Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Boxed Bites 2 Go

I love entertaining and hosting fun get togethers. Even for the most random of holidays or events. I also tend to be a little “extra” when it comes to hosting. I mean, there was that time I made Mr. Magnolia purchase artificial turf just for a soccer swim party

The week of the Fourth of July our good friends from Colorado were coming into town. Brittany is an amazing cook. I knew I would never be able to impress her with anything I could bring to the table. 

But I knew our friend Helen could. Helen owns Boxed Bites To Go, a local charcuterie box creator. She creates the cutest charcuterie boards and to-go boxes. They are delicious and can be customized to almost any occasion or event. 

Since it was the week of the Fourth, I texted her last minute to see if she could do something fun for the holiday. Not only did she have something ready to go for me in just 24 hours, it was themed and extra - just the way I like it. 

How cute is this American Flag Star Charcuterie Board she created?! 

Every little delicious detail was so cute. The star shaped cheeses. The red, white and blue themed accoutrements. All of it was just perfection! 

I even love she partners with our friend Deb, and includes her yummy cookies! 

Sometimes she has specialty boards - like this one - available for purchase. She will usually share them and available stock updates on her Instagram or Facebook.  The Star one is perfect because I know I can reuse it a lot - especially with the Olympics coming up! 

Helen is such a sweetheart and was nice enough to give our readers a special discount code. If you use the code TheMagnoliaMamas at checkout you will get $10 off any order! The code will be valid July 21st -31st! 

I already have another event I've enlisted Helen to help me with. I can't wait to surprise everyone with all that yummy. 

And let's be honest, my guests are very thankful they are no longer subjected to my own weak kitchen skills. 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Home Office Decor Inspo from Target

 The countdown has begun - school starts in just two weeks. Eek! Schools in our area are moving forward as normal, and for me that means all three kids in one school. 

To say I am excited about this is an understatement. This is the only year it will happen out of all the years my kids will be in school, so I am going to savor it like a fine champagne. 

With that said, in between playing in the pool and taking these kids to all their summer social engagements (and I thought I drove a lot during the school year!!), I've been organizing my office and our work spaces. 

Largely my office is just plain sad. It just has furniture and a rug in it. The walls are already painted, and we did some trim work during the renovations, but other wise...nothing. 

We've moved in a year ago y'all!! I'm so embarrassed. 

 It is right when you walk in the house and one of the first rooms you see and I've let it be a dumping ground of epic proportions. 

But not this year! 

These next few weeks I plan on fancy-ing it up. 

Or at least putting a picture on the wall. 

After taking one of our many trips to Target a few weeks ago, I told Carrie Beth I noticed they had a great selection of home office decor and items. A lot of items that are super trendy right now (see all things acrylic), but at much more affordable prices than other places you see office decor. 

I was so impressed and inspired!

I came home and made a few vision boards (I love doing these!) to see what might coordinate with one another. I am saving my final decision to share later, but here is a peek at where my head is at in case you are doing a little office redecorating yourself (or for the kids!). 

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Kura Home Maintenance

Have you ever thought about the fact that your home is probably the most expensive investment you will ever own and it doesn't come with an owners manual?  There are SO many things to maintain on a home and most of us don't have the time or knowledge to be able to keep up with it all.  Today I had Kura Home Maintenance visit my home and do some routine home maintenance that they offer.   

Douglas and Jordan showed up prepared with everything they would need to help service, clean and maintain all sorts of different areas in our home.  

They offer a quarterly service to cover everything from cleaning refrigerator coils and changing the water filters in your fridge to cleaning exterior dryer vents, cleaning washing machine filters and even draining sediment from water heaters.  You know, all of the types of things you know you probably should do, but don't on a regular basis.  They also offer all sorts of handyman services, as well as, air duct cleaning which is something  my husband and I are looking into since our home is about 7 years old now. 

Their customized tasks help you learn where your home could use the most attention and then you are able to decide what areas you would like to focus on. Today for me they cleaned behind my refrigerator and vacuumed/cleaned the refrigerator coils and compressor.  With a dog and just general household dust, it definitely needed to be done! 

They also cleaned behind the dryer and even cleaned the exterior dryer vent, something that is a MAJOR fire hazard so I feel so much better knowing that this has been done. 

They also took down every bathroom fan vent and cleaned it for dust, debris and BUGS!  Yikes! 

They also cleaned and degreased the vent hood filter above my stove, cleaned my garbage disposal and sealed all of the granite countertops in my kitchen leaving it feeling fresh and new! 

Douglas and Jordan were so professional, polite, and knowledgable.  I really appreciated them taking the time to explain everything they were doing and why it is important for our home maintenance.  They also made recommendations for other items I wouldn't have even thought of that we can follow up on during their next visit.  

For locals, Kura Home Maintenance services all of Georgia, but they are also based in Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, and Texas. You can learn more from their website HERE and also join them on Instagram HERE for lots of home maintenance tips!  
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Monday, July 12, 2021

Lamps We Love

For anyone that has been following along with my family room makeover I have a little update.  It's almost done!!!  I'll share all of the details soon, but wanted to share this little corner of the room.  

We had been waiting on the chair and ottoman to arrive and, like everything right now, the delivery was delayed.  This big chair and a half finally arrived, but this corner looked pretty bare with only a big chair for a while.  I eventually found a little side table for drinks/books at HomeGoods, but had been searching for a lamp for a couple of months.  I had something in mind and just couldn't seem to find it...until now!  The Better Homes & Gardens line at Walmart NEVER disappoints and I don't know why I didn't think to look there from day one.  While I was on the hunt I came across all of these great lamp options that I just loved and thought I'd share if anyone is looking to spruce up an area in your home! 

1. Arc Floor Lamp ($80)

2. Brown Weathered Wood ($32)

3. Bronze Floor Lamp  ($65)

4. X Frame Wood Lamp ($18)

5. Geo Textured Glass Lamp ($36)

6. Gray Glazed Table Lamp ($36)

7. Diamond Weave Table Lamp ($38)

8. Tripod Floor Lamp ($80)

9. White Washed Table Lamp ($24)

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day with Tiff's Treats {code + giveaway!}

 Today is a day to CELEBRATE! First of all it's Friday. (Weekends during the Summer will forever be our favorite.) Second of all it's National Sugar Cookie Day! 

It's totally a thing. 

And a thing that we are going to enjoy to the fullest. Because who doesn't love sugar cookies?! Or a reason to eat sugar cookies?! 

Especially when those sugar cookies get delivered warm and straight to your doorstep. 

If you haven't had a Tiff's Treats cookie delivery, you are totally missing out. Because when those warm cookies arrive in their fun packaging and wafting their delicious smells all over your house it's what we imagine heaven must be like. 

Then you taste them, and you can hear angels singing because you've blacked out from the sheer deliciousness of it all. 

So maybe stack some pillows near your front door to be ready just in case. Because today we are partnering with Tiff's Treats to celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day in a BIG way. 


We have a code for you! Because discounted warm cookies delivered to your doorstep is the only way we could possibly make this day any more amazing. Use code MAMAS25 to save 25% off any order between now and 7/15. Use it for you, gifts for family, gifts for friends, gifts for that random neighbor down the street - spread the cookie love. 


Okay we lied. We can totally make this day a little bigger. And by bigger, we mean BIGGER. We have also partnered with Tiff's Treats to giveaway away 4 $25 Gift Cards! Head over to our Instagram for full details and the way to enter! 

But really the winner is this Chocolate Frost 'Em covered Sugar Cookie. 


But a blissful, sugar cookie angels singing death. 

It's the only way to go. 

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Book Club: June 2021


It's Book Club day!! Typically we do this at the beginning of the month, but we've been on back-to-back beach vacations with July 4th celebrations smooshed in between. is in full motion again and we have zero complaints! 

And speaking of beach vacations...we've been reading all the beach books. Light, easy, steamy with a side of fruity cocktails - sounds about the perfect reading recipe for vacation, right? 

It is our very favorite time to read, and we are taking full advantage of all the juicy romances and seaside thrillers that have been released this year. And there are some goooood ones! 


Christina Lauren never does me wrong. I know when I pick up one of their novels, it will be something I enjoy from start to finish. THE SOULMATE EQUATION follows Jess who is a single mother and River Pena who is about to release the match making company of all match making companies. On a whim, Jess's quirky romance novel writing best friend Fizzy convinces her to tour River's company with her and ultimately give it a try. When results return though, no one is more surprised than Jess and River. 

Quaint coffee shops, adorable daughters, steamy romance, and laugh out loud commentary - Christina Lauren packs in all for the adorable enemies to lovers romance novel goodness we've grown to love from them. I enjoyed THE SOULMATE EQUATION, but I still think my five star read from them would be LOVE AND OTHER WORDS. Reading both this Summer will not disappoint.

Looking for something a little darker this month in a sea of beachy romances, I picked up HER DARK LIES. This was just the suspense thriller my beach bag needed. Set off the coast of Italy, Claire finds herself the center of attention as she is about to marry into the über elite and über rich Compton family. Notoriously private, the family decides the wedding should be held at their villa on the island of Isola. However, as events unfold and remains of a body are found upon arrival Claire wonders if her wedding is a stage for disaster, and if the Compton's desired privacy is to truly have a chance to escape from it all, or a chance to escape from all of their secrets.

From start to finish, I could not put this one down. Each twist and turn uncovered a new secret from a characters past, and even though I was able to guess who the murderer was about halfway through, it was the secrets and all the juicy details that kept me enticed. There are a ton of surprises along the way, and even a character I wasn't expecting to had her own dark secrets. HER DARK LIES was such a good twisty thriller! 

This is the second hit for me by Emily Henry. PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION is a swoony best friends to lovers romance with a fun vacation twist. Poppy and Alex are polar opposites, but after sharing a ride home from college one college summer break they manage to become the best of friends. Both are seeking some sort of escape and plan a trip together. The trip turns into an annual event they look forward to until one trip ends in a disaster.

Poppy is a travel writer for a popular magazine in New York City. On paper she has everything she’s ever wanted, but misses Alex terribly. She decides to plan one last trip to see if their friendship is repairable but in this slow burn she finds more heat in the desert than she bargains for (see what I did there?! 😜). From start to finish, I loved how Poppy and Alex’s relationship unfolded. It was a quick, page turning read that makes for perfect beach reading. 

I initially picked out FLOAT PLAN because of the cute cover. I was expecting a light/breezy rom-com style story, but boy was I surprised. Later, as I looked closer to the cover, it actually gives hints to the story perfectly. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I'll try to quickly summarize. The story follows Anna who was supposed to be on a Caribbean sailing trip with her fiancé. Depressed and feeling lost she decides to take the trip alone. Very quickly she realizes she needs help. In walks Keane at the perfect time. Keane is an Irish professional sailor who is also dealing with his own tragedies and lost path. Together they decide to do the trip together in hopes of finding their ways.

This story brought me to tears so many times. It's a romance/beach read story, but with much more depth (especially considering some of the topics it covers). It's a story that opens with a tragedy, but is more about recovering from the aftermath and dealing with loss than the actual tragedy. I couldn't put it down, and appreciated having a beach read with a little more "meat" to it. I wanted a little bit more to the story and was excited to learn that it is the first in a planned series, so we will get to know more of the story, but also the chance to follow some of the other fun characters you stumble across as you read.

I loved FLOAT PLAN, and definitely recommend you throwing it in your beach bags this summer. But pack tissues too!

I always appreciate that Jennifer Weiner books tend to be a little deeper and shed light on important social topics. THAT SUMMER is a story about two women who stumble upon each other and realize they have more in common than just a similar name.

A friendship forms just when Diana needs it most. Her closest friend has recently passed away, she feels more inferior in her marriage than ever, her daughter is distant and leaving her prestige boarding school under troublesome circumstances, and overall she just feels lost.

The new Diana gives her a jolt of purpose and a boost of much need confidence, but then the reality of their friendship, and secrets from the past, cause her world to come crashing down.

Set in Cape Cod over Summer the story has that beach read feel, but delves into a modern day “Me Too” twisty tale of friendship.

I enjoyed the book as I do with of Weiner’s novels, and loved the love story buried with in the tragedy of horrific circumstances. Well done JW for weaving such a beautiful story.

Colleen Oakley does it again! She pulled at my heart strings, and gave me the perfect beach read all in one. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I saw some of her early novels are on sale for Kindle, and I can't wait to add those to my ever growing Kindle library.

THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND might be one of my favorite books of the year. I brought this one to the beach with me, and it was the perfect setting to read it. Set on the remote location of Frick Island (lots of jokes about this throughout the book), it opens with the heartbreaking story of a wife losing a husband at sea. This young wife becomes the center of a lot of island drama, yet captures the heart of each and every one of her neighbors.

Even though all signs point to Piper's husband being dead, Piper still sees him, makes him breakfast, talks to him at the local restaurants...and not a single neighbor argues otherwise. Until Anders Caldwell lands on the island. Hopeful journalist and podcaster, he lands on the tiny island expecting to do a quick article about the island's Cake Walk event, but stumbles on a much larger story he can't resist. Or is it Piper he can't resist?

Love story, ghost story, grief story, mystery story - AMAZING story! I enjoyed it from start to finish!


After a slew of tear jerking beach reads, I am switching it up with something a little more fun and light. I've got WHEN STARS COLLIDE ready to go for some steamy poolside romance reading. This is the latest in her Chicago Stars series, but can be read as a stand alone. 

WHEN STARS COLLIDE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips



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Friday, July 2, 2021

5-Step DIY Wall Shelf

Slowly, but surely, we are making our house feel like a home. Funnily, the spaces I've been concentrating on the most are the ones we aren't frequenting often, or aren't seen by many people. 


The only thing I can think of is that these rooms are blank/clean spaces. No clutter. No kid toys. No random piles from my husband. Just blank rooms I can be creative in. 

The guest bedroom has been one of my favorite to work on. Coastal style is my jam and this room is chock full of it. I'll share a full tour soon, but first I wanted to share an easy project that I did to help complete the room. 

The walls of the guest room were looking pretty plain. Especially over the bed. We've done all these fun features, but the rooms still looked kind of "blah". I knew I wanted to include some coastal themed artwork and water color prints that we've collected on our travels, but nothing would be large enough for the space.

It's also a guest bedroom/pool changing area, and I didn't want to spend a ton of money on anything. After looking at all my available artwork, I decided to hang a shelf and do a framed display of some of the pieces. 

I had a chippy/coastal/antique style shelf in mind and couldn't quite find what I was looking for in a brick and mortar. Then online I was shocked at some of the prices. 

After perusing the every popular Home Depot for ideas, I realized I could make my shelf pretty easily. 

I purchased the few materials I needed, decided what paint color to use, and with in one afternoon and just a few steps, I had a wall shelf! 

I loved how it turned out. I especially loved how it was much cheaper than what I was looking at online. I really really loved that it only took about an hour or so of work to make. 

What do you think??


(Note: We've made a similar shelf in my son's room multiple times. So the idea was born from those instructions.)

Materials Used:

  1. Cut your board to size. (We had a board on hand that I used. It is approximate 4 feet in length.) 
  2. Paint all sides of the board, and the corbels.

  3. Once the paint is dry, use the sandpaper to smooth all edges and corners. (To get that distressed look you sand down edges to the raw wood.)

  4. Hang and secure the corbels to desired location in the wall with drill and dry wall screws.

  5. Center shelf board over corbels and attach with screws

    And that's it. Just a few steps and the shelf is DONE!

Additional Notes: 
- If you don't have a saw to cut your board, Lowe's and Home Depot will both cut the board to size for you on site. 
- I hung my corbels in three inches in from the edge of where I wanted to the edge of the shelf to be. You can put them at the ends or bring them in. Either way it looks great! 
- You can touch up shelf board with wood putty and a dab of paint if desired to hide the screws. I skipped this step since my shelf is high enough up they wouldn't be noticeable. 

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