Book: Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!


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Miss Meredith Sweetpea came across a cute book recently called Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters That the Rest of Y’all Should Know Too, by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, host of All Things Southern.

According to the book jacket, “Here’s everything you need to know from coping with the unexpected, competing in the Mr. Right Game Show, and raising children–to how to keep that marriage knot tied tight over time.” It is “Chock-full of Southern wit and wisdom, woven with quotes from real Southern Mamas, and sprinkled with recipes and other Southern secrets.”

Ever since the days of Scarlett O’Hara and beyond, Southern manners have showcased a woman’s “class” in Southern society. Without proper manners, a woman just “wouldn’t be accepted” into polite company.

I love all the little quotes from real Southern mothers, like:

  • “Never date anyone you wouldn’t consider marrying. You never know when you’ll fall in love.” –Lissa Spears, Natchez, Mississippi
  • “Southern ladies speak softly.”  –Monda Leggett, Denham Springs, Louisiana
  • “Just because it fits doesn’t mean you oughta wear it.”  –Tracy Nicholson, Thomasville, North Carolina
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Am I the Granddaughter of King Henry VIII? | Meredith Sweetpea


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L: Henry Carey; R: King Henry VIII; Middle: mashup of the two. The resemblance is uncanny. Could he be King Henry VIII’s son?

When Miss Meredith Sweetpea read the best-selling historical novel “The Other Boleyn Girl” she was captivated by the story, and read the entire book in one sitting. Have you read it?

The story, written by British historian Philippa Gregory, tells the tale of Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s older sister, who had a long-term affair with, and two children by, King Henry VIII prior to his meeting and subsequently marrying Anne. It is told from Mary’s point of view, beginning with Mary at the naive age of 14.

This book penetrated my mind, and for years, lingered with a familiarity unclaimed by any other novel. Continue reading

Expressing Gratitude | Meredith Sweetpea


Growing up, I don’t remember being forced to write thank you notes, but I did anyway. Now, as an adult, Miss Meredith Sweetpea finds that it is more important than ever to graciously express gratitude.

Showing that you are grateful for something you’ve received, or a kindness or gift someone has bestowed upon you, can often be a several-step process.

Say Thank You

First, say “thank you” immediately upon receiving a gift. I have unfortunately witnessed people who, upon receiving a gift, state, “Thanks, but I don’t need this or want this. You’ll have to take it back.” Continue reading

Secrets to Love: Respect


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While reading through one of her favorite books, Miss Meredith Sweetpea came across a section titled: Secrets to love: Respect. She’d like to share those words with you here, in hopes that all might glean a bit of insight into making your love life a little sweeter.

Secrets to Love: Respect

Excerpted from Living Romantically Every Day, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

I think that in order to love someone, you must first respect him [or her] and that respect must be tended to for the duration of the relationship. A romantic partnership is a relationship  between equals — I believe it ‘s virtually impossible to have a successful relationship, let alone a romantic one, with someone you don’t’ respect as an equal. Respect is a form of honoring a person and his individuality, and it’s so important that it’s part of the traditional wedding vows (“love and honor”).

Be attentive when you listen

Respect means holding your partner in a position of high regard and showing that you believe he is genuinely worthy. An important one is to be wholly attentive when you listen. If he’s telling you  a story, don’t interrupt. When he’s done, ask him, “Then what happened?” or “I think the part about X was so interesting. What do you think?”

Respect your partner’s ideas and opinions

Don’t expect the two of you to agree on everything. Agree to disagree about certain issues. As long as you agree on core values, such as how to raise your family, there’s a lot of room to debate everything else. Continue reading

The Butler’s Guide to Living Like Downton Abbey | Meredith Sweetpea | Books


image-of-the-butler's-guide-to-running-the-home-by-Stanley-Ager-and-Fiona-St.AubynMiss Meredith Sweetpea is quite enamored with Downton Abbey (along with many, many other people) and was delighted to find a new book titled “The Butler’s Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces,” by Stanley Ager and Fiona St. Aubyn (Clarkson Potter Publishers, New York).

Relating to the popular British PBS series, the forward is written by Alastair Bruce OBE, historical advisor to Downton Abbey.

The Butler’s Guide shares butler Stanley Ager’s “skills acquired during his career, which was a sort of ‘calling’ dedicated in his own words, to ‘the three most important qualities for running a home [which] are punctuality, organization, cleanliness.  If you master these, everything else should fall into place,'” writes Bruce.

The book is written with co-author Fiona St. Aubyn, the granddaughter of Ager’s last employer, the third Lord St. Levan.

Just Like Downton Abbey

Ager became one of the few in his profession to actually record what he knew Continue reading

Have a Dickens of a Victorian Christmas | Victorian Holidays | Meredith Sweetpea


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A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

What’s more beloved at Christmastime than A Christmas Carol by English author Charles Dickens.  We all are familiar with that story, but do you know the story behind the story?

A Christmas Carol was first published as a serial, telling the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his supernatural visits by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. It was an instant and popular success.

Written in the Victorian Era

The book was written and published in Britain’s Victorian Era, a period where old Christmas traditions were Continue reading

Tea With Friends: a Literary Tea Party | Tea Parties


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Author Elizabeth Knight

Not all too long ago, Miss Meredith Sweetpea had the honor of meeting in person Miss Elizabeth Knight, author of books like Tea with Friends. Miss Elizabeth was a charming woman, and shared her passion for tea and tea parties with our group.

What’s nice about Tea With Friends, is that it takes the reader month by month through a year of ideas o how to have tea with friends.  Following is an excerpt from that book that would be perfect for a Fall tea party.  Warm tea, crackling fire, and good company. What could be better.

image-of-books-and-tea-cupSetting the Scene for Your Literary Tea Party

A living room, book-lined study, or library with comfortable seating is the idea setting for your literary tea.

For a Centerpiece

In the eighteenth century, bookish society ladies who attempted to Continue reading

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