cutest Halloween books to give away, plus a $25.00 Visa card Read more…


mayberry daysAndy, Barney, Goober, Aunt Bee, Opie – all names easily recognizable to any of us that are a “certain age”.  All are names that spark memories of a TV show depicting a simpler time in everybody’s favorite small town, Mayberry.  Shown on black and white TV screens that required your getting up from your comfy place on the couch to turn the knob and change the channel or turn the sound up or down.  That job was often delegated to the kids!

Last year Paul and I were visiting a friend in the hospital when one of his other visitors mentioned going to Mayberry Days.  My ears perked up and I started asking questions about this thing called Mayberry Days.  What is it exactly, where is it and so on.  It was then that I decided I wanted to make a visit to Mayberry Days too.

So, one year later another thing was crossed off my bucket list.  We went to Mt. Airy, North Carolina and joined in the Mayberry Days Celebration that’s held each year in September! Read more…


macramé wreath

I just created my first instructional eBook on Amazon and I could not possibly be more excited!  First, because WOW, I created an eBook!  (Not bad for a baby boomer grandma!)  Second, because of what the book is about.

I’ve mentioned this before, I’m a 70’s girl.  Do you remember what craft was really popular in the 70’s?  Yes, macramé!  I love macramé and I couldn’t be happier about the fact that it is making a comeback.

This is a pattern for a fall wreath that will look beautiful on your front door, or hanging on an inside wall.

The flexibility of the wreath is great.  You can make it in colors and choose decorative items to coordinate with any season.  Thinking ahead toward Christmas?  Choose Christmas colors and items to complement.

It’s easy to make too, so don’t be intimidated.

There are only 5 basic knots used:

  1. Reverse Larks Head
  2. Double Half Hitch
  3. Square Knot
  4. Alternating Square Knots
  5. Half Knot

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Bring on the “Fall Fashion for All” Giveaway!

fall fashionWith this giveaway hop being all about fall fashion, I thought I would search on line and see what styles we might be seeing.  When I searched for fall fashion trends 2016, a popular fashion magazine site came up.  In all honesty, I don’t think I’ll see anyone wearing 90% of what was depicted there.  Albeit, I’m not a fashion icon and I don’t attend the ritzy parties of the rich and famous.  So who knows, maybe they do dress that way and I just don’t know it!

I dare say that most of us will be pulling our fall and winter clothing out of mothballs and wearing most of it again this year.  With a few new things thrown in for good measure!

And that’s where this great “Welcome to the Fall Fashion Giveaway Hop” hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro comes in!  A group of your favorite bloggers have come together to offer the best Fall Fashion Giveaways for the entire family – so be sure to hop around to them all below my giveaway and don’t miss that AMAZING Grand Prize from the hosts.

Regardless of what your style is, you’ll need some new things to accessorize with and you are in luck!  This fall fashion giveaway contains two purses and 3 coordinating scarves to accessorize your look this fall! Read more…


kayakingI’m not proud of this, but I’m an overweight, out of shape baby boomer age lady!  There,  I admitted it!  I know I need to work on it; eat right and exercise.  I have no legitimate excuse, so I’ll just keep working at making those right food choices and getting in that daily walk.  Never give up!

There is one form of exercise that my husband Paul, (who is also an overweight, out of shape baby boomer) and I have found that we really do enjoy together.  That sport is flat water kayaking! Read more…


childrens booksFall is knocking at the door, the days are getting shorter and the kids are back in school.  Let’s celebrate this popular season with a “It’s Fall Y’all” giveaway hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro.  I’ve joined with them and several other great bloggers to offer you some exciting giveaways!

The shorter days of fall mean less time outside and more time inside, and what better way to fill that time than by reading.  This giveaway, filled with 12 children’s books to entertain and inspire your little one is a great place to start! Read more…