Let There Be Light!

How to Paint Oak Stairs (Without Sanding First!)

Sometimes I want to kick myself for not starting this blog 7 and a half years ago (about the time that hubby and I moved into our house).  I could have written over a dozen DIY posts for you like how to install hardwood floors, tiles and trim, swap light fixtures, install new faucets, painting tips, wallpaper, ... My husband and I did all of those projects right here at home well before this blog even existed! It doesn't make much sense for me to write about them now because I don't have many photographs nor real time updates and costs....more

No Solicitation Printable Signs

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5 Steps Toward a Nontoxic Home

We are exposed to toxins on a daily basis, but just how much depends on the foods we eat, the furniture we sit on, the lotions we decide to put on our bodies and the products that surround us.The degree to which we potentially put our children’s health at risk depends on the different products we decide to bring into the house. Their exposure to toxins begins before they are even born. Whatever we inhale or ingest can have a lasting effect on our children....more
Great post. I love the plant suggestion. I really need to get rid of those awful "rubber" ducks too.more

life on the porch - tips and stuff

 Hey Homies! Let's talk about all things porch. I love it out here. This is where I live now. This porch. Eat, drink, read, and sometimes sleep, so yes, I'm a porch dweller. Dude, you can not blame me.  I'm sitting in that chair right now as I write this up....more

Filter Out The Filth: Allergy Season Is Here!

Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, headache- it can only mean one thing: allergy season is upon us. And it seems that no matter how much we clean our house and wash our hands there’s nothing we can do to escape the wrath of allergy season. Or is there?...more

Getting Organized in 2015: Weeks 9-11 - Addresses/Contacts, Mail, and Paying Bills

In an effort to be better organized this year, I am taking the 52 week challenge, offered by another blogger (Home Storage Solutions 101). We've been following along for 11 weeks now and it's been eye opening and absolutely amazing to get this place in shape for the new year....more

Life Lessons: How To Handle Clogged Toilets

Well, there isn't really a nice way to start this conversation, so we will just go ahead and say it: toilets get clogged every single day. It's just part of life. If we could give statistics on that we would, but the number is probably too high (and a little awkward to conduct a survey about that, don’t you think?).  What happens is that kids flush down their toys and people tend to use way too much paper, among other reasons and foreign objects that find their way into the toilet bowl....more

On Leaving Home

We are the generation that goes home again. It’s happened to many of us; after college we go back home while we search for the perfect job, the perfect haircut, or ourselves, but before we come home again we must first leave.In the search for independence we leave home, either when we move to a dorm or apartment in our hometown or another state to get “the college experience,” or maybe even leaving the country for a semester abroad. No matter how far we move or travel we learn to adjust without mom’s cooking and taking care of ourselves, but somehow it always seems temporary....more