Southern New Years Traditions

I am a Southern girl and was raised that there were certain “traditions” that you do on New Years Day that might seem silly or superstitious to anyone who wasn’t raised with these traditions.  So here are the ones that we follow. I have heard of several others throughout the years, but I have stuck to the ones that I know. 


1. You must have the following to eat:

  • Pork: because pigs root forward when they eat while chickens scratch backward and cows stand still
  • Black-eyed peas: for good luck
  • Turnips or other folded greens: the folds represent money 
  • Cornbread


2. What you do on New Years, is what you will do all year:

  • Have friends and family over, enjoy life, take a day to relax. No cleaning or work (if you can help it).


3. Don’t wash anything or take anything out of the house. 

  • Don’t wash dishes or do laundry. Susperstition says that someone in your family will die if you do. 
  • Don’t take anything out of your home. This is a reflection of your next year- you don’t want things taken away from you. 


4. Don’t loan any money or pay bills. 

  • There is a superstition that you should not pay bills or loan money on New Years, because you don’t want to end up doing that all year long. 
  • It is suggested that you should pay off all of your debt and bills on New Years Eve so that you start fresh in the new year with no debt or worries. 


5.  Be very careful not to break anything on the first day of the year. It means bad luck for at least the next year. And heavens forbid you break a mirror….. eek!

Do you have any New Years Day traditions?

Wishing you a wonderful and happy 2014!!!







Kitchen Backsplashes

A few weeks ago, we talked about kitchen backslashes and where to end them. Check that post out here.

When we bought our house, we only had one option for a kitchen backsplash and I did not like it, so we opted to wait and do it ourselves.


After several options were narrowed down, we decided on classic marble subway tiles. 


One problem that I see alot with builder homes is when the wall cabinets and the countertops do not line up. This happens because the cabinets are the same length, but they do not account for the overhang on the countertop.

After doing some research, I noticed that the opinions are about 50/50 on if you should line up the backsplash with the cabinet or the countertop. My advice is do which you like better and could live with longer.  Here are some examples of how it can be done.

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Because I was not sure which I liked better, I used a sheet of tracing paper and drew the tile pattern to scale. Then I was able to hang it up and see the pros and cons of each way. By using tracing paper, you can see outlets and other obstructions that you will have to deal with.

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After looking at these for a few days I have decided which looks and works best for us.

Which way would you choose?

Outdoor Decor

As Christmas time approaches, here are some outdoor decor ideas to inspire you!

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The weather here has been so rainy and cold, that we have not done any decorations outside yet. I feel like such a slacker. How about you guys? Are you finished decorating?

Happy Holidays!


The Hunger Games: Set Design

If you are like the rest of the world, you have seen the Hunger Games sequel: Catching Fire. If you haven’t, don’t worry, I won’t give any of the plot away.

Here are pictures from the set design:

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Atlanta was home to the movie and they used several areas to film instead of using a studio set.

The Swan House was one of the sites.  They still have several rooms still propped from the movie. You can tour it yourself and even have a few photo opportunities (one being President Snow’s office)





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What did you think about the movie? What was your favorite set?