Egg-cellent Dinners

I have quickly learned how to get my daughter’s attention when dinnertime rolls around.   “Hey Hatton…I have an idea.” “What, mama? What?” “Let’s have BREAKFASTY dinner.” “YES! That’s a great idea, mama!”   Every time we land on “breakfasty dinner,” she...

Give Me All the Cozy!

34 degrees and snow days all over the place – I am here for this winter bliss.   But of course, Wilmington remains sunny and bright with no snow in the forecast. I’ll just sit outside and pretend, all cozied up in my favorite fleece pajamas. These Minky...

One Word | 2021

When I began my annual process of identifying this year’s “one word,” I found it challenging to come out from the fog of last year. I spent some time walking through five days of reflection, outlined by my friends at The Inspiration Lab.   The journey included...

Cold Weather Strolls

I have determined that if the temperature outside is above 40 degrees, this family is taking a walk! — Mind you, this is often a struggle considering my 3 year old has informed us she is “allergic to jackets.” But somehow…we make it happen. And of course, every now...

Thoughts On 2020

As we close out the year, I have spent the last few days reflecting on all that 2020 has taught me. — In my 36 years, I have not experienced a more transformative and challenging year than this one. Encyclopedias outline the major impact of certain events in our...

Countdown to Christmas (at Home)

This past weekend, we had some pretty stunning 70 degree days – a special treat living on the North Carolina coast. I enjoyed some great time outdoors with our little ones before another cold front moved in with some heavy rain showers. Cozying up with my family...

Prepping the Turkey

  Friends –   We are just two weeks away from our family’s Christmas Eve dinner, and my husband has checked in on my “turkey stress management” about 192 times. You see, my first attempt at a Thanksgiving turkey was downright perfect. So the bar has...

Shopping Small for the Holidays

Friends, ’Tis the season to shop small! — There is nothing I love more than strolling our local stores in Wilmington. Just a few miles from our home, we have quaint and beautifully curated shops I frequent just before the holidays. On today’s outing, I visited one of...