5 Easy Ways To Add Fall Decor Into Your Home

Last week was the official start of fall. I started to feel excited about the smells, the sienna-colored trees, and the seasonal celebrations. All these things create a beautiful atmosphere in my own house, but how do I incorporate the fall colors and smells into my home without breaking the bank? ...more
When I was a child, my mom would simmer cinnamon sticks in a saucepan about half full of water.  ...more

How Often Do You Change Your Towels (& Other Important Questions)

People sure have a lot of opinions about washcloths, towels and sheets: whether to use them, how often to change them, when to replace them, how nice they should be, and on and on. What do you think? Let's talk linens....more
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DIY: Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

I try to live a healthy lifestyle, making small choices that really make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. I try to think about what I put in my body and on my body, and the things we use around the house. One of those little steps is making my own all-natural lotion. This project even ended up saving me money, so I think it's definitely worth a try. ...more
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8 Tips (and some recipes) for Hosting a Perfect Party

Last Thursday, we hosted a sit-down dinner party for my husband's colleagues and their spouses.  There were 14 of us in all. And it was one of the easiest and stress-free parties we have ever had!It certainly helped that the weather was absolutely perfect for our outdoor gathering, but everything went really smoothly. Most of this is pretty common sense, but since it all went like clockwork, I'm sharing some hosting tips with you today. (Besides, if I write them down, I can refer to this post for reminders, the next time we entertain!)...more

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

 When it comes to deciding whether to paint or stain kitchen cabinets, I find most people have a strong opinion one way or the other. Take my 1910 home with its very small kitchen, when we moved in, the cabinets were stained a blonde color and screamed ‘homemade’. I evaluated the few positives in the kitchen: ten foot high ceilings and the cabinets went all the way to the ceiling and another plus, the room got lots of light. So being the renegade I am, I decided to play off those attributes and painted the cabinets, black. Yep, you heard me, black....more

Paint My Home…Are You Kidding?

 Those were my exact words when hubby Dave suggested we paint our house ourselves. We had been thinking about painting our home for quite some time and had gotten estimates from professional painters as well as siding companies. Since our home is over 100 years old, we had decided we wanted to maintain its original integrity and paint it instead of using maintenance free siding. I have to admit we were a bit sticker shocked when the professional painting estimates averaged $5000 to $7000…ouch. So, paint it ourselves it was. Once that decision was made, we started to think color....more

5 Easy Ways To Add Fall Decor Into Your Home

Last week was the official start of fall. I started to feel excited about the smells, the sienna-colored trees, and the seasonal celebrations. All these things create a beautiful atmosphere in my own house, but how do I incorporate the fall colors and smells into my home without breaking the bank? ...more
When I was a child, my mom would simmer cinnamon sticks in a saucepan about half full of water.  ...more

How Often Do You Change Your Towels (& Other Important Questions)

People sure have a lot of opinions about washcloths, towels and sheets: whether to use them, how often to change them, when to replace them, how nice they should be, and on and on. What do you think? Let's talk linens....more
Rita Arens Best thing ever for chapped lips!more

Hiring a Handyman: How to Get the Job Done Right the First Time

Your patience and ingenuity with that funky self-assembly bookcase was, by all accounts, astonishing. People were talking about it for days afterward, and the bookcase in question is still standing.But now you have another major project — one that doesn’t come flat-packed and requires tools you didn’t even know existed. You need a handyman…or handyperson....more

My Farm Table

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8 Tips to Save $75,000 Just by Sealing Your House

What could you do with an extra $75,000? I know I could do a heck of a lot with that amount of money: I could pay off almost all of our ...more

DIY: Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

I try to live a healthy lifestyle, making small choices that really make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. I try to think about what I put in my body and on my body, and the things we use around the house. One of those little steps is making my own all-natural lotion. This project even ended up saving me money, so I think it's definitely worth a try. ...more
http://www.healthcaresup.com/adrenalast/ Another thing to understand is that the sexual health ...more

For the love of pumpkins

 "I love you!" I shout to Mr. T, jumping into his lap and planting a noisy kiss (or seven)."Why?" he asks, barely containing the impulse to wipe his face....more