Category Archives: handy household tips


Scott has been gone on business for a few days. I woke up the other morning to find this list on the counter: Taylor is following in his father’s footsteps; both in helpfulness and the need to write lists. Scott … Continue reading

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Loving the weather and random thoughts on grocery shopping

We are having a warm spell here… it’s been in the mid seventies for a couple of days. How nice to be able to sit outside again! And has anyone noticed that if you kept your flowering plants alive during … Continue reading

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Favorite things

I was thinking about favorite products and tools that help me in the day to day life around our home. I can boil it down to three things. An extra-good, heavy duty iron, a product that saves me from laundry … Continue reading

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What to do with your leftover mashed potatoes

I had some leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge, and no leftover gravy, which meant in my estimation, they were pretty much useless. But then I recalled my mother telling me she made potato soup with them. So I checked … Continue reading

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An ingenious solution to hanging laundry

I have a confession to make.  When I  started this blog I had the notion that I would have many before and after posts.  After all we’ve redone every inch of our house, had more projects than I can remember … Continue reading

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What to have just in case….

Last post I said I would share how to be prepared in case of a storm and power outage. So here comes a pretty long, slightly boring post 😉 When we went through nine days without power, my husband and … Continue reading

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Sandy – the hurricane

Someone asked me how we experienced hurricane Sandy and the subsequent black-out. How did we manage without power? Well the short answer is that we did some preemptive planning, and we were able to use other people’s resources.  We were … Continue reading

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The romance of candles

Well, that title is a bit misleading since after nine days without power, candles have utterly lost their romantic appeal.  One good thing is that I managed to purge my candle drawer (yes I have one) and got rid of … Continue reading

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