Stuffed Reindeer

8 weeks till Christmas: brainstorm decor ideas

With Halloween tomorrow, Christmas decor might not be at the front of your mind. But this time of year is the second-best spot on the calendar to score some great deals for decorating your home for the season (the best time is just after the holiday season, in January). So if you enjoy decorating for (read more…)

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Child's drawing

What to do with kids’ artwork

Every child is a prodigious Picasso. As parents, we have a difficult time knowing what to do with the plethora of masterpieces crafted by our children. If we toss them, we feel guilty, If we display them all, we might as well wallpaper our refrigerator. Kids have no shortage of inspiration and creativity, and if (read more…)

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symmetrical wall art

Artwork in your home: the how, the where, and the what

The following is a guest post from Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles, and was originally published on June 15, 2008. I love to inspire others to find joy in the simple things in life, as well as share my journey as a mom of three little boys. My passions include decorating and design, photography, literature, (read more…)

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kneaded dough

Back to the basics

As a generation of mothers, there is a trend calling us back to our roots. There’s something in many of us that longs for a more traditional sort of homemaking — from scratch, and back to the basics. Historically, the women’s liberation movement in the latter half of the 20th century threw the baby out (read more…)

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Use the good stuff

A few years ago, I read this excerpt from one of Erma Bombeck’s columns, when she discovered she was dying from cancer — it was titled “If I Had to Live My Life Over”: “… I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked (read more…)

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