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  Do you remember what it was like to have just gotten your license and drive a car without your parents? For me, I felt so grown up… like I just cut off the strings of parent dependency!  However, that feeling came to an abrupt halt as I found myself confused staring at the gas pump. One minor problem… I didn't know how to pump gas!...
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Woman, friend, sister, daughter, mother, aunt, co-worker, boss, niece, granddaughter, grandmother - our roles as women are endless aren't they? Trying to excel in each of those roles can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to! There are ways to simplify, and even half-hearted attempts have a lot of value! This month we have been sharing ways to...
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Sunburst frames and mirrors are popping up all over home decor lately. It gives a bit of a mid century, classic feel with a touch of modern thrown in. Recently, I saw one made from thin metal pipes, but it was heavy and rather pricey. After some study and consideration, I decided I could make my own using the humble drinking straw, and this is...
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  A vinaigrette has evolved in its use over the years to become an essential flavor booster to not only dress salads (their best friends), but to be included in the marinade clique, the sporty sauce group and the snobby fruit juice cheerleaders of freshness. A Vinaigrette Primer A great vinaigrette is rooted in flavor balance...
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by  |  posted under Anti Boredom Busters, Birthdays, Boys, Christmas, Crafting, Do It Yourself, Family, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Gift Giving, Girls, Holiday, Sewing, Summer
I am so excited about this post! It is the perfect last minute homemade Christmas present! It is super fun, you can pull it off in no time and it is green! Take it away Carina... ................................................................................. Jean Roads An indoor winter activity your kids will love! Have you ever wondered...
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10.02.13 Sloppy Joes
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by  |  posted under Back to School, Father's Day, Main Dishes, Patriotic Holidays, Recipes, Summer, Uncategorized
Fall is here and that means one thing at our house. Football season! I couldn't deny all of you ladies the recipe that seems to be our game day essential. I never liked sloppy joes when I was little and I think it had to do with the fact that it usually came from a can. This homemade, super easy and DELICIOUS recipe will have you wondering how...
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09.21.13 Super Hero Cape
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Supplies: 2 Yards of fabric Thread Velcro Measuring Tape Iron Sewing Supplies I made this cape from one color of fabric, but you could easily get two different colors (1 yard of each) for a double sided cape! Tear two pieces of fabric 31 inches in length. Lay the two pieces on top of each other and fold them in half. You will need a...
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09.06.13 Spa Towel DIY
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by  |  posted under Beauty, Crafting, Do It Yourself, Fashion, Gift Giving, Girls, Hair, Makeup, Mother's Day, Sewing, Summer, Uncategorized
It's been a hot summer here in the northwest. The days have been blistering hot, and although it's mostly dry heat, I sometimes feel like I'm going to melt into a puddle on the sidewalk. Something that always gets me in the summer is getting ready for the day. I love a really hot shower, but in the hot months I try and change to a more tepid...
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by  |  posted under Appetizers, Breads, Family Time, Main Dishes, Patriotic Holidays, Recipes, Summer
Okay, so we LOVE pizza at our house! Honestly, this “pizza on the grill” process took my husband and I a couple of times to get it just right. It cooks pretty quick so the trick is to have everything ready to go. I get the toppings and sauce ready BEFORE I make my dough. You can use any basic pizza dough recipe. I stole this one from my...
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by  |  posted under Appetizers, Gardening, Main Dishes, Salads, Summer, Uncategorized
While strolling through my local farmer’s market I found myself gathering ingredients to make a fresh, garden-inspired fruity salsa. But, I remembered I had a head of lettuce that absolutely needed to be used or it would rot a slow, slimy death in my crisper - ‘cause who knows when I would think of it again?  So, I changed my mind from making...
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