National Iced Tea Month: Refreshing flavors for Summer!

According to the National Calendar Day – it’s National Iced Tea Month.  Yay for me!  I drink unsweetened iced tea everyday — all day long.  I’ve been an iced tea drinker since way back, and even though I am a Southern girl, sweet tea is not my thing.  Add a spring of mint and a lemon slice and my heart sings! My sister-in-law was asking me recently for some ideas on refreshing non-alcoholic drinks for the summer.  Although, I have 415 recipes on my Pinterest “Just a Sip” page, it is much easier to find a flavored tea and no need to buy a bunch of ingredients to add to the expense.  An added bonus — black tea has many health benefits. About a month ago, I signed up to receive a series of Tea: 101 emails from the Republic of Tea on how to brew the perfect cup of tea.  I … Continue reading “National Iced Tea Month: Refreshing flavors for Summer!”

What Would Holley Wear: Six Ways To Accessorize With Animal Print

The thing we love about animal print….it is considered a neutral, and it’s a year-round staple.  That being said…we are sharing six fun ways to incorporate animal print accessories into your summer style.   One way to give your summer look a fun vibe is with animal print hair accessories.  A row of 2 or 3 hair clips is so on-trend! Headbands are all the rage and perfect for poolside lounging or a lovely summer luncheon.  I’m smitten with a cheetah-print headband from Anthropology. And ASOS offers a beautiful selection of head scarves…perfect for long ponytails and short bobs.                                   It’s an “urban jungle” out there!  So for comfy city walking, a pair of Calico sneakers from Amazon Fashion will get you to and from work in style.  You can go all-out animal print … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Six Ways To Accessorize With Animal Print”

Gardening with Mr. and Mrs. Twist – How to Create a Container Vegetable Garden Part One

We are sharing a fun backyard gardening project!  I’ve been wanting to install a small vegetable garden, but we didn’t want all the excavation and soil preparation that goes with it.  So, my friends at Jabo’s Ace Hardware and Miracle-Gro partnered with  me to make it happen.  In part one of this two-part story we will cover soil and drainage.  It’s not sexy, but it’s the secret to making sure Martha Stewart envies your garden! We had the perfect space — a section of our backyard by the fence where the grass was sparse.  It gets lots of sun during the day and relief of afternoon shade. Pro tip:  Vegetables love sun, but also need respite from the heat if you live in the south, hence the usefulness of late afternoon shade. The two most important factors in a successful garden – healthy, rich soil and proper drainage.  For the … Continue reading “Gardening with Mr. and Mrs. Twist – How to Create a Container Vegetable Garden Part One”

Yes, Daddy, there is coconut in heaven

This is a fun post I wrote back in 2012 at Buzz in the Hive.  I thought since today is Father’s Day it would be a nice tribute to my daddy, James Raymond Reeves.  Enjoy! Missing my Daddy so much today.  You see, today marks the first anniversary of his death.  He died at 3:23 a.m. on March 19.  I woke up this morning at 3:48 thinking of him.  He’s come and gone in my dreams many days this past year.  I am glad today has come, the “firsts” are all done this year in terms of birthdays and anniversaries. I was looking back at my notes section of my iPhone and saw the entries I made on March 17, 2011.  I had titled it “Things I am Grateful For”: “Buying daddy popcorn from the hospital volunteer after his appointment today.  Hearing the volunteer tell Daddy thank you for your service … Continue reading “Yes, Daddy, there is coconut in heaven”

What Would Holley Wear: Home Town Style

John and I recently made a trip back home to Arkansas, and Chris flew in from New York for a visit with his 89 year old grandparents.  He surprised his grandfather with a professionally produced cd called Knockn’ on 90! The lyrics were written by my dad, Jim Jenkins. On our way home we stopped at Strawn’s Eat Shop in Shreveport for lunch, famous for their strawberry pie. So what would Holley wear on a road trip? Something comfy…of course! My travel style consisted of jeans worn with an old Gap t-shirt and topped with an Asian inspired kimono from F21, a cross-body bag, and a pair of Tory Burch gold sandals.  Be sure to check out some of my Pinterest favorites featuring floral kimonos paired with jeans and a tee shirt…great for traveling. Our hometown is Smackover, Arkansas.  That’s where the romance began when John was a senior and … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Home Town Style”

72 Hours in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Texas is one of my favorite places to visit for a long weekend.  Mr. Bee and I enjoyed a fun getaway with friends and I wanted to share all the fun! First, I found this lovely house on VRBO to rent for the weekend. The Rustic Grape Guest House the ideal place to stay.  We stayed in the Farm House, a 1,500 square foot home with three bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a large open concept kitchen and family room with TVs in every room.  It was perfect for two couples to feel like they had their own private space (she has other smaller spaces to rent on the property, too).  The house welcomes you in with a big front porch with chairs and a daybed for reading or dreaming.  Nestled on 33 acres with cows, horses and views of the Texas Hill Country, you feel like you are … Continue reading “72 Hours in Fredericksburg”

Off Having Fun – Be Back Soon!

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’m just enjoying the slower pace of summer. We kicked off a fun way to connect with friends in June and July called a “Summer of Fridays.”  Every Friday night we will feature a different entree, all friends are welcome to bring a side and BYOB and join us by the pool for conversation and good food. I love spending time in my home and hosting gatherings. Equal to that are watching new friendships being made.  Let us know if you’d like to stop by. We’d love to have you! This Friday the menu will feature Pizza a la Mr. Bee. I will be in New Orleans for a few days attending a “Women in Leadership” conference. I’m looking forward to meeting and networking with women across the country seeking ways to grow professionally and personally. Our galvanized garden is growing beautifully. We … Continue reading “Off Having Fun – Be Back Soon!”

What Would Holley Wear: Mountain Vacation Family Style

John and I have been going to Aspen almost every summer for over two decades.  But this year was the best! That’s because our oldest son, Andy, and his family joined us! So let’s get started and talk about what to pack for a summer mountain vacation….family style!  Since it was a very cool end of May, blazers, jackets, and even a puffer were first on my packing list.  For the flight, a comfy and practical look is a pair of jeans, button-down shirt, espadrille loafers, and a blazer.  Since it was snowing in Aspen when we arrived, I was so happy I packed a waterproof jacket. Plus, this was a great look for strolling around town and perfect for the cool summer climate. For a fun day of hiking and exploring the John Denver Sanctuary and the Maroon Bells, a good pair of sneakers or hiking boot is a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Mountain Vacation Family Style”

Mrs. Twist Reads This — Is Turning Two!

It’s time for cake y’all!  Two years ago I hatched an idea to help me spend more time reading books and less time watching TV.  About six of us met for the first time in my living room as we read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  We needed a spread sheet to keep track of the cast of characters.  I think we drank wine and ate snacks, but what I do remember most is how much fun we had talking about books.  There was excitement to fall in love with reading again!  I planned for the bookclub to be just a summer affair, but our members begged me to keep it going all year long! Eighty-two members and twenty-four books later (there have only been a few duds, see all the books we’ve read here) we’ve had luck with many well-known authors call or Skype into our meetings, made … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This — Is Turning Two!”

What Would Holley Wear: Three Ways to Achieve the Ladylike Look

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, the definition of “ladylike” is:  Graceful, polite, and behaving in a way that is thought to be socially acceptable for a woman.  Three ways to achieve this look is with dresses, bows, and lace….oh my! For a summer party, you can’t miss with a “ladylike” look.  A floral midi dress adorned with a wicker bag is ideal for a summer brunch.  If you have a summer wedding coming up, a floral tiered dress or skirt would be ideal. And the bonus….these beauties will definitely entice you to take a few twirls on the dance floor. Sometimes I worry the “church dress” is becoming a thing of the past.  You too? For me, the ultimate church style is a dress or skirt draped with a jacket or coat….and of course, adorned with a pretty purse.  If you are like me and need to stretch your … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Three Ways to Achieve the Ladylike Look”