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My Happy (craft) Room

Like most creative people, to be creative you need a creative space to work. For me that creative space is what I call my “Happy Room” or in other words my craft roomView Post...more

Saying Grace on Thanksgiving

Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie ...more
On Thanksgiving and before every meal.more

Life, Changes.

Today I live a life so different from the one I lived just over a year ago. One might expect me to say this, since I now hold a wonderful and bright little boy. But, when I say it, there's even more weight to the phrase. See, just over a year ago I was a single 30-year-old, intelligent, Bachelor and Master degree-d, recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh MSW program, professional woman....more

It's the Silence that Kills Me

Sometimes our house gets silent. Not silent in the way of the night when all are sleeping and things are well. No it's a deafening silence. It's a silence that occurs when one or the other of us need time or space for whatever we might need it for. Maybe we've been disappointed, maybe we're stressed, maybe we're upset. In many ways this silence is good. I'd prefer silence to long-drawn out arguments that don't go very far and where things may be said in haste or anger or frustration. I'd prefer silence to these things. While I was a kid, things were never silent....more

Are You Living on Purpose?

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Northeast is Back (Washington, DC)

Brookland, Eckington Place, Bloomingdale, NoMa (really known as the NY-Fla Ave Corridor)…all of these places have been great undiscovered places in DC to live.  While most now or even before the re-commercialization of U Street and Columbia Heights still preferred these mid-city center points, Northeast had been overlooked....more

Shoes, Food and Homes in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC

Whether shopping, metro, great restaurants or city living is your shtick, Columbia Heights has more and more – again.Just opened recently, DSW shoe fans can find the new store on the corner of Irving and Ashmead.  While there, shoppers can delight in the new Mexican-style Cilantro Grill “Lime” on 14th street in the center of all the Columbia Heights’ offerings....more

Frugality on Grocery Day

I have repeatedly said that being frugal can mean something to me and something completely different to you.  I used the cable television as my first example.  My definition is to be very careful spending money, but not stupid.  This week coupons, stocking up, and gardening are my examples. People use coupons to purchase groceries.  I rarely, if ever, use coupons.  I grocery shop the outside perimeter of the grocery store. I shop the baking isle, the condiment isle, and the pasta/bean isle on the inside perimeter....more

6 Ways To Use Stale Bread

Today I am writing about the titillating topic of stale bread.  I have used stale bread back in my nonfrugal days for stuffing my turkey or chicken. I never knew what other really money saving and easy ways to utilize it.The reason I am writing this is I have a loaf of homemade white bread that I forgot to add salt to the dough as I made it.  YUCK!  If you haven’t made this mistake then let me tell you it is just sad.  The salt added flavor and is without it is just a moist cracker.  Eww....more