#2,476 Birthday Day + Mimmo’s.

Today was magical, beginning to end.  I’m so tired from having fun from sun up to sun down whilst growing a baby girl, so I will let the pictures tell you the story of the day we went to Sam’s 3rd birthday party at Josh and Em’s when it was brisk and smelled like logs on the fire : Then Walker’s Star Wars 4th birthday party at my brother’s house where mama and I happened to be accidental twins (and I will NOT stop wearing this perfect comfy sweater, like, every day): Then we dropped by the store and it […]


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Today was magical, beginning to end.  I’m so tired from having fun from sun up to sun down whilst growing a baby girl, so I will let the pictures tell you the story of the day we went to Sam’s 3rd birthday party at Josh and Em’s when it was brisk and smelled like logs on the fire : Then Walker’s Star Wars 4th birthday party at my brother’s house where mama and I happened to be accidental twins (and I will NOT stop wearing this perfect comfy sweater, like, every day): Then we dropped by the store and it […]


Erin

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

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#2,450 Season 2 is Coming!

We’ve been sitting on so many secrets lately, I know, but this one is almost as good as yesterday’s. We’ve been filming non stop since July 31 and we will wrap in December, because we’ll have the whole gang back together on your TV… When Home Town season 2 premieres on HGTV January 8, 2018! We’re moving to Monday nights, so set a reminder on your calendar!    


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We’ve been sitting on so many secrets lately, I know, but this one is almost as good as yesterday’s. We’ve been filming non stop since July 31 and we will wrap in December, because we’ll have the whole gang back together on your TV… When Home Town season 2 premieres on HGTV January 8, 2018! We’re moving to Monday nights, so set a reminder on your calendar!    


Erin

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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#2,398 The Pearl.

Even though downtown Laurel’s new Pearl Diner is a few weeks away from opening, we got a tiny sneak peek this afternoon (and a taste test!) to tide us over while they test the kitchen equipment. That’s just a perk of being framily with the investor behind the joint. We’re all so proud of how much Josh has accomplished all over downtown, but this will be the accomplishment that makes all our pants too tight thanks to Mrs. Pearl’s mac and cheese.  Hang in there Laurel, it won’t be long now.


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Even though downtown Laurel’s new Pearl Diner is a few weeks away from opening, we got a tiny sneak peek this afternoon (and a taste test!) to tide us over while they test the kitchen equipment. That’s just a perk of being framily with the investor behind the joint. We’re all so proud of how much Josh has accomplished all over downtown, but this will be the accomplishment that makes all our pants too tight thanks to Mrs. Pearl’s mac and cheese.  Hang in there Laurel, it won’t be long now.


Erin

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

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#2,346 Mobile Field Trip.

We took a day trip down to Mobile with the framily to buy some architectural salvage for the ridiculous number of projects we all have going on right now. We came away with 3 antique pine and teak chests for the bathroom and bedroom + Carrara mosaic tile flooring for the bathroom at half the cost we were originally going to have to pay before we found this close out stock. Of course if we’re gonna be in Mobile we have to go to the original Wintzell’s downtown…  It was mine and Jim’s grandfather’s favorite place.


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We took a day trip down to Mobile with the framily to buy some architectural salvage for the ridiculous number of projects we all have going on right now. We came away with 3 antique pine and teak chests for the bathroom and bedroom + Carrara mosaic tile flooring for the bathroom at half the cost we were originally going to have to pay before we found this close out stock. Of course if we’re gonna be in Mobile we have to go to the original Wintzell’s downtown…  It was mine and Jim’s grandfather’s favorite place.


Erin

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

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#2,277 Celebrating.

We got some very good news today and we celebrated it with our friends under the stars with a cool breeze and good food and Charlie Daniels on the radio. I can’t wait to tell you about it, but we can’t quite yet. 


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We got some very good news today and we celebrated it with our friends under the stars with a cool breeze and good food and Charlie Daniels on the radio. I can’t wait to tell you about it, but we can’t quite yet. 


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Friday, April 21st, 2017

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#2,648 Framily.

Let me tell you what I’m thankful for today. I’m thankful for our 4 dearest friends who are our family, advisors, mentors, defenders, encouragers and helpmates. Without them, the Mercantile would be impossible and I would be a mess. They’re my rocks, these goobers. And I hope and pray every person reading these words has a tribe of their own just like that. We couldn’t make it without Jim, Mal, Josh, and Em.  I’m glad God stuck us together in this crazy adventure we’ve found ourselves on. 


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Let me tell you what I’m thankful for today. I’m thankful for our 4 dearest friends who are our family, advisors, mentors, defenders, encouragers and helpmates. Without them, the Mercantile would be impossible and I would be a mess. They’re my rocks, these goobers. And I hope and pray every person reading these words has a tribe of their own just like that. We couldn’t make it without Jim, Mal, Josh, and Em.  I’m glad God stuck us together in this crazy adventure we’ve found ourselves on. 


Erin

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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#2,623 Sunday Suppers.

On Sunday mornings for the last several weeks, Jim texts our little framily and tells us what his menu for the night will be and we make our plans for Sunday Supper at their house. He’s the best cook I know, always making gourmet burgers or lamb or quesadillas, and tonight he really brought his A-game. I guess I’m gonna clear my schedule for Sunday nights indefinitely because I’m feeling a tradition coming on.


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On Sunday mornings for the last several weeks, Jim texts our little framily and tells us what his menu for the night will be and we make our plans for Sunday Supper at their house. He’s the best cook I know, always making gourmet burgers or lamb or quesadillas, and tonight he really brought his A-game. I guess I’m gonna clear my schedule for Sunday nights indefinitely because I’m feeling a tradition coming on.


Erin

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

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#2,554 My Tribe + Cloud Bed.

I’m a little bit shy.  Maybe you already knew that from reading here, if you’ve been visiting for any amount of time. And maybe I wouldn’t say it’s shyness exactly, but talking to people I don’t know very well takes every ounce of my energy. And I’m able to seem normal (I hope–It feels like I’m doing a good job at it at the time!) and carry on with chit chat at a party, but inside I’m scrambling to think of the right thing to say. And when the conversation ends and I step away, I feel like I have […]


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I’m a little bit shy.  Maybe you already knew that from reading here, if you’ve been visiting for any amount of time. And maybe I wouldn’t say it’s shyness exactly, but talking to people I don’t know very well takes every ounce of my energy. And I’m able to seem normal (I hope–It feels like I’m doing a good job at it at the time!) and carry on with chit chat at a party, but inside I’m scrambling to think of the right thing to say. And when the conversation ends and I step away, I feel like I have […]


Erin

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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#2,551 Mimmo’s.

We actually left the magic of downtown Laurel for a little while tonight… To make the 45 minute drive to Quitman for dinner at Mimmo’s with this bunch and the Pickerings to celebrate Emily’s birthday! Seriously, if you can drive to Quitman and you haven’t yet… Make time to do this ASAP. It’s such incredible Italian. The last time we went, we met people who drove from 3 hours away just to eat there! Happy 33rd, Emily!


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We actually left the magic of downtown Laurel for a little while tonight… To make the 45 minute drive to Quitman for dinner at Mimmo’s with this bunch and the Pickerings to celebrate Emily’s birthday! Seriously, if you can drive to Quitman and you haven’t yet… Make time to do this ASAP. It’s such incredible Italian. The last time we went, we met people who drove from 3 hours away just to eat there! Happy 33rd, Emily!


Erin

Friday, December 16th, 2016

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#2,537 The Laurel Mercantile Co. is Back.

I really can’t believe that 6 months ago, our little framily went to Josh and Em’s for dinner and left with a business plan to reopen Laurel’s beloved former mercantile by Christmas. Josh, a historic real estate developer, closed on the old Smith Furniture building this summer. It’s on the edge of the historic business district where little foot traffic goes. It was plain and sad, left vacant since the early 1990s. We felt like God called us to this building because of its remote location in comparison to the most popular downtown shops, and hoped it would help expand the […]


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I really can’t believe that 6 months ago, our little framily went to Josh and Em’s for dinner and left with a business plan to reopen Laurel’s beloved former mercantile by Christmas. Josh, a historic real estate developer, closed on the old Smith Furniture building this summer. It’s on the edge of the historic business district where little foot traffic goes. It was plain and sad, left vacant since the early 1990s. We felt like God called us to this building because of its remote location in comparison to the most popular downtown shops, and hoped it would help expand the […]


Erin

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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