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Presidential Stationery

White House Stationery

In the spirit of the current political season, Emily and I thought we would join in the discussions in our own way. Below are pictures of past presidential stationery made by Crane & Co. All political views aside, we completely agree with these presidents’ choices in stationery! It doesn’t get much better than Crane’s. We hope you enjoy these pictures from Crane’s Pinterest boards (you can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them).

President Bush’s dinner invitation honoring England’s royalty

Roosevelt Christmas card

President Johnson stationery

Wedding inviation for President Johnson’s daughter

Mrs. Taft’s at-home card







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Thank You Note from a Precious Cheerleader

Cailin Featured Image

Recently, my husband’s niece, Cailin,  sent this thank you note to my in-laws.  Isn’t it sweet?  Cailin is a cheerleader for The Mints.  This year, The Mints were named National Cheerleader Association (NCA) National Champions.  These young ladies and their parents worked incredibly hard logging many, many miles in order to obtain their goal.  Part of the path to the championship also involved raising money for uniforms, travel, etc.

Here’s a picture of Cailin at the beach.

As a way to say “thanks” for a donation to The Mints, Cailin sent this note.  It’s a great reminder that it’s never too early to start learning how to express appreciation to others.  Thanks for setting such a great example, Cailin!

Besides (or in addition to) writing a thank you note, are there other ways you have found to say “thanks”?





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Starkville, Mississippi Wedding Weekend

me, jordan, laura, thomas (2)

 Jordan and I had a wonderful weekend celebrating the wedding of our friends Laura and Thomas in Mississippi.  Jordan andThomas played sports together in high school in Columbus, Mississippi and remained friends while they attended Mississippi State University in Starkville.  Over the last couple of years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Laura and Thomas.  What a fun couple!

Jordan started off the weekend on Friday playing a round of golf with the groom and a few other guys in the wedding at the beautiful Old Waverly golf course in West Point, Mississippi.

The rehearsal (at the Chapel of Memories on the Mississippi State campus) and the rehearsal dinner  at Old Waverly) on Friday night were the perfect end to a relaxing day (relaxing for the wedding guests anyway). 

As we were visiting the local shops in Starkville on Saturday, we ran into Foley Bell Holditch, owner of one of the newest stores in downtown Starkville- Thyme.  Foley worked with Jordan in Memphis and has since moved on to opening this amazing store.  I’m sure you’re wondering “what kind of store is Thyme?”  Well, think Pottery Barn meets Williams-Sonoma.   It is a wonderful blend of kitchen and home decor items.  If we had more room in our car, I would have brought home at least one of their beautiful wreaths. 

Early Saturday evening, the wedding itself was at the Chapel of Memories on Mississippi State’s campus.  It is the perfect size for a wedding and is so simply elegant, it doesn’t call for extravangant decorations.  Following the ceremony, we moved on to the Hotel Chester for an evening of fun with friends.  It was beautifully decorated with flowers everywhere you turned.  The menu was delicious as well-the food ranged from fresh fruit to sushi to a mashed potato bar.  Of course no wedding is complete without bride’s and groom’s cake, and I sampled some of both!  The bride’s cake was a wonderfully light lemon flavored cake with buttercream icing, and the groom’s cake was a decadent chocolate cake with smooth buttercream chocolate icing.  

As the bride and groom left the reception and drove away in their limo, the crowd waved streamers made of coral, green, and white ribbon that complemented the wedding flowers and bridesmaid dresses perfectly. I have not seen streamers as a way to see off the bride and groom before, but I love the idea. It might create more work prior to the wedding than birdseed or rose petals, but the cleanup after the wedding has to be a breeze.

 While Thomas and Laura are having a blast at their all inclusive resort in the Carribbean this week, Jordan and I are busy thinking of ways to rationalize a reason why we should go back to an all inclusive resort this summer.  We had a great time at the El Dorado Royale for our honeymoon last year and wish we could go back at least twice a year. 

Below are a few other pictures from our weekend in Mississippi.

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Laura and Thomas!  We wish you nothing but the best.  

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation


Wedding Invitation


Wedding Program


Wedding Ceremony Flowers


Hotel Chester


Some of the many beautiful flower arrangements greeting guests as they arrived at the reception                                             



Bride’s Cake


Groom’s Cake


If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, I hope some of the ideas from Laura’s and Thomas’ wedding will be helpful for you.  I’m hoping to be able to acquire a better camera soon so the pictures on the blog will show up better.  Thanks for stopping by and reading!