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Breaking down the paper napkin

by Mindy Lockard on November 21, 2010

Just as the U.S. constitution states “All men are created equal” So is true for the napkin. Paper or cloth. They are treated the same: You unfold them on your lap. Dinner size you unfold until it’s in-half and place the fold at your waist. Luncheon size you unfold the entire napkin.  When you leave the table you place the […]


Holiday Workshop: Elle & Maggie’s Trick or Tretiquettes

by Mindy Lockard on October 27, 2010

Today is the final round of Holiday Workshops!  We would like to thank our darling friend Housewife Bliss for including us! It wouldn’t be a workshop in the days leading up to Halloween without a few quick reminders to be sure our little ghosts, goblins and cowgirls are on their gracious best.  And who better […]


I am honored to be participating in the second week of The Holiday Workshop — the brainchild of my nesting friend Housewife Bliss.  As we look ahead to the holidays, now, is the perfect time to start buying gift cards, or setting money aside to say “thank you!” Tips for Tipping… Let’s take a journey much […]


Getting with the techie times!

by Mindy Lockard on September 13, 2010

“Elle and Maggie, You have mail!” Ty announced last Sunday afternoon. If you are doing the math and wondering how we get mail on Sunday… we don’t. Saturday was a “game day”, making it really hard for us to do everyday tasks like, getting the mail. Squeals rang through our house! Loud ones. Because as […]


Eat. Pray. Love!

by Mindy Lockard on September 6, 2010

New York was an amazing adventure for Eat Pray… Love. There are so many aspects of my New York experience that I love… Lunch with the ladies…      Cocktails at the theater served in a sippy cup…   and early morning runs in Central Park.    With all of the lights, cameras, and action […]