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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!


  1. Thanks so much for including me in this fun series! Hope you're having a great Sunday.

  2. Nice to meet you Kelly! Some most of those are all my favorites too minus the coffee haha. What a fun idea glad I took a peek into your blog!

  3. Hello Amy, I totally enjoyed reading about some of Kelly's favorite things! I like some of them too. :)

  4. Fall festivals are the BEST! I love going on hay rides :)

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  5. I would have to agree with all your favorite things, Kelly! Loved this!

  6. Hi Kelly,
    A lot of your fave things are mine too. Happy Sunday.

  7. I can relate to most of these with morning coffee being at the top of my list!! This was a fun post and I like how you listed them in categories.

  8. Kelly many similar favorites. Love the slushy faces.

    Amy such a fun one again


  9. How sweet! You just know that Kelly would be a sweet friend to hang out with. :)

  10. White sandy beaches by the ocean ~ I'll take that and die happy! Blessings, Cindy xo

  11. I LOVE the things on your list. Especially southern food and coffee! As a native Kentuckian, I miss southern food here in Germany :)

  12. This was fun to read. I love Kelly's blog and her beautiful home. Such a cute picture of the "dogs with smushed faces"!

  13. I love some of the same things and then you gave me food for thought on some new favorite things. What a fun series. I love Kelly's blog also.

  14. If only I could crawl into the computer and partake of that lushous plate of food, hug those dogs, kiss that chick and go all over your grounds...wonderful, wonderful!

  15. Love Kelly and loved reading about her favorite things. xo Laura

  16. What fun!! I think food might be my largest category also!!

  17. I'm right there with 'ya Kelly on everything except maybe the yoga stretches. Been a while on that!

  18. This series is going to be fun, it's a nice way to meet new bloggers.


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