7 Tips for a Spooktacular DIY Halloween Village

In Florida, you can't trust the weather to let you know when it's fall. The calendar says that the autumnal equinox has passed, but the thermometer is still ordering up pina coladas and scheduling beach days. In such dire circumstances, I am left with no choice but to grab a pumpkin beer (Fat Tire's Pumpkick is my fave this year) turn the A/C down low, and just pretend like leaves are falling (instead of wilting). Truth be told, I've been itching to put my Halloween decorations up since Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, work has been so busy it kept my desires for … [Read more...]

Kids DIY Pirate Treasure Chest

As we discussed around this time last year, I am on a very important, lifelong quest. The goal? To become my niece's favorite aunt. Competition is stiff -- my brother-in-law has two lovely sisters -- but I'm hanging in the game, especially since Addison's last visit when I introduced her to my enormous collection of Happy Meal toys (my secret weapon). But as her third birthday approaches, I find myself facing a major bump in the road to success. I can't go to her birthday party. You have no idea how bad I feel about this. But unfortunately, her party wound up coinciding with the #2 … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season

Get out the decorations -- lighted, lawn and heirloom. Grab the ingredients for your favorite traditional dish (Mini Corn Dog Muffins). Dig out your seasonal music choices. FOOTBALL. IS. HERE. As the saying goes, in the South there are four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and College Football. From January through August I muddle through life, trying to get excited about NFL playoffs (ho-hum once fantasy football wraps up because the Jaguars' season is over by mid-September) and baseball (easier this year since the Braves are on a roll) but really I'm just biding my time … [Read more...]