Following in Jane Austen’s Footsteps: The Dining Room & Butler’s Pantry at Goodnestone Park

Goodnestone Home, Goodnestone Park

Welcome to the 565th Tablescape Thursday! It's almost 1 AM as I write this. We returned much later than planned from our dinner at Stanford's Cottage in Worthing, the cottage where Jane Austen's family stayed during their vacations on the Sussex coast. In the two days we've been touring, there haven't been any blog-worthy table settings, well, at least not any in places where I was allowed to take photos, but we did see a wonderful dining room today when we … [Continue Reading...]

June Favorites: A Polish to Restore Old Bath Fixtures and an Adorable, Floral & Bee Bag

Bee Clasp, Clutch Shoulder Bag

Since today is the final day (ends at midnight) of the Amazon Prime sale, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my June favorites in case any of these are included in the sale today. At the top of my faves list for June, I have to include these sandals pictured below. I have enjoyed wearing them so much, I've ordered them in almost every color, including white. My daughter-in-law liked mine so much after trying them on, she ordered a pair in the "Light … [Continue Reading...]

Dramatic Luggage Before & After & The Best Amazon Prime Deals, Including iPads!

Away Suitcase with Tiffany & Co. Tote

Welcome to the 546th Metamorphosis Monday! Update: While I'm in England, I'll be posting photos frequently on Instagram. It's the fastest way to share the beautiful cottages and gardens of England since WiFi may be iffy for writing blog posts. Follow Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram here: BetweenNapsOnThePorch. If you haven't joined Instagram, it doesn't matter. Just bookmark that link above and check it out as often as you like to see what I've posted. … [Continue Reading...]

The Best of the Best from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, 2019

Beautiful Drop Sunburst Earrings

Every year when the huge Nordstrom Anniversary Sale rolls around, I always wish I had a Nordstrom Card because cardholders get a full week's early access to the sale. I need to go ahead and open one because I hate missing out on early entry to the sale each year. I've been shopping the lookbook, stalking the goodies I want, and I've linked my favorites all below. If any of the links don't work, you'll find the sale here: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Then just … [Continue Reading...]

Healthy Breakfast Casserole, Delicious & Easy to Make

Best Breakfast Casserole, Delicious and Easy to Make

On Monday I shared a photo of a delicious breakfast casserole my daughter-in-law frequently makes for her family. I snapped the photo in the midst of her making it during my recent visit to see them in hopes I would remember all the ingredients once I was back home. After sharing that photo, several folks including my friend, Teresa, left comments or emailed asking for the recipe. Teresa was due to have family visiting a few days later and hoped to make it for … [Continue Reading...]

The Jungle-Safari Tablescape That Almost Was

African Safari Animal Napkin Rings

Welcome to the 564th Tablescape Thursday! Remember these adorable jungle print melamine plates I shared in a post a couple of months back? I think I mentioned in that previous post that I'd be taking them to Ohio to create a fun table setting for my grandsons. (Jungle plates are available here: Jungle Plates.)   Last summer, during the month of May, I put together a fun seaside table for them and it was a big hit.   Here's a close up … [Continue Reading...]

Drama on the Drive Back and the Exploding Danger of Retread Tires

Damage to My Car by Retread Tire Coming Apart on Hub Group Truck 4

I wish I could say my drive back home from Ohio on Monday was uneventful, but unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. About 2-1/2 hours from home, as I was passing a red and green 18-wheeler truck on my right, suddenly one or more of its tires blew apart. With A LOT of tire tread headed straight for my windshield at interstate speeds, I braked hard and swerved to avoid it as much as I could while still keeping my SUV on the road. Several of the medium to … [Continue Reading...]

Tree-Lined Streets, Storybook Homes, Delicious Breakfast Casserole & Backyard Fun

Historical Home in Ohio

Welcome to the 545th Metamorphosis Monday! Beautiful Oakwood, Ohio is so picturesque with its tree-lined streets. It truly feels like you've stepped back in time to a much simpler life, one where the mailman still walks door-to-door to deliver the mail, slipping it into the little slot right beside the door.   I could drive around all day just oohing and ahhing over all the beautiful homes.   Love how our flag is so proudly displayed … [Continue Reading...]

9 Beautiful Themed Tables, A Dreamy Deck & A Big 4th of July Sale

Yellow-Themed Table with Lemons and Yellow Roses

Welcome to the 563rd Tablescape Thursday! Happy Independence Day to all my American readers! I'm under the weather right now with a yucky cold and soon headed back to bed, but I am looking forward to the pork roast my son is smoking right now for tonight's festivities. Just before I left to visit family in Ohio, I received the email below from Ruth. Hi from PA, Last week was our annual Hospital Auxillary fundraiser luncheon. There was a fashion show, a … [Continue Reading...]

Backyard Summer Fun, Favorite Summer Sandals & the Best Mosquito Repellent

Comfortable Sandals for Summer

A few weeks ago I shared some cute, white leather sandals I had purchased for around $45. They were so comfortable, I ended up buying them in a neutral/natural color, also.   I brought the neutral-colored pair along on my trip to Ohio and my daughter-in-law liked them so much, she ordered a pair, as well. She convinced me to also order the brown pair since I just recently purchased a bag in that color. I ended up also ordering a black pair since those … [Continue Reading...]