Sweet Summertime

There are very few things like summertime in the South. Somehow things slow to a snail’s pace and speed up all at once. The air is thick and wet, making even breathing a laborous task. One of my favorite things about it? The random showers. The rain pours in buckets, and the sun still shines brightly through. Most of the time, it lasts for five minutes, max. Each rain drop has the ability of making a splash the size of a grapefruit it seems. The showers usually happen when you least expect it – you may be leaving the grocery store with paper bags that break when wet or you could just as easily be in your swimsuit playing in the pool with your kids.

We just keep umbrellas on us at all times. They’re handy to have to keep away both rain and sun in the Texas heat. A couple of my favorite movies always come to mind when this time of year comes ’round. Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood and To Kill A Mockingbird. To be honest, most Southern movies make me feel at home and are simply good for my soul.

Tomatoes grow best when the air waters them, too, I’ve noticed. The more humid the weather, the more my plant gives. It reminds me of my frist trip to California. We went to a winery, and the lady truly was surprised I was the age I was (yes, I was over 21). She said the humidity keeps skin younger. I have no actual scientific evidence to prove this, but then again, I don’t have any evidence it isn’t true, either. 😉 What are your favorite things about summer? Thank you for reading!

Keep cool with my kids’ favorite sprinkler!

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Baby Showers

I’m going to explain the WHY behind having only one. Unlike other etiquette lovers, I will give alternatives.

This post will also be followed up with a wedding shower etiquette post. If you can’t tell, I’m hesitant about writing this, as I truly do not want to offend anyone. However, I’ve had a lot of messages asking me to write about this, so since you asked, I will deliver.

Many people simply have never heard you do not have more than one baby shower, per etiquette. Why? Mainly it’s because they mistakenly think the shower is for the baby, so each baby should be equally celebrated. However, the shower is for becoming a parent. But don’t lose hope! There are other opportunities to celebrate a child’s birth, an occasion most deserving of celebrating.

The shower itself, for starters, should always be given by friends, not family. The reason behind this is the same reason as why you only have one: it looks as though you’re simply asking for gifts. Also, the shower should never cost the guests to attend, so consider this when planning one at a restaurant. The hostess(es) should cover the tab. PLEASE keep in mind that regardless of number of babies, if you want to do so, it is ALWAYS appropriate to get a gift for the baby. To help us move away from this trend, I would LOVE to encourage
you to do so. This is definitely an appropriate way to celebrate the baby.

Speaking of gifts, many etiquette experts say to not register, as it’s also asking for gifts. As I’m just a lover of etiquette, not an expert, I disagree on this one. I think it can make selecting a gift easier. Of course, this does NOT mean you have to follow the registry when purchasing a gift, and people should not be offended when someone purchases a gift not from their registry list. Some people love picking out a gift withoutbaby shower the help of a list, and that is just fine. It’s truly the thought behind the gift that matters.

If you want an alternative to a shower, consider a “sprinkle.” This is also debated in etiquette, and I elected to not have one, as this is too similar to a shower for my comfort. Essentially, this would be a get-together for only family and very, very close friends. Think, 10 people. There is usually a theme, such as diapers and wipes. Or some other usable good that you likely do not have left from your first child.

If that doesn’t suit you, a “Sip and See” is also an acceptable alternative for a second child. This would take place after the child’s birth. Generally, tea, coffee and suitable food is served. Everyone has the opportunity to see the new baby and celebrate him or her being born. Most people bring a gift for the baby.

Additionally, groups of friends can also get together and bring several meals for the freezer or go in together for a larger item, no party needed.

Another reason I have decided to write this is I have witnessed and heard murmurings about people having second showers. No, etiquette cannot make someone not have a shower; however it can enlighten you on why people may elect to not attend a second shower, should you have one.

Regardless of it’s a shower or a gift dropped off at the house, any gift should be accepted graciously and considered just that: a gift. Also, anything you receive is worthy of a thank you note!

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It’s Wedding Season!

It’s wedding season! Check out my top picks from Amazon. My kitchen aid mixer is something I use nearly daily, so, even though it’s pricy, we’ve gotten our money’s worth with it.


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My Love of Lenox


If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you may notice I tend to highlight Lenox china. In fact, when I first looked for advertisers, they were who I sought to become an affiliate for. I was ecstatic when Lenox wanted to partner, as well! Why my love for Lenox

  1. First and foremost, teaching Southern etiquette, I have an appreciation for products made here in the South. Lenox’s bone china is STILL made in Kingston, NC. I appreciate their committment to quality, even after more than 125 years in business.
  2. They’re timeless. I have several favorite patterns by Lenox (only two of which I own), but I know without a doubt, future generations will be able to use (and love) my Lenox china without it becoming dated. Again, the quailty will help it last.
  3. They’re not simple. This one may seem a little contradictive to #2, but the fact it, you are able to personalize your dinnerware with accent plates, special pieces, etc. Often, each type of piece (such as a coffee cup) may have three or more potential designs making it even more of your own.

So, what are my top patterns?

  1. I will always adore Vintage Jewel above the rest for the simple reason that it is our wedding china. It is special beyond a doubt to me, and I love using it every chance I get. Here’s what it looks like:As you can see, it is a very classic pattern. The attention to detail on this one (notice the rim) is what initially drew my eye. I also love that we can use it for any holidy.
  2. AutumnThis is a very bright pattern, with gorgeous blues and oranges. It also isn’t a smooth plate, as the accent colors are handpainted. In short, it is stunning. I always get compliments on this pattern.
  3. Royal GrandeurI have always loved blue dishes, and this pattern is no exception. To me, it’s a little less formal, but it’s no less impressive.
  4. RepublicThis is a pattern I could see using on a very nice cruise ship. Gold is as classic as it gets. The little added details sets it apart from more white-and-gold dishes.

Which pattern is your favorite? Do you have a go-to china brand you love? Thank you for reading!

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