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Eco Wrapping Ideas~ always better with Baker's Twine

Kids Artwork as Wrapping Paper I do love wrapping Christmas every year, as long as I don't leave it till the end.  The need to ship so many gifts this year has kept me on track by making a dent in my wrapping progress.Newspaper as…

OMyst Herbal First Aid Spray Review

As a blogger who gets to review a lot of really fun stuff, sometimes I get products that are intriguing, but I'm not totally excited to try it.  Case in point, an herbal first aid spray.  No one really wants to have to use a first…

Menu Plan Monday~ week of December 12

Here is this week's plan.  I had some technical difficulties last night posting so it's a day late.  After hosting a rather large holiday open house last weekend, I planned some very simple meals for this week. I don't think I need…

Winter Wellness Tips

I attended a wonderful event today and got to listen to Dr. Meg Meeker talk about how to prepare ourselves and our kids for the cold and flu season. Dr. Meg has four children and has been a pediatrician for 25 years.  No one wants their…

Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty & Style book review and Giveaway

Sometimes I read books that are a little light and easy to read.  Other times I go for something more meaty and though provoking.  Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty & Style falls somewhere in the middle.  I have been referencing this…

Menu Plan Monday~ Chalkboard Menu Plan

 I'm so excited that my new chalkboard kitchen cabinet is finally finished!  There is a large, door-like cabinet in my kitchen that we painted with both magnetic and chalkboard paint.  The chalkboard part works great, the magnetic…

Needham Holiday House Tour 2011

Today is one of my favorite events of the holiday season, the Needham Holiday House Tour. It always gets me motivated to get into decorating mode at home.  There are so many easy take-aways that I can recreate at home, or at least try.…

Waste Not Wednesday~ Candy Decorating

I'm packing up all the pumpkins paraphernalia in the house this week and looking forward to decking my halls in the coming week.  Here's a little candy to start the holiday season off on the right foot.  I love to decorate…

How to Recycle Old Crayons

As I try to organize our home for holidays, I am finding some random kid craft supplies that are looking a little tired.  My daughter went through a phase of eating crayons, so we have a few too many half eaten blue crayons in our art box.…

Christmas Light Recycling 2011

It's almost time for the boxes of holiday decor to make their way down from the attic. If I remember correctly we have a couple strands of Christmas lights that are on their last legs. Just checked and Home Depot is doing their holiday light…

Waste Not Wednesday- Make your own Turkey Stock

For this week's holiday inspired Waste Not Wednesday, I wanted to share my recipe for making homemade turkey broth. You can also follow the same process and make your own chicken broth. Bones are bones and bones are great!  This is also…

Have you signed up for Pinterest?

I am just slightly addicted to Pinterest.  It's a visual bulletin board, but with out all the clutter of having one in your home.  This week I read that some people are using Pinterest to plan out all their Thanksgiving day…

Waste Not Wednesday~ Vietnam Veterans Donations

As the holiday season fast approaches, we are trying to get the house in order and clear out some clutter.  We try to stay on top of our donation pile by gathering it in the basement in one place.  Once the pile looks like it's going…

Upcycled Mail Sack Tote from Uncommon Goods

I am a firm believer that you can never have too many bags.  Big ones, little ones and all sizes in between.  Lately, my husband has been asking for nondescript tote that he can bring his lunch or shoes to work in.  This upcycled…

My Viva Terra Holiday Wish List

I got a couple of quiet moments to enjoy the latest Viva Terra catalog and put together my own wish list of fun recycled holiday gifts.  There are so many unique gift ideas in this catalog that always make me smile.~Recycled Newspaper Dogs.…

Waste Not Wednesday~ Embellished Burp Cloths

Here is a quick project to use up some fabric scraps you may have laying around.  I love these fun burp cloths.  They look a little better than the plain old cotton ones.1. Wash all fabrics and burp cloths you want to embellish.  Dry…

Dr. Drip Coffee Review and Giveaway

I have to admit, I love coffee. Good coffee. Not roofer's coffee as my Dad use to call his black tar-like coffee. I started bringing a cup of coffee on the drive to school with me in 11th grade, so it has been part of my morning habit for a…

Homemade Applesauce

Throughout the fall, I took the kids to Belkin Lookout Farm for loads of apple picking and train rides.  Every week I made a big vat of homemade applesauce.  So many friends ask how I make it so here is my recipe.  It's super simple, healthy,…

Waste Not Wednesday kickoff! How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

I am really excited about starting a Wednesday series called Waste Not. My intention is to share ideas of how to reduce waste in our lives by offering clever projects, recipes and more. If you are a reader with an idea to share, please consider…

A Little Warmth on a Gray Day

Today is a gloomy day.  The kind where you get up and have to put lights on because it's so dark in the house.  We were blessed with some Indian summer weather here in the Northeast, so this cool rainy day feels especially gloomy after…

Reuse those yogurt containers

We go through a lot of yogurt in our house.  It may be from a large 32 oz tub, a kid size container, or a squeezy tube that works wonders to calm a two year old.  We typically have our yogurt with my homemade granola recipe and…