The Southern Nest Blog

Getting rid of pests and making porches cute.

Getting rid of pests and making porches cute.

It’s gorgeous outside here!  But, if you are like me, you are already battling the wasps and ants that demand to invade our pretty spaces.  I brought our freshly-bloomed peonies inside and I was excited to have them fill my house with that signature sweet smell.  But of course….within moments, tiny sugar-ants began crawling out!  I remembered […]

Southern Spring…Can we just live outside?

Southern Spring…Can we just live outside?

The weather has been absolute perfection lately.  Everything is in full bloom and it’s warm and breezy.  We have been outside nonstop.  This guy mastered the “no training wheels” move, and he hasn’t looked back since. Baby Shep is at that perfect age right now.  He is doing his “slithering crawl” to get around, but he […]

The Princess and the Tea

The Princess and the Tea

A wee bit overdue, but hey, who cares?  Ha! Better late than never. Once upon a time there was a little girl named Georgia.   Just yesterday she was a tiny baby and now she was turning three.  So, it was time to celebrate this little girl.  And she requested a Princess Tea Party with […]

The Fairy and the Panther-Our Charming Halloween

The Fairy and the Panther-Our Charming Halloween

I love Halloween.  I start planning the kids’ costumes months before.  This year, with baby Shep joining our clan, B wanted to make sure we planned a theme for the entire family.  We ran through several ideas and finally settled on Peter Pan, with him being Peter and Gigi being Tink.  She loved the idea.  […]

The Marie Kondo Method for the Real Family: How I found my way through a sea of broken toys, preschool papers, and sippy cups to find sanity. Step 2: My Books

The Marie Kondo Method for the Real Family: How I found my way through a sea of broken toys, preschool papers, and sippy cups to find sanity. Step 2: My Books

Kondo says to go in the following order: clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellany) and finally things with sentimental value.  After I finished sorting through the clothing (Step One)  it was time to move onto books.  Remember, my approach to this method was to treat it as a program.  I would not “adapt” Kondo’s method to fit myself. […]

The Marie Kondo Method for the Real Family: How I found my way through a sea of broken toys, preschool papers, and sippy cups to find sanity. Step 1: My Clothing

The Marie Kondo Method for the Real Family: How I found my way through a sea of broken toys, preschool papers, and sippy cups to find sanity. Step 1: My Clothing

I talked about how I discovered the Marie Kondo method in this post.  After reading Kondo’s book, I have spent the last several months going through the exact steps she suggests to “tidy” one’s home.  I am almost finished (for those who have read it, I am in the “komono” phase) and the changes have […]

Sea Salt for Eczema

Sea Salt for Eczema

It seems like every parent I talk to deals with eczema. Both of my kids get it, but poor B gets it the worst. I often hear about tons of treatments and we have found things to help, but nothing ever seems to be a drastic improvement. One day, I was thinking about how my […]

Life Lately

Life Lately

Good GOSH. Pregnancy with baby number three has been no joke.  Gigi is right in the middle of her “terrible two’s” phase and it is wearing me out.  She looks so innocent, but man does this girl have some spunk.   By the end of the day I can barely stand up….I’m just so tired! […]

Longing for Sweet Summer Days

Longing for Sweet Summer Days

While I was going through my photos today, I stumbled across an album from summer.  We have been trapped inside with the melting snow and these pictures were a welcome sight.  Since I got so off track with blogging last summer, I figured I’d show them now! The kids set up a lemonade stand.  How […]

My Life Changing Moment with Marie Kondo

My Life Changing Moment with Marie Kondo

Ok…I don’t know where to start. For the past few months, I have been completely wrapped up in applying the Marie Kondo method to my house. My ENTIRE house. It has changed me in ways I didn’t even fathom were possible. This is my first post talking about my “Kondo” experience…because there is a lot […]

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