Back to School Tip: Days of the Week Clothing Organizer

I don’t know about you, but getting out the door in the morning for us can go from smooth to hairy in a nanosecond with the opening of a closet door. It seems my daughter always wants to wear the velvet Christmas dress when it’s 95° or a sun dress when it’s winter. It’ much better if the clothing decisions have […]

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Back to the Future! What Would You Say to Your Younger Self?

I was in a dressing room at TJ Maxx. I looked in the mirror and thought: Hey, is that Texas? Oh… No, that’s just my butt. No wonder these pants don’t fit!  I got to thinking about how I used to look and the “problem areas” I thought I had. It made me think about what I would […]

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Pilgrimage to a Design Mecca

I was working on my first free-lance newspaper article called Old Things, New Use. Part of the research included an interview at the home of interior designer Todd Richesin. My “don’t screw-up…don’t screw-up” mantra faded away as I drove up to a beautifully appointed French-style house. Looking over at the passenger seat, I took stock of the things […]

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How I Saved $54 on a Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair

With unemployment comes sticker shock. Things I used to buy without much thought require a bit of creativity now that we live on one income. I like a challenge, so it’s actually kind of fun to find ways to get what I want for less. Here’s my latest score. The want: A second Pottery Barn […]

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Christmas in August?

If you haven’t noticed, most of the shops have their beach towels on clearance by now. I picked up a couple for $6 each and had them monogrammed for $6 each. So, for just $12 – I have nice Christmas gifts for my kids, nieces and nephews. And getting them early not only lets me […]

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Time For A Reward

I dropped the kids off at camp. My sneakers hit the pavement in the parking lot when I heard it…Aretha Franklin’s Freedom. It was the last day of freedom summer camp for my kids, so I approached my day with an attitude of carpe diem. The fridge was empty and the laundry was knee-deep, but there was no way […]

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The Evolution of a Mommy Blog

I’m a newbie blogger (9 months).  Why do I blog? To get my own TV show, of course! No, no, no. I blog because I am lacking in purpose now that I am a stay-at-home-mom. I tried really hard to be Supermom. I put my Corporate America suits in the closet and donned my cape, […]

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Quick and Easy Start-Up Garden

My mom gave me a packet of seeds, so I went to The Home Depot and picked up a couple of clay pots. My daughter and I covered the rims of the pots with some chalk board paint. Then we planted the seeds and labeled them with chalk. It’s a quick, easy, and fun way […]

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Pack’n for the Heat

We are going to visit my sister, and I want to know how to pack. So I consult something I use every day when I get the kids ready. My handy-dandy weather forecaster. I got this a couple of years ago for my birthday. I absolutely love it, and I think every mom would benefit […]

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The Bubble Thing

We saw someone making enormous bubbles at a festival this spring. It was mesmerizing. The guy was using something called the Bubble Thing. It’s a plastic wand with a fabric loop that opens and closes to make bubbles. Big ones. To make the soap you combine Dawn or Joy dish soap with warm water and […]

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