Life & Style

Perfectly Blended

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When Christy and Dr. Jeff Young decided to get married in 2019, they began the search for a house they could call theirs. However, after continued searching, they realized that the house Christy and her girls already lived in had all the makings of the perfect place to bring their families together. “At the time, nobody lived with us, but we still wanted a space for everybody. This is not just the girls’ house; we wanted the boys to feel at home too,” Christy said.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name … If you watched television in the 1980s and 1990s, I know you just sang that title line in the tune of the Cheers theme song. You are not alone. I totally hummed it while I typed! But do not let the title mislead you. I am not about to talk about my favorite coffee bar or hang out (true confession: I am a literal teetotaler). Nope. I want to talk about what it means to be home, and at least for me, that means being known and knowing others. … I grew up in a small town. Being raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas, is one of the biggest blessings of my life.

The Monthly Mix

Coffee Table Style

September is the perfect time to refresh the interior of your home! A coffee table is typically the focal point of the living area. It is a great place to kick your feet up and relax. Your coffee table can also be a conversation piece when you have guests present. Here are some great pieces that will help give your table area a fresh look as we go into a new season.


Dual Citizen with Dual Emotions

I have recently discovered that public transportation makes me cry more than anything. Bus rides and flights seem to be the best places for sentimental reflection on the place, stage, or people I am leaving. … My Instagram-worthy summer travels presented this situation to me repeatedly. The opportunity to visit my brother in Honduras and then my cousins and grandparents in Europe provided me with an abundance of bus rides and flights to let it all out. … The beautiful scenery and unique cultural experiences are what I usually talk about when someone asks me about my time abroad. Surfing.

Bougie Grubs Pecan Crusted Chicken Wings

INGREDIENTS … Wings … 1/2 cup of pecans … 2 cups of flour … 3 Tbsp of dried Italian seasoning … Season salt to taste … DIRECTIONS … 1. Place wings in a bowl and season with seasoning salt. Add 2 tbsp of flour and toss to lightly coat the chicken. 2. Chop pecans in a food chopper or food processor fine. 3. Mix pecans, remaining flour, and Italian seasoning together. 4. Coat wings with flour mixture and place on a plate.

Back to School: Tips & Tricks for Packing School Lunches

It is that time of year. Back to the grind of lunch-making! I will admit, it is not my favorite thing ever. I have found that organization and packing lunch the night before instead of in the morning helps it to be less stressful! Having the right accessories to get it packed certainly helps as well. I am sharing some of my favorite products to help you get a nutritious lunch packed for you and your child. … These bento boxes with the frozen insert are perfect for kid lunches since they stay cold for hours. I use these for my son, and they have held up so well.

Crock Pot Pork Chops

With three very busy kids, we often rely on crock pot meals. School is starting this week, and I am pulling out my go-to recipes to make our lives a little easier. After a long day of school and multiple practices, it is nice to come home to a dinner that is ready to serve. This is one of our favorites. Even my pickiest eater enjoys this meal.

The Monthly Mix

Back-to-School Style—It seems like every year they start lining the shelves with school supplies earlier and earlier. As a teacher, I do not necessarily look forward to resetting that early morning alarm, but there is just something about a new school year beginning that presents so many opportunities! I love the excitement of a new outfit for the first day, purchasing new supplies, and getting back into a daily routine. Personally, I am a sucker for anything that makes my mornings smoother and more convenient.

If These Walls Could

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What a Rush!They say we only get 18 summers with our kids. If that is the case, I have ten summers left with my daughter at home and 15 with the brothers. I realize that statement is not a fact, but I appreciate the awareness it has brought for me to soak up the days my family is all under one roof. One of these days, Lord willing, I will be packing cars full of boxes and sending my babies off to college. … High school was good to me. Really, all of my grade-level school was good.


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