Authentic or Faux — My Forsythia Struts Its Stuff

Igot so excited when I rounded the house this weekend to find my forsythia bush blooming! I immediately cut several stems to take the place of the faux flowers I wrote about only days before on my post “Five Tips for Displaying Faux Flowers.”

This cheery card is a perfect way to brighten someone's day. . . complete with a little shaker surprise!

Country Cuteness from Mom’s Garage

I took an old canning jar, a partial can of off-white spray paint, twine and twigs and quickly whipped up a cute little country-style home decor.

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood


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    Ice and Snow Brought Out the Birds

    Our weekend was bracketed with snow and ice, which kept the family immobile for much of what turned out to be a four-day mini indoor stay-cation. Although I was pretty much climbing the walls with my nine-year-old son by yesterday, there were a few bright spots to our confinement. This is where I shamelessly brag about my Kansas City Chiefs winning the AFC Championship Sunday. They are Super Bowl bound for the first time in 50 years and it has been so exciting to watch the journey. Other than Sunday, which was all about football, we did while away several moments of our days watching the plethora of birds flocking…

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    A Blizzard from the Warm Side of the Windows

    Sometimes I hate it when the weather man is right; and unfortunately he, she, they nailed today’s blizzard conditions in the Midwest. The Three-Acre Wood is now covered in a blustery blanket of snow and yesterday’s warm 50s have now been reduced to the mid-20s. New York is actually warmer than Kansas City!  Other than early morning church, a “drop & shop” at the grocery store (which was insane) and family photos (of all things) we did manage to burrow down while the blizzard blew in for hours. It was pretty nice to watch the weather from the warm side of the windows, and even Dixie the cat enjoyed the…

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    Instagrammies — Sharing the Love at Small Talk Mama

    Instagram is my kind of social media — less talk, little drama and so much more to see! So I decided to create a new regular segment here at Small Talk Mama called the “Instagrammies.” I will simply share photos that catch my eye  and pass around a little Instagram love. If you something you like, I encourage you to follow that person as well. That’s all there is to it — simple and sweet!    Good morning – hope you all have lovely things planned today x #kitchen#home#pretty#heartofthehome#home#pastelcolours#cooking#range A post shared by Periwinkle Cottage (@periwinklecottage) on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:22am PDT I’m digging those adorable backsplash tiles!!  …

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