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Garden in a Glass

With our generally warm weather year-round, the South is able to sustain all sorts of green life in our gardens, planters, and little potted plants on our desks. But sometimes keeping up with plants is messy, and not always a clean look for our otherwise tidy lives. No one really wants dirt sprinkling our floors or carpets! Instead of placing our leafy friends outdoors (and often forgetting about them), ABJ… read more

Let’s Talk Basics: The Modern Thank You Note

Everyone loves the holidays for the food, family, fun, and of course, the gifts! But, with all these blessings inevitably comes an onslaught of thank you notes (and hand cramps) that need to be written. While most other forms of snail mail have been usurped thanks to the modern text or email, thank you notes are still a beautiful way to stand out and show your appreciation. Whether you received a gift,… read more

A Sight in South Carolina

While we may not have had a chance to see the real Garden of Eden, perhaps we can speculate what its landscaping would have been like thanks to Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville, S.C. Fryar taught himself the art of horticultural and topiary art without any background in either field by dumpster diving in compost piles of nurseries. From these humble roots, his garden grew. The beautiful landscape flourished, attracting locals and tourists alike, and… read more


the craft of brotherhood

Beautiful transformations happen at Lamon Luther. Salvaged wood becomes exquisite pieces of furniture, and once-broken and hopeless men metamorphose into skilled artisans with dignity and purpose. This is the story of those craftsmen and the reclaiming of their futures.    


Tipsy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Have you lost count of the number of photos posted on Instagram and tweets about Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Yeah, we have too, and we’re kind of over all the posts. But, what might be better than the PSL? A tipsy one! Brit+Co. changed our opinion of pumpkin flavors forever when they presented A Tipsy Take on the Pumpkin Spice Latte. This pumpkin cocktail has all the great tastes of the iconic latte, but with a… read more

Tryptophan or Tryptofake?

After the cranberry sauce and stuffing have been devoured and the backyard football games have been played, everyone settles down for their annual turkey-educed naps. We typically blame our Thanksgiving Day coma on a chemical in the turkey called tryptophan (or at least have to endure one family member thinking it’s the first time we’ve heard that explanation), but is this really what makes you so sleepy? Because tryptophan is a natural serotonin… read more

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