How to Make a God Box

There’s a story behind this project. Last week in Dallas, I was blessed to visit one of my oldest friends, Norm, and his sweet wife, Robin. I grew up with Norm in Monroe, LA, and then attended SMU with him and Robin in the early 80s. Robin and I are Facebook friends, so I was aware that she has a 22-year-old niece who was diagnosed with Leukemia a few weeks ago. Reagan is currently undergoing her first of four rounds {Read More}

Dots + Stripes Style

Are you adventurous when it comes to your wardrobe? For some reason, I am always drawn toward trends that mix colors and patterns in unexpected ways. Last week at The Hundred blog conference in Dallas, I had an unanticipated (but greatly appreciated!) opportunity for a headshot and fashion photo shoot for my blog. Thank you to my friend Lupita Martinez of Images Of Rain Photography! This polka-dot/stripe combo is what I wore to the love farewell brunch at the historic {Read More}

They’ve Left the Nest Again!

It’s official. After a summer with Trevor and his fiance, Rachel, in our new California home, we are Tabler Party of Two once again. They pulled out just moments ago after lots of hugs and selfies with us and the dogs. And, of course, prayers for protection as they drive for two long days back to Texas. It’s a bittersweet day. Bitter because it marks the last time any Tabler children will live under our roof for an extended amount {Read More}

Why Women Need a Girl Kind of Weekend

Just imagine 100 women spending an entire weekend together in a beautiful, historic hotel. And not just any 100 women, but 100 creative women who love to blog. That is what I was privileged to experience last weekend in Dallas at The Hundred blogger conference. I still find myself daydreaming about the weekend five days later! It was the perfect girl kind of weekend. The conference was organized by these four, very-gifted bloggers, Lauren, Megan, Bridget and Grace. They truly {Read More}

Switch Tasking Gone Bad

Something very embarrassing happened to me today, and it was completely due to distraction. You see, this was a very busy day right from the beginning. It started with taking my sweet, 10-year-old Cairn Terrier, Pumbaa, to the vet to have a large benign tumor removed (sniff, sniff). In the hours that followed, I was busy running important errands, working out and, then, catching up on work in my office. I noticed early on that I was extremely distracted, but {Read More}

How To Host a Shrimp Boil

I’ve spent the majority of my life in Louisiana and Texas where the crawfish boil is about the most anticipated rite of spring. But what to do when there are no crawdads to be found within 1,500 miles? You host a shrimp boil instead! And that’s exactly what we decided to do to celebrate our move to Palm Desert. One big advantage a shrimp boil has over a crawfish boil is that shrimp is available all year. For a party {Read More}