Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Hanging Flower Basket For All Seasons

Hanging Flower Basket - Fill with impatiens and creeping Jenny - So pretty! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Have you ever fallen in love with a flower pot?
Of course you haven't...that would be just nutty.  
I mean, who would do that?
 The neighbors would talk, for heaven's sake,
if they saw you whispering sweet nothings to your Sweet William, wouldn't they? 
But, between you and me, I can't seem to walk by 
the hanging flower basket in my front yard 
without my heart doing a little flutter.

Hanging Flower Basket - Fill with impatiens and creeping Jenny - So pretty! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Truth be told, my love affair with this simple baske
has been blossoming for awhile now.   
It began one fall, when my basket was heaped with gourds and mini-pumpkins.

Hanging Flower Basket | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

My heart grew even fonder, when it was filled with colorful fall leaves.

Hanging Flower Basket | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

In spring, daffodils and pansies
proved to be a match made in heaven, and I was even more smitten.

Hanging Flower Basket | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And now, this summer, I'm enamored with the combo of impatiens and creeping Jenny.
Don't they make a lovely couple? 

Hanging Flower Basket - Fill with impatiens and creeping Jenny - So pretty! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

So, yeah, I admit it. I've got a thing for my hanging flower basket.

Hanging Flower Basket - Fill with impatiens and creeping Jenny - So pretty! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I guess I've always been a bit of a basket case.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

FAVORITE THINGS: The Essence of Home

Welcome to the second edition of Favorite Things,
where guest bloggers share, well, their favorite things!

Today, my guest blogger is Kelly, from The Essence of Home.
 Kelly writes mostly about her elegant, yet relaxed, 
cottage-style-inspired home in the south.
Her blog was one of the first I ever read,
and I remember being absolutely smitten with her beautiful front porch.

In addition to writing about her always-changing decor, 
Kelly also shares snippets of her life family's southern lifestyle.

Without further ado...
Heeeeeeere's Kelly!   

Hi there!  I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home and I'm so honored to be a guest today on Amy's blog.  She asked if I would share some of my favorite things for her new blog series.  Well, of course!  That sounds like a lot of fun!  As I started thinking about what my favorite things were, I realized I had quite a long list.  So, I won't bore you with everything I can think of.  You might be here a while!  I broke up my favorite things into categories and thought maybe you could relate to some of these as being your favorite things as well. After all, I'm not a jet setting, world traveling person.  I live a simple life in the south with my family, so I'm not very complicated.  

So let's get this thing started!


1. southern style cooking

2. Mexican food

3. chocolate

4. grilled food

5. morning coffee


1. historic renovated houses (not formal)
2. rocking chairs on a large front porch

3. a water view from the house

4. Fall festivals
5. living in the south

6. going to movies

7. antique shopping

8. yoga stretches


1. dogs with smushed faces
2. pygmy goats

3. geese

4. baby chicks
5. blue birds


1. beautiful flower gardens
2. trees with spanish moss
3. white sandy beaches by the ocean


1. iphone

2. my car with all of it's bells and whistles
3. news channel

4. innovative household gadgets

Hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favorite things.  It was hard to narrow it down.  I could've included so many more categories and items.  I'm sure I will learn a lot from this fun series that Amy is doing.  I look forward to seeing other people's favorite things list!

Thanks for having me Amy!

~ Kelly ~

I hope you will stop by and say hello to Kelly at The Essence of Home!

Please come back on Sunday, July 10 for the next installment of Favorite Things!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Best of the Weekend and School's Out!

 Is it Friday already?
This week went by at warp speed!
We officially ended school this past Monday.
Junior Goo Shoes is going to be taking a college course 

for a couple of weeks in July, 
and he just got his first job! 
He starts on Monday, 
and we are thrilled that we no longer 
have to fund his social life!  

Just a reminder that 
if you are linking up any red, white and blue posts tonight, 
be sure to also link them up at our  
Yankee Doodle party between now and July 4th.
I've been pinning like crazy!
Non-bloggers, your job is simply to browse 
and soak up all of the patriotic inspiration.
Cindy, Paula, Ginnie and I are your hosts!

And now, let's get back to the reason you are here tonight,
and get this Best of the Weekend party started!



We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 

Last week's most clicked:

Edwardian Cottage Chic Decor - Hearth Handmade UK

A few of my favorites from last week:

Watermelon Lemonade - Giggles Galore

Smores In A Jar - A Little Claireification

 Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy - The Interior Frugalista

As My Garden Grows - Musings Of A Vintage Junkie

If you were featured, grab our button!

Don't forget to stop by our Yankee Doodle party,
 up through July 4th!
It's sure to be a dandy!

Let's link up!