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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 […]

Don’t Miss These Spots When Cleaning Your Bathroom

Don’t Miss These Spots 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 […]

What to Expect at a Community Garden

What to Expect at a Community Garden

Have you ever visited a community garden? These gardens vary in size, design, and management, but they all serve the purpose of providing people space to pursue their interest in gardening. Some operate as communal farms, where all residents work together to grow crops which […]

Simple Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like Fall

Simple Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like Fall

Living in Southern California, it really doesn’t feel much like fall around here. I’m still running around barefoot most of the day, but I would like to at least give my home a bit of that cozy fall feeling. So I am taking a look […]

Costco Grocery Shopping:  A Practical Guide

Costco Grocery Shopping: A Practical Guide

Today I did a big grocery haul from Costco, and I thought I would share what I bought. I’ve also got a few tips on how to stay practical while shopping at Costco, because we all know just how easy it is to lose control […]

Autumn Leaves:  A Poem

Autumn Leaves: A Poem

The joy and melancholy of Autumn, and the joy and melancholy of middle age. Do you feel it? What moods does this poem evoke for you? Related Post: Simple Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like Fall Please feel free to pin the poem if […]

How To Identify Fair Trade Products

How To Identify Fair Trade Products

It’s not just coffee and chocolate anymore! Fair Trade has gone mainstream, and you can find fair trade products of every kind in your local grocery stores, gift shops, markets, and clothing boutiques. October is Fair Trade Month It’s easier than ever to shop locally […]

One Simple Tip to Make Laundry Easier

One Simple Tip to Make Laundry Easier

Can I confess? I actually don’t mind doing laundry. I’d rather do laundry than a lot of other household chores. I like the feeling I get when the laundry is washed, dried, folded, and put away – in other words, finished. I’d rather do laundry […]

The Four Priorities of Fall House Cleaning

The Four Priorities of Fall House Cleaning

Ugh, it’s time to think about Fall House Cleaning! Didn’t we all just do our Spring Cleaning? House Cleaning in Fall It seems like we just cleaned the darned house. Why do we have to do another big cleaning now? I just want to drink […]

The Great Big List of Fall Home Maintenance Projects

The Great Big List of Fall Home Maintenance Projects

Ah, Fall…visions of apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin carnivals…and the reality of a whole heck of a lot of home maintenance projects!  “Winter is coming.” So say the Starks of Winterfell, and they are not wrong. Fall is the season in which we clean up, close […]

Challenge Your Fear of Failure: Do Something Hard

Challenge Your Fear of Failure: Do Something Hard

Challenge. Is that word scary to you, or exciting? Do you run from a challenge or jump in headfirst? Maybe the idea of a challenge subtly draws you in…but leaves you feeling a little apprehensive as well? Or does it just flat-out scream “fear of […]

How to Wash a Wool Blanket

How to Wash a Wool Blanket

How do you wash a wool blanket? What if it’s very old? How do you spot-treat stains? How do you dry it without shrinking? Fear not. Washing a wool blanket is actually a very easy process. I’ll take you through it step by step, until […]

Mrs. Meyer’s Acorn Spice Scent:  A Product Review

Mrs. Meyer’s Acorn Spice Scent: A Product Review

This post offers a review of the Acorn Spice Scent products offered by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Shopping Fun at Target My mother doesn’t like Target. I don’t know why. I thought everybody liked Target, so it was quite a surprise to find out that […]

What I’ve Learned About Self-Care That I Wish I Knew as a Young Adult

What I’ve Learned About Self-Care That I Wish I Knew as a Young Adult

What would I like to tell my twenty-something-year-old self about all of the ways self-care can improve a person’s life? There were so many things I took for granted all those years ago that I wish now I had paid more attention to. One thing […]

What is Kindness and Why is it Important?

What is Kindness and Why is it Important?

The wonderful thing about being kind, is indeed, just how easy it is. A word, a smile, one small act that demonstrates caring and consideration; all of these show a generosity of spirit. But why is kindness so important? What is Kindness? Kindness is considered […]

The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started

The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started

What is that one big, overwhelming task you are staring down? You know the one – you recognize it because it just seems so enormous that there is no possible way you will ever even get started working on it. Forget about actually completing the […]

5 Bad Habits That Sabotage Your House Cleaning Efforts

5 Bad Habits That Sabotage Your House Cleaning Efforts

Are you sabotaging your efforts to get your house clean? Cleaning the house day in and day out is nobody’s idea of a good time (well, nobody I’ve ever met!) Unfortunately, it does have to be done, and done repeatedly. Despite what my Hubs seems […]

How to Predict Your Future  From Your Daily Routines

How to Predict Your Future From Your Daily Routines

Your Daily Routines Predict Your Future When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your routines, habits, and daily activities? Have you ever thought about them in relation to how they influence and predict your future? When most people think about […]