The Sunflower Field

I've driven down a lot of Alabama back roads in my lifetime, but up until this point, none of them were quite as memorable as the one I drove down yesterday.  It was a perfect day for a mini-road trip.  The sky was a brilliant blue.  The clouds were puffy and white. We tossed our sunscreen and snacks in the car and headed off with the kids on a summertime adventure. We left our house around mid-morning and trusted Siri to get us to our destination. … [Read more...]

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Things to do in Alabama: Winter Bucket List

Alabama is known for many things: Gulf coast beaches, winning football teams, rolling fields of cotton, and some of the best bass fishing in the whole country.  I am born and raised in the great state of Alabama, and I've spent almost 40 years driving the backroads looking for the best things to do. These days I try to find things that are fun for my kids, too.  On this first day of winter, it's time to get out there and appreciate our state’s amazing scenery and take … [Read more...]

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Share Your Great Southern Road Trip!

Well, it has certainly been fun road tripping with all of you this past week! If you missed any of the posts this week they are all below so grab your favorite road trip snacks and get ready to be inspired as we wind our way through the South: Southern State of Mind {Atlanta, GA} | Restless Arrow {Belton, SC} Southern Hospitality {Marietta, GA}| Our Southern Home {Caswell Beach, NC} Unskinny Boppy {Birmingham, AL} | Maison de Pax {Austin, TX} Atta Girl Says {Greensboro, NC} | 3 Little … [Read more...]

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Best Things to Do in Birmingham, Alabama

Hey friends! This week I'm virtually road-tripping around the South with a whole bunch of great bloggers for The Great Southern Road Trip.  We will be linking up all sorts of fun southern inspired posts for y'all to enjoy, sip and savor. So, grab your mason jar of sweet tea and let me take you on a tour of my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama. I've drawn you a fun little map to help you get your bearings around town.  To the south is Red Mountain, to the West sits Legion Field (home of … [Read more...]

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FINDING SOUTHERN ROMANCE; The Rest Of The Story

I believe that every home has a story to tell, but especially the Old Ones.  Those 100+ year old homes that have seen multiple generations of folks pass through the halls and swing on the front porch. Imagine if those walls could talk.  What would they say? Mobile, Alabama has it’s fair share of these matriarchal mansions, standing proudly under the dappled shade of the tall live oak trees. Over the decades, some of these beauties have been neglected and fallen into disrepair.  But then there … [Read more...]

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2015 Parade of Homes is Here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least for decorophiles like me, anyway. The Birmingham Parade of Homes starts this weekend, which means I can snoop around perfectly appointed houses and get tons of decorating ideas without having to bring a bottle of wine or be very sociable.  All Parade homes are open to the public and totally FREE to tour. House-hopping around the Parade is the best thing ever.  It’s also starting over Mother’s Day weekend, which makes it a perfect time … [Read more...]

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Finding Southern Romance in Mobile, Alabama

When Esther de Wolde decided to checkmark her dream of renovating an old southern home off her bucket list, I bet the idea of sharing her porch railings with a bunch of bloggers from across the continent wasn’t even a blip on her radar. But, that is exactly what happened last week at Esther’s turn-of-the-century home in Mobile, Alabama. Do you like how those of us on the left harnessed our inner Susanne Sugarbakers and lounged right on that railing like we owned it? I had the honor of … [Read more...]

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Picture Birmingham Giveaway {For a GREAT Cause}

Back in the late summer I was sitting on my parent’s dock watching as the sun sank down below the horizon, saying silent prayers as I usually do.  I’ve found that lakes are where I do my best praying, and this day was no exception.  What WAS exceptional about this day, though, was the sunset. It was spectacular. I took this picture with my iPhone, believe it or not.  And of course I instagrammed it pretty much immediately after I took it, because I am in a bit of an ongoing sunset … [Read more...]

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State themed Projects are all over the map!

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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Touring the Southern Living Offices and Test Kitchen

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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