Category Creating Loveliness

Now Is the Time

Each spring, hostas, daylilies, and other faithful perennials miraculously peek though the earth and whisper, “Now is the time.” It is our cue to begin the work of turning our backyard into a sanctuary that soothes our spirits and delights our senses. Empty urns and window boxes are brought back to life with ferns, trailing ivy, […]

Finishing Touches

We are hard at work finishing and editing the manuscript for our book, Lessons in Loveliness ~ available for purchase this summer. We hope the weather where you are is beautiful and breezy. Wishing you a blissful day ~ Alicia and Natalie

Living with Toddlers

Let me make something perfectly clear–I am no parenting expert.  I’ve had my fair share of two o’clock breakdowns, my emotional collapse when the kids refuse to nap.  I’ll admit that I sometimes swing through a drive-thru when I haven’t had time to go grocery shopping. And I’m proud to proclaim that I bribe, barter, […]

Keeping a Gratitude Journal

As a teenager, I wrote in a journal on a nightly basis. My friend drama, boy problems, and irrational adolescent thoughts were stamped within the binding of those diaries. In fact, it was almost a ritual ~ coming home from a night out with friends, scribbling every minute detail onto the pages, and lying in […]

Lovely Thing ~ Spring Cleaning

I am a bit of a homebody, and I get great joy caring for our simple house. I spent Monday afternoon washing our windows and French doors inside and out. The results were so stunning, I’m sharing the recipe I used. For the outside of windows ~ In a bucket, mix 2 gallons hot water, […]

Lovely Thing ~ ‘What the World Needs Now’

Love, sweet love ~ it really is the only thing there’s just too little of, but together we can change that. “May love be your guide in every moment of your life.” ~ Paulo Coelho Think on These Things ~ Alicia

Lovely Thing~Mental Health Day

One morning, back when Alicia and I taught middle school together, I walked by her classroom and noticed a sign on the door.  It read: Shhh, Mental Health Day in progress.  The 8th graders had just finished a long week of state testing, it was spring, and 8th-grade-itis was in full swing (believe me, it’s a […]