How to Freshen Your Christmas Decor

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As I opened boxes and unpacked my Christmas decorations the other day, I faced the familiar challenge of making the same cheap garland and those old, faded ornaments I’ve had for years look fresh. But excitement rose up within me and inspiration took over as I started creating the scenes I’d been planning for the past few weeks. I got carried away and […]

Cyber Monday Picks You’ll Love

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My inbox is filled with Cyber Monday offers, most of which I won’t open much less take advantage of. It’s just too much to take in all at once. But I did take some time to browse through some of my favorite stores in search of share worthy deals; products I use or recommend at affordable prices. Whether you are […]

He Calls Me By Name

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Every year as we enter into Advent season and prepare our hearts for Christmas, I say a little prayer. Nothing long, nothing fancy, just a simple prayer. Several weeks ago, as the movie credits were rolling, I took my cell phone out of my purse to check for messages when I discovered this text from […]

Dear Krista: An Open Letter to My Niece

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Dear Krista, Your first bridal shower, and the first in our family out of the grandkids, is today. Usually at bridal showers, there are blank cards for guests to share advice with the bride. Since I cannot be there today, consider this letter my card from the shower… I’ve always been so proud to call you […]

A Holiday Gift Guide for {Almost} Everyone on Your List

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I used to spend the week of Thanksgiving racing the clock to put up all of my Christmas decor by Thanksgiving day. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, I’d run around like a mad women on a mission to scratch gifts for everyone off the list. All in the name of finishing early so I could enjoy the […]

You’ve Got Skills: Learning to Trust Your Decorating Instincts

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Form the couch, looking into the living room, I would question my Fall tablescape choices… Is blue and white Fallish enough? Blue and white is classic, I countered. Will people question my choice in color scheme? You shouldn’t care what others think I reminded myself. Then, the November issue of Southern Living arrived and wouldn’t  you […]

7 Ways to Decorate with Faux Sheepskin Rugs

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I’d had my eye on sheepskin rugs for quite some time, but wasn’t sure I’d like one for myself. When I finally bought one on a whim, I was surprised at how many ways I found to use it. So many in fact, I want to buy two more. 7 Ways to Decorate with Faux Sheep Skin Rugs […]

Fall Decorating With a Thought-Provoking Twist

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I have a different approach to Fall decorating; one that focuses on capturing the essence of the season like the feeling of security and comfort brought on by shorter days, familiar routines, and warm comfort food. The crisp air and falling leaves are my cue, sending me into full on nesting mode in an effort to add warmth and comfort to my home. I take […]

If You Give a Girl a Chalkboard…

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If you give a girl a chalkboard, she’s going to want a chalk ledge to go with it. But, I didn’t have one. At least I didn’t think I did until I discovered a not-so-obvious solution in my kitchen. I considered using a strip of wood as a ledge, but I didn’t have the right […]

The Day CORT Came Calling

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This post brought to you by CORT. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mrs. Hines Class. After browsing through my favorite home decor blogs or poring over Pinterest perfect rooms online, I typically respond in one of two ways: either motivated by the inspiration and hopping into action no matter the hour, or with […]

The Invitation of a Three Dollar Carafe

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It was as if the gift cards gave me permission to fill my cart with all the items I’d deemed too frivolous in the past. “I can get by without new t-shirts.” “I can’t afford this chalkboard right now.” “I don’t really need this carafe,” I would reason with myself. But this time was different and 2 t-shirts […]

Just Add You

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No time for self-care? Well, that’s about to change… Imagine yourself lingering at the breakfast table, soaking in the sunshine as you savor a cup of hot tea, still wearing the robe you slipped into after taking a long, warm bath. Now, put yourself in this scenario. Several years ago, the year I quit teaching, I’d ignored the inner voice that […]

9 Habits of a Successful Homemaker

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Reasons not to do the housework. We all have them. “I don’t have time.” “I don’t mind the clutter.” “It’s too hard to keep the house clean with little children.” “I hate cleaning.” “A clean home is not really that important.” The truth is that those reasons are just excuses in disguise, and excuses will […]

Menu Planning Made Easy in 3 Simple Steps

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There are three things that make me feel like a successful homemaker: making my bed cooking dinner and keeping a tidy home. I’ll share my secrets to keeping a tidy home next week. Today, we’re going to talk about what it takes to get dinner on the table, meal planning. As I thought through the way […]

The Household Routine That Will Simplify Your Whole Week

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I’ve discovered something about myself…it’s not Fall I dread, it’s Back to School.  T.V commercials and advertisements start announcing Back to School in July, just when I’ve settled comfortably into my favorite season. And they lump it together with Fall. This makes me anxious, very anxious. Despite all of the distractions, I do my darndest to finish Summer […]

The Redemption of Summer

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The Reunion Finally wearing the maxi dress that had hung unworn, tags and all, in my closet for years, I slipped into the passenger seat of our beat up car and headed to Pine Hall at Amber Springs where my thirty year high school reunion was being held. Earlier that day, I’d gone to the hall to fill vases with flowers, […]

Three Birthday Wishes

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Today is my birthday. And forty eight is catching me by surprise, especially since I feel 19ish. Mentally. Sometimes my body feels 60ish, so I guess 48 is about right. Anyway, all I want for my birthday this year is a birthday cake. Growing up, mom made us a box mix cake, from the flavor of our […]

My 6 Dollar Secret to Success

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“I love supporting people’s dreams,” I shared with Nicole as I told her I wanted to visit her friend’s new restaurant. I think that supporting-people’s-dreams seed was sown twenty-three years ago on my drive to work each morning. I would look over at the drivers sitting next to me at the red light and notice what seemed like a […]

When Life Changes in an Instant

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Today is my Dad’s 67th birthday. Normally, my family would hold one celebration for all of the July birthdays in the family, but this year we’re breaking tradition. Dad has been in the hospital since suffering a severe stroke on Saturday, June 25th. And just two days ago, after what seemed like an eternity to […]

The Good Stuff of Summer

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It’s when Summer settles in and the days grow long that the simple comforts of home take center stage; becoming the soundtrack and setting of our everyday lives. Like the roar of the ocean or the splash of a pool followed by the feel of fresh, fluffy towels against your skin. The anticipation of the next big holiday […]

Creating the Perfect Living Room Arrangement

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Right around Easter time, I had rearranged my living room one “last” time and anxiously awaited my family’s reactions to my new living room arrangement as they arrived for Easter dinner. “I like your new arrangement. It looks like a real family room,” My sister said. “I like your shelf arrangement,” Dad told me after studying […]

Family Command Center Organization

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Do you know how many times I’ve emptied the command center with hopes of fixing what wasn’t working? At least a handful, probably more. There was the time that I didn’t want a clunky old desktop computer and printer taking up all of the desk space, but the printer never found a home. And the time that […]

DIY Potting Bench, Toy Box Not Included

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I’m a sucker for sentimental home decor. In fact, a lot of my furniture was passed down to me from family which I’ve enjoyed reusing and repurposing in my own home. One such piece was my husband’s childhood toy box. When Matt’s Dad offered it to me, I gladly took it. It has served us as kitchen […]

Happy Mother’s Day

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This past week I found myself rethinking our Mother’s Day celebration. While I am very much looking forward to our annual beach day, I thought about going a day early and then spending Sunday showering my daughter with gratitude by making her favorite dinner, writing her a letter or giving her a gift…just because. And when Hannah asked me […]

9 Ways to Display Apple Vase Filler

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Buying the five dollar bag of apple vase filler from Walmart was one of the smartest home décor purchases I’ve ever made. That was several years ago. Since then, the apples have proven to be so versatile making them a year-round favorite in my home. In fact, this past winter was the first time they were […]

The Little Green Skirt That Could

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In order to appreciate just how much my new green skirt can do, you need to hear the back story. You see, I wasn’t planning on buying new clothes that day. I’d gone to pick up my prescription and grab a couple of food items for dinner and that’s all. Everything was going according to plan […]

7 Tips for Creating A Successful Household Routine

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I grew a little emotional this past weekend as I grieved over the hobbies and activities that I no longer have the physical ability to pursue. I miss gardening. I am eager to pick up my paint brush. I wish that I could keep up with my household routine and that I had the energy to complete […]

How to Make Decorating Decisions: My Secrets Revealed

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As I assessed our master bathroom, I realized that we don’t have a place to put a towel within easy reach for when we get out of the bath or shower. Well, we use the ledge on the wall between the bath and shower, but I want a more practical (and pretty) solution. While trying […]

7 Tips for Creating a Practical AND Pretty Kitchen

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kohler. All opinions are 100% mine. As I have been going about assessing the purpose and practicality of my home, I’ve discovered that you really can have a room that is both practical and pretty. For me, that meant breaking one of my own […]

The Hines House Returns to Fresh Step®

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This post brought to you by Fresh Step at Target. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mrs. Hines Class. We love our cat, Blackie. He might even be a little bit spoiled. We get a kick out of all of his typical cat behaviors like being a scaredy cat, using up some […]

What Alice Forgot: A Book Review

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What Alice Forgot sat on a table in my bedroom for months, and every time I passed by that table I would think, “I need to read that book.” I had heard good things about it and loved the other Liane Moriarty books I’ve read, so I was really looking forward to diving in. Book […]

My New and Improved Morning Routine

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“Wash face and take care of skin” has been one of my New Year’s resolutions for several years running now, but with no success. This year was suffering the same fate until I asked myself why…     Tip: be a student of your natural habits and routines.   I realized that part of my […]

The Thing About Cleaning the Bathroom

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I had taken the time to put on makeup, and style my hair (including wash and blow dry!) and really was feeling too pretty to clean my bathroom, but I am trying to establish a routine, so I pressed on. After all that bending and climbing (in and out of the tub and on to […]

The Last Piece of Cheese

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I was laying on the stretcher answering the nurse’s questions: “When did the pain start? After dinner? What did you have for dinner? ” “A nasty-a$$, cold hamburger at the high school during my daughter’s track meet,” I answered. I thought she would smile at my candor. She didn’t. And the burger in and of […]

Plates on the Wall and the Rest of the Living Room Makeover

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I never, ever thought I’d be one to hang plates on the wall. I’ve found plenty of other uses for old dishes which I’m sharing at Sweet Tea & Saving Grace today, but to use them as art… until one day um, see, what had happened was (who knows that reference?) I was looking for a way […]