Whatcha gonna do with all that junk

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In case y’all haven’t noticed.  I love junk.  Any kind of rusty old junk. I’m on it.  And chippy, peeling doors.  And vintage anything.  So, when I combine all of those elements together with some beautiful container gardens it kinda makes my head want to explode with joy.   I might as well get it over with and change my name to Tow-Mater, because I am in LOVE with these rusty aqua sideboards from an old Ford truck (or Chevy? What the heck are these things… I have no idea.)  I spotted them at … [Read more...]

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State themed Projects are all over the map!

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little bit obsessed with state shaped items.  I love the shape of my home state of Alabama.  There are a few states in our Union that have easily recognizable shapes, and I feel like Alabama is one of them.  It's a mirror image of Mississippi, so I guess that could be confusing to some.  But for someone born and raised in the Great State of Alabama I am a big fan of decorating my house with Bama pride. You might have noticed this cutting board in yesterday’s … [Read more...]

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The Greatest Haven Photos That were Never made

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I’m home from Haven 2014, without very much to show for it except the memories and a hangover.  I never even pulled out my big camera, so I have VERY few actual photos that turned out from the weekend.  All of my iphone selfies taken at the ballroom parties look all dark and downright embarrassing.  Plus, I totally forgot to actually take ANY photos AT ALL with most of my bloggy BFFs (both old and new).  So, instead of showing you the grainy assortment of pitiful photos that I actually have on … [Read more...]

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How to Edit Photos Faster with Lightroom

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As promised, I’m back this week to update you on my Haven Conference presentation about How To Create An Efficient Photo Editing Workflow with Adobe Lightroom 5.  Or, how to edit photos faster! Beth’s Quick Photo Editing Workflow Tips: 1. Copy and save all your photos from your camera card into folders on your computer or external hard drive.  Don’t try to import from your big pool of photos from your camera card or you will not be able to find all your images, then you will get frustrated … [Read more...]

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Lightroom 5 Class {+ a GIVEAWAY!}

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The giveaway has ended, and the winner is Robyn! Check your inbox, Robyn! :) a Rafflecopter giveaway As this post goes live, I will be sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta, practicing my deep breathing exercises and applying my anti-freakout essential oils in preparation for teaching a giant roomful of bloggers about how to use Lightroom 5 at the Haven Conference.  Actually that’s probably not true. I’ll probably be recovering from drinking a few too many glasses of wine from my trusty blue … [Read more...]

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DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils

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How many of you have a spice rack full of glass bottles with ten year old spices caked inside?  Yeah, me too...  That is, until recently when I cleaned out my spice drawer and tossed out all the expired stuff.  Since I cannot bring myself to throw away perfectly good glass bottles, I had a bunch lying around just begging me for a project.  Enter my sister's birthday.  She is a Fourth of July firecracker baby, so I made her a basket of assorted essential oil bath salt goodies for her birthday … [Read more...]

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Ten Best Gadgets for Whole30 and Paleo Kitchens

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I’m deep in the heart of week four of the Whole30 program, and I can see the finish line from here. Since I have cooked nearly 90 meals in my kitchen over the past 30 days, I thought I could share some Whole30 cooking tips that I’ve found for making meal prep go faster.  I love to cook, and I will admit that I’ve always been a bit of a kitchen gadget hoarder.  My motto is to invest in high-quality gadgets so you don’t have to replace them every other year.  I have seriously been using some of … [Read more...]

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The Essential Oils Every Home Needs: Peppermint & Frankincense

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Welcome welcome! So I've had a bunch of people asking me this question lately... Why are essential oils SO popular?  To answer that question, today we're gonna do something really fun and different.  Y'all ready?  A bunch of my blog friends and I have decided to join forces to bring you a big joint blog party to teach you all about how to use essential oils in your home! And guess what? I am VLOGGING it.  (For those who don't know-- a Vlog is a video version of a blog).  So that means you … [Read more...]

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Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

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So, my husband and I have been doing the Whole30 challenge this past month. You can check out our progress so far here and here. One of the hardest things about the Whole30 is finding a suitable salad dressing that is approved on the plan. You pretty much HAVE to make your own salad dressings if you’re going to stay “legal”. All of the store-bought stuff I’ve seen has some junk in it that will definitely not be Whole30 approved.  If you’re wondering how to make your own salad dressings, let me … [Read more...]

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Touring the Southern Living Offices and Test Kitchen

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Now let me just say that I was born and raised in and around Birmingham, but this was the very first time I’ve ever stepped foot inside the hallowed ground that is Southern Progress.  Imagine having the Willy Wonka Chocolate factory sitting in your back yard your entire life, and finally getting a golden ticket to step inside.  That is exactly what this day felt like for me. Last week, my golden ticket arrived.  I was invited to go take a tour of the Southern Living headquarters and top secret … [Read more...]

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