Celebrating Independence

On this  holiday weekend, I have a question for you. What does your independence mean to you? The meaning of the word is freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others. As a country we are so blessed to have our freedom. It's an incredible reason to celebrate and we'll all spend this weekend honoring our country in different ways. Some of us will cookout with friends at the beach, lake or in our backyards. Others will attend baseball games, parades and firework displays....more

Push Presents

While reading a recent article in B-Metro, I discovered the newest thang with some young mothers. I have to warn you that this may be a bit controversial!  Have you heard of push presents? Young mommies are now getting presents for pushing during labor. What?...more

The Golden Comment

In our monthly Southern Bloggers Jubilee meeting today we talked about how disappointing it is that comments in Blogland are down in number. Bloggers across the globe are experiencing lower numbers in the comment section of their blogs. So, I'm asking you, my readers, why is that? While the number of hits may remain the same or even increase, comments have become golden and precious to bloggers. Rarity is always more valuable, but most of us want more in this instance....more

Boot Season

Last year I found my dream boots. I wore them almost every day that I left the house and even joked with a friend of mine that I had cleaned house in my Fryes. I loved my wedge-heeled boots so much that I'd get all gussied up even if I had no where to go. When one of the heels started to come apart I returned them to the store thinking I could exchange them. (They were expensive and should have lasted more than a couple of months - even if I slept in them.) Nope. There were no more in my size. No harm no foul, I thought. I'd return them and then re-order....more

Genie is Free

What a sad day. I grew up with Robin Williams. Mork and Mindy was one of our favorite shows. We looked forward to it because we knew we would belly laugh at least once... "Nan Nu Nan Nu!"To imagine now that this man, who was so extremely talented, could have been so troubled as to kill himself is heartbreaking. So many are touched by this tragic news. My daughter is in Disney World as we speak and her reaction was classic."Mom, it is so sad to have the Genie die while you're at Disney."...more

Not a Dressy Suit Kinda Girl

This week's Fashion Friday girl is one of my dearest and most beautiful friends. Janet and I went to high school together, were HighSteppers  together, and have kept in touch through Facebook and lunches together for years. She is the perfect example of how we can stay fashionable after the nest empties....more

11 Ways to Stay Connected with College Kids

I wish I'd known then what I know now. You CAN stay connected when they go off to college. Here are 11 ways to harass and stalk your college kids....more

DeeDee

Let me introduce you to today's Grand Ideas' feature. She is the loving grandmother of 4 precious grandchildren who affectionately call her DeeDee and granddad is called Poppie. Her daughter, Staci, is the mom of the oldest "baby angels" who are Ethan - 12 and Sierra - 10. Corey, her son, is dad to Alexi who is 8 and the youngest is Mallori who is 4 years old. ...more

Geraniums in My Pot

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. (Richard Brinsley Sheridan)I love that quote. One reason is because since my return from Italy, there is definitely a rose bush somewhere that would like to grow in my garden. They are calling my name. However, the heat and humidity have been talking a little louder than the roses, so instead, I've planted geraniums in my pot. Sort of....more

Fashion Friday: Southern Beauty

Today, my Fashion Friday feature is none other than Rhoda from Southern Hospitality Blog. She gets a feature all her own, because... well, because she's Rhoda from Southern Hospitality Blog. In blogging circles, Rhoda is one of the coolest ladies in the room, so I am honored to feature her here....more