Cabin in the Woods Tour ~ Our Parent’s Home!

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You know, there aren't many children who can say that they literally do go 'over the river and through the woods' to get to their grandparents' home. But mine can! And as you go through the gate... Down the narrow road covered in leaves... … [Read more...]

Hosting holiday guests … and a Hoover giveaway!

Get your house ready for holiday guests

 This post is sponsored by The Home Depot... The holidays are fast approaching, and with them often comes house guests.   I love having company stay at our home, especially when they know exactly how long to stay! ;) My mother-in-law is the Hostesses with the Mostess! She has had more company over the years, than just about anyone else I know. … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

unique and creative Christmas gift ideas from atthepicketfence.com

It was time. The children had finally reached an age where I was certain that they were ready to sit down and watch one of the greatest movies of all-time. The fake logs glowed in the fireplace, the lights twinkled on the Christmas tree and the smell of popcorn floated in the air. And as Julie Andrews spun around in circles on the top of a hill, … [Read more...]

How to Add Decorator Touches to Your Home

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Whenever we travel with our kiddos my daughter does something that is both hilarious and slightly terrifying at the same time. Upon arrival at our destination, she immediately unpacks. As in, clothes in drawers, book on nightstand, stuffed animal on bed, toys carefully arranged in a corner or on a dresser and toiletry bag in the … [Read more...]

Ghosts of Christmas Cards Past

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It's begun. They annual knocking of my head on the rafters in the attic as I start to pull out the Christmas decorations. I feel a certain kinship with Clark W. Griswold from 'Christmas Vacation'! But, just like Clark, I've realized that there is something so sentimental about finding yourself in a cold attic, dimly lit by one solitary … [Read more...]

A Lewis and Clark Birthday

Lewis and Clark themed birthday party from atthepicketfence.com

Last year, while on a family vacation near Astoria, Oregon, we stopped by Fort Clatsop where Lewis & Clark spent the winter months after reaching the Pacific Ocean. It didn’t take long for my kids to get hooked on Lewis & Clark--wandering the grounds with historical interpreters, getting to dress up in replica clothing, writing with quills, … [Read more...]

French Country Christmas Mantel

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Last week on my regular Monday morning Walmart run, I veered off of my usual course (does everyone else make their grocery list according to the store layout or did I just admit how very OCD I am?) and headed over to the Christmas section where I was promptly introduced to the newest Walmart greeter. … [Read more...]

Free Thanksgiving Printable …

Live Thankfully Printables.  Three Color Choices.  For At The Picket Fence by Live Laugh Rowe

  Happy November!! Can you believe we're weeks away from Christmas? Have any of you started to do any shopping? Me? Nope! Nada. Nothing. I have to commend those of you who have already gotten a head start -- you are my heroes {wink}. Well, today I have a fabulous printable for you! A festive one that has a great reminder to Live … [Read more...]

Christmas Decor Sneak Peek!

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I know, I know. I realize it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Honestly, I do. I know that sometimes that wonderful day of thanks gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas. I know that we all need to slow down and truly appreciate each holiday as it comes. And I really am thankful and I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. Really! … [Read more...]