Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Art of a Charming Southern Thank You {Repost}

Happy Tuesday Friends! 
It's officially December & that means Christmas is right around the corner!
With that in mind, I thought that it was the perfect time to brush up on our thank you note writing skills. 
So, today I'm sharing a post I originally shared on my dear friend Rachel's blog, Oh Simple Thoughts. I hope you enjoy!


If there's one thing we southerners learn from an early age, it's etiquette. From proper table manners to respect & everything in between. After all, we are most known for our Southern Hospitality & it's because of our deep tradition of holding to the golden rule - treat others the way you want to be treated!

One of the earliest lessons I remember learning about etiquette was the art of the hand written thank you note. As a kid I was obsessed with all things paper (some things never change) & as a result, thank you notes became my favorite thing.

Today I am sharing some of my most charming tips on the art of writing a charming southern thank you note.


In this day in age everyone is all about convenience. A quick phone call, text message, or email always seems to be the first option to express our gratitude. But I am here to tell you that while it may be quick & easy, it's not the most genuine or sincere option. After all, someone was polite enough to give you a gift or invite you to an event - it's only natural you that you put some time into showing your appreciation. Handwriting a note gives the impression you truly appreciate their generosity. Putting in that extra effort can really go along way!


I have received several Thank You Notes and I can always tell those who truly appreciated their gift and those who just had a generic note they wrote to everyone. Don't get me wrong, I totally get that if it was a shower or wedding gift they have lots (and lots) of those notes to write. But it never hurts to add an extra line about how you will use the gift or that you're looking forward to seeing them again.

 A side note to this personalization point is that you should never disclose money (or gift card) amounts in thank you notes. Most likely these will be the most difficult notes to write but a simple line such as "We greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness. We plan to use the money for..." or "it will go to great use in our upcoming marriage/move/etc." will suffice. 


This is one attribute of a thank you note that I am passionate about! Let your personality show through your writing & your note. Don't be stiff or uncomfortable. You're writing to someone you know, so be polite, sincere, & thankful. Add an inside joke or something special between the two of you. But, don't ramble. You're writing to express gratitude, not give a life update. There's a time and a place for everything!


As with most things in life, the sooner the better. Following an event or soon after you have received a gift it's proper to send your note immediately. However, it's better late than never. It never hurts to say thank you...no matter when it is! There is also a 3 month grace period for all you brides out there!


A traditional letter pressed monogrammed stationary is always my ideal vision of the perfect thank you note...but it certainly doesn't have to be. I have sent various kinds of stationary ranging from that tractional look to simple thanks cards you can find at any store. My point is that just as the person you're writing to put time & effort into your gift, put effort into what you send them. A piece of notebook paper or plain white printer paper may work, but it doesn't really give the impression of much forethought. 

Visit The Stationary Studio or Southern Stationary for some great stationary finds!


Hospitality & grace may be engrained in southern tradition, by anyone can write a charming thank you note like any southern belle using these tips!

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

Frankly my dear...add some charm to your thank you notes!

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Kicking off Christmas with Hallmark + Cookies

With Thanksgiving over & all the Black Friday deals purchased, it's officially time for Christmas!
And with that said, break out the boiled custard or egg nog, Michael Bublé Christmas CD & peppermint cookie tray!

Today I am sharing my sweetest Black Friday find & a recipe to help make your holiday decorating even sweeter! One of my favorite things about the holidays is the taste & smells of the season - especially Peppermint! That's why, this peppermint cookie tray will be a sure way to kick off your Christmas Season!

First you'll need to visit your closest Hallmark Gold Crown Store & purchase some of the Crafters & Co. exclusive peppermint bark. The white chocolate, peppermint melt-in-your-mouth combo is your go-to sweet this Christmas season. Pair with some homemade thin mint cookies & your pre-holiday cookie tray is ready to go!

Thin Mint Cookies

What you'll Need:

2 Sleeves of Ritz Crackers
Bag of Andes Baking Chips
1 tbs butter
Candy Canes, crushed (optional)

Melt half bag of Andes Baking chips for 1 minutes. Stir in 1/2 tbs butter & melt for another minute or until smooth. Dip cracker into melted chocolate & flip, covering the cracker entirely. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of cracker. Repeat for the second half of baking chips & crackers. Allow chocolate to harden completely before arranging on your cookie tray.

While you're out shopping at your Hallmark store, be sure to check out all the great deals! I snagged this snowflake platter for just $7.95! They also offer a great program where you can donate cards to our military for just 99 cents!

Today's post is sponsored by Hallmark Gold Crown, but my love for their exclusive peppermint bark is all my own! Make sure get out & check out this sweet treat this Holiday Season!

Thanks for dropping in today! I hope you get the chance to deck the halls this weekend with a little peppermint!!

Don't forget to save this recipe for later! Click HERE to pin now!

Frankly my dear...it's beginning to look taste a lot like Christmas! 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

{All The Things} I haven’t had time to say

1.      I am spread too thin. By my own design no less. I have started about 35169 tasks since May 1st & haven’t really finished a one.

2.      My heart melts every time my four year old nephew calls me “Aun Nennie”

3.      The Influence Network’s Creative Women Summit was incredible. {Missed it? Join! You won't be sorry!}

4.      I am really nervous about re-launching my wedding coordinating business.

5.      Moving home has been crazy hard for me. 

6.      I’ve watched a few too many wedding videos of people I don’t know recently.

7.      Leading a small group through the Influence Network has be super pumped about the lives of women on the internet.

8.      I am devastated I finished Scandal on Netflix. Speaking of TV shows, why can’t The Gilmore Girls come back?

9.      I really need to drink more water.

10.   Our garden is really taking off – hello fresh veggies & homemade salsa!

11.   I’m kind of over all the self-help books & posts lately – I really just want to get lost in another world with crazy characters.

12.   My college roomie got married this past weekend & it was absolutely perfect!

13.   I hate that I haven’t been more present on the blog but it is what it is & the internet does work without me (although I miss you).

Frankly my dear...all the things!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Welcome to the Week {V.17}

1  |  Momma. Because one day just isn't enough to celebrate that wonderful woman!

2  |  Puppy Child. I posted this one on instagram yesterday but I can't help but share this little fur baby of mine again! A shout out to all you dog mommas out there! 

3  |  White Shorts. Have you ever tried to take photos of a four year old in white shorts? I'm sure I don't need to elaborate...

4  | Carrot. A whole row of them! Unfortunately they're they only fighters in the group. We actually had to replant the whole garden but hey, what's an adventure without a little trial & error?! #FranksHomegrownAdventure 


·· Must Drink This.
·· Max Out {Summer Fashion}
·· Need to do: Listen to this Podcast


·· Thoughts on Marriage {a MUST read}

Are you tuning into the Creative Women Summit by The Influence Network THIS Thursday?!

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Linking up with Oak & Oats for Week's End.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


This day three years ago I woke up way before the alarm.
No one else was awake & the sun was just coming up.
I went downstairs & out onto the porch where the tables were waiting to be decorated.
I sat in the rocking chair & prayed.
About the day to come, about the vows we were about to take, & about the life we were about to begin.
The emotions I had I can't begin to explain but I know that it's something I've never felt before & probably won't ever feel again.

Looking back at my wedding day I can honestly say it was one of the best days of my life. But to be frank, I don't think it is the best day. I don't think it's supposed to be. Each day of marriage brings about new problems, new joys. The days that follow the vows are the best days because there's something so special about two people becoming one. Two separate entities joining together to live, work, play, share, & love together.

Marriage is hard.
It's not about the wedding or the parties that surround it.
It takes work & compromise & there are tears.
Marriage is beautiful.
Marriage is probably the best thing to happen in my life next to my salvation.
It's fun & exciting. A constant adventure if you will.

This day three years ago marked a lifetime of commitment. I am forever grateful that The Lord saw fit for me to enjoy marriage & I am so thankful for the man he led into my life to be my husband.
These past 1,095 days have been a roller coaster & I can only imagine the turns & drops we have coming up.
But. We get to do it together!

Happy Anniversary to my main man, my forever roommate, my lifetime love!
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All photographs by the talented Stephanie Reeder Photography

Monday, May 4, 2015

Welcome to the Week {v.16}

1  |  Ball Park. Spring is for T-Ball games. And this little goober did great! Such a fun Saturday!

2  |  Graduation. THIS lady graduates LAW school this weekend & I am so proud of her. Four years ago we were roomies & today she takes her last final to become a fancy lawyer! Did I mention she also gets married in two weeks?!

3  |  Party. Need a new summer bag for the pool? I've got you covered! My thirty-one party closes on Wednesday so if you need a gift or new purse, shop now!

4  | Three. Tomorrow the handsome man I call my best friend & I celebrate three years of wedded bliss. What I would do to relive that day all over!! 


·· Shower I want to Host
·· Oh Sweet Joy Summer Line {aka Pineapples} 
·· Need to do: Closet Detox

·· Creative Women Summit by The Influence Network (not a member? become one!)
·· Thirty One Party
·· 42 Ways to Enjoy Spring

So, how was your weekend?

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Linking up with Oak & Oats for Week's End.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Oh Hey Friday! {V.19}

Here's Five.

Thirty - One

With wedding & graduation season HERE, I thought it would be the perfect time to throw a little Thirty-One Party! If you've never owned a Thirty-One bag, you're really missing out. The quality is awesome & they're super cute!

My favorite is the large utility tote & it just so happens to the be the special this month! YAY! Don't you just love May?

The party will run through this weekend & I'd love for you to join! Here's the link.

Oh Sweet Joy!

This week alone I bought three pineapple things....is that wrong?
If it is, I don't think I wanna be right!

Last week Kim over at Oh Sweet Joy released her Summer line & the pineapple headband was required!

If you haven't stopped by to visit her, she's awesome & loves Jesus!

Kentucky Derby Weekend

Today is Oaks in Louisville & this KY girl is really missing the Bluegrass. Here's a little recap of the party I threw last year & a few fun facts about Derby Day.

Thred UP

Have y'all heard of thread up?
The theory is phenomenal....you order a bag, fill it with clothes that you don't want, & then you get paid. Easy. Simple.
I ordered a bag & haven't tried it yet but a friend of mine did & out of 30 item, they accepted 9. She was so disappointed in them that I'm nervous try it.

Have you? How was your experience?


Enjoy the weekend, loves!

Who's got exciting weekend plans?! 

Frankly my dear...Happy Weekending!!!!

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Linking up with  Kali & Amy for Oh Hey, Friday! and AprilDarciChristina, and Natasha!


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