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Tips to Simplify Life When Moving

Tips to Simplify Life When Moving

When we moved out of our house three years ago into our smallish rental, we experienced our first downsize. Boy did it feel good! We had collected eight married PLUS three kid years worth of stuff! Even a minimalist like myself finds …
Fix Your Own Oven Heating Element

Fix Your Own: Oven Heating Element

I always thought these cookies were the bomb, but here’s the real proof: They blew up my oven heating element. Well, they didn’t REALLY blow it up, but while I was baking them, I noticed an unusually bright spot on the oven’s …
A Completely Honest DIY Kitchen Table Refinish

A Completely Honest DIY Kitchen Table Refinish

I am definitely NOT a natural DIY’er, whatsoever. But I have this beautiful, Pottery Barn knockoff table that has loads of sentimental value to me. It’s the first and only real kitchen table we have owned, and it’s endured love, wear, and tear. It’s held …
Make Your Own Angry Birds Catapult

{Make-Your-Own} Angry Birds Catapult!

  Angry Birds are all the rage, but I just didn’t get it. For a long time, I avoided this app (and all other marketables) like the plague. My kids didn’t ask, and I wasn’t telling. But eventually and probably in the …
clean & Prep Leeks

How-To: Clean & Prep Leeks

The leek is a vegetable that belongs in the same family as the onion and garlic. Once you slice it, you will see why. The stalks are used in a lot of cold weather recipes, especially soups. I’ve seen them used on …
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An Unconventional Baby Shower

I am spoiled. All five of my brothers AND my parents live in the same metropolitan area as I do. Sadly, that’s not the case on my husband’s side of the family. We live in all parts of the country and only …
Cleaning Therapy

Cleaning Therapy

As many of you know, we currently rent a smallish yet cozy townhouse. Our kitchen, though not exactly roomy, is Grand Central Station. Food is made there. Coffee is sipped there. Kids do their homework there. Mail, coupons, reminders, schedules, pictures, bananas, …