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300th Sweetgum Life Blog Post Giveaway!

Welcome to my 300th Sweetgum Life Blog Post Giveaway! It’s hard to believe that I’ve posted 300 times!

I hope you’ll celebrate with me by entering my giveaway. All you have to do is tell me your favorite post in the Comment section, below. Of course, I also want to know why you like the post so much.

I started my blog in 2013 after reading Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. I related to it so much because of my life growing up in rural south Alabama. We did have “help” while Mom worked in my parents’ store, Jachin Grocery. Things were a little different for us than Stockett’s fictionalized account of growing up in Mississippi during the upheaval of the 1960’s–I grew up in the post-Civil Rights era of the 70s-80s.

I do have the fondest memories of our help, Vianna, my beloved childcare provider. I’m sure she had a positive influence on my perception of African-Americans. One of my childhood playmates was not nice to her maid. But I loved Mary Anne to death and loved to cuddle up with her when I visited my playmate. Not saying that I was a perfect little child, but I look forward to seeing Vianna and Mary Anne in Heaven one day, because I’m sure they’ll be there.

What is Sweetgum Life about?

Www.sweetgumlife.com focuses on the beauty of a simple life with faith, warmth, nostalgia, and humor by sharing life and southern culture from a wife and mom’s perspective.

Sunflowers at Sweetgum House.

Sweetgumlife — A Southern Lifestyle Blog

No one can deny the cultural differences that are part of the United States. Television, film, and literature perpetuate these stereotypes–and I do too, at times. I also tend to romanticize life in the South. But just like the castles in Europe, no life is without problems common to the human race. I’m a very positive person, and I tend to focus on the good. We get enough nastiness from the news…that is, if we even bother to watch it anymore. I usually don’t and tend to get by just fine.

Faith

It’s true that southerners live in the Bible Belt, and for that I’m extremely thankful. It’s a great place to raise children. Faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has brought me through some terribly dark days and nights. I hope my writing always reflects the Light in my life. 1 John 1:7

Stories

I wouldn’t be much of a southerner (or a writer!) if I didn’t fill my blog with stories! I like to include the occasional short story or flash fiction in a post.

Amazing People

I post a lot about amazing and inspiring people. Sometimes they are entrepreneurs of small mom & pop stores like I grew up around. (My Papa started Jachin Grocery in rural south Alabama, and eventually sold it to Mom and Dad.) Sometimes I write about other writers like my college friend and published author, Melanie Dickerson. Look around and you’ll find amazing people in every one you see.

Family

Families are at the heart of life in the south. Each one is unique.

Pin It!

My Pin It section covers beautiful southern homes, antiques, crafts, DIY, and all of the stuff you’d find on HGTV.

White house in Five Points

The Giveaway

All you have to do is to pick your favorite www.sweetgumlife.com post and list it in the Comments. You must be a resident of the U.S. and be 18 years old or older. I will draw names on Friday of all who enter. You get double points for mentioning why the particular post is your favorite. Win a $25 gift card to Amazon!

Black Angus cow.

DIY Fall Wreath — Pin it or Pitch it?

Check out my DIY Fall Wreath, Everyone…Should I Pin it, or Pitch it? It seems like every door should have that little pop of seasonal or holiday cheer that comes from a DIY wreath. Why go to the store and buy one, when DIY is so much more fun! I got the idea from garden… Continue Reading

Lettering

Look what I’ve been up on this rainy fall-esque day! I checked out this great library book for those who are into hand lettering. The book is called Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists by Jenny Doh. It gives a brief bio about 16 artists and demonstrates a few of their techniques. I tried… Continue Reading

Introducing www.sweetgumlife.com!

Dearest Readers, It’s with much anticipation that I Introduce my new and improved blog, www.sweetgumlife.com! I am so excited to launch my new blog, after posting at www.thewritesteph.com since March 3, 2013. Although I’m a little sad to let TheWriteSteph go, I am happy to begin anew with a name that fits my niche better… Continue Reading

Pin or Pitch — Harrison Brothers Wall Art

So I bought these pieces of wood from Harrison Brothers a few weeks back. Wood glue didn’t hold the wood to an old piece of laminate flooring that I found in my Dad-in-Law’s junk pile. Instead, I nailed each piece to the laminate with some trim nails that I had on hand. One piece split… Continue Reading

Creative Christmas Crafts

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I haven’t but am determined to do so within the next three crazy shopping days! I want to re-post a picture from last year of good, heavy-duty wrapping paper from T.J. Maxx. This year, I went there straightaway to get mine. Here are the teacher gifts that I made… Continue Reading

Pin or Pitch — The Dustpan Project

  I found this vintage dustpan(circa around the 1950s) in a thrift store and fell in love with it.   I had big plans, and they were going to be a Pinterest hit. Hit alright, but it was a strike out.   I’m not giving up, though. (Think Thomas Edison and the light bulb!) Here’s… Continue Reading

More Spring Break!

Hi, Dear Readers! Would write today, but Princess Buttercup and I are on a spring cleaning whirl. We’ve got to do something with this house! Will try to get back tomorrow. Meanwhile, I added a couple of cool kid crafts on my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/thewritesteph1/ Talk to you soon! Stephanie Continue Reading