My godmother’s birthday is February 24th. It’s been over 4 years since she passed away, but she’s never far from my mind and heart. Continue reading
These are so easy! After seeing the prototypes, my kids can’t wait to get to work on the rest of the napkin rings for our Thanksgiving celebration. Continue reading
That awkward moment when you remember that you were invited to a potluck event 2 hours before it begins . . .
We had already done grocery shopping for the week, and all of the tomatoes from the garden had just gone into a batch of Tomato Soup. I had a few cucumbers on the counter, so we landed on pickles. Continue reading
Our entryway is a mess. Our home doesn’t have a mudroom, so everything gets tracked into our kitchen (via the garage). We installed a bench with space underneath for shoe storage a few years ago (which we LOVE), but it was constantly covered with jackets, school papers, lunch boxes, mittens, mail, you name it.
We needed a place for all of the STUFF to go. And that stuff had to go in a pretty small space. I looked into lots of products, but none of them seemed like the perfect solution. I looked up plans for building a custom piece, and we could’ve figured that out, but it still would’ve cost around $150 and taken us a long time to complete (we lack both tools and skills).
So we decided to cheat and use a pre-existing piece of furniture to create the shelving/coat rack unit. I found a bookshelf at our local furniture resale shop, sanded and painted it, added a few hooks and bins, and voila! Entryway Clutter Collector. Continue reading
I was out of excuses. Everybody had bikes and helmets. We had a great bike trailer, loaned to us by some dear friends who wanted to support our 1-car existence. There are tons of activities and places to visit nearby. School was no longer in session – we didn’t have to worry about being late all the time. There was no reason for us to be spending so much time in the car.
It was time. Last summer, we had to stop driving everywhere all the time. Continue reading
Ranch dressing is such a guilty pleasure. The only way we can justify it is by putting it on healthy things, like carrots and cucumbers. When you make it from scratch, however, you may find that accidents happen in the kitchen. Continue reading
I made these for a craft show last December, and they sold out! I’m still making more for special orders. This quick crochet project would be perfect for an Easter basket. Continue reading
We just celebrated our 1-year anniversary as a 1-car family. We sold our little Honda Civic a year ago, and we replaced it with a good bike rack for our family car. Continue reading
Yes, I understand that it’s the same thing as Pictionary, but there is something that is way more fun about gathering around a giant pad of paper and drawing for a crowd. Continue reading
On principle, I refuse to get sucked into the Christmas mindset before Thanksgiving. However, I will let my mind wander to the winter holidays this week so that I can develop a game plan for the gratitude and food euphoria that come with family Thanksgiving celebrations. This is the perfect opportunity to short-circuit the impending retail frenzy. Continue reading