I spent yesterday cleaning out my closet and chest of drawers.  And when the dust settled, I had one bag of stained, torn or otherwise unusable clothing, and THREE bags of giveaway stuff.  What’s left? Almost nothing.  Which means I’ve been wearing a lot of stuff that doesn’t fit or I just plain don’t like.  […]

We’ll be having six kids over for Thanksgiving this year, and while I am thankful for my dear children, I become less thankful when they are sitting next to me complaining that they would rather have mac and cheese. Off to the kids’ table for you guys! Here are some decorating and activity ideas for […]

I love the ritual of carving pumpkins. Though as a child we stuck to the three triangles and a mouth method, over the years we’ve gotten more creative. This is in large part due to my cousin, who hosts an annual carving party. He is well stocked with a variety of carving implements and has […]

I have never been very good at staying on task.  I am distractible and can at times, be a hopeless procrastinator.  Years ago I started following the Fly Lady, a woman (now a movement almost) who touts the benefits of, among other things, tackling tasks with a timer. I still have that timer I went […]

With the kids home from school for the summer, there seems to be even more mess, more laundry, more dishes than before. Though we’re getting the kids to help out more and more with cleaning and putting things away, I don’t exactly have a Cinderella living here. Or I do, but it’s me. I’m trying […]

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While in a hospital waiting room the other day, I was looking through a magazine (think it was Better Homes & Gardens) and spied this project. My daughter has an iPad and though it already has a cover, I thought this was worth trying. A while ago I got this old Disney book at a […]