Did You Know There Are Food Triggers for Eczema?

If you’re a mom, you are probably familiar with eczema (thick dry patches of skin). Eczema is pretty common among little kids. In fact, my son has it on his ankles and the tops of his feet. I have used a variety of ointments from Vaseline to Aveeno, but the most effective measure for us […]

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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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