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How to Make Rain Gutter Bookshelves

Have you ever heard of rain gutter bookshelves for a nursery or playroom? Essentially, you cut pieces of gutter to the desired length, use gutter end caps and include some support brackets intermittently. You can find detailed instructions on Must Love Babies and Raising Olives. I have been planning to do this project for over […]

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Six Words About Motherhood

Read a great article about how Smith Magazine asked its readers to write their own memoir in only six words. It really took off and some of the memoirs have even been compiled into books. Their site has memoirs by different categories including Life, Love, Happiness, etc. There is even a category where you can […]

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Charlie the Candy Bandit Strikes Again

“Do you have a dog?” someone might ask.  “No, we have a Charlie, and he can sniff out candy like a bloodhound,” I would say. By all accounts, he should have a mouth full of rotten teeth. But alas, his practically vegetarian sister who brushes and flosses all the time had the cavity at our […]

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A New Fitness Option: Stroller Strides

In honor of, you know, January, and everyone’s renewed focus on fitness…meet Holly! Holly is a mother of two and mompreneur who runs a fitness-related business called Stroller Strides. And while Holly’s business is located in Knoxville, Tenn. Stroller Strides has numerous locations around the U.S., which is why I thought this might be interesting […]

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And the $50 Home Depot Gift Card Winner is…

Christina! Congratulations — second time’s the charm! I hear some blue (washable) paint calling your name. Many thanks to The Home Depot for making this giveaway possible! And by the way, if I ever work at one of your stores, I totally want to drive the Zamboni. (Although, with my inability to clear a doorway, […]

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Motherhood Moments

Found the missing piece to our sorry game when I cleaned out a closet and set these books on the coffee table… My daughter brought home her friend’s phone number on a piece of mulch. Okay, so here’s how I imagine the conversation went… “Gimme your phone number?” “But I don’t have a pencil.” “That’s […]

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Toys You Should Buy for People You Secretly Hate

Okay, if there was a lemon-of-a-Christmas-gift in the bunch you have surely identified it by now. What was it? For us, the worst Christmas gift was actually one from a whole year ago. That means it’s been giving me joy and splendor (and sphincter clenches) for all that time. What is it, you say? Why, […]

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LEDs in the House

In an effort to make our home more energy efficient, we swapped out the recessed lights in our kitchen with eco-friendly LED ones. Honestly, I would NEVER have tried this on my own. Why? Because these suckers are $39/each and that’s a lotta jack.  I also was skeptical about whether or not I would even […]

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Great Gift Idea for a Guy

If you want to reconnect with your neighbors, buy your husband a remote control airplane. I have called every neighbor in a 3-house radius to avoid some neighbor kid saying, “Hey, Mom, there’s a man in our tree!” Actually, everything came to a standstill when the plane ended up in the tip top of a […]

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Five Things To Do in 2012

This is me talking to myself – I’m not telling anyone what to do. But as the sun sets on 2011, I thought I would share my thoughts in case any of this resonates with you. #1 Make Better Decisions Time is precious, so I need to make better decisions about how to spend my […]

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