May Favorites Including a Fun, Addictive Game the Whole Family Will Love!

I've been weeding the gardens (still have so much more to do!) and this trash bag holder has been invaluable! It's almost like having a second person helping you, holding the bag open while you toss stuff in. I've been impressed with how well it works, even when I'm tossing in heavier stuff the bag has never comes loose. I use it so much, I leave it out full time in my garage for easy access. I think it's one of the most helpful purchases I've ever made for use … [Continue Reading...]

An Accidental Mother’s Day Table Setting

Mother and Child, Kaiser Porcelain

Welcome to the 559th Tablescape Thursday! I'm not exactly sure how I did this, but somehow I accidentally created a Mother's Day table setting for this week's Tablescape Thursday. lol It was super cloudy yesterday so I decided early on in the day I'd set a table inside in the breakfast room instead of on the porch. I thought I'd create a blue and white candlelit setting with the new lantern I just purchased recently.   My gardenia bush near my … [Continue Reading...]

Celebrating Doris Day: 3 Movie House Tours and 2 Fashion Posts

Pillow Talk Movie, Doris Day, Rock Hudson

Ever since I heard about Doris Day's passing on May 13th, I've been wanting to share a post linking back to some of the movies of her's that I've shared here on the blog. I've always enjoyed her movies, especially the light-hearted, romantic comedies. From what I've read in various articles online, Doris was in very good health for someone her age (she was 97) but apparently, she came down with pneumonia and was unable to recover. I was sad to hear of her passing as … [Continue Reading...]

Life in a Summer House, Step Inside a Cozy, Screened-in Gazebo

Summer House, Screened Gazebo

Welcome to the 540th Metamorphosis Monday! This weekend was a busy one! I tend to be a home-body and will often spend my weekends at home unless a friend calls to lure me out. On Saturday, a friend picked up tickets to The Secrets Gardens of Avondale and off we went on a wonderful garden tour. That was followed by seeing Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse on Sunday with another group of friends. If you live in the Atlanta area, I very much recommend … [Continue Reading...]

Obsessed with Beach-Nautical Themed Tables & Flatware

Candlelit Dinner on Porch, Beach Themed Dining

Welcome to the 558th Tablescape Thursday! Last week when I was setting a table for our Tablescape Thursday party, I realized just how much I love creating beach/nautical themed table settings. They are definitely a favorite of mine for summer dining. I also realized that over the years I've collected a fair amount of beachy flatware, starting with this ocean blue flatware purchased back in 2008 just before the screened porch was completed.   I had … [Continue Reading...]

Finally! All My Cleaning Favorites Together in One Post!

Over the last couple of weeks, I've gotten several emails from BNOTP readers asking about a particular cleaning product I've shared in the past in a previous post. In today's post, I'm pulling them all together in one place, so this will be a great post to bookmark for future reference. These are my absolute favorites, the ones I use every day and always meet my high expectations. Hope you find this post helpful for your cleaning needs! NOTE: Click the title … [Continue Reading...]

I Have Love Handles! Plus, a Little Jungle Fever!

Handbag Handle Protectors

Welcome to the 539th Metamorphosis Monday! How has your Memorial Day weekend been going? Hope it has been a relaxing one spent with family and friends. A while back I shared a little problem I was trying to solve. Last summer when I carried this handbag for the first time, I worried about the canvas fabric handles becoming dirty. I tried covering the handles with a Hermes twilly, a popular method I've seen many YouTube handbag fashionistas employ to protect … [Continue Reading...]

A Memorial Day Table Setting with a Beach-Nautical Theme

Memorial Day Table Setting with a Beach Theme

Welcome to the 557th Tablescape Thursday! With Memorial Day weekend almost here, it's time for a patriotic table to honor those who have so valiantly served in our armed forces. As I did last year with a 4th of July table, I decided to give this table a beach/nautical vibe.   Do you have any special plans for this holiday weekend? Are you heading to the beach, planning a Memorial Day cookout or just spending it quietly with family and … [Continue Reading...]

My Favorite Way to Sleep On a Hot Summer Night

Lauren Ralph Lauren Sleep Shirt, Blue Striped

During the wintertime, I love sleeping in flannel pajamas. I'm super cold-natured and can't stand being cold. But come summertime, I'm all about the sleep shirt. A couple of summers ago I discovered sleep shirts and found a style I really loved. The ones I like best are the ones that really look like an oversized shirt. I've never been a fan of nylon/polyester nightwear because I love how cotton feels against the body and how nicely it breathes. I guess I'm a bit … [Continue Reading...]

Testing Out a New Appetizer: Martha Stewart’s “Devils on Horseback”

Devils on Horseback, Bacon Wrapped Dates

Welcome to the 538th Metamorphosis Monday! Update: Please note the two updates I've added to the bottom of this post. I made a slight change/addition to this recipe and it was big, big hit at the party, so be sure and note the updates at the end of this post.   I'll be attending a party later this week and will be bringing a dish to share. They'll be around 20 in attendance for this gathering. I found a recipe online that looked and sounded really … [Continue Reading...]