All Blog Posts Tagged 'parenting&family' (29)

Play Pretty - Tracey Pearson

Last summer, Tracey Pearson, a mother of two boys, decided to launch a company whose sole purpose was to empower girls. Yes, girls. She felt the best way to offset media’s lack of representation of girls that were healthy and strong, was to provide her sons with a different perspective. So, Tracey founded Prissy Tomboy – her way of bringing girls to the forefront, by…


Added by Erika Preval on October 21, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

A Healthy Handshake


It’s said that you should never judge a book by its cover. Considering that first impressions are made within 7 seconds of meeting someone, we’ll have to assume that judgment is being dished out rather often. Parents typically seek me out because of things that are going on around the table with their children, however I begin each series of Charm events with the seven essential…


Added by Erika Preval on September 23, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments


With Football Season officially kicking-off, here are a few ideas for making your tailgate one of the plays of the day!  It is easy to add school colors to your lunch/brunch/dinner!  Jones Sodas, Izze Sodas, and others come in several colors and you can mix and match to toast your alma mater!  My friend, Amy Cushorn, put together this great tailgate, and used glass bottles with the famous lemonade from Toomer's Corner (a huge tradition on the Plains).  Amy added striped straws and cute flags…


Added by Lydia Menzies on September 2, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Driver's Ed: A Refresher for Those Behind the Wheel


Driving has been a major theme for my family this summer. We kicked off the season in celebration of my older teen gaining her learner’s permit. I’ll admit that I’m still taken aback by her independence in earning it - I was in no hurry for her to drive. Her driver’s manual provided a great deal of rules for the road, but there are certain courtesies that seem to be forgotten in…


Added by Erika Preval on August 26, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Girls Getaway in St. Simons Island, Georgia

St. Simons, Georgia is an ideal destination for a guys’ trip, especially among golf enthusiasts like my husband and son.  But it is an equally perfect spot for a ladies’ gathering. Earlier this summer I spent a long weekend there with my off-to-college daughter and know that, as her dorm move-in day looms large, I am truly grateful to have had the time to share our SSI favorites.

One of our first stops on each trip is to the GJ…


Added by MaryDell Harrington on August 5, 2014 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments

July 4th Memories in the Making

I’m having A Christmas Carol moment in July as I ponder my past, present and future Independence Day celebrations. The settings for each are thousands of miles apart and could not be more different in climate, terrain, and, especially, regional accent. In fact, on 364 days of the…


Added by MaryDell Harrington on July 1, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Summer Social


It’s that time of year! We’ve survived that last trip to the carpool lane and now it’s time to find something productive for our children to do during summer break. That something is typically camp! If you’ve chosen to send your child to sleepaway camp this year, you’re providing a great opportunity to encourage the growth of their social skills.  Support them in making…


Added by Erika Preval on June 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

My Beloved Big State School

I started to brainwash my children early.  In fact, when I brought my oldest child home from hospital, sweet little burnt orange onesies were neatly folded in the top dresser drawer. I'm a graduate of the…


Added by MaryDell Harrington on June 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Funeral Etiquette: Cortège Courtesy

Growing up in Arkansas, it was customary for me to spend a portion of summer break with my paternal grandparents in El Dorado. Granny and Granddaddy never met a stranger, and I suppose that’s why a great deal of my time with them was spent listening to conversations concerning who’s obituary was in the newspaper and, subsequently, attending his/her funeral. While this wasn’t my idea of a great…


Added by Erika Preval on May 27, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Guest Post - Must Make Basil Simple Syrup Lemonade

See what fun my friend Kate and I had making basil simple syrup and get the yummy recipe to make at home. Here's a recent post that Kate shared on her website about what's cooking at Camp Rock Paper Scissors this summer!

What fun! I joined Manners Maven, Erika Preval,…


Added by Erika Preval on May 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Tactfully Tardy - What To Do When Running Late


During our matriculation at Spelman College, we’re taught that, "To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. And to be late is unacceptable." Though my mother provided the perfect example of "how" to always be punctual (I'll share this later), this standard at Spelman helped me understand the importance of "why" you should always make every effort to arrive on time: thoughtfulness towards…


Added by Erika Preval on April 23, 2014 at 12:00am — 4 Comments


A few years ago, my daughter's class was studying birds, and so we made these cute little nests to share with her friends.  I had seen them so many times but had never made them.  I was surprised by how easy they were!  They tie in well with Easter and are so much fun for the kids! Now they are an annual tradition!

My daughter chose jelly beans to put in the nests, but there are so many choices on the Easter candy…


Added by Lydia Menzies on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Show Your Stripes: Southern Seersucker

We’d planned to call him Jack to avoid the confusion that would surely come were he called by his first name – that of my husband. I daydreamed of the seersucker jumpers he’d play in as a young boy: blue-gray and white, with shorts hitting just above the knee. White knee socks and a bow tie would be accessories to round out his suited look on Sundays. You can only imagine my surprise when our midwife exclaimed,…


Added by Erika Preval on March 26, 2014 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

A Guide to Gracious Gratitude


Added by Erika Preval on February 26, 2014 at 12:00am — 15 Comments


Turn pretzel twists into something cute and fun for Valentine's Day!  Tuck them in lunchboxes for a sweet surprise, or make a batch for a group!  They are easy and are sure to get a smile!

I used large pretzels and melted can use white chocolate and add a drop of food coloring or use chocolate chips...…


Added by Lydia Menzies on February 4, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments


Sweet Birthday Girl, Brynn, wanted to invite her friends to her party so that they could just talk and dance!  With a DJ as the entertainment, we added a few fun elements that had Brynn dancing with joy! 

The backdrop glowed with lights through an art canvas and tissue poms scattered and secured with Glue Dots.  Mercury glass candles, surrounded by a pink boa, lit each table.  Origami stars dotted the…


Added by Lydia Menzies on February 4, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments


Trim it, tassel it, pipe it or simply cover it--the pillow today is as much a part of the interior design world as it has ever been. Without having to break the bank, a pillow can infuse that pop of color or slyly add a subtle accent of texture, and take a space from being dull to dynamic. We couldn't be more thrilled to have Fort Worth's, Rebecca Atkinson and Kelley…


Added by Interior Canvas on October 9, 2013 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

Favorite Childhood Books and Dogs

During periodic bursts of housekeeping frenzy, I have given away countless books from our kids’ rooms, replacing board books with picture books, chapter books with textbooks, keeping only the favorites. When I glance at the titles that remain, I think of when bedtime meant reading stories about fire trucks…


Added by MaryDell Harrington on September 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Two Dozen for Dad

After compiling a list of big screen classics for Mother’s Day for Southern Living's The Daily South, we upped the ante for this Father’s Day with our “favorites” list of…


Added by whitney long on June 12, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Father's Day Gift Guide

CELEBRATIONS: Father’s Day Gift Guide Compiled by Whitney Long Yes, Father’s Day is upon us… that third Sunday of June at which time we honor dear old Dad with our love, admiration and affection.  Plus a gift or two always sweetens the deal and helps shows our appreciation to the man who bankrolled us for many years.   In honor of Father’s Day, we have rounded up a clever and unique gift list for Dads of all ages plus some quotes that will bring a smile to your face.  Whether you’re a new dad, an old dad, a granddad or somewhere in between, a special uncle, father figure or family friend, thanks for all you do and Happy Father’s Day from The Southern C!  “A Father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.”   - Frank Howard Clark“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” - Henry Ward Beecher“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” - Bill Cosby“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” - Charles Wadsworth“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” - Mark Twain.“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” - Author unknown“A father is a banker provided by nature.” - French Proverb LINKS TO GIFTS: 1. Prohibition Flask 2. Bacon of the Month Club 3. Pewter Wishbone Cufflinks 4. Prepster Edition Necktie Wallet 5. Crosley Troubadour Entertainment Center 6. Savannah Bee Company Traveling Man Gift Set 7. McGladrey Father’s Day Special ticket package 8. Chubbies Shorts 9. Mississippi Mud Black and Tan Beer Mug from a reclaimed beer jug re-purposed from a beer bottle.  

Yes, Father’s Day is upon us… that third Sunday of June at which time we honor dear old Dad with our love, admiration and affection.  Plus a gift or two always sweetens the deal and helps shows our appreciation to the man who bankrolled us for many years.   In honor of Father’s Day, we have rounded up a clever and unique gift list for Dads of all ages plus some quotes that will bring a smile to your…


Added by whitney long on June 4, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

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