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People, places and things that inspire me to be me.


My mom has been called names all of her life…


A daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, chef, baker, seamstress, artist, friend…

But her legacy is not so much in who she is as it is in who she has inspired. Her legacy is here…


All of who she is, is spread out among her girls. Each of us shares one or more of the names she has been known as in her life. We are each one our mother made over into a new version meant to carry on her legacy and hopefully leave a legacy of our own.  Thank you mom for inspiring each of us to be the best daughters, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers, chef’s, bakers, seamstresses, artists and friends we can be.

Happy Mothers Day !

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2015…was a year filled with new opportunities.  A new camper, new career, new travel destinations and new friends.

New opportunities are usually the result of a change in your current circumstances.  The biggest change of 2015 was my career change.

For the past 9 years I was the Director of the Welcome Ministry at a mega church. I organized the cafe, bookstore, greeter and usher ministry teams.  There were over 500 volunteers at 3 campuses.  I worked with the lead Pastor on special projects designed to help people experience God’s Word in a way that is relevant to their life. I also, had the absolute plesaure of assisting with the annual womens event.  I helped with the selection of the speaker, decorations, food and the swag bags that each attendee received.  I was also the book and gift buyer for the church bookstore.  I wore many different hats and I wore them well… I loved my job!

Ministry work is incredibly rewarding.  You are a part of something so much bigger than yourself. You “get to” walk with people thru all of lifes events…babies, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, divorce, illness and death. You “get to” love your neighbor…you “get to” be the hands and feet of Jesus.

But working in ministry has a couple of “have to’s”. You “have to” work weekends. And you “have to” be away from your family on Easter weekend and Christmas Eve. You “have to” agree to avoid certain socially acceptable situations.


Overall the positive far out weigh the negative. But, for me the tide turned. I began to feel like I was missing out on too many family get togethers, either because I was working or too tired after work to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Thats when I knew it was time to make a change.

The career change has been a challenge. For no other reason than the pace is much slower. The upside to the change…I now work with my husband and son running our very succesful small business. I have weekends and holidays off, time freedom to plan and attend parties. And I can now blog about whatever tickles my interest.

2015…was a year filled with opportunities, changes and challenges. All in all it was a very good year!!! But all good things… Farewell 2015!
What was the biggest change in your 2015?

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Fresh Linens…

Previously I mentioned a list of projects I am planning to tackle in an effort to eliminate some of the clutter in my life.  Today I tackled my out of control linen closet.  It had gotten so bad that I was avoiding putting anything away that belonged in there.

Even though almost no one sees it…I try to keep my linen closet organized.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and control over the little things in my life. This however is a far cry from organized, this is CHAOS.

My Aunt would be so disappointed if she saw this…


When I was growing up I had an Aunt that took great pride in her linen closet. All of her linens were perfectly folded and organized by color. I think she may have even starched and ironed them…it was and is to this day the prettiest linen closet I have ever seen. It’s something that I have always tried to do but I have never even come close to having the perfectly appointed linen closet.

One of the simple pleasures of life is the smell of cotton sheets dried on a clothes line, I think they smell like spring time. As much as I love that smell, I don’t particularly like the way the sheets feel when they are air dried.  But I won’t be hanging my sheets out to dry on an old fashioned clothes line anytime soon. I’ll just have to get that fresh linen scent from my detergent and fabric softener.

20160103_152635.jpgAhhh, that’s so much better…

Another of life’s simple pleasures is opening up a well organized linen closet,  selecting the perfect set of linens and making up the bed, layering it with blankets, a down comforter and cool clean fresh smelling sheets. Finally the moment comes at the end of the day when you get to experience the feel of slipping into bed between freshly laundered sheets. It is one of the most luxurious feelings a person can experience for free.

Finally, while organizing the linen closet I was able to scratch two things off of my clutter free project list; organizing the linen closet resulted in a bag full of sheet sets and blankets that will find a new home.









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Clutter Free Zone…

What did you do on this drizzly Saturday afternoon? I finished all of the laundry, cleaned out the kitchen junk drawer and I made a list of organizational projects I want to tackle in January…

SA donation bags

Well they really aren’t organizational projects as much as it’s reducing the clutter that has taken over every closet in our house.

It is so easy for clutter to creep into our daily lives. We get busy and we put things in places that are convenient but are not necessarily the right place.

It’s like the kitchen pantry…I have a small pantry by design, each shelf is dedicated to  like items. There is one shelf for can goods and savory items, one shelf for items used for baking, one shelf for spices, one for breads and chips and one for pasta, cereal and crackers.  However, it seems as though the center shelf is the catch all for every item that gets returned to the pantry.  It takes a whole afternoon to reorganize the shelves, checking all of the expiration dates and putting everything back where it belongs.

Of course everyone is thinking the same thing…strike while the iron is hot…the Holidays are behind us, the weather outside is less than inviting so what else is there to do with our time, besides watching college football and putting off taking down the Christmas decorations.Time to think about reducing the clutter around the house.


After reading a few Facebook and Blog posts about organization projects I was sucked in and decided to join the declutter craze...

Last week I purged my closet and dresser. I reorganized my vanity in the bathroom where I keep my jewelry and I straightened up my desk. Earlier today I attacked the junk drawer in the kitchen and my husband organized the drawer where we keep the bills and important papers.


Next up on the list…
1. Purge Linen Closet; I will only keep two sets of sheets for each bed.
2. Purge extra closet of craft items I haven’t used in more than a year.
3. Purge kitchen of plastic storage containers that do not have a lid or vice versa, lid no container…out of here!
4. Purge kitchen of duplicates; potato mashers, wooden spoons, cheese graters, whisks, measuring cups etc…
5. Donate extra blankets to a shelter.
6. Donate old towels to the animal shelter.
7. Take old books to used book store
8. Toss out old make up and hair products.
9. Reorganize the sideboard
10. Make-over the media room

Posting them here for accountability…I hope to post before and after pics as I go.


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Merry Christmas from Texas…

Our place all lit up for the Christmas Eve festivities


Our Texas inspired photo booth…


from our family to yours…Merry Christmas Y’all!


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O’ Christmas Tree…Do you have a favorite ornament?


I love the Christmas Trees that all of the bloggers and businesses I follow are sharing.  I especially love the ones decorated with a monochromatic color pallet.  I love the ones that every inch of the tree is covered with decorations.  I love the whimsical trees. I love the ones covered with homemade ornaments. But I love our tree the most…

Our tree is a beautiful eclectic mix of travel ornaments, burlap ribbon, woodland animals, bird houses with a touch of glitter and crystal sparkles!  Here are a few of my favorites from Christmas’ past and our many travels...

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

DSC03561A beautiful mix of ornaments we’ve collected throughout our travels…DSC03562A touch of glass and glitter and a splash of color…DSC03565Softened by burlap garland and glittery branches…DSC03566The cutest collection of owls nestled in with the ornaments from Louisiana and Italy…DSC03567There is our ornament from San Francisco….DSC03568A special memory from my home town…Christmas Eve at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.DSC03569A collection of all things Texas

DSC03571Have you heard of the Terlingua Chili Cook Off?DSC03574 I spy an ornament from the Cayman Islands and a few handmade paper covered eggs…DSC03576Then there are the ornaments from our trips to Santa Fe and Taos, New MexicoDSC03581 DSC03582May you have Peace this Christmas SeasonDSC03585Even birds are welcome in our treeDSC03573May your Christmas be merry and bright…




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“Splash” Christmas Decorating…


Over the years I have gone from having very little in the way of Christmas decorations to having an over abundance of Christmas decorations.  For years I felt somehow obligated to display every single decoration I had in my possession…at times our house looked like there was a Christmas explosion.  I would like to think that I was doing it for my husband and my son, but really as much as they enjoy Christmas, fewer decorations would not have dampened their Christmas spirit.

I have to say that last year I cut back a little… I didn’t put ALL of the decorations out  but there was still an overwhelming amount spread throughout the house.  So much so that a couple of months ago I realized that there were still a few pieces hanging out in plain view…well not in the main living area, but in rooms that I do go into from time to time. Namely the game room! Oops…sorry honey!

This year, I am embracing a new style of decorating. I am not quite ready to embrace a minimalist approach. However, I am embracing the idea of Splash decorating…I don’t think that’s a real style of decorating but it’s the best description I can come up with for this post.

I do love decorating for Christmas…I enjoy the sparkle and shine that the decorations bring into the house during a time of year when the local flora and fauna are made up of browns and greys. Also, we host our annual family Christmas gathering and gift exchange. This event in itself requires a festive atmosphere…

My idea for this year is to splash a little bit of Christmas in every room in the house…A simple grapevine twisted into the word Noel and accented with tiny points of light set on the buffet. A beautiful floral arrangement placed on the dining room table surrounded by a cluster of trees made from a variety of natural materials.


A collection of brightly colored mercury glass cone shaped Christmas trees arranged in the master bedroom on the dresser accented by my collection of vintage brooches, ladies gloves and handbags.


The guest room is getting a simple pillow update…the cutest silver fox pillows from Home Goods.


The kitchen gets a little splash of color with a collection of red and white Christmas tins that draw your eye up to the top of the kitchen cabinets.


The dessert buffet table is laid out with the Christmas dishes given to me by my Mom some 20 years ago when our son was little.  I have lined the window with a collection of bottle brush trees that tie in with the Christmas trees on the dishes…

DSC03515What is your Christmas decorating style?  Do you pull out all the stops and go all Griswold on Christmas? Or are you more reserved when it comes to decorating for the Christmas Holiday?

I will admit that I am not quite done with putting out the decorations. However, the rest of the decor will be focused on our outdoor entertaining area…


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