Kids, Smells and Air Freshener

laurens window seat

"Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Unstopables through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Unstopables, all opinions are my own." There are areas of my home that I don't share as often here At the Picket Fence. Perhaps that is because, let's face it, you probably don't want to see a big pile of stuffed animals or a photo of me sprawled out on the floor after I've stepped on a rogue Lego. And I've realized recently that while our … [Read more...]

At the End of Myself

Dear friends, I just felt like I needed to share from my heart with you today. To share what's been happening behind the scenes here At the Picket Fence. You see, every day for months now I've been pouring my heart out as I'm writing our book. We're so humbled and thrilled that we have this opportunity that I've been hesitant to share the other side of it. The side that has been challenging and has pushed me to my absolute limit. It's truly the most emotionally draining thing I've ever done. … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas


Well, hello from! As I sit hear writing to you, I am roasting a chicken in our oven early in the day so it's ready for dinner tonight after I run some errands. Let me tell you...the aroma is totally putting me in the mood for Thanksgiving! As a little girl I remember Thanksgiving well. My Dad did most of the cooking, and my Mom did most of the running around cleaning and preparing the odds and ends that go along with Thanksgiving dinner. I remember setting the table … [Read more...]

Scrap Fabric Christmas Trees


You may think that you are looking at photos today of fabric scrap Christmas trees. But I see something very different when I look at them. I see a Saturday morning that found me sitting at my kitchen table cutting up little squares of fabric and gluing them onto cardboard cones. The Christmas music playing in the background, seamlessly blending in with the sounds of ordinary life on an ordinary day. My youngest in the family room, happily playing and lost in her imaginary world. My son … [Read more...]

Better Homes and Gardens Came to My House

with the bhg crew

Two weeks ago, after the alarm went off early in the morning, I dragged myself out of bed all the while bemoaning the fact that it was pitch black outside and frankly it felt all wrong to have to be doing anything other than snuggling under the covers for another hour or so. I went downstairs, made coffee and opened my laptop to check emails before the kids came down. And there it was. An email from an editor at Better Homes and Gardens. … [Read more...]

My Inspired Family Room Mantel

Fall mantel details

These days I seem to find it a bit hard to look at old photos. I think it has something to do with feeling like time is passing WAY too quickly and my kids are getting WAY too big and I'm getting WAY too much older. But, that being said, there's a reason why we take photos. We're trying to capture a moment, right? Hold onto a memory.   … [Read more...]

An Apple Tasting Party

fall place setting with apple place card

Happy Friday friends!! I'm so excited to be featured today on the Tuesday Morning Blog. I'm sharing some fun ideas for celebrating the season with an Apple Tasting Party. I hope you will visit me there today to see all of the details and a fun recipe! … [Read more...]

Dutch Apple Pie


Good morning, it's me, the apple picker from Did you go apple picking yet this season? We went 2 weeks ago and picked 4 1/2 bushels. Here we are trying our favorite kind...Empire. They are crisp, juicy, tangy, tart, and sweet. Store bought ones are sometimes okay this time of year, but if you ever go apple picking, try them. So...why all the fuss about apples? … [Read more...]