Shared Kid’s Room Walkthrough

First video blog. Woot. Enjoy my amateur video-with-my-phone skills. Things I want to add: Never underestimate the value of a can of white paint. In a small space, less is more. If you need inspiration on decluttering, do a search on capsule wardrobes for kids or check out this post. Scale is king. Big furniture…

Back in the Backyard

The husband got ambitious over  the weekend. He cleaned out the shed, removed what was once a partially-complete, really-wobbly pergola, rearranged everything out back, put up his Halloween decorations, went to the dump, and brought me manure. We live in a suburb surrounded by farm country. Ask me about that sometime. One of our farm…

My Chairs…

My basement is overflowing with vintage trash and thrift store finds. One of my hobbies is refinishing furniture. I intended to sell most of these things – make my projects self-supporting and easier to justify – but gradually, they’re finding their way into my home as permanent features. I found a pair of these chairs on the side…

Eating Elephants

  The husband and I are great project starters, awesome, even; project finishers, however, we are not. We are currently working on… The back yard (if the rain would ever stop) The kitchen cabinets The kitchen island Finishing the basement Painting the bedroom Finishing the wall between the bedroom and bathroom Fixing the plumbing Fixing…

Neighborhood Tree Trimming Day

Here it is, not quite Autumn, and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. Early this spring I spent a great deal of  time researching trees. Thank you, Youtube. I’m planting an espalier orchard and needed to know how to prune my trees to create a Belgian fence. Espalier is where you train bushes or…

Free Meal Planner and Grocery List

This is going to be really quick. No pictures. This is the planner page I made for my meal planning and grocery shopping. It’s really simple. I put my meal plan and grocery list together so I can make substitutions on the fly if, say, flank steak is cheaper than stew meat. After being dissatisfied…

7 Ways to Save on Groceries

I’m reviving another old post today. This was my most popular post of all time, originally posted in April 2014. I’m not a foodie. I hate to cook with a blinding passion and I hate grocery shopping even more. Unfortunately, it’s something I have to do anyway and apparently, so do a lot of other people….

Baby steps

We had a long couple of weeks getting everyone back to school. Friday completed our first week of classes. Now that I have some time without bickering over Minecraft for 8 hours daily and making food 24 hours a day, I can return my focus to other things, like tackling the back yard. I know it’s…

The big, bad backyard project

This is my backyard. What was once green and lush is now dry and dead. Last winter we had some plumbing problems and as a result, the sprinklers we worked so hard to install no longer work without flooding my basement. Also, all the exterior components have to be replaced. Happy, happy, joy, joy. We…

How to have a successful yard sale

“Have a yard sale.” They said. “It’ll be fun!” They said. Earlier this summer (and every summer, really) my kids asked if they could have a garage sale. Normally, my answer is no. My husband hates yard sales with a passion. Saturday is our relax day. Strangers pilfering through our junk and haggling over a quarter is…

What I Learned From Staying in Someone Else’s House 2016

Last year I learned how to tame the laundry monster….This trip I often wondered, If this were my house, would guests feel at ease, or would they feel frustrated and unwelcome? This year I learned that the art of hospitality starts with organization. I’m specifically taking about kitchen organization. The two principles

What I Learned From Staying in Someone Else’s House

We’re Back from our trip to Oregon and glad to be back in my own bed with my own shower. We had a wonderful time. We stayed at this beach condo. It was an amazing location with great views. It was a little too opulent for this country girl and I felt like I had to…