Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #25

Welcome to week 25 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
We love having you share your favorite summer projects with us.
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Your hostess this week is Laura of Decor To Adore. She recently shared a few ideas for an Easy Summer Party.  The post includes a fun summertime song playlist.
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1952 Miss Pacific finalists Mary Clifton, Pamela Jansen and Judy Worrad, stand in front of surfboards on Bondi Beach, Sydney      ( National Archives of Australia ):
Here are this week's fabulous and fun features:
Decorating
You have to see the lovely one month backyard makeover H2O Bungalow designed.
30 days To Fabulous Backyard Makeover reveal shares DIY backyard makeover projects and tutorials that transformed an ugly backyard into an outdoor paradise.
Recipes
A Worthey Read serves up the perfect drink for a hot summer day: the Peach Strawberry Run Mojito.
Mojitos are a popular drink to sip on all year long. However, in the summer when peaches and strawberries are in-season, this is a great time to mix a little rum, peaches and strawberries to put a twist on your classic mojito. Introducing our summer mojito cocktail, the Peach & Strawberry Rum Mojito.
Gardening
Make sure you check out Ramblings of a Southern Girl's Five Clever Ways to Display Crepe Myrtles.
Inspiration
Petticoat Junktion surely will inspire everyone to Hold Onto Your Drawers!
Hold Onto Your Drawers Petticoat Junktion Wood Drawer Serving Tray
DIY
A truly gorgeous DIY is this Mini Garden Conservatory by Old Things New.
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Laura at Décor To Adore
Stacey from Poofing the Pillows
Jemma from At Home With Jemma
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Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dear Daughters: Remember When?

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Today, I have the pleasure of guest posting at Joyce’s wonderful blog

At Home With Jemma.

My topic?

The Simple Things That Bring Joy

Please stop by for a visit !

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Dear Daughters,

There is no finer music to a mother’s ear than a conversation that begins by a daughter saying, “remember

when?”.

And so when I hear those words when we are all together, I smile.

Granted there are those times when you finish that phrase with ‘you dropped me on my head’, or ‘you made

me wear a big bow in my hair’, or ‘everyone else got to go’, or ‘you actually had our lamb blankets

monogrammed’!

Because I am your mother, however, I have those same memories.

I remember how scared I was when you wiggled out of my arms and yes, you hit your head (Katherine).

I remember how cute (to me ) you looked when all 3 of you were wearing big bows in your hair.

And I remember how cute you looked walking your monogrammed blanket wearing lambs to the show pen

for judging at the livestock show.

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Recently, we had a ‘remember when’ conversation about week night suppers. 

I was teaching full time and many nights I felt like I wasn’t doing enough to get some sort of gourmet supper

on the table .

But that is not the way you remember it.

You liked Friday night pizza night, and you liked chalupas or tacos, or Dad’s roast, or salmon patties and

macaroni and cheese, or homemade hamburgers.

On nights you had dancing lessons , you didn’t mind Church’s fried chicken.

What a blessing for a sometimes harried mother , who wanted to cook more elaborately, but who just

couldn’t find another minute in the day.

Thank you for ‘remembering when’ as selectively as I do.

I love you , Mom

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #24

Welcome to week 24 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
Our hostess this week is Laura from White Spray Paint
All of us at Thoughts of Home appreciate your participation and your creativity.
You are all gifted bloggers .

Now to this week's features.
Recipe 
Liz at Eat Move Make shares a recipe for 
Strawberry Cream Cheese Jello Pie that is
as pretty as it sounds delicious.

Decor
Maria at Simple Nature Decor shares her lovely home
from a recent summer home tour.

Inspiration
Leslie at Gwen Moss Blog
inspires us as only she can in a wise post about owning our story.

DIY
Mickey of My Bashful Life shares her wonderful DIY party decor.

Garden
And Amy of Get Busy Gardening shares her suggestions for 15 Colorful Plants for Shade Gardens.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thoughts of Home #23

Welcome to Week 23 of Thoughts of Home On Thursday!

We had such an amazing party last week because of each one of you, sharing your time 

and talents with us and we thank you ever so much!



Our hostess this week is Jemma and she has been creating a project for the

Sweet Tea fabric challenge using sweet tea charm packs.

Stop by and visit Poofing The Pillows and Decor To Adore too, to see where their creativity 

took them in this challenge.


                                   So, here we go with this weeks features!
                                                           
                                        
                                              Decorating


If you have ever wondered how to arrange flowers, search no more.

Barb from The Everyday Homeshows us step by step how  to create a stunning 

arrangement for your home.




                                                              Recipes
                      
Everyday Savvy shared these cute and clever cupcakes with us and some creative

theme parties as well.



                                                                      Inspiration

When I think of Summer time fun I think of trips!

Sweet Parrish Place shows us how to pack and keep the load light, while not having to 

skimp on our wardrobe!



                                                                  Gardening

Succulents are the new way to garden and they do so well indoors and out.

Love this coffee table succulent Garden that On Sutton Place Shared.


                                                                       DIY

Patina and Paint, found her deal of the day with these precious pendant lights and the

hubby installed them too.




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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

More Summer Finds and Favorites

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How is your summer going? 

I feel like I keep saying the same thing over and over again:

”It is so hot!”

Here are a few of my recent finds and favorites that I can highly recommend.

The Nightinggale

Reading and falling in love with a book is such a personal thing.

We all have our own touch point- that moment while reading

when we think ‘wow!’.

In recommending The Nightingale, I know I am late to the game,

but while listening to it as an audio book

on a long car trip to and from El Paso, I fell in love.

If you haven’t read it, I recommend the audio version.

I downloaded the novel onto my phone for free from our public

library.

The quality and skill of the audio narrator Polly Stone is exceptional.

In fact , I enjoyed her reading so much, I am looking for other

audio books narrated by her.

DeCarols

On the shopping front, during our two weeks away, my daughter Lauren and I drove

to Ruidoso, New Mexico to a shop I have wanted to visit for a very long time- 

De’Carols.

Oh my.

If you love silver jewelry that is large and over the top, as I do,

visit her web site. I bought the two pieces above to add to a Virgen de Guadalupe ring I

found at Round Top several years ago.

And lastly, who doesn’t want something cold?

Yasso

These Yasso frozen Greek yogurt bars in mint chocolate

chip are to die for- and they are only 100 calories-

if that matters .

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

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PS. These are not ads or affiliate links. I just love sharing my finds with you.

And yes- the De‘Carol jewelry is as big as it looks .

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #22

Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday number twenty-two. 
You all impress us each week with your continued willingness to share your talents and gifts.

This week we are hosted by Stacey of Poofing the Pillows.


Moving on to all the great posts you've shared:

Recipes

Biscuits and Burlap shared memories about Mama and her Mexican Cornbread. 
I loved reading about her and the cornbread sounds wonderful.

Decorating

At Estelle's we were treated to the cutest Nautical Americana ever!!
Betsy always decorates for holidays and special gatherings with great flair.

DIY

At Faith, Football and Fairy Tales, Casey just finished applying shiplap to her master bedroom wall. She's been decorating too and the room is outstanding.

Inspiration

At French Country Style, Pat shared why she loves old houses. She really shared why she loves her own old house with all of its history, beauty, and imperfections. She reminded me that we should all love our homes the same way.

Gardening

Last but not least, visit Calypso in the Country for a glimpse of floriferous potted plants. :)


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Saturday, July 2, 2016

It Becomes Real Clear

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It becomes real clear for me when it involves our grandsons.

If possible, I drop everything and go.

I go because being with them and watching them play

baseball is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

It means that when the oldest (above ) who is playing in a four day tournament

goes out on the mound to pitch- I want to capture every single moment.

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It means when the youngest leans up against me and says,

“Madu, can I buy a water?”, I would willingly buy him three.

There are things on hold at home.

No doubt my zinnias and tomatoes are suffering.

I have another teacher training to conduct this month in Laredo.

My father’s business affairs are ongoing.

The garage needs organizing.

And then of course there is blogging- which my heart wants to do in a way

that is appealing to whomever stops by to visit.

Instead dear friends,

I am going to watch baseball.

I know you would do exactly the same thing.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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