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Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude

Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude

I have a thing for quotes. I love the way they can convey such deep meanings even when they consist of just a few words. So, just in time for Thanksgiving (it’s closer than you think!), I have collected a baker’s dozen quotes about Gratitude, […]

How to Use Checklists to Stay Organized

How to Use Checklists to Stay Organized

I love a good checklist. I make them all the time, for all different reasons, and usually have several that I’m working on at once. That makes sense, I guess, since I am a naturally organized person. But do checklists work for everyone? I think […]

Cozy Up Your Couch with Pillows and Throws

Cozy Up Your Couch with Pillows and Throws

We are having a heatwave this weekend in Southern California – but most of the rest of the country is well into fall! You may be thinking of ways to bring a little warmth into your home about now, so I’ve brought you a selection […]

Make a Difference:  5 Great Posts to Read

Make a Difference: 5 Great Posts to Read

Every year on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of people across the United States participate in activities designed to make a positive difference in the world. Since 1992, this day has been recognized as Make a Difference Day. Posts That Are Sure to Inspire […]

How to Make Small Talk in a Group of Strangers

How to Make Small Talk in a Group of Strangers

I’m heading out to a conference in the morning. It’s designed to be a highly interactive event, and I have never met any of the other participants. To make myself feel at ease, I’ve researched some pointers on how to make small talk in a […]

How to Regain Motivation When It Disappears

How to Regain Motivation When It Disappears

A couple of days ago, my motivation disappeared. One day it was here, and the next, POOF! I didn’t know how to regain my motivation – I just wanted to lay on the couch on my patio and sleep the day away in the sunshine, […]

Create a Coffee Bar From an Outdated Wet Bar

Create a Coffee Bar From an Outdated Wet Bar

With a little cash and a little more elbow grease, it is possible to create a beautiful, functional coffee bar that gets used every morning! This project took a bit of planning but ultimately, it was one of the quicker DiY projects we have taken […]

Great Novels With Unforgettable Characters

Great Novels With Unforgettable Characters

I love to read and always have. There is nothing like a great novel to pull you out of the plane of your own existence and open a new world for you. There are some books I read once and pass along to others, and […]

A Fall Capsule Wardrobe for A Young Professional

A Fall Capsule Wardrobe for A Young Professional

My daughter recently created a capsule wardrobe for the fall season. Capsule wardrobes have been popular for several years now (as evidenced by their popularity on Pinterest), however, this was her first attempt at creating one. I asked her to document her experience so that […]

How to Deep Clean a Coffee Maker

How to Deep Clean a Coffee Maker

What kind of coffee maker do you use? More and more people are upgrading to a french press or pour-over style these days. When we were in Italy, I fell in love with the Moka Pot, and I used it every morning. Back at home, […]

Update A Dresser With New Drawer Knobs

Update A Dresser With New Drawer Knobs

Today’s post is another of the short and simple variety. I am going to show you a 10-minute trick to update a dresser with new drawer knobs. When we remodeled our master bathroom, we removed but did not replace the old tub. We chose to […]

How to Remove Scratch Marks From Your Plates

How to Remove Scratch Marks From Your Plates

Pull out any one of your everyday plates right now, and take a look at it. Do you see a zillion little scratches all over the surface? The plate is not dirty – it’s just scratched up from daily use! Today’s short and sweet post […]

My Favorite Personal Care Products

My Favorite Personal Care Products

Here are a few of my favorite personal care products. Why do I love them? Because they all work really well! I would never recommend them otherwise. They are each a good solid, practical choice to do the job they are meant to do. As […]

Easy Ways to Exercise at Home

Easy Ways to Exercise at Home

We all know that exercise is good for us, and most of us (myself included) still don’t get enough. Out of all the myriad things we do in a day, it seems like exercise is the one we love to push aside when things get […]

Learning New Skills at a Weaving Workshop

Learning New Skills at a Weaving Workshop

Have you ever attended a weaving workshop? Lately, I have been really fascinated by all the creative weaving projects I’m seeing at craft fairs and specialty shops. Browsing through Pinterest shows this ancient craft has had quite a revival recently, and the resulting projects are […]

The Pop-Up Party:  Easiest Neighborhood Event Ever

The Pop-Up Party: Easiest Neighborhood Event Ever

Have you ever wanted to host a neighborhood party, but felt overwhelmed by the amount of work it would entail? Try throwing a Pop-Up Party. It’s the easiest event you will ever have, and your neighbors will love you for it! Getting to Know the […]

My Three Favorite Small Kitchen Appliances

My Three Favorite Small Kitchen Appliances

Today I present you with my three favorite small kitchen appliances. What Makes an Appliance a Favorite? What qualifies them as favorites? Well, since it’s me writing this, first and foremost they must be practical! That means that they really do what they say they […]

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Have you ever made your own dog treats? There are many, many recipes out there with all different ingredients. I’ve found my favorites are these sweet potato chews, as they are cheap, easy to make, and dogs love them. Feeding a Dog With a Sensitive […]

Gift Guide:  Little Luxuries for the Bath Lover

Gift Guide: Little Luxuries for the Bath Lover

Do you know anyone who really loves a good soak in the tub? I’ve created my very first gift guide just for the bath lover in your life! Gifts for the Bathing Beauties Among Us It’s hard to believe that we are only about two […]

3 Spots You Don’t Want to Miss When Cleaning Your Bathroom

3 Spots You Don’t Want to Miss When Cleaning Your Bathroom

Today I’d like to talk to you about your bathroom. Yeah, it’s not my favorite topic, either, but I wanted to share 3 little secrets with you. You know how when you finish cleaning your bathroom, sometimes it still just doesn’t seem clean? You’ve scrubbed […]