DIY Archive

Do you like doing budget-friendly craft projects with the kids that are easy and fun? If so, do I have a cool book for you…. Just before our first major snow storm of the new year, I received crafting guru Jamie Dorobek’s awesome book, “Creating Really Awesome Free Things,” to review. While other mamas and papas were going stir crazy with a week off from school, my kids and I were having fun making everything from toilet paper reindeer to cereal box puzzles. This crafty mama totally saved us during Virginia’s big dig out!

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Valentine’s Day, like most holidays, can be a cringe-worthy event for food allergy mamas like me. With boxes of allergen-laden candy taking center stage in our commercially-inspired celebrations, we must plan ahead to ensure our kiddos are safe and included, ideally with some food-free fun. This year, I found a cool, fun, allergen-friendly Valentine idea that is sure to be a hit with the kids: the tie-dyed Valentine’s Day card!

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Do you find yourself weeding through your inbox to find that important e-mail you were saving? Or perhaps it takes you forever to find something to wear with the clothes piled high in your closet? With the days of summer dwindling down and back-to-school organization a must, I’m getting myself and my things in order and ready for a busy and exciting fall schedule. To put it simply, we need to clear out the clutter. Here are my top five tips for clearing out the clutter.

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So there’s a charming historic home that dates back to the 1800s and is for sale down the road. Oh, how I’d love to turn it into my family’s dream home and potentially a B&B. As the parent of a child with food allergies, staying at home and freelancing has been the best option for my family. In addition to writing, I also love historic homes and can’t help but think about the one just around the corner. But would running a B&B be realistic? Could we stay afloat? Would it really be the dream home and lifestyle for my family? The reality is that running a B&B takes a lot of elbow grease, sweat and smarts.
For those of us who have what I call “the Four P’s”–the personality, patience, place and price, inn-keeping could be the answer to having the home and job of our dreams. I’ve also discovered another “P” that could be the secret ingredient to success.

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