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Month: January 2018

DIY: Disinfecting Spray

DIY: Disinfecting Spray

DIY: Disinfecting Spray The flu has officially been reported in our area, so I thought this would be a good time to talk about making your own DIY disinfecting spray. I know your first instinct is to run out and grab a thing of Lysol, and I have used that A LOT in the past. But really the smell. I can’t handle the artificial smells, they give me a headache. Plus store-bought disinfecting sprays have SO, so many chemicals in…

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Vacation Planning: When and Where

Vacation Planning: When and Where

Vacation Planning: When and Where This post is the first post in a 8 part vacation planning series. Make sure you check back every Monday, for a new installment. Topics will include how to find the best accommodation deal, planning your budget, and meal planning for vacation. So you have decided to take a vacation this year. Or maybe you take one every year, and it’s now time to decide when and where you are going to go. So how…

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Building Project: Laundry Room Counter

Building Project: Laundry Room Counter

DIY Laundry Room Counter Prequel: Building Project: Laundry Room Re-Do It’s a toss-up about which part of phase 3 I was/am most excited about. If it was the second washer/dryer set or the laundry room counter. I knew what I wanted, and drew it out to scale (remember I usually do the designing and hubby executes). Turns out the original design was going to end up with quite a bit of “dead” space, so I re-did the design, and it…

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Building Project: Laundry Room Re-Do

Building Project: Laundry Room Re-Do

Building Project: Laundry Room Re-Do I am pretty sure that laundry is collectively one of the most hatted chores in a household. After all no matter how hard you work today to get “caught up”, by the time you go to bed there will be a pile of dirty laundry again. I was one of those people who had the laundry couch (some may use a chair). There would just be piles of laundry on one of our couches, and…

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Why Our Youngest Is Not Going On Our Family Vacation

Why Our Youngest Is Not Going On Our Family Vacation

Why Our Youngest Is Not Going On Our Family Vacation We made a really hard decision recently, and that was for our 3-year-old to not go on our family vacation this year. We went on a vacation two years ago, and she did not go on that vacation either. I did not feel bad on our first real family vacation, after all Paysen was only 1. She was not capable of grasping the fact that she was not taken on…

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DIY: Hair Detangler Spray

DIY: Hair Detangler Spray

DIY: Hair Detangler Spray My daughter is 3 years old. She has very fine hair, and it tangles very easily. She also does not like to keep her hair tied up. I’ll put her hair in a ponytail, and she’ll have it out before she even runs out of the room. What does she do as soon as she whips the hair tie out? She puts both hands in her hair and gives her hair a good messing up. Because…

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DIY: Pot Roast Seasoning

DIY: Pot Roast Seasoning

DIY: Pot Roast Seasoning I love pot roast. Okay, so I don’t eat beef, so I don’t actually love the pot roast, but I love potatoes and carrots cooked with a pot roast. I usually buy a package of McCormic pot roast seasoning. I have been making a lot of my own spice mixes, but pot roast seasoning was one I had yet to make. Roasts were on sale last week, so I bought two. I then forgot to buy…

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Building Project: Coat Tree

Building Project: Coat Tree

Building Project: Coat Tree I have always wanted a coat tree. When we build the Mudroom Cubbies, it didn’t appear that we would need one, so I haven’t gotten one. With no heat in the mudroom, wet snow pants stay, well wet. Every night I have to collect all of the snow pants, jackets, and gloves from the mudroom and spread them over chairs and the dining room table (which is where our pellet stove is). The only problem with…

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Raised On Homegrown

Raised On Homegrown

Raised On Homegrown Have you been to the grocery store lately? I can’t get over the price of groceries. I still remember prices from my youth, and it kills me how much less I can get today for the same dollar. Usually I spend between $30 and $50 a week at the grocery store. I don’t feel like I get a lot, mostly bread and dairy products. These are items that I do not produce myself. On the weeks that…

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Edible Landscaping: Blueberry Bushes

Edible Landscaping: Blueberry Bushes

Edible Landscaping: Blueberry Bushes Have you ever considered blueberry bushes as a way to landscape your property? When we bought our house I knew I was going to end up doing quite a bit of landscaping. Which I am still working on, 4 years later. It seems like every year I think of more landscaping projects, but underestimate how much labor is going to be needed. With 4 kids, what I think may take me a weekend, ends up taking…

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