Make Way for a Kinder, Gentler Elf

Elf on the Shelf has been bashed, knocked around and rebelled against by many parents. Admittedly, the premise of Elf on the Shelf is a tad creepy. In Theory, Here’s How it Works:  The elf comes boxed in a fancy gift box  with a storybook of how the elf came to be.  Additional elf outfits […]

Why Send Christmas Cards???

You follow Friends and Family and People You Hardly Know on Social Media…Right?   Facebook, Instagram, Email.  You’ve seen it All. Heard it All.  Chatted in cryptic phrases and emoji images. Whether across the street, town, city or universe…You’re Connected. All True. So why take on the Archaic Task of sending Christmas Cards? For me, […]

Simple Trick to Keep Cats Out of the Christmas Tree…And It’s Working!

We have a Naughty Cat.   And this Cat is Smart.     Naughty and Smart…a Disastrous Combination Anytime…but Especially at Christmas. Enter This Year’s Tree.     Sparkly and Glittery.  Gloriously Dressed In Silver.   Graced with Heirloom Ornaments.  Lovely.     But No Matter Live or Fake…     With a Christmas Tree […]

Thanksgiving Dinner…and to All a Good Night!

Thanksgiving Day Upon Us, Our Elf Found Her Way, We’re All Up Before the Sun, For the Cookers’ Biggest Cooking Day.   An Electric Roaster for the Bird,   We Hatch a Brilliant Plan, 16 pounds fit Snugly and Tucked Away to Cook Without a Helping Hand.   Hot from the Oven Sweet Rolls, A […]

Build, Laugh, Love. The “Someday We’ll Go to France” Laundry Room Reveal!

We Built a Laundry Room. In 1 Month.   With Meager Funds.  Our Design.  And Filled with Shop-the-House Stuff. Ready?  Oh Good.  Can’t Wait to Show You. Remember these Bricks….Each plays a Vital Part in this Crazy Endeavor.   Let’s Take a Moment to Look Back.  This is Where We Began. Time Frame:   One […]

Thanksgiving Decor – One. Two. Three. Free. Free. Free.

I Love Thanksgiving. A Day to Fuss.  Primp.  Cook.  Laugh.  Eat.  Enjoy.  And Be Thankful. To Be Together.  To Give Thanks. And There’s Still Plenty of Time to Jazz Up Your Thanksgiving and Make it a Tad More Special. The Best Place to Begin the Thanksgiving Celebration is With the Table.   Try These Three […]

Measure Twice, Dig Once

I was asked the question that I thought I’d never be asked… How Large Do You Want the Laundry Room to Be? Could you build it maybe to the end of the house to fill in this little open space? Will that work? Sure.  But You Know, You Can Go Much Bigger…and It Will Cost […]

Could be the Last Trick or Treat…

Or Not. To Celebrate, We are Preparing a Memory-Making Meal Before Trick or Treating. Human Guts and Severed Fingers.  Perfect. And Quick and Easy to Create. Care to Try it?….Here’s What You Need: Ribs.   Red Pepper. Green Olives.  Biscuits. Linked Sausage. Hot Dogs. Green Beans. Mashed Potatoes. Hot Dog Buns. To Prepare the Hot […]

5 Tips For Creating a Laundry Room to Love

Let’s Talk Laundry.  Or More Specifically, the Laundry Room/Space. Where Do You Do the Laundry? In the Basement of Your Home?  In a Hallway behind Folding Doors? Maybe a Space in the Kitchen?  In the Garage? Perhaps You Have a Designated Laundry Room. Or Like Me, You Do Laundry in a Tiny Space at the […]

Sometimes You Just Need to Buy a Castle

I am House Obsessed.  Forever and Always. As a Kid I Built Houses Out of Anything Large Enough for Me to Fit Inside. Houses Constructed from Major Appliance Boxes were Jewels.  Fallen Tree Limbs Worked Too.   I Would Spend Hours Designing and Building and Decorating the Space. At Lunchtime, Eating in My Special House […]