Sid Evans for Southern Living + The greatest gardening book of all times!

Did you notice anything different about your latest issue of Southern Living magazine? There's a new editor-in-chief in town, Sid Evans, and he joins the magazine with a pretty impressive background. In his first letter to the readers, he writes, "If I'm doing my job right, you will have a sense of anticipation and discovery every time you open this magazine, and you will always find ideas in here that make you smile...I hope you find a little magic in this issue, and in many more to come." I've always found the magazine inspiring and look forward to a fresh perspective on tried and true southern traditions.

In other news from Southern Living, their Ultimate Guide to Gardening book is set for release in January 2015! This book is certain to be a must-have for any gardener and will certainly be tops on my Christmas list. Some of you may remember the previous version published in 2004 but the new guide promises more photographs, more organic gardening advice and introductions to plants that are new on the gardening scene. Sounds absolutely splendid, don't you think?

Notes to my children

{A weekly portrait project} 19 // 52

Luke:  This past week, you independently built a custom landscaping crew with a digger, a skid loader, two zero-turn lawn mowers, a trailer truck and mini figures with leaf blower and weed cutter. YOU really are a master builder and I love seeing your "creations" come to life, even if it does mean you taking over the dining room table. (Oh, and Jett thinks you hung the moon and will take any opportunity to squeeze your neck.)

Jett: This photo completely sums you up! You're tons of fun, full of mischief and always up for a good time. Fortunately your cousin Brooke is a perfect match for your shenanigans and she got you back pretty good right after I snapped this photo. 

The Weekend Cheers: Summer Rosé

Suffice to say, I love my cocktails but some days beckon for a glass of wine.  In early June, I read this WSJ article on rosé wine which convinced me to expand my wine selections and summer hasn't been the same since. There's a whole new world out there!  (But I tend to favor the French regions). And if you're wondering what makes rosé superior to white zinfandel, here's a quick read to get you in the know.

Are you a rosé drinker? If so, send me your favorites, pretty please. I love to curl up in this spot at the end of the day and enjoy a nice glass. Summer is far from over and the weekend is just beginning. Cheers to all my fellow peaches!

Notes to my children

havre de grace lighthouse

{A weekly portrait project} 18 // 52

Luke: You see an open field and you run! You need wide open spaces to explore, create and be free. You are the best travel companion and are always up for an adventure. 

Jett: I love watching you with your Daddy. You two are the best of friends and I hope it stays that way for a long, long time. 

*We celebrated 11 years of marriage this past weekend and I can't imagine life without you boys. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the love and happiness you would bring to our family. 
** pictures taken in Havre De Grace, Maryland