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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lydia Menzies on September 2, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Erika Preval on August 26, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Erika Preval on June 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lydia Menzies on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
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 chocolate...you 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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
With President's Day tomorrow, let's take a look at George Washington - a high achiever. What really propelled him to such greatness? A lot of his success can be attributed to his mother, Mary Ball Washington. We can use some of her mothering tactics to help our own children reach…Continue
Added by whitney long on February 17, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments