The How-to Monthly: September 2015

This post may contain compensated links. Refer to my disclaimer for more info.

Welcome to the first edition of The How-to Monthly.  A new lil treat because several readers have requested more personal snippets into what’s going on ’round here in our crazy Southern life.  It’s not just any update but a jam-packed, plethora of my favorite How-to tips, fashion, encouragement, and randomness to keep you going until next month.

Let’s get started, shall we:

The Wedding

The most exciting thing going on around here by far is the upcoming marriage of our oldest in Less. Than. Two. Weeks.  Holy Cow – it’s here, y’all!  Be still my heart.  E and Captain were given a wedding shower in her hometown by her Sister and bridesmaids last month.


Just last weekend, some of my best buddies gave them a FABULOUS wedding shower in our hometown {the bottom photo shows us with my incredible “hostess” buds}


Princess has her bridesmaid dress = check

All the fellas have their tuxedos, including Superman = check

Wedding food bought and semi-prepared (we’ll be finishing up this weekend) = check

Mama finally has her Mother of the Groom dress = check and hallelujah

Word of advice to Moms:  The moment you learn that you will be a mother of the bride or groom,  start looking for a dress that fits within the bride’s wishes.  It is so hard to find one that doesn’t look like a granny formal or a teen, prom dress.  I mean, if you are good with strapless, backless, and not much material, you’ll find something easily.  😉

You’ll have a more up-to-the-minute glimpse into the wedding countdown and actual wedding festivities by following The How-to Guru’s Facebook or Instagram.

 My Recent Articles

Did you catch all of these?

How to guarantee that your kids will NOT turn out like Josh Duggar

Successful Healthy Meal Plans for Busy Moms & Advocare Peeps

How to become a Submissive Wife & put that Hubs lst {gasp!}

7 Reasons for a Marineland Vaca

How to make Healthy Meatloaf

How to make a scrumptious & healthy Blueberry Smoothie

How to get just 10 Minutes in a day!


My Fave How-Tos

I love Kendra’s take on How to Shed the Excess {and no, it’s not talking about fat thighs!}

On my Kendra binge, I also enjoyed learning how to make the perfect latte without the equipment!

Talk about instant gratification: How to Update that Kitchen in ONE DAY!

Most Moms want to know How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Let’s bite the bullet Moms and get organized for Fall

Fall is about here, y’all so let’s learn how to easily add FALL to our homes

This is GREAT advice of How to Teach Kids Simple Truths about Money


My September Favorites

Fall Outfit #1:









Fall Outfit #2:

pumpkin pie outfit







Fall Outfit #3:

casual outfit







Bible Verse:

this is the day










TV Shows:

Cedar Cove and Bringing Up Bates are the only two shows I’ve kept up with this season.  


bathing kitty cat








Netflix Movie/Show:

I’ve never enjoyed watching cop shows due to being a cop’s wife for the first portion of our marriage.  Too real and not stuff I like to dwell on but since Forensic Chemistry is on the docket this year, CSI New York {via Netflix} has been in the house.  We did a trial offer will Netflix to see what it’s like and I must say, they’ve improved over the years tremendously.

Inspiring video:

 If you follow me on social media, you know I am random about fitness… No need to stress about exercise {like I talk about often}, just crank up the tunes and “shake, shake, shake!”


What do you think ~ Was this helpful or encouraging?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Published on HuffPost and Okefenokee Living Magazine and other publications, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist and lover of all things ‘calm & cozy home.’

She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about southern family destinations and creating cozy homes they can’t wait to go home to.

Her hope is that overwhelmed women feel like family travel and cozy home gurus in their own right.

☕️ It’s THE REAL DEAL around here ☕️


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get 15 FREE Things To Do in Charleston
(for Families)
 Sent Straight To You!