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  In a perfect world we’d all have millions to use in renovating our homes. Shabby bathrooms would magically become luxurious spas. Grungy kitchens would transform into bright, state-of-the-art cuisines. But in the world we live in, most of us have to make do with much lower-budget fixes. Thank goodness you can still do a lot to improve your abode with a limited...

Posted on Aug 26 2013 - 4:00pm by Dayna Hathaway
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A backyard can be many things: a showroom for perfectly maintained grass, the setting for a lazy hammock, the context for a charcoal grill. These are all great, but really your yard isn’t living up to its potential if it isn’t a site for fun, fun, and more fun. The options are endless. Need ideas? Here are some great ones. Games Backyards are perfect for games...

Posted on Jul 22 2013 - 7:00am by Jessica Johnson
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Last year, my friend Anna wrote an article for organizing summer with kids.  It was so fun, I asked her if she had any new ideas for this summer and she did! Here is part five of the Summer Fun by the Weekday series – Jessica Johnson Most of our week is spent doing chores, reading, and having a fun family activity. Sometimes there is little time for playing with...

  Long summer afternoons are the perfect time to do some delayed home improvements. While you’re at it, considering taking on an extra project or two to add a little something special to your home or yard. Here are a few good ideas—ranging from easy to difficult—to keep you busy. 1. Make a striped doorway with washi tape. If you’ve always dreamed of spicing...

Posted on Jun 21 2013 - 10:55pm by Dayna Hathaway
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  Long summer days call for some extra creativity to keep the little ones occupied. Once you’ve exhausted the week’s pool time and visited every play space you can afford, you might wonder how to while away the hours. Thank goodness the Internet is full of seriously creative people who are really into sharing their brainstorms. Parenting blogs are overflowing...

    The acidity of vinegar makes it a great natural germ-fighting cleaner for many areas of the house. It’s also very affordable! That’s the good part. The bad…  well, vinegar may be a good disinfecting cleaner, but it sure does smell rather awful! Image by Lenore Edman   Even if you’re committed to cleaning with vinegar, others in your household may challenge you due to the smell. But you have options. Don’t give up on cleaning with vinegar! ...

  Oranges have so much more to offer than just a delicious snack or juice! I’m a big fan of reusing things, so I’m happy to say that orange peels can be reused for a variety of tasks. From the kitchen to the backyard, there are many areas where you can put orange peels to good use. Keep reading for several ideas on how to use both fresh and dried orange peels. I won’t leave you wondering how to dry orange peels either. From the slow method for drying peels to the super quick, I’ve included it all. ...

  What’s in your recycling container? If you have nice glass bottles that once contained soda, syrup or wine, it’s possible you aren’t finished with them yet! You may be surprised at the fun ways you can remake old bottles. Whether you call it repurposing, reusing, upcycling or recycling, the end result is the same – something new from something used....

With a little imagination, you can breathe new life into some of the old things that are headed for the trashcan. There are a million ways to repurpose your would-be throwaways, many of which don’t require you to have a crafty bone in your body. Here are ten ideas I find particularly clever. Photo via Realsimple.com Colander into an ice bucket. Since the ice in...

  With a bit of planning, you can make things much easier on yourself! I believe that’s true in so many areas of life, including when it comes to spiffing up your garden and other outdoor areas this spring. After all, spring is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy your outdoor space. So, if you can get tasks like gutter cleaning done more quickly, you’ll...