Christmas Links

The house is decorated for Christmas and I’ll have a few pictures to share with you later this week. In the meantime, I’m linking to some Christmas posts from years back. You can click on either the underlined link or the picture to go to the original post. This sugar cookie bar recipe has been on of my […]

Have a Charming Weekend

I’m pretty addicted to charm. My favorite vacation memories are of charming places: Savannah, Georgetown, San Francisco. My list of places I want to visit is full of charm too: Martha’s Vineyard, Maine, Paris. But I don’t want charm to be just for vacations, so I’ve been looking for it in my everyday life too, and – surprise! – […]

August Updates and Links for Your Weekend

It’s definitely August. The heat is unending, the lawn is showing signs of stress, and my flowers are crying uncle. It’s at this time of year – every year – that I start craving fall. If fall didn’t also signal Grant going back to college, I would be trying to channel it in earnest. Are […]

Links for Your Weekend: Hometown Edition

Several times when our kids were little, Tom and I celebrated our anniversary by lining up my parents to watch the kids, booking a hotel room, and treating ourselves to an anniversary staycation of shopping, movies, and dinners out. I can’t say for sure how many times we did it, maybe it was only once or […]

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.  […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Santa Monica, NYC, and Little Rock Edition

“Our house really is the 6th member of our family. Similar to the generous tree in Shel Silverstein’s classic book The Giving Tree, our home has unselfishly given of itself so that we could fullfil our dreams.” – Brooke Giannetti That quote came from this post at Brooke’s blog, about the Santa Monica house they were […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Nancy Meyers Edition

That quote came from this Elle Decor article about Nancy Meyers, the writer/director responsible for some of your favorite movies: Father of the Bride, The Holiday, The Parent Trap, Private Benjamin, Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated, among others. I’m not opposed to watching a movie for the interiors alone, but with a Nancy Meyers […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Julia Child Edition

Until I saw the movie Julie and Julia, I thought of Julia Child only as the quirky lady with the high-pitched voice on public television. But that movie, and Meryl Streep’s uncanny portrayal of her (she was Julia Child), transformed her – for me – from a charicature to the delightful but compelling person she actually was. […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Love Your Life Edition

Each Friday I share a quote I love and some things I’ve found interesting from around the web. Here’s what I’ve bookmarked this week: A Breath of French Air is a new-ish blog that lets you stow away as a pair of married Midwesterners leave behind their IT and architecture jobs to become expats in France. And […]

Quotable Friday & Weekend Links: Anna Quindlen Edition

Love this from Anna Quindlen. Here are some other things from around the web I found worth bookmarking: In her informative, entertaining TED Talk, Kelly Corrigan explains why we should read more, and also helps us with what to read: “read personal narrative, read poetry, read op-ed, read Doris Kerns Goodwin, and Louisa May Alcott, and Captain Underpants.” Trying […]