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Polish your wood floors with coconut oil

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Yesterday, I was putting coconut oil on the ends of my daughter’s hair to condition it before she took a shower. In that process, I accidentally dropped some on our kitchen wood floor So I just rubbed it in with … Continue reading

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Green Produce

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Living in the Northwest, many times our produce is not quite ripe when available. Pears and avocados can be hard and green, especially from Costco. To nicely ripen them up I throw them into a pretty covered candy dish on … Continue reading

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Spring Lights

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Put some LED lights in our flowering trees right before they flowered so we wouldn’t disturb the buds.  What a beautiful way to enjoy spring dinners outside here in Seattle.

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Stinky Dishes

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Well, I know gross but, the other day I was unloading the dishwasher and happened to smell the inside of a glass to see if it was clean. To my surprise, even though it ran through the washer it smelled … Continue reading

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Make Foam Soap

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If I keep a bottle of dish soap at my kitchen sink it’s gone in about 8 minutes. My kids pour way too much in their hands and on dishes. So this is my quick fix. You know those foamy … Continue reading

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The Time for Giving

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Christmas is the time for giving and there’s no exception to my little friends outside. This weekend I made little edible ornaments for my feathered friends that look great on the little tree outside. You’ll need: • outdoor bird seed … Continue reading

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Delightful Mocha Cream Pie

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A new twist on the classic chocolate cream pie. International Delight iced coffee and creamers makes this recipe a snap. Delicious! Continue reading

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Amping Up Your Iced Coffee

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Put a bounce in your step and protein in your muscles all in a low calorie, high protein, caffeinated yummy low calorie easy drink using International Delight Creamer. Continue reading

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Spring in the Northwest

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Yes, it rains a lot in Seattle, so much that if it doesn’t rain in a full week it’s pretty much a top news story around here. But, when the sun comes out this time of year it seriously brings … Continue reading

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No Stir Parakeet Feeder

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We have parakeets and they’re really quite easy to take care of but one problem, they have flat beaks and when they eat they eat over the top of their food bowl and then seed shells drop on their food … Continue reading

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Make Homemade Pasta Tonight

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Who doesn’t already have everything you need to make fresh pasta? It’s really super simple so here’s a recipe to make homemade pasta in the food processor. When making fresh pasta dough, keep in mind that the amount of flour … Continue reading

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Cake Pops Recipe

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We had a ball making Cake Pops last month for a friend’s birthday. Get the book here…

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Renuzit Your Home for Fall & Winter

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Freshen your home with Renuzit, I like it and it smells wonderful! Continue reading

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Make A Simple Fire Pit

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Make a simple fire pit in minutes Continue reading

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Rate Sony Bloggie Touch (Works with Mac!)

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Sony Bloggie Touch Review Continue reading

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Our Migrant Duck Friends

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Free Green House

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Make a seed green house free from recycled materials. Continue reading

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Duct Tape Fad

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I was wondering why Michael’s sells all of that duct tape in every color imaginable. I had no idea of the incredible usable items you can make using duct tape! Here’s a really cute wallet how-to -Click on the picture … Continue reading

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Coo-Coo Birthday Cake

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Unexpected Flowers

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My 13 year old daughter is thoughtful. Today she brought me a wonderful bouquet of the biggest yellow “mums” I’ve seen. They’re a plentiful, bright, yellow flower and that’s all Kylie needs to know. In a few days just think … Continue reading

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Buzzing Around :: Cooking Music

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Great music for cooking to Continue reading

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For My Favorite Peeps

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Make Chocolate Peeps with Home Based Mom Continue reading

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Buzzing Around :: Uncommon Goods

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Fluer de Lis

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P90X

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I don’t believe that your best workout will happen in your living room but I did like Tony’s personality which made me feel like I had my own personal trainer. This may be the personal I need to motivate me for real results. Continue reading

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Resolution Confessions

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Give the Gift of a More Comfortable Life

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Where’s the Fashion?

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Last night I was at a NCAA Volleyball game in Seattle. I like to casually watch people from time to time and gazed upon a women in the crowd with a black wool sweater, black sweat pants (yes, open leg … Continue reading

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Cake in a Cup

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A simple little chocolate cake in 5 minutes -Cake in a Mug receipe Continue reading

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A Family Shrine

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Christmas trees are personal, artful, and delightful, a sort of shrine if you will. Continue reading

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Holiday Home Linky Party & our Christmas Mantel

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Re-look at your holiday decorations and reinvent them, re-purpose them, and even paint them. What was once considered beautiful in ornate gold may now look better in shabby barn red. Continue reading

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That’s a Wrap

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Thanksgiving dinners around the U.S. have wrapped up and now it’s time to think about what we’ll be wrapping up for Christmas. Are you waking up at 4am to go out and shop?  Me? No way. I figure my kids … Continue reading

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Brine Your Turkey.

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I made a brined turkey a few years back and since then, I just can’t go back. There are lots of prepackaged brines out there including William Sonoma. I’ve tried them, but I just don’t like them as much as … Continue reading

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Make a Simple Frothy Latte

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Here in Seattle, we’re having our first snow today! So no better time to talk about making yummy hot drinks. Did you know you don’t need a froth machine or one of those fancy cappuccino makers to make froth? All … Continue reading

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Make a Beverage Bar

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Remember those old movies when there seemed to be a beverage bar in every modern home? “Can I get you a drink?” as they made their way over to a full stocked beverage bar. I always wondered why our family’s … Continue reading

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Stumbled Upon this Laundry Room

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My laundry room is about 8×8 and it holds my vacuum, cleaners, dog food, a mop… you know, those kinds of things that you use everyday and are not exactly show piece items . I stumbled upon this laundry room … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Blog Hop!

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Thanksgiving is a great time to warm up your home with festive food and a warm decorative table. It seems we bring out the good dishes and table cloths but it’s time we reinvent ourselves with ideas from our friends. … Continue reading

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Pottery Barn Videos for Thanksgiving

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Planning a dinner, maybe Thanksgiving dinner? There’s a video for that. Want to know how to set your Thanksgiving table? There’s a video for that. Or, how about pairing wine and cheese? Of course… There’s a video for that. I … Continue reading

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Who’s your American idol?

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The Pioneer Woman is amazing, don’t you think? How does she really do it? She home schools her kids, she blogs, she wrote a cookbook, and she has her tasty kitchen site. I love this tasty kitchen site because you … Continue reading

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Dog Tags

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As you know we’re getting our 8 week old puppy tomorrow so of course we need accessories!  Our local upscale pet store has these tags available for purchase made by Red Dingo. I bought one with my puppy’s name, my … Continue reading

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Homemade Dog Treats

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Did I tell you we’re getting a new puppy? We will have a bright, shinny, new 8 week old Portuguese water pup on October 22nd (that’s all I can think about) so I’m going to make some dog treats to … Continue reading

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Pottery Barn Paint Swatches

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I painted a lot of rooms this summer. Because of that, I needed to find the perfect colors that I would like for the next five years. Yes, I said 5 years, who wants to paint more than that? Pottery … Continue reading

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Out of the Closet

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Seriously. There were too many shoes in my closet. As I was looking at my shoes I thought, “Well, I may wear these again this winter” But how do you know? Simple. Go onto Nordstrom.com and see the key elements … Continue reading

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The Buzz :: sarahandabraham.com

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I came upon this darling website this morning. sarahandabraham.com I’m going to keep this site in mind next time I’m looking for a gift. How simple, how sweet.Personalized water bottles And even icing decals!

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A Front Door Welcome

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Having a clean and freshly painted front door is the best way to preview what’s to come when someone enters your house. Clean your door, sweep your front porch, place a cluster of plants -It’s the same thing as saying … Continue reading

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Cake Decorating School

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I was buzzing around today and on The Nester’s site she has a little ad for this online Cake decorating school. She charges $30 tuition for a year long school membership. I think I may give it a try. You … Continue reading

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I saw this porch :: Amazing

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I was just buzzing around and saw this blog from this wonderful women from Between Naps on the Porch. The most fantastic porch ever. It looks warm and cozy, cool and comfy, amazing. All of these things could be easily … Continue reading

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Make a Super Cute Apron

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I was scanning through the Blog Hop and saw this great and easy apron how-to from Kaysi at “Keep it Simple” I am sew going to do this with my Girl Scout troop!

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Blog Hop… Bee Inspired.

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Don’t be afraid to cut back

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cutting back your bushes, pruning your bushes

Last year I thought I blew it. Here in Washington, a lot of people have overgrown bushes in their yard. I was so sick of that look so I went bananas cutting back my side yard until it was seriously … Continue reading

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An empty canvas

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I have this canvas that I keep around and when I get that itch to relax and do something creative I just repaint it. This same canvas has been painted rustic red, it’s been painted with chalk board paint and … Continue reading

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Honey Bees

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Our neighbor’s friendly swarm of bees was collected tonight by a Woodinville beekeeper who will take them to a new hive at his property. He explained that when a hive is successful, the queen decamps with about half the population. … Continue reading

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The secret about waffles

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Did you know you don’t need a waffle mix to make great waffles? You know how much money I spent on waffle mixes over the year? As long as you have flour, eggs and baking powder you can put anything … Continue reading

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Making a chalkboard

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“I can make that”  -That’s what I say every time I see something in the store that’s cute. This is a chalkboard I made out of this metal picture I found at Ross. It had a super ugly pink rose … Continue reading

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What is it about eating outside

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Yes I know, it rains a lot in Seattle. I was in denial about that for awhile… “It’s really just a misty rain” I would tell my friends from San Diego. But, when you want to sit outside for dinner … Continue reading

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Super Sweet -No Knit Sweaters

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Oh man, these are just off the charts cute! These were made by a girl named Sarah Rosensweet I am dying to do this. Have you tried it? If you have please leave a comment and I’ll link your work. … Continue reading

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