Summer Reading Book Giveaway: The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

The Castaways

When I pre-ordered The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand this summer, her publisher sent me a free copy of The Castaways as well. I’ve already read The Castaways, but it’s one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand books, so initially I thought I would dive in and read it again. Instead I’m giving it away here to someone who […]

Dining Room by Craigslist

Dining Room Decor

Nixa, Missouri is about three hours from Kansas City. I tell you that because six or seven years ago I sent Tom an email asking: “If I wanted to buy a pine hutch I saw on Craigslist, and it was in Nixa, MO, could we find a way to get it home?” Luckily, Tom is a good sport […]

Links for Your Weekend: Miami Edition

Lifeguard Tower

I missed putting up this post last Friday because I was on a plane headed home from Miami. Tom and I were there for four days of a business convention that was much more play than work. Our goal was to make this a complete relaxation vacation, and we succeeded. We ate at Joe’s Stone Crab, […]

Summer Tomatoes and Bruschetta Chicken

bruschetta chicken

Its been perfect in KC the last two days. Per-fect. Like sunny skies with highs in the low 80’s perfect. Our dog, Cash, has been hanging out in the yard instead of begging to be let back in the minute he goes out. Last night we ate dinner (salmon with this salad) on the patio. And then we turned […]

Room Refresh: From Girl Room to Guest Room

guest room after

Our home is 22 years old and we’ve lived in it for 13 of those years, so the original spaces, and even those we’ve painted, etc. have started feeling pretty tired. We’ve called in the big guns for some major stuff, like the kitchen remodel and new patio, but every now and then – when time and […]

July Book Report: Quick Reviews of What I’ve Been Reading

built in bookshelves in home office

Each month Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy gives quick reviews of what she’s been reading and invites others to do the same and link up with her. Here are the books that have been keeping me up past my bedtime. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline This was my book club’s book for June and […]

Boston 2010

Beacon Hill Boston

Yesterday I stumbled across the pictures from our Boston vacation exactly five years ago – July 2010 – and found myself remembering what an especially fun family trip it was. This was just a few weeks before Lindsey headed off to college and Grant started high school. It’s amazing how much their lives have changed in just five […]

Links for Your Weekend


Happy Friday! Are you hosting something this summer? If you are (or think you might like to) let me call your attention to this post by Myquillyn Smith (better known as The Nester). She writes about hosting a summer gathering in a way that’s less Pinterest perfectand more get the big stuff right and then let it happen.  […]

On Being in a Book Club

Book Club Books

Our book club began in a grade school parking lot. A few of us who had pickup duty began talking about it, we each invited a couple of others, and the club was born in this most casual of ways. It stuck, too. Unlike clubs that seem to work on paper but don’t in real life […]

A Nell Hills Visit and Entryway Artwork

Nell Hills 1

Over the weekend I made a visit to the Nell Hills Briarcliff store and I texted my mom to tell her I was there. She lives in Florida full-time now so she asked me to take some pictures so she could get her Nell Hills fix. Taking pictures of a store might seem odd, but Nell Hills […]