Weekend Finds at Pottery Barn

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Hi everyone- Crazy weekend with rugby games, tennis practice, working on  basement  remodel and removing built in shelves and a desk for our baby girl’s  (college age) room.  But!!!!  I was able to sneak in a few minutes to run into Pottery Barn. I’m not a big fan of hanging at the mall, but I was in [Read more…]

Window Inspiration

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I have windows on the mind.    So I am spending way too much  time looking for  window  ideas!  What did we do before Pinterest?  Here is the current state of my windows and the post is HERE .  Taking suggestions.   And, here’s some options I am loving: Wrong season, but loving this for next year.. actually [Read more…]

Kitchen Window Woes

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Oh I need help! I think I screwed up my new  kitchen windows.  The  windows through out my house our the vinyl almond color, so when the Home Depot window guy met with us and asked what color windows we wanted we both said, “almond.”  Actually, my {first} husband didn’t use the word almond, but something along the line [Read more…]

Organize: One drawer at a time .. this is exasperating!

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It’s January and for many people it is the month to get organized.  It’s my goal too until my list gets to three pages and my OCD mind starts making sub-lists and then subcategories of the  sub-lists of the original list.  The organizing experts – how does one get that designation? – suggest tackling one [Read more…]

Cleaning the Grease on Kitchen Appliances: 2 Minute Tuesdays

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 I have a disorder: recipe aversion disorder. It’s a disorder that leads to a popularity contest between the small appliances: microwave, toaster oven and the beloved quesadilla maker. Each of these appliances help ME  feed my family. Cheese and pasta cover up a multitude of recipe mishaps! And heres the segue for this 2 minute Tuesday post. [Read more…]

Trader Joe’s Kitchen Cloths

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Hi everyone- I am in love with Trader Joe’s. Finding new favorites each week is the gift that keeps on giving!  The staff are incredibly happy and helpful.  Trader Joe’s, small layout and quality TJ brands,  proves “more is less.” Here is what I am crushing on this week: Reusable, washable and fewer paper towels.  I used these [Read more…]

What a photographer taught me about fruit

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Hopefully you are reading this with that great hook in the title.  One of my kids loves fruit. I buy fruit  in bulk because he will eat a 1/2 dozen Cutie oranges after school.  As always, when I buy fruits and veggies in bulk I am always faced with where to store the produce so the family eats it!  So this [Read more…]

Soup Bowls : Favorite Finds

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Seriously, I am learning to cook because of my soup bowls.   The official name is the double handled soup crocks.  It was love at first sight when I spotted these on display at World Market last year.  I spent 15 minutes debating about the color.  I went with a shade of green, but now I have my heart [Read more…]

Thrift-day Thursday

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 I’m trying, really trying to stay out of the discount home stores like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods.  But, there is some magnetic pull that sucks me in between errands or juggling carpools.  So it must have been fate or that magnetic pull that lead me to these dish towels on the clearance endcap!  What have [Read more…]

LOVE! My auto sensor pantry light!

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Hi everyone- Let me acknowledge that this idea was my {first} husband’s suggestion. And, when I first heard him mention it I was like, “Yeah, that sounds great… don’t forget to pick up primer at the Depot.”  So the last phase of our pantry makeover project  was the installation of this: This is an auto motion sensor [Read more…]

Pantry Makeover: Before and After

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If a pantry is any indication of one’s mental health: I am headed for a 72 hour psych hold!  Here was the current state of my pantry in January : BEFORE: A VIEW FROM THE FLOOR… DURING:  What was I thinking with this color?  Not even my dogs liked this color! Here was my inspiration: [Read more…]

Happy Valentine’s Day to Me

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The running joke in my family is that mom buys what she really wants! No amount of online links or photos of my wish list work.  I even posted this on Instagram since my children are over Facebook!   I actually ordered this from Crate and Barrel the day after Christmas when it didn’t show up under the tree!  The good news [Read more…]

Ikea Hack: Lazy Susan to Wine Barrel Server

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I found this wood lazy susan at Ikea. I think it was $7.99 ish so I bought two! Originally, they were a blond oak color.I bought two, painted them white and had plans to put them in the pantry.   But, they took up more space in the pantry than what each lazy susan could store.  And, the kids would [Read more…]