Easy Cleaning with Swiffer

Swiffer Effect

Cleaning is not one of my favorite things to do but I like to have a clean house.  After we got our dog in March of 2013, I found it especially difficult to keep my house clean.  Sherman sheds a lot and his hair can be found everywhere.  Working full-time, writing a blog, taking care of our lawn and garden, exercising, and walking our dog left … [Read more...]

Tour Through Blogland

Tour Through Blogland with Sweet Pea

A few weeks ago, my friend Kathy from Petticoat Junktion,  invited me to participate in a Tour Through Blogland.  On this tour, each blogger shares a bit about themselves, answers four questions, and introduces you to some other bloggers that they adore. I have known Kathy for several years through our blogs and have had to pleasure of seeing … [Read more...]

Family Fun at Smith Mountain Lake

Family Fun at Smith Mountain Lake

Last Sunday we had a fun family day at Smith Mountain Lake.  It wasn’t very sunny but it was warm and we had a lot of fun talking, swimming, boating, kayaking, and eating.  Sherman was in the middle of things at all times and loved every minute of it. Mr. SP and I refer to Sherman as “Captain Sherman” when we are on the boat because he … [Read more...]

30 Inspiring Summer Projects

30 Inspiring Summer Projects

Can you believe that August is just days away?  There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy and time to complete a few more summer projects.  Today I’m sharing 30 Summer Projects that are sure to inspire you to decorate, DIY, or craft. Scroll through the projects below and click on each one to read all of the details.  If you see a … [Read more...]

Tequila Mojito

Tequila Mojito

Every now and then I like to enjoy a good cocktail.  Years ago I found a recipe for a Tequila Mojito and have made this cocktail at least once every summer ever since.  The key to making a great Tequila Mojito is having fresh mint.  Two pots of mint have grown on my deck for years and years.  I learned from my mom that mint must be grown in a … [Read more...]

Chair Makeover 3.14 {Themed Furniture Makeover Day}

Themed Furniture Makeover - Pi

It’s time for another themed furniture makeover!  Each month of group of blogging friends challenge each other to make over a piece of furniture with a particular theme.  This month the theme is numbers.  Since I have taught math, am the daughter of a math teacher, and have an engineer for a husband, Pi is my number of choice. Earlier this … [Read more...]

Preparing for a New School Year

Classroom #GREATLIST

I’ve been hard at work in my new classroom.  After teaching 7th grade for 23 years, I’m moving to 6th grade which requires a room change.  Switching classrooms is very similar to moving from one house to another.  At the end of the school year, I packed my things in preparation for the move.  The move was made a bit more challenging as the … [Read more...]

Vintage Bedside Table Makeover (No Paint!)

Vintage Bedside Table Makeover

When I moved into my first college apartment in 1989, my grandmother gave me a bedside table to use.  I used the table through college and then it was used in various places including its last home, a beach rental cottage.  Over the years the bedside table suffered dings, scratches, and water damage from glasses used without coasters.  When my … [Read more...]

Cooling Off with Iced Tea After a Long Doggie Walk

Cooling Off with Keurig Brew Over Ice  #BrewOverIce #BrewItUp

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Our dog, Sherman, requires a lot of exercise.  He gets at least a two hour walk in the morning and sometimes a walk that long in the evening.  It takes a lot of time but the exercise is good for all of us.  July in Virginia is hot.  … [Read more...]

An Enjoyable Charleston Getaway

Charleston SC Getaway by virginiasweetpea

  Since we were in Atlanta for the Haven Conference, Mr. SP and I decided to take a side trip to Charleston before heading home.  We visited Charleston a number of years ago with two good friends and have been itching to go back.  A Charleston getaway is perfect for anyone who loves history and especially for those who love old … [Read more...]