Handmade in NC – Crafty Ginger Mama

December 1, 2014

Tweet Today on Handmade in NC, I bring you Raleigh’s local sewing sensation, Jennifer Marks. Jen’s Etsy shop is aptly named Crafty Ginger Mama. She is crafty in a clever way, not in a cyclone hit AC Moore kind of way. I had been admiring Jen from afar on the school playground. Ou paths crossed on [...]

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Giving. Thanks.

November 27, 2014

Tweet Today I am thankful for resting my head in cozy bed with a supportive husband to nestle into. I’m thankful for Bird and Deal, two extraordinary boys who add glitter to my sometimes tarnished soul. I’m thankful for Lark, our furry rescue reminder of unconditional love. I’m thankful to be sharing this holiday with [...]

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Family Dinner Time Above All

November 24, 2014

Tweet There is one thing that is sacred to us, family dinner time. I joke that I have the least scheduled kids in America. And believe me, I hear all about how it’s a disservice to my sons to not have them participate in traveling teams and perform in recitals. I’ve been told they will [...]

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Winter Issue of Simple Scratch Cooking to Benefit Backpack Buddies

November 23, 2014

Tweet While our house was gutted and inhabitable during our recent renovation, we stowed our things and moved into a small rental house for the nine-month long project. We had to be selective about what we toted. I brought about an eighth of my kitchen and closet, stuffing the rest into storage. It was like [...]

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Organic Wine That’s Good – 5:00 Fridays TM

November 21, 2014

Tweet I stumbled across a wine at last night’s Cameron Village holiday open house. Ten Thousand Villages, one of my favorite places to find unique, meaningful gifts, has a license to sell a variety of wine through Saturday, November 22. This is a small window of opportunity to check out some fair trade and organic [...]

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Never Too Old for Hand Turkeys

November 19, 2014

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The (Thanks)Giving Tree

November 18, 2014

Tweet Fall is perhaps my favorite season in North Carolina. The crisp leaves crunch underfoot, and sometimes when I sit in the living room and peer out the window into the park it looks like it’s snowing leaves. I heave a sigh and am thankful it’s just leaves.  This time of year I start hyperventilating [...]

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Handmade in Raleigh is Growing

November 17, 2014

Tweet You might have noticed a new feature I started on my blog called “Handmade in Raleigh.” I want to celebrate this town we have made home and start to debunk some of the, well, gunk that people think of our fair city. It seems that every time we travel out of state and tell [...]

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Fall Into Place – 5:00 Fridays TM

November 14, 2014

Tweet   You’ll note the darkening of colors in 5:00 Fridays as the heat blasting from Mother Nature turns to heat blasting indoors. Bourbon is my preferred curl-up-and-chill drink. If fall had a flavor it would incontrovertibly be bourbon. All you pumpkin spice fanatics have it all wrong (Unless, of course, you are adding bourbon [...]

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Great American Smokeout, Where Quitting is Winning

November 13, 2014

Tweet He was wheelchair bound but embraced the role of Fun Grandpa. He gave the boys wheelchair rides, succumbing to pleas of “Roll me in your lap, Grandpa!” I remember when his lap grew too small to tote both boys at the same time. The boys felt like they were whizzing around a track, though [...]

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