words from the window seat

I won’t even begin to pretend otherwise – I’m one of those weirdos who loves airports. Sure, they can be crowded and stressful and hotter than the gates of Hell (looking at you, ATL) – but there’s something special about them that I just can’t quite put my finger on. I mean, think about it.Read more

cookin’ up 5 ideas for christmas morning breakfast

Breakfast (brunch, if we’re being specific) is hands down my favorite meal of the day – and Christmas morning is no exception! Growing up, we had a tradition of having apple and cherry Pillsbury turnovers for breakfast on December 25. This year, since it will be the first year in our new home on ChristmasRead more

peace on earth & goodwill to men (especially yourself)

The holidays are supposed to be all about family and fun, giving and love… But if we’re being honest, how often do we find ourselves focusing on feelings that are anything but festive and cheery? Between the long lines and crowded parking lots (if you’re willing to brave the actual mall, you’re better than IRead more

meet me under the mistletoe: 5 holiday date ideas

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about LJ’s and my relationship. We both keep incredibly busy between wrestling, softball, Junior League, and being on advisory boards for our respective Greek organizations – so while we live together and spend our evenings together, sometimes it can feel like we’re lacking on quality time.Read more

ho-ho-how to: surviving the company christmas party

Amidst all of the Christmas parties you’ll attend during the holiday season, if you’re extra lucky (LJ would probably beg to differ with me on this one), you may even have an office Christmas party. I love company Christmas parties – maybe it’s just because I’ve never had a job that has hosted one, but eitherRead more

Rockin’ around the (misfit) Christmas tree

We got a few inches of snow this weekend here in South Carolina, which led to being snowed in for the weekend! AKA: more time for projects we’re been putting off around our new house – like patching drywall, painting, and (re) hanging a toilet paper roll that the previous owners hung crooked. So unfortunately,Read more

spice up your weekend with mulled wine

The weekend is upon us – and so is SNOW in many parts of the country! What could be a better way to enjoy it than snuggling up with a big fleece blanket in front of the Christmas tree? (Hint: it involves the biggest mug you own, and some warm alcohol.) There are too manyRead more

Gift Guide: Hostess with the Mostess

Back up North we called them “hostess gifts.” Down here in the South, we call them “surcees.” Whatever you call it, it is a great touch to bring one along when attending a holiday gathering hosted by someone else. In fact, some may consider it the ‘golden rule’ of attendees. But, while the thought isRead more

A Real-Life Hallmark Movie: Diamond Anniversary

There are a ton of great Christmas movies out there, but if you’re a hopeless romantic (like me) – not much beats a Hallmark Channel movie. I mean, who can resist an over-the-top, sappy love story? Plot twist: not me. But, sometimes I find myself thinking, “That sort of thing never actually happens in real life… DoesRead more

’tis the reason for the season: bible verses perfect for Christmas

With all of the hustle and the bustle and the lights, it’s hard to forget that Christmas is coming. We have elves on our shelves to remind kids that Santa knows if they’ve been bad or good (and that they’d better be good, for goodness sake!) Our mailboxes are overflowing with beautifully curated cards with photos ofRead more