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Approachable elegance table setting featured in Seattle Wedding Show by Nola's Events. Farm table with mixed matched vintage flatware.

from Joy in the Home

A Book List for a Meaningful Christmas

A meaningful Christmas is something we all desire, and this book list of a meaningful Christmas will create this atmosphere every holiday. via @joyinthehome

Epic round up of self publishing resources for writers and indie authors via Jane Friedman - from writing, drafting, and revising your novel to editing and publishing your book!


Five of the Many Reasons to Visit Natchitoches, Louisiana {Guest Post by Southern Hospitality Traveler Magazine}

There's something for everyone in Natchitoches, Louisiana! Apryl Chapman Thomas from Southern Hospitality Traveler Magazine shares her favorites.

from The Blonde Abroad

The Beginner's Guide to Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday, is a Carnival celebration of food; a revelry before the first day of Lent; a final hurrah before forty days of fasting and abstinence—and boy, is it a wild festival in New Orleans. All in all, the festivities last two weeks, but culminate in bacchanalian parties and colorful parades during the five days surrounding Mardi Gras.