Hey there! I decided I would try something new and give you some helpful information but tell it in the form of a story.  The story is about Mike and Margaret (Maggie) Harrison, the owners of Maggie’s Magical Garden and Inn, in Eaglerock, Virginia.  Maggie has an organic garden (a woman after my own heart!) […]

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Baked Goods, Blog, Creating, Family, Food, Fruit, Grain Free, Inspiration, Uncategorized

ARE MY TOMATOES EVER GOING TO RIPEN?

The weather here in Virginia is already starting to heat up and the realization that summer is right around the corner becomes more evident every day.  Early mornings are now when you’ll find me out working in my garden as I attempt to care for and water my plants before the heat becomes too unbearable.  […]

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Food, Fruit, Healthy Living, Organic Gardening, Recipes

When Your Garden Gives You Peppers, Pickle Them!

I’m sitting at my gate at the airport in Texas, waiting for my flight home to Virginia, feeling very happy and content.  I’m on my way home after a weekend visit to Waco, Texas, which far exceeded all of my expectations and I’ve got the pictures to prove it!  My niece lives in Waco and […]

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Baked Goods, Creating, Design, Food, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Redecorating, Travel, Vision

Two Valuable Lessons I Learned From Chip and Joanna Gaines

I grew up in the South eating typical (and very delicious) southern cuisine: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, zucchini cooked every way possible, homegrown tomatoes, biscuits, grits, corn on the cob and apple pie.  Yum! It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!   But one thing I don’t seem to remember my dad growing […]

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Food, Fruit, Organic Gardening, Recipes

Hot Pepper Jelly Is Just One Reason You Should Plant Jalapeños

My Easter Morning Realization I woke up early on Easter morning, poured my coffee, applied my beloved Green Tea-Algae Mask, grabbed my journal and enjoyed a few minutes of peace of the holiday.   After I washed off my mask, I completed my morning facial routine,* poured a second cup of coffee and waited for […]

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Facial Products, Healthy Living, Inspiration, Mid-Life

What Your Skin Is Craving

My Interview With A Fairweather, But Happy Gardener! (For today’s blog post, I had hoped to speak with an internationally renowned gardener, but it turned out, I was put in contact with a mom who loves to try her hand at growing organic vegetables and fruits.  I know you’ll enjoy her insights!) *Good morning Jody, […]

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environment, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Organic Gardening

Start Your Garden With What You Have

This morning my husband called up to me from our kitchen and said, “Hey honey, I have an idea of something we can do today; let’s clean out the pantry!”  Oh my gosh! Such a brilliant idea!  Last year we pulled everything out of our pantry, including the shelving, and cleaned it, painted it and […]

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de-cluttering, environment, Family, Fashion, Spring Cleaning

How to Feel Good About Your Spring Cleaning

Hey there! Thanks for joining me again for part two of my tips for you to think about BEFORE you start a redecorating project!  Here’s the link to Part I if you haven’t had a chance to read it: libbyandme.com  Currently, I’m hot and heavy in the throes of redecorating my daughter, Annie’s room. I […]

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Blog, Creating, Design, Family, Lifestyle, Paint, Redecorating, Uncategorized

Part II – Three Tips For BEFORE You Start A Remodeling Project

First, A Bit Of Advice Let me offer you a piece of good advice before you decide to buy a house:  be sure you see the house with your own eyes and walk through it to get a feel for what you’ll be spending the next 15 to 30 years paying for.  Trust me on […]

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Blog, Creating, Design, Family, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Paint, Redecorating

Three Tips To Help You BEFORE You Start Redecorating

Introducing Annie Last week I started the process of updating my daughter’s bedroom.  I’m going to be posting about my progress on her room as I work, instead of just waiting for the BIG REVEAL! after I finish all my labors. Before I show you the room, the “before” photos and the updates we’ve made […]

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Adoption, Children, Family, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Mid-Life, Parenting

The Story of a Middle-Age Mom

we get one chance at life

let's live every day to its fullest!

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