Proud Mamma!


Greetings my lovely friends! I hope you all are getting a taste of the spring weather were are experiencing here in the south. The past couple of days have been in the low 70’s,sunny and GORGEOUS! All around my yard I can see the tiny azalea buds just barely starting to bloom, and in a weeks time the Cherry Blossom trees will have all opened up and be a sea of pinky white. This past weekend I took advantage of the beautiful weather and decided to pot some flowers to FROOF up the outside of the house. We just put our home on the market, and nothing looks prettier and more inviting than potted flowers. Grant decided he wanted to be my "BIG HELPER", and water the tulips for me.






Once he decided the water can was too heavy, and his arm grew tired, he eagerly gave the can back to me so I could finish. Meanwhile he went and picked me a flower. Awwwww…….he just melts my heart!


We’ve had some BIG milestones happen in the Hayslip household this week. Number ONE being Miss Vivian taking her FIRST steps!!! YEP! She is walking now. I like to call it the "Frankenstein" walk. hee! hee! 


Aren’t her piggy pj’s the cutest!



Next milestone in our home was Grant’s has joined his FIRST organzied team sport. SOCCER!!!!!! Maybe he’ll grow up to be the next Beckham. Mommy could only wish. (wink! wink!) We are getting ready to go to his FIRST practice. YIPEE!!


Ok, you guys might be growing a wee bit tired by now of seeing pics of my kiddies, but I HAVE to show you this last pic. My son is genuinely a very loving natured child. He’s sensitive, giving, and always wants to show affection. This past Friday his pre-school had a field trip to a local park, and his best friend is Conner. They’ve known each other since they were both 18 months. These little boys are GLUED to the hip. In class they never leave each others side. It truly is the sweetest. Well, I feel soooooooo lucky to have captured these precious pictures of the boys.



Oh I just want to scoop them up and smother them both with kisses!


I did some spring cleaning this past weekend especially now that our house is for sale and it needs to look tip top. I found lots and lots of  little dust bunnies hiding everywhere! One place especially is under my magazine holders. This is a true site!!!! Could I squeeze in ONE more magazine??? NO! Time to clean out!!!


Such an embarrassing site!


So of course I start to weed thru the magazines to decide which ones to keep and which ones’ to toss. What should have been a 10 minute project turned into an HOUR long!!! hee! hee! To figure which ones to keep I had to look thru them ALL again to make sure they were "worthy" of the magazine stand. So here I am sitting on my sofa at 5pm when I had a million other things I should be doing like starting the kiddies dinner, and here I am flipping thru pages "oooh’ing and aaah’ing". It’s like looking at BRAND NEW magazines for the first time. How could I part with these? I felt inspired all over again just looking at the yummy fabulous pages. It has inspired me to want to redecorate my whole house all over again. I must now design and create a cottage garden with outdoor living space for entertaining my guest. Instead of buying a 5000sq ft home I would now prefer a cozy 2000 sq ft beach cottage like Miss Chez Fifi . Pages and pages of prettiness was like sensory overload. I was on a magazine high! How do I part with these?


My addiction (besides my computer) is magazines. Everytime I step foot in the grocery store, drug store, book store. I bee line it to the publication stands to see whats NEW and is not already on my bedside table. Before blogs and flickr, magazines were one of my true original sources for inspiration. It opens up the world and gives us a sneak peek of peoples  homes, artwork, collections, gardens,etc. There is no way I can part with these magazines. So, I boxed them all up with hopes that one day in my new home and future studio I will have the pefect place to store my original sources of inspiration. πŸ™‚

I must share with you all one of my newest darling easter creations. She is currently available in my Etsy store.


Hello Wee One!!!


Miss Heather of Pretty Petals just celebrated her one year anniversary of blogging! CONGRATS!!! I LOVED the fact that she shared some random facts about herself. It truly is a way to let your friends get to know you a little better and to "connect". So, I thought why not do the same.

– I came very close to opening a tea room. Two years before I got pregnant with Grant I desperately wanted to own and operate a tea room here in Macon. I researched and researched and visited several tea rooms in order to learn as much as I could about the business. I even went as far as to look at old historic homes that I could turn into a tea room. I wanted the BIG house with the inviting front porch. We would host bridal showers and childrens tea parties. You could choose from an assortment of hats and gloves to wear while you were dining. Here is a photo of me several years ago taking tea.


Hubby and I having tea (and sour apple martinis) hee! hee! at the Empress hotel in Victoria, Canada.



I was very passionate about opening a tea room. However, after much thought and talking with my husband I knew deep down I wanted to start a family and be able to spend the first years of my childs life as a stay at home Mom. There is no way I can run a tea room and be a hands on Mommy like I had hoped and dreamed for. So this now leads into my next interesting fact about ME.


– I am trained and certified to teach Childrens etiquette. I became certified thru the Protocol School of Washington about 5 1/2 years ago. Im a HUGE advocate of children acting well behaved, polite,courtieous, and learning their manners. I taught at local after school programs, and the children responded so well. The teachers were especially thrilled over the children learning etiquette. Poor Grant and Vivi will probably think I am a wicked witch for correcting them all the time. LOL!!!

– Fear is my worst enemy. It holds me BACK all the time. I’ve had some major choices in my past that I wanted to act on and move forward to pursue, (like a job opportunity in Chicago) but FEAR always got the best of me. Im a creature of habit. I want to be close to my family and friends. Im scared of the "what if’s…" FAILURE. I admire people that can "JUST DO IT and GO FOR IT!" I know you cant succeed without failure, and you have to be able to take that chance and not let fear hold you back. That’s on my "self help" list to work on.

– Way before I started crafting many years ago in my early 20’s I would draw and sketch a little child character that I created by the name of Dottie. She is a little "me". She is a 3rd grader, not the smallest and prettiest of her girlfriends. She’s cute, still has her baby fat, full of life, mischievous, adventurous and SILLY!!! She has her friends, her fluffy kitty named "Killer", and her little pet mouse named "Sweetpea". It was my dream years ago to write a childrens book series on the "Adventurous life of Dottie". I even took a continuing ed class at Emory University on writing Childrens books. All of my family and friends for years encouraged me to pursue it. One of my best friends Sonya made me the Dottie doll AND baseball cap that Im pictured holding and wearing. I have a sketch book FULL of Dottie drawings. Of course I haven’t picked up a pencil in years to draw her, but she still lives inside me everyday and if I can get rid of the FEAR possibly one day I will write a childrens book about Dottie. πŸ™‚         


Ok, Im SURE I’ve lost MANY of my readers by now because of my LONG LONG post. I dont normally ever ever write this much. I usually keep it lighthearted and simple with lots of pretty pictures. Before I end I have one last detail to share with you…..

I use to be a BLONDE!!!! πŸ™‚ This is a bad scanned image, but can you believe it??? YEP! Blonde! I so enjoy being a brunette so much more. I hated keeping up with my roots. ha! ha!


Ok sweet friends! Im wishing you and your families a very BLESSED Easter! 






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Grant is such a little sweetheart – so cute in his soccer outfit.
Little Miss Vivian now walks. She may be called Little Miss Trouble now she’s walking.
Great post

Wow Jenn, what a talent you are! I really enjoyed this post – I love reading what you have to say (love your piccies too but please continue to write more, it helps all your readers get to know you better!)!!
The photos of your little ones are adorable, don’t you love how they give each other hugs?? It’s the sweetest!!
Oh I can’t believe you are selling your beautiful home!!!! πŸ™ Are you wanting to move to a different area, or just somewhere smaller/bigger??
Warm Wishes,
Linda @ Barefoot in the Park

Jenn, the pictures of your sweeties are SO very cute:) Vivi’s first steps are too adorable…and Mr Grant helping with the flowers, extreme cuteness, the watering can is as big as he is!!!
you look more beautiful as a brunette, the dark hair with your eye color is much more stunning!!!
and eeeeeek!!! the newest bunny creation is so very sweet, i just love her!!!

Wow what a little cutie pie in the garden! And yay Vivi’s walking! Look out precious china, here comes Vivian! lol!
You look so cute as a blond but I do love the brunette hair on you, gorgeous thing you are! I could still see you opening up your own tea rooms one day….with foofy bunnies decorating the whole room!

Jenn, Where to begin… I too have the big fear issue, maybe it’s more of a failure thing! I have always wanted to own a bake shop, all frou,frou desserts only complete with pink boxes! Just sared too! Vivi walking, how precious! Grant, such a handsome bundle of love! Magazines…Oh my I am such a sickie about them too!!! And hon, love the brunette look! I think I’m probly more excited about your new home more then you cause you’ll have it so cute, cute, cute!!! Have a great week, loved the long post my sweetie of a pal, Lori

What a cheerful post to start my day! Thanks for sharing. Could those kiddies be any cuter!!! I remember when Kayla played her first soccer game. She mostly visited with everyone on the other team and then came running over during a play to exclaim, “Mommy, I know that girl from my dance class, we are friends”!!!! (the soccer didn’t last much after that, ha!!)
The bunny is cuter than cute!!

You have to work on your book again. What a wonderful dream. I love your French flower pot. Oh no, your house is listed. Does this mean that all of your craft supplies are put away? I love seeing your work.

Marion Armstrong

As you know I’m brazilian and admire everything about you. You’re so talented. Dottie is just cute. And so are Grant and Vivian! I think you’re great as a brunette. Wish you a blessed Easter too.
Best wishes from Rio!

What a fun post. Your children are sooo darling. I love that you wanted to open a tea room. You know, I was talking to my dad about being a mom and then trying to accomplish some of those dreams that we all have and he said that a person can probably have it all.. but he doesn’t know anyone who can truly have it all at once. It’s wisdom I often think about. πŸ™‚

fantastic post.
i can’t believe you were blonde!!!!
brunettes rule. haha.
such cute things today!
i learned so much about my little sissy today!
you are always a talent.
a great mom, and wife,
never fear anything.
life is short, make it an adventure

Hello Jenn!
I’ve never commented before but I’ve been a loyal lurker for quite some time now. I just wanted to say hello from Victoria, Canada! So lovely to see a photo of you here. The world really does feel small sometimes.
All the best,


I for one am glad for your long post (it wasnt really long) because it was so interesting to read about you and all your dreams,hopes,fears, you are very talented and I say GO FOR IT! life is to short. if it doesnt work out at least u tried. so many people wish they had a talent that they could go for you have many! I wish you the best!
btw I have the same problem while cleaning out my magazine pile. I hold onto them like they are gold. I have to close my eyes to put them in a donation pile and keep them in the trunk on the way to the library so I cant see them-lol

O.k .now I’m not going to REST until you do something with Dottie!!! πŸ˜‰ Such a precious idea and what dear little drawings!!!
Grant and Vivi get cuter and cuter by the minute!!! So sweet and love all the tulips. Aren’t we so glad to see Spring??
And I totally “get” the desire for a tea room, the magazine obsession, as well as the FEAR. I think that’s a issue for MOST of us.
I just love hearing more tid-bits about you, Jenn, and if it’s possible, I love you even MORE!
Hugs to you…
Cheryl πŸ™‚

Okay, take it from someone who has let fear rule her life….don’t! You need to get going on your children’s book – don’t wait -and don’t be afraid – it is easier than you think…if you doubt me just go into any bookstore and look at all the “crap” that gets published!! There IS a publisher for every book – you’ll just need to find the right one and I’m sure you will. And if I can do it, you can too!! I love the pics of your kids – they grow so fast so you can never have too many…enjoy it all while you can! The tea room can wait – but the book? NO! xoxo, Nan

adorable pics of the kiddos as always!! Grant and Vivi are sweeties!! I used to be blond too. I like the look,but the roots are a killer!!
love your new creations! so sweet!!! xo Britt

Ana Barrett

I just love this post Jenn!
I can’t believe your selling your gorgeous home! Wish I could live there!! lol πŸ™‚
Grant and Vivi are soo adorable and just make me smile! I love that you have wanted a tea room, I think that is so so cool! i’ve always dreamed of a tea room as well!
love hearing from your GREAT post!! happy easter mt sweet friend!
(go for your dreams Jenn! I know that you can succeed) πŸ™‚


I just love reading your blog! I was wondering what was going on with your new house and I see it must still be a go. I too have a huge basket full of mags that I try to go through but it will take all afternoon. I am a lover of magazines! And the music you have playing takes me back to highschool. I love it! Your kids are beautiful! Keep it coming! Julie

I so love your extra long posts Jenn!!
Your children are adoreable and so are YOU.
Should you open a tea room in the future, I will hop on a plane and be the first in line!!
Wishing you a Blessed Easter,
Britta Lee


Very fun to see the update on the kiddies, your baby girl walking WOW get ready for fun… And the story of your past ideas of a tea House sounds like fun but yes a LOT of work, and not the same kind of work that comes with motherhood (: wow you has a blonde… Lots of fun
Hugs, Diane

Jenn-Oh, your beautiful home will sell so quickly! You’ve spent so much time making it so lovely!
Your family photos are so fun & adorable! I enjoy reading your Blog! You probably don’t realize HOW many people out there you have already inspired with your talent.
Don’t be afraid to take a chance! You don’t want to look back and think “what if?” Just “jump right in”! You’ll be glad you did! :0)


Great post and thanks for sharing so many wonderful things about you! One day I am SURE of it, you will own your own tea shoppe…yes, I can see it now! Keep those dreams and one day Dottie will be her own book! Keep those dreams alive! Have a super Easter too!

Jenn, I had to visit your blog (to see your cuties) after the sweet comments you left on mine. Our kids are very close in age! How exciting that your baby girl just started walking- Zoey just started crawling last week! After reading just a few posts, I feel like I already know so much about you! It’s nice reading with my coffee in the morning. Hope you have a great day, Lisa

i think that i might have left a million comments before realizing that you approve them before they are posted! i really am not a computer moron- it’s just still early!! feel free to delete all the comments that you want!! SORRY! Lisa

OMG I’m trained and certified through the Protocol School of Washington as well! Isn’t Dorothea the best? I have the Little Book of Etiquette on display in my office. My certification is in Corporate and International Etiquette and Protocol. What a small world!
Love the photos of your little gardener and little Vivi! Too precious. I didn’t even recognize you in that blonde photo!

I love when I see photos of your kids. They are too cute!
P.S. You look beautiful either as a blond or brunette.

Hi Jenn!
Grant is adorable in his orange crocs and Miss Vivian is so cute in her piggie PJ’s!
I loved getting to know you a little more. I hope that some day you have time to have your tearoom and write those books (which I know will be an adorable success!).

Dear Jen,
I loved this post – you shared so sweetly and honestly AND I adore your children! Oh, they are so cute – CUTE CUTE CUTE!! Sigh.. brings back memories for me of my own little boy and girl. You will never regret being there for them at this stage of their lives. AND go for your dreams sweetie, because they DO come true and I would be the first in line to buy your book – you have SO much talent.. everything in good time – IT WILL HAPPEN.

Jenn, that was so much fun to read! Those facts about you were fascinating! Trained in etiquette!! Love that!
Also, the kids pics are so adorable! have a Happy Easter!
xox natalea

hi jenn, thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures, your children are perfect…you have a beautiful life. happy easter to you …ann

What a great post! Your Little Ones are absolutely adorable!
Happy Easter!

Happy Easther to you too! I love the pictures of your children. They are so adorable. Great things you’ve shared here as always… and wow… you were a blonde too! So was I… my whole life actually – blonde is my REAL haircolor!
Have a fun weekend.

Jenn…you are one of the sweetest, most honest people I have ever “known” in blogland OR in real life! You’re so thoughtful and gracious. Its always an honor to know more about you and get the opportunity to see your sweet little children! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful tidbits!

Jenn, Ok some things are not fair, here in Il. it actually snowed today!!! On Easter! Just found yor blog through my Friend Jillian, loved the photos. Understand how you felt about opening a tea house…my other friend has decided for now just to sell tea on the internet & do house “tea parties”. I always wanted to open a shop, so 9 yrs. ago when I retired from Marhsall Field’s as a visual design mgr.- I took the plunge. It would be hard if we had children, somedays!!!! It’s been a fun adventure- thank goodness my husband has a real job!!! Anyway had to tell you how sweet your photos were! Thanks for the touch of Spring! Monica

i love, love (!) reading your blog! i also enjoyed this post particularly about your desire to write children’s books. i feel the same way. i taught first grade for a little while and i always though, “i could write a better story than THIS!”. maybe someday. i love all your sweet little creations. so cute! have a blessed week and thanks for sharing. it’s fun to read about you!

Donna Lynn

Hi Jenn,
I too am a magazine junkie! There are so many of us out there it is surprising they don’t have an recovering addiction group yet! Love your beautiful blog, I am new to the world of blogging, check mine out at My house is in the April/May issue of Country Sampler Magazine it should be in the stores today…mine is called Decorating Destiny. Let me know what you think, Thanks so much I will add you to my blog list.
Donna Lynn

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