How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree {in daylight}

After we got the Christmas tree up this weekend we had a “Baby’s First Christmas” photo shoot with Caroline.  I thought I’d share the details on how I took these pictures in case any of you are looking for instructions on how to photograph your kids in front of the Christmas lights this year. Here is my favorite picture straight outta the camera: To get this shot I used a tripod with my camera settings on the following: ISO: 100 Aperture (f-stop): 1.8 Shutter Speed: 1/30 I … [Read more...]


Away Beyond the Blue, One Star Belongs to You

Can you believe that this little chick right here is already three months old?? By the time Garrett was three months old I had documented every single drop of drool that hit his chin, but it's not looking so hot for Caroline. My blogging mojo has still not returned even though I'm waiting patiently for it to come back. Between you and me, though?  It's HARD, y'all! This sweet baby right here?  My goodness.  I love her so much but wow this new baby gig is so incredibly tough some … [Read more...]

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Layered Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for a great little gift to give to all the girly-girls in your life? This layered peppermint sugar scrub recipe is perfection and it's SO simple to make. Give this one to all the girlfriends, sisters, moms, grandmamas and teachers for a one-of-a-kind present that will knock their socks off.  I saw this idea last year at my friend Jessi's blog and LOVED it, so this year these are at the top of my list of DIY Christmas gifts. Ingredients needed: about 1.5 cups white Granulated … [Read more...]

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I’m in Old Apothecary Heaven

It finally happened.  After years (decades!?) of searching for the perfect apothecary cabinet for my house, I have found it. This pre-1900 beauty was sitting in one of my very favorite antique stores in the world- Scarlett Scales Antiques in Franklin, TN.  And now, after our weekend road trip to the City Farmhouse Pop-Up show... it's sitting in my foyer! Once it got settled in at home I wasted no time decorating it for fall. But the fall decor is not why we are here … [Read more...]

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39 Questions with me (and Baby Caroline)

I don’t think I’ve ever cracked open an issue of Vogue magazine, but when Brooke from Be Fed Again asked me to create a video of myself based on Vogue’s 73 questions with celebrities, I couldn’t resist. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you’ll know that I am soooooo not a Vogue-y kind of girl, so instead I threw on my baseball cap, strapped my kid to my chest and set to work making the country girl version. Here are ten things you need to know about my questions before you watch … [Read more...]

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City Farmhouse Popup Show, 2015

Hey everybody! It’s Caroline here with my very first blog post! I got my first taste of the vendor booth lifestyle at the City Farmhouse Pop Up show in Franklin, TN yesterday.  I was raring to go with tickets provided by Kim from City Farmhouse. Thanks so much, Kim! But, once we got to the Fair all I could think to myself was HOLY GUACAMOLE IT’S COLD OUT HERE! “Mama, I’m freezing!” Yes, it was super cold!  I woke up to a frost warning notification on my mom’s phone, so she bundled … [Read more...]

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Comfort Food: Alabama Pot Roast

I was born and raised in Alabama, so there’s one thing I know all about.  Comfort foods.  We may not top the charts in education or dental hygiene here in this state, but if there’s one thing we excel at, it's GOOD FOOD.  I started cooking in my Granny’s kitchen at an early age beside my mom and aunts, learning how to peel potatoes and roll out biscuit dough.  This pot roast is one of my family favorites, so I figured I’d share it with the world because it’s incredibly simple to make, and it … [Read more...]

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Fall Decorating Ideas from 25 Home Bloggers

Today I’m sharing 25 links to amazing decor, crafts and recipes right here in one place.  The bHome bloggers are here to show you all sorts of great fall inspiration, so grab a pumpkin-spice flavored hot drink, sit back and get that pointer finger ready to scroll away!  This is gonna be FUN! Yesterday I showed you my 2015 Fall mantel and told you all about the HUGE giveaway from Decor Steals. If you haven’t entered yet, CLICK HERE to head over to that post to read more and get … [Read more...]

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Falling up the House {and a giveaway}

It’s finally time to get Fallish up in this new house. And, considering I haven’t posted many pictures of the new house at all, it’s about time y’all saw some glimpses of it, huh?  Here is my 2015 fantel!   (Fantel = Fall mantel, in case you haven’t heard.)  You can check out my past mantels, chrantels and fantels right here. Every day for the past month as I sat in my living room nursing this newborn, I would stare at my mantel and try to mentally decorate it for Fall. Since my … [Read more...]

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Cloud Artwork in the Nursery

I’ve always loved clouds, stars, constellations and pretty much anything celestial. When I was a kid I would lie in the field beside my house and stare up at the puffy white clouds floating by. In my mind I could envision elaborate white castles with rainbow slides and cumulus cloud trampolines where I could bounce and play to my heart’s content. Oh, and there were also some Care Bears hopping from cloud to cloud with me.  Because what little girl in the 80’s didn’t love the Care Bears? When … [Read more...]

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