Great Southern Road Trip Link Party

Join your favorite southern bloggers for a virtual tour of the south. We're sharing recipes, sights, crafts, traditions and more inspired by our hometowns. You can also link up your Southern-inspired projects.

Well, it has certainly been fun road tripping with all of you this past week! If you missed any of the posts this week they are all below so grab your favorite road trip snacks and get ready to be inspired as we wind our way through the South: Southern State of Mind {Atlanta, GA} […]

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Use an old pair of blue jeans to make this easy patriotic denim rag wreath for July 4th.

Patriotic Denim Rag Wreath

I’m celebrating my hometown roots with a denim rag wreath made from a pair of blue jeans. We’re a few weeks into summer break, and I’m getting itchy for a road trip. Hopping in the car and driving, with no specific destination or itinerary in mind is one of my favorite ways to explore this […]

See how we transformed our boring back yard with the addition of a paver patio and cedar pergola. If you're looking for inspiration and patio decorating ideas, you'll find lots here. We've managed to create a relaxing and inviting outdoor room that we can enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Patio Decorating Ideas: Our New Outdoor Room

Come see how we created a relaxing and inviting outdoor room in our backyard. You’ll find lots of patio decorating ideas to inspire you. If you need me, I’ll be outside on the patio with a novel and a fruity drink. You might even find me napping al fresco. I’ve been waiting for more than a […]

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

DIY Potting Bench & Outdoor Buffet Table

Even beginners can build this DIY Potting Bench Outdoor Buffet Table, inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch. I feel like a kid who has just learned to tie his shoes or ride a bike without training wheels. Fist bump. Oh yeah! We did it! We did it! We did it! Power tools rule!  Can […]

Kick your summer cocktail game into overdrive with this frozen tropical lemonade, spiked with homemade infused pineapple rum. And unlike most infused liquors, this fruity rum only takes 10 minutes to make. #ad #worldmarkettribe

Tropical Frozen Lemonade with Pineapple Rum

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Market, and it contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here. Nothing beats the summer heat like a frozen cocktail. This spiked tropical lemonade is made with homemade infused pineapple rum and fresh fruit. It’s been the quintessential summer so far — […]

Homemade shaving cream makes a great Father's Day gift. You can make a batch in less than 10 minutes. This stuff smells so good, and you'll get a really close shave with it.

Easy Homemade Shaving Cream

Get a clean shave every time with this all-natural homemade shaving cream. It makes a great Father’s Day gift. I’ve been sharing a lot of homemade beauty products lately, but this one is especially for the guys, just in time for Father’s Day. I guarantee your guy will love this homemade alternative to Barbasol. This […]

Is your dad handy and hands on? Then he will absolutely love this DIY chalk art made from a vintage hand saw. The quote is from Frederick Douglass, and it's perfect for Father's Day. Click for step-by-step instructions for how to make your own.

Vintage Saw Chalk Art for Father’s Day

Learn how to make a unique chalk art sign from a vintage hand saw. The quote makes this a perfect gift for Father’s Day. To this day, whenever something breaks in my house, I will call my dad for help or advice. Because I’ve always been able to count on him to fix things and make things […]

Remember your vacation always with these beautiful seashell crafts.

25+ Gorgeous Seashell Crafts To Make This Summer

If you’re planning a beach trip this summer, be sure to bring back a bucket of shells so you can try your hands at one of these gorgeous seashell crafts. There’s really no limit to what you can make from seashells. Artwork. Home decor items. Jewelry. Chandeliers. Monograms. Shadowboxes. Wreaths. Candles. I’ve been a busy […]

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Kick your summer cocktail game into overdrive with this frozen tropical lemonade, spiked with homemade infused pineapple rum. And unlike most infused liquors, this fruity rum only takes 10 minutes to make. #ad #worldmarkettribe

Tropical Frozen Lemonade with Pineapple Rum

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Market, and it contains affiliate links. All … [Read More...]

This fiery homemade limeade recipe gets its kick from jalapeno-infused bourbon. It's a slow summertime sipper that pairs well with tortilla chips. #sponsored #FoodShouldTasteGood

Jalapeño-Infused Bourbon Limeade Recipe

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A trifecta of chocolate, pecans and bourbon, this Kentucky Derby Pie is the perfect dessert to serve at your Kentucky Derby party. Even if you're not into horse racing, you won't be able to resist a slice of this delicious dessert. (And it's amazingly easy to make!) Serve it with an ice-cold refreshing mint julep and you'll feel like you've found your old Kentucky home.

Kentucky Derby Party Menu & Recipes

Plan the ultimate Kentucky Derby party with this menu, featuring dozens of traditional … [Read More...]

Looking for some Cinco De Mayo food to serve besides traditional salsa? Check out this garden-fresh, calabacitas-style salsa made with zucchini, corn, squash, onions and jalapenos. It's great paired with your favorite chips and Mexican beer. #foodshouldtastegood #sponsored

Calabacitas Salsa: Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

This post is sponsored by Food Should Taste Good™ , but all opinions are honest and my … [Read More...]

Looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas for kids? Try these stuffed pita breakfast sandwiches, filled with sausage, cheese and other toppings. Goes great with a glass of Nesquik. #ad #stirimagination

Breakfast Ideas for Kids: DIY Stuffed Pitas

If you're looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas for kids, you'll love these stuffed … [Read More...]

A delicious and easy homemade strawberry jam recipe, plus free printable canning labels for a variety of jams, jellies, preserves and pickles.

Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe & Canning Jar Labels

This easy strawberry jam recipe is a great way to preserve the flavors of spring. Serve it … [Read More...]

This stuff is like sunshine in a glass! Take your tastebuds on a Hawaiian vacation when you mix up this easy, all-natural, no-sugar-added recipe for homemade POG juice. It's also a great substitute for orange juice in cocktails.

Hawaiian POG Juice Recipe

Hawaiian POG juice, a blend of passionfruit, orange and guava juice, tastes like sunshine … [Read More...]

If you love cheesecake and pecan pie, you have to try this mashup. The pecan pie cheesecake topping is made with maple syrup, butter and brown sugar. #ad #saraleedesserts #pmedia

Pecan Pie Cheesecake Topping

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This homemade lasagna recipe , made with sausage and lots of ooey-gooey cheese, is a family favorite. Though you make it from scratch, it's a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for family dinners, potlucks or weeknight meals. It's the ultimate comfort food. Serve it with a salad and garlic bread to make a delicious Italian meal.

Homemade Lasagna Recipe

This homemade lasagna recipe is so good that I said "I do!" after trying it. Have I … [Read More...]

If you're looking for a meal to serve on cold winter nights, this hearty minestrone soup recipe definitely fits the bill. It makes enough to serve a huge crowd, with plenty more for leftovers. #ad #simmeredintradition #ragu

Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

There are few things more welcoming than a big pot of soup. There's always enough for … [Read More...]

Add this easy-to-make popcorn snack mix to your football party food lineup. Don't forget to serve it in color coordinated bags featuring your favorite players' jersey numbers. #BringtheBOOM #ad

Game Day Food: Team Colors Popcorn Snack Mix

Add this easy-to-make popcorn snack mix to your Game Day food lineup. There's no … [Read More...]

Hey football fans, check out this chicken and waffles recipe for mini buffalo-blue cheese bites. They're full of flavor and just the right size for snacking while tailgating or watching the Big Game. #GameDayTraditions #ad

Buffalo & Blue Mini Chicken and Waffles Recipe

Disclosure: This chicken and waffles recipe is part of a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and … [Read More...]

The next time you're craving fast food, give this chicken sandwich recipe a try. Fried southern-style chicken with spicy ranch sauce, bacon and avocado slices, paired with sweet potato fries with a homemade spicy boom-boom dipping sauce. #ad #farmtoflavorrecipes

Spicy Avocado Bacon Ranch Chicken Sandwich Recipe

This post is brought to you courtesy of your friends at NatureRaised Farms® & Alexia® … [Read More...]

These easy Asian Turkey Sandwich Wraps are the perfect lunch-on-the-go. Made with lean turkey, brown rice, veggies and whole wheat wraps and served with a spicy peanut sauce. #sponsored

Easy Asian Turkey Sandwich Wraps

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hillshire Brands Company. All … [Read More...]

Treat your Valentine to one of these easy pie crust cinnamon sugar hearts. They're a great dessert on their own or you can use them to add a romantic touch to ice cream, pie or mousse.

Easy Pie Crust Cinnamon Sugar Hearts

Treat your Valentine to one of these easy pie crust cinnamon sugar hearts. They're a great … [Read More...]

The Food Lion Frugal Cookoff is all about teaching busy families how to prepare healthy and cheap easy meals using everyday ingredients. Get the award-winning recipe for Healthy Fish Tacos, Mexican Potatoes and Corn & Black Bean Salad from the North Carolina Food Lion Frugal Cookoff #sponsored #FrugalCookOff

Cheap Easy Meals With the Food Lion Frugal Cookoff

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FoodLion as part of the #FrugalCookOff. All opinions … [Read More...]

Have you tried the Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's? This stuff leaves peanut butter and Nutella in the dust! While you might be tempted to eat it straight out of the jar, you'll find it's even better in recipes like this 4-Ingredient cookie butter dip that also makes a great filling for a no-bake cookie butter cheesecake!

Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Butter Dip

This 4-Ingredient Speculoos Cookie Butter Dip is perfect for parties. It tastes great, and … [Read More...]

Serve up good luck and prosperity on New Year's Day with these southern cooking recipes for black-eyed peas and collard greens. Legend has it that the more you eat, the more riches and good fortune you'll experience in the new year.

Southern Cooking Recipes for New Year’s Day

Put good luck on the menu on New Year's Day with these southern cooking recipes for … [Read More...]

Planning an out-of-this-galaxy party and looking for Star Wars food ideas? Learn how to make tasty R2-D2 and Han Solo in Carbonite chocolates. They'll be the hit of the party.

Star Wars Food: R2-D2 and Han Solo Chocolates

It's just a few hours until the premiere of the new Star Wars movie, "The Force … [Read More...]

Hot chocolate and s'mores? Could it get any better? These chocolate covered marshmallows with a graham cracker topping are so easy to make. They're delicious as a snack but even better in a mug of hot chocolate. Sounds like a good excuse to throw a hot chocolate party! #ad #ShareYourDelight

S’mores Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

I love it when my son comes to me all rosy-cheeked after playing outside and asks for a … [Read More...]

These chocolate-dipped peppermints are one of my favorite Christmas candy recipes. They have a sweet, creamy center center flecked with peppermint. I can't decide if they're better dipped in white chocolate or semisweet chocolate. Make up a bunch for neighbor gifts or reacher gifts, and you'll be everyone's favorite. #ad #worldmarkettribe

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Christmas Candy

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Market, and I am a member of the World Market … [Read More...]

Made with freshly squeezed orange juice and unsweetened pomegranate juice, this orange pomegranate juice spritzer is a light and refreshing mocktail to serve at holiday parties. #ad #donthesitaste

Sugar-Free Orange Pomegranate Juice Spritzer

Just in time for the holidays, I'm sharing a recipe for a sugar-free orange pomegranate … [Read More...]

Looking for an easy weeknight dinner that also is good enough to serve as a holiday dinner? Then try this oven roasted pork tenderloin recipe with a delicious citrus honey-bourbon gravy. The pork is so tender and flavorful, and the homemade gravy just makes it even better. Serve with mashed potatoes and sauteed Brussels sprouts. It's sure to become a family favorite. #ad #SmithfieldPork

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Citrus Honey-Bourbon Gravy

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Don't pour out that pot of lukewarm coffee. Save it and try this deliciously simple iced peppermint mocha recipe. It's the perfect latte for the holidays. #ad #ShareYourDelight #indeligh

Iced Peppermint Mocha Recipe

I am obsessed with all things peppermint this holiday season. It just tastes like … [Read More...]

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Crafts…

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

DIY Potting Bench & Outdoor Buffet Table

Even beginners can build this DIY Potting Bench Outdoor Buffet Table, inspired by a $2,000 … [Read More...]

Is your dad handy and hands on? Then he will absolutely love this DIY chalk art made from a vintage hand saw. The quote is from Frederick Douglass, and it's perfect for Father's Day. Click for step-by-step instructions for how to make your own.

Vintage Saw Chalk Art for Father’s Day

Learn how to make a unique chalk art sign from a vintage hand saw. The quote makes this a … [Read More...]

Remember your vacation always with these beautiful seashell crafts.

25+ Gorgeous Seashell Crafts To Make This Summer

If you're planning a beach trip this summer, be sure to bring back a bucket of shells so … [Read More...]

Looking for a DIY father's day gift that is easy, inexpensive and sentimental? Make dad a set of personalized wooden photo blocks for his desk. #sponsored #decoartprojects

Chip Off The Old Block DIY Father’s Day Gift

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DecoArt, but all opinions are honest and my own. It … [Read More...]

Here's a great way to display those shells you collected on your beach vacation. It's really easy to make seashell artwork, with very little effort and expense. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

Easy DIY Seashell Artwork

Create a keepsake of your summer vacation by making your own easy DIY seashell … [Read More...]

Transform an old window into patriotic American flag art using vinyl. Click for step-by-step instructions, plus the free cutting file.

American Flag Art from an Old Window

Learn how to transform an old window into patriotic American flag art to display for … [Read More...]

Think stain is just for wood? Think again? See how I transformed a galvanized bucket into a planter with patina using color stain. #sponsored #decoartprojects

Galvanized Bucket Makeover with Color Stain

Think stain is just for wood? Think again! I'll show you how I used color stain to … [Read More...]

This homemade hand salve is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin, hands and feet. The citrus mint fragrance smells amazing. You can make your own for a fraction of what you would pay at bath and body stores.

DIY Citrus Mint Hand Salve for Dry Skin

This homemade citrus mint hand salve smells amazing, and it is super moisturizing for dry … [Read More...]

Learn how to make melt-and-pour homemade oatmeal soap. This recipe includes step-by-step instructions for making eight layered bars of natural, exfoliating soap.

DIY Layered Oatmeal Soap Recipe

Made with moisturizing goat's milk and shea butter, this DIY oatmeal soap has a mild … [Read More...]

A delicious and easy homemade strawberry jam recipe, plus free printable canning labels for a variety of jams, jellies, preserves and pickles.

Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe & Canning Jar Labels

This easy strawberry jam recipe is a great way to preserve the flavors of spring. Serve it … [Read More...]

Make a style statement as unique as you are by painting wooden bangle bracelets with abstract designs. Love the bold colors and patterns of these -- animal print and brushstrokes. #decoartprojects #sponsored

Handpainted Wooden Bangle Bracelets

Make a style statement as unique as you are by painting some wooden bangle bracelets to … [Read More...]

If you've always wanted to know how to make soap, start with these glitter-flecked and lusciously scented homemade soap sand dollars with a relaxing fragrance that will transport you to the beach #celebrationsofhome

Homemade Glittery Sand Dollar Soaps

If you want to learn how to make soap, start with a batch of this glittery sand dollar … [Read More...]

You could spend hundreds of dollars on a geometric globe pendant light, or you could DIY your own for less than $40.

DIY Geometric Globe Pendant Light

Why spend hundreds on a chic geometric globe pendant light when you can DIY one for less … [Read More...]

I love the vintage vibe of this DIY pin cushion that is made from fabric and trim scraps and a Nestler Easter egg cup.

DIY Vintage Easter Egg Cup Pin Cushion

An adorable pin cushion made from a vintage Easter egg cup is a great gift for someone who … [Read More...]

Ikea Rast Hack: Sophisticated Coastal Nightstand

Ikea Rast Hack: Sophisticated Coastal Nightstand

Turn a plain Jane pine chest into a sophisticated coastal styled nightstand with this easy … [Read More...]

If you love a good throwback craft, then step back in time to the 70s with me and learn how to make a macrame plant hanger using jute twine.

Retro Inspired DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

If you love a good throwback craft, then step back in time to the 70s with me and learn … [Read More...]

Dress up your garden or decorate your houseplants with painted rocks. I just love this vintage camper; it makes me want to go glamping. #sponsored #decoartprojects

Vintage Camper Painted Rocks

These painted rocks, decorated with a bright and colorful vintage camper, are just the … [Read More...]

Star Wars fans will love making this glow in the dark artwork featuring their favorite characters from The Force Awakens. #BigGCereal #TheForceAwakens

Glow In the Dark Star Wars Art

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by General Mills via MomTrends. The opinions … [Read More...]

Win one of these "I love you DEERLY" reclaimed barn wood signs for your Valentine from Simply Janelle Designs and Atta Girl Says.

Valentine’s Day Ideas and Giveaway

It's time to get into the Valentine's Day spirit with lots of heartfelt Valentine's Day … [Read More...]

These printable paper fortune tellers are a fun and creative way to show that special someone how you feel on Valentine's Day.

Printable Paper Fortune Teller Valentines

A printable paper fortune teller is a fun and creative way to show that special someone … [Read More...]

Mix up these sensual scented homemade bath bombs for Valentine's Day. Drop one in the bath for a luxurious soak that will leave your skin moisturized and fragrant. #CelebrationsOfHome

Love Potion Heart Homemade Bath Bombs

These heart-shaped homemade bath bombs are scented with jasmine and sandalwood, and they … [Read More...]

These free printable Valentine cards can be folded into a cootie catcher. These punny mustache cootie catchers would be perfect for classroom Valentines.

Free Printable Valentine Cards

Get a jumpstart on your Valentine's Day crafting with these four different free printable … [Read More...]

Looking for some Christmas ornaments to make with your kids and family? These adorably goofy clothespin reindeer are easy to make. Hang them on the tree or use them as package toppers.

Reindeer Clothespin Christmas Ornaments to Make with Your Family

I know we're all busy with last-minute Christmas shopping and cooking and cleaning and … [Read More...]

Are you planning a New Year's Eve party to ring in 2016? Why not set up a bubbly bar featuring a selection of champagne and sparkling wine. Make your own champagne party banner to decorate the bar. #sponsored #decoartprojects

New Year’s Eve Party Champagne Banner

It's been years since I've gone out on the town on December 31. I'd rather do my … [Read More...]

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