Southern State of Mind

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pretty Preppy Party {December}

Pretty Preppy Party Blog Linky Party | 11 Magnolia Lane  Hi everyone! Today is the Holiday Edition of the Pretty Preppy Party. It is your chance to share your Pretty and Preppy Holiday Projects with all of us and we can't wait to see what you've been up to! This month the Pretty Preppy Party Hostesses have all shared their holiday home tours as part of 11 Magnolia Lane's Holiday Open House. {Secret: we'll be scouting for new participants for next year's 11 Magnolia Lane Holiday Open House from this link party so if you want a chance to be featured, be sure to link up!}. 

Here they are all our Pretty Preppy Holiday Home Tours in case you missed them...   
Heather @ Southern State of Mind
Brett @ Being Bianca

Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

To see all the Holiday Open House features, click HERE.

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Christy and Amy's home tours at 11 Magnolia Lane go live later this week, but here is sneak peak:

 Now it's your turn, feel free to link up any holiday projects or your home tour this month! You only need to link up via one blog and your post will show up on all five blogs. We can't wait to see what you have been up to. Please be sure to include a backlink to the party in your post somewhere as we can't feature your project without one. 

Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your preppy holiday goodness!

Guidelines: - Link to your specific post, not your home page.
- Your project must be holiday related this month. If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed.
- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature! Use the button below, or a text link.
– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.
Grab a Button:
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Each hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!
Let’s see those Pretty & Preppy projects:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Celebrating Ten Years With My Man

Ten years ago tomorrow I was a bride. 

Yep. Exactly one week before Christmas 10 years ago we walked down the aisle and became husband and wife.

How has it been ten years? I mean, I was literally still a teenager when I met this man! The one I first casually referred to as "Georgia Tech", then "boyfriend", fiance...became "husband", and now "daddy".

I am so thankful for our forever.
For the family we've built.

And that he plays along with whatever I dream up. 

For example...this pose. :)

Brian and I met when I was University of Georgia and he was at Georgia Tech- about an hour away from each other. We had fun getting to know each other throughout college. We continued dating when we both graduated and got jobs back in Atlanta.

A couple years later we were at a cross-road. The fate of our future was being forced. You see, Brian was going to get his Masters, somewhere NOT in Atlanta. After a long hard search, he landed on a school five hours away. Although we had been dating about 5 years, we were young and not quite sure what our next move should be.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Share Real Magic with a DIY Coca-Cola Snow Globe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #RealMagic #CollectiveBias

It's no secret that Southerners have a love affair with Coca-Cola. Better known around these parts as just "Coke". Actually, if we are being honest here, we call every variety of soft drink "Coke". :)

Y'all, this holiday season Coke has an AWESOME campaign! Even more awesome than the "Share a Coke with _____" campaign this summer and I think we can all agree that was the bees knees. (let's just say I was a bit giddy when I finally found my name!) This holiday season Coke is granting Santa his wishes! Did you know that Santa's Wish List is to make others happy?

I share more details below about their campaign and for our 25th Day of the 30 Days in a Holiday State of Mind post- I am sharing a fun way to share the holiday magic! 

Is there anything better than drinking a Coke out of the classic glass bottle? Um actually...yes. How about drinking a Coke out of the glass bottle that came from a darling Mason Jar Snow Globe!

Wouldn't these Coca-Cola Mason Jar Snow Globes be a cute gift and fun way to share #realmagic this holiday? Who wouldn't love this sweet, simple and memorable way to spread cheer? Perfect fit for this Southern Atlanta girl!

Monday, December 15, 2014

{3-Ingredient} Pretzel Christmas Kisses

Happy Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? Weekends are always a bit hectic with two little ones, but I must admit that I spent every spare moment I could sitting by our Christmas tree. Really, is there anything better than the twinkle of those lights?

Oh and I did some "baking". Ha ha ha, are you laughing yet? It counts as baking if you use the oven, right?!?!?

By now you know I stick with recipes that are 5 ingredients or less. So far in the 30 Days in a Holiday State of Mind series, we have done 5-ingredient King's Hawaiian Sliders and 2-ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Someday I will be all fancy and use a recipe book. But in this season of my life with two little ones to tend to, I am good with 20 minutes in the kitchen and only a handful of ingredients!

Today I am sharing a quick "cookie" "recipe". Honestly I use the word cookie and recipe lightly here people. It is really just a pretzel, with a melted Hershey kiss and kissed with an M&M.

3 Ingredients.

5 Steps.

Now we are talking!

And the best part? It is the PERFECT blend of sweet and salty. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Seven Simple Tips for Trimming the Tree

Happy Weekend! How is it less than two weeks until Christmas? I felt on top of things but I'm suddenly feeling very behind. Need to get in crunch mode! I bet many of you will be out and about finishing your shopping or hitting up Santa. I hope it's filled with awesome finds for the hard ones on your list with plenty of time leftover to slow down and enjoy your Christmas tree. 

Because everything is just better with the glow of Christmas tree lights! Can I get an amen?!?

By now most of you probably have your tree up, but today I am going to share seven helpful tips for trimming your tree. I am definitely no expert at this and I just make things up as I go, but I have discovered a few tricks along the way that you might find helpful!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Set the Table: Baby It's Cold Outside

Are you drooling over all of the holiday home tours in blogland this week like me? Is it bad that I am *already* excited about decorating next year?!?! I have been sharing some of my faves over on my Facebook page, be sure to follow along for the "Daily Christmas Eye Candy"!

Today's post is brought to you by the SSOM parents. Yep, my Mom and Dad! You know you have a good Dad when he calls you before he tosses his old ice skates to see if you want them! and Mom hit up an antique store and brought me home a new Coca-Cola tray and vintage wool plaid scarf a few weeks back. So timely too!

Of course I had to hop on over to my dishes and set a table with these new treasures. 

I never claimed to be normal, y'all. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Ornament: Blue & White Ginger Jar Inspired

Goooood morning sunshines! Can you believe it is only two weeks until Christmas Eve!?!?!? It struck me yesterday that it is almost 2015. Does anyone else feel like Y2K was 10 minutes ago? Seriously, how has it been 15 years since it was almost the end of the world? ha. 

Well, here we are on Day 21 of our 30 Days in a Holiday State of Mind series and today I am sharing a super-duper-quick-and-easy ornament DIY.

Like, 5 minutes quick and easy.

And if you happen to have a white ornament and a blue Sharpie around the house like I did, it's FREE!

Alright- you ready for this one? Blue and White Ginger Jar Inspired Ornaments! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

10 Gift Ideas For the Gals on Your List

Dear Santa, I've been real good!  

Well, we are already to our 20th day of the 30 Days in a Holiday State of Mind series! And folks- we only have 16 shopping days until Christmas!  I've made a huge dent but still have a few to cross off my list. Thought I'd share ten things I wouldn't mind under my tree- maybe this will help you cross off a few on your list too! Or maybe just treat yourself, I won't tell. :)

These would be great to throw over any chair to soften a room. And the $13.99/two pack price seems too good to be true! Six colors to choose from- I have my eye on the gray. Or maybe the orange. Or the black?!?!  

Thymes Frazier Fir Candle
I have heard these candles are AMAZING and since we have an artificial tree this year- I would love one of these! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Make Free Christmas Planters Tutorial

Happy Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend? Our little guy is going to be a ring bearer in a family wedding tomorrow. I can't wait to see him in a mini tux! 

Today I am here with a quick project you can tackle this weekend. Do you have some planters on your porch with dead mums? (No? ... Just me?!?!)