‘Tis the Season for Snuggling

Here in Wilmington, a cold front moved in overnight dropping our temperatures from a delightful 73 degrees to a crisp 52. Our oldest daughter shrieked when we let the pup out this morning, quickly realizing her summer dress was no longer going to work in this “new”...

Giving Back With Gratitude

“Gratitude” may not be the first word that comes to mind when asked about 2020 as we ’round the corner to its end. Yet during the time leading up to this Thanksgiving week, National has been head-first in hands-on projects to help those in need—from the local...

Rolling Into Thanksgiving Week

It’s here! Time to celebrate Thanksgiving (and I do mean all week long). — Our groceries arrived yesterday in advance of the meal prep, as I begin to get ready for my first ever (full) Thanksgiving meal to cook completely on my own. Cue all the nerves – I hope I...

A (Chilly) Fall Stroll

There is something really special about bright blue skies in a Carolina fall. When the clouds dissipate, the air feels just a smidge colder, and the crispness somehow compels you to be outside…even if it is less than 60 degrees. My friends often poke fun at how...

Loving Living in Loungewear

Do you ever have the type of middle-of-the-week feeling where pajamas seem like the best idea but errands warrant a slightly more “together” look? Welcome to my motherhood journey! My “youngest” twin is on the move – crawling non-stop and doing circles around...

Stress-Relieving Teas

Does anyone else need some serious relaxation after this week? – With the constant barrage of information, the ongoing stress of everyday life and the uncertainty of times ahead, I’ve found myself somewhat reeling this week, in need of quiet space, apart...

Snuggled Up for the Week

This morning, I opened the door to let out our sweet ol’ Jasper and was met with 43 degrees of new season chill. And friends, I am absolutely thrilled.    We turned on our living room fireplace (thank goodness for easy gas logs), and I spent the morning bundled...

Treats for Halloween

I cannot believe tomorrow is finally Halloween! If you know our family, you’re well aware this is one of my favorite holidays. Of course, our daughter chose the family costume this year. No surprise – the Little Mermaid will be parading our tiny neighborhood...

Layered Accessories

What a beautiful week in Wilmington! We are basking in blue skies and temperatures of 70 degrees – if I could freeze time on a day like this, oh, I would be the happiest gal. The air is just crisp enough in the mornings for a light jacket and warm enough midday...