It’s finally Friday & this tired Mommy couldn’t be happier for a long weekend to get some good ol’ r ‘n r.

We kicked off last weekend with a night of backyard camping {for the girls only} & the Tooth Fairy found us thanks to H leaving an oh-so-bright flashlight shining on the lost body part.

I love watching the fog roll out on early mornings as I get to enjoy coffee before everyone starts waking. Country living is a gift.

My poor little sick one has been a trooper. He takes whatever I give him & while the herbs have helped tremendously, I can’t get the mucus in his chest to break up & move out for anything. Off to the doc we go for some allopathic assistance.

Here’s to a weekend of recovery & seriously delicious, healing foods.


Three Things Thursday

1. Parenting is hard. Not that this is new news, or anything, but it’s been especially difficult in our house the past few months. Today I was talking with a wise woman about things & she said, “When I learned to slow down & communicate with my children, parenting became so much easier.” Her words hit me like a Mac truck. Perspective is an important talent to have. How applicable is her wisdom to every facet of life?

2. We’ve had a sick one in the house this week. Herbs, herbs, & more herbs have gone into my little man & thankfully his fever broke without getting into the frighteningly high zone & he only missed one day of school. Germs are good until they aren’t, huh?

3. I needed to get out of the house today, so I went “pre-shopping” for school picture outfits. The kids have outgrown Carter’s, aren’t really Gymboree style wearers & H isn’t going to be sporting Justice clothing any time soon (or ever if i can help it). It makes me think the Amish are on to something.

Keep calm & sew rad clothes,


It’s been a FULL week in Hale. From a few good hours on the trails to gymnastics swim team, homework & house work, I’m more than excited to have an evening of no plans or scheduled activities. I’m slowly getting used to the overly quiet hours of a childless house, & have been planning more business things & securing booths for fall craft shows. Our busy season has kicked off with a bang!





Happy Friday,

Three Things Thursday

1. Football is on television, I’m snuggled under a quilt & the smell of fall is almost in the air. That combination makes me absolutely giddy.

2. After school activities have started, which makes me a professional chauffeur. Two children, 3 sports, 5 days a week. This makes me really want to lobby for cloning. Agreed parents?

3. Due to Thing #2, there isn’t enough time in the week for me to have a booth at our amazing winery’s farmers market any more. {Insert pitiful face here.} However, I still have great crafty & herbal concoctions available & am happy to get them to those in need or want. Next week I’ve got a hot date with my Etsy page and the listing process.

What kind of schedule changes are happening in your house this fall?

Are you looking forward to football & hockey season? We’re big Vols, Titans & Preds fans here!

Happy days to you,


Camping, bonfires, & s’mores.


An end of season swim team party, complete with a huge storm & power outage.


Opening day @ school


And some time for me to work on new projects.

{Lots of upcycling: a yarn wreath with flowers made from a shirt & two cafe aprons made from a dress.}

I’m looking forward to some trail time over the weekend & enjoying our last few lazy days of summer before jumping into the hustle-bustle of a school routine.

Happy weekending & Instagramming moments,

Three Things Thursday

1. I’ve been carving out some studio time this week & trying to do a good bit of upcycling from the amazing bin of clothes I have. So far so good! The other day I deconstructed a really cute dress & it became a cafe apron (+ several other projects).

20120802-123346.jpg I see so many more projects in my near future.

2. Today was a 2 hour day for the kids at school. I officially have a Kindergartener & 1st grader. People keep asking me how I’m handling my babies being in school – other than a little sniffle moment last night while tucking them into bed, I’m ecstatic! Routine, projects, field trips, reading new books, meeting new friends, & watching them blossom into ridiculously cool kids is great gift for making it through the baby & toddler years.


3. We went on a camping trip last weekend & had lots of time in the pool. Swimming laps, doing flips + handstands, tipping each other off of floats & just enjoying time together in the water was healing for all of our souls. Once our school routine is under way, this momma is gonna hit the water much more often. Maybe one day I’ll even do a little tri. 😉

Off to the studio to prep for market + a reopening of my Etsy shop.
Just keep swimming,


What we’ve been up to recently:


Enjoying sunsets.


Spending time with dear friends.


Introducing H & my nieces to the magic of great live music @ the Grand Ole Opry.


Easing back into the crafting studio.


And enjoying evenings when Daddy makes it home before bedtime.

Today we’re heading out to camp for a few days & then it’s back to the school routine & figuring out what to do with myself while both kids are in kindy & 1st grade.

May your summer days be full of adventure & family time,

Elbow Grease

Hadlee came prancing into my bathroom as I was getting ready, obviously very proud if herself. While whistling a little tune she says in her very sing-songy-six-year-old way, “Hey Mom, do you want to know why I have no idea what is on the television?”
“Of course I do! What is it?”
“Wellllll, you know that Hello Kitty sticker that was stuck to my dresser? I’ve been removing it. Man! That sure is hard work, it’s even bruising my elbow.”
“Your elbow? Why would it bruise your elbow?”
“{Sigh.} UHHHH, you SAID it would take some real elbow grease to get the sticker off, and boy were you right!”

God love her.

Go put some elbow grease into your day,

A convo with my pre-k graduate


Me: Hey, Bubs, where do you want to eat supper tonight after your graduation? We can go ANYWHERE you want to celebrate!

Jack: I know! {he says with an index finger in the air} How about Target? Ya know, they have popcorn & all sorts of food & COKE & TOYS!

Me: Hmmm, I was thinking somewhere a little closer where they bring your food to you. We can go to Target later this week.

Jack: Well, I guess I can settle for Cracker Barrel. They have toys & Coke, too. {Cheshire cat grin}

Bless our boys. Happy graduation & popcorn treats,