Lil Bits of Life

DIY First Aid Kit for Active Families

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Hello, my name is Debbie and I am a klutz. This is a trait that I have passed down to my kids. Being able to trip over our own feet doesn’t stop our family from being active. We are always outside and doing something. We hike and bike, float down rivers and more, we are just prepared and I always have our first aid kit ready for whatever may happen. (more…)

Tissue Paper Flowers Garland

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When you are a military spouse holidays can be hard especially if your spouse is away. We learn quickly to make the best of things while they are gone.  We learn to lean on our friend’s in our community and continue on.  Sometimes our best memories are made this way. We get together and celebrate the different holidays the best that we can. We decorate our homes, with homemade crafts like tissue paper flowers garland, we share cards and gifts and we cannot forget about the great food.


My Echo Bear

When my husband came home from his last deployment he bought himself the dog that he always wanted, a german shepherd. Little did he know that his Echo would soon become my best buddy.

My Echo Bear | My Hot Southern Mess


Tips for Visiting Disney Solo

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Back in January when I went to Walt Disney World for the WDW Marathon I did something I had never done before. I went and explored the amusement parks, all by myself. I know what you are thinking, Disney is the land of family vacations but you can have plenty of fun going solo too.

Tips For Visiting Disney Solo | My Hot Southern Mess


The Blogger Diaries… My Best Tips

On my runs, I often come up with ideas about things to write about. Sometimes I forget and then times like today I remember. What can I say, I can be a hot mess. On my latest run. the one thing that kept popping up in my head was all the advice that is out there about, how to blog. Yes, I am a small blogger in this great big blogging world but I have been at it for a while. Long enough that I can share my best blogging tips out of my blogger diaries.


Hello 2017!

Another Year is past us and it is on to a new year, Hello 2017! I really think the older you get the faster the years go by and if 2016 is any indication, this year will be half over before I know it. I guess that means getting my act together, making resolutions and all of that fun stuff. Who am I kidding, I don’t make resolutions. I am a self-confessed, hot mess, I don’t have time for all that silliness. Instead, 2017 will be my year of the big 4-0 and finding out what that means.

Hello 2017! | My Hot Southern Mess


Recovery after Hurricane Matthew

On Saturday, October 8, Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina. This is a fact that I cannot ignore. I cannot post blogs about food and other things I had planned without addressing the fact that I live in an area that is now entering the recovery stage from a natural disaster. The county I live in has been approved for support from FEMA. Our neighboring counties are in the same boat. I know those still without electricity, water, or both. Our communities are dealing with shortages of both fuel and food on top of everything else. When I see the pictures of areas that were hit much worse than my neighborhood, my heart breaks for those families. I am thankful that things were not worse for my family.

Recovery after Hurricane Matthew | My Hot Southern Mess


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