Summer is my favorite accessory

After a long summer hiatus, I’m baaacckk! Probably not a great professional move for a blogger to be MIA for three months, but I just can’t stand being inside when the calendar reads June, July and August. For most of us in Minnesota, school doesn’t start until the day after Labor Day. You see, we […] Read more…

Quick Tip Tuesday: Makeshift cell phone speaker

You’re at the pool or the beach, you have your cell phone and Pandora, but you can’t hear the music very well and the volume is at its max. Here’s an extremely cheap and clever way to amplify the sound from your cell phone. Take a large, disposable plastic cup (like this Solo cup) and […] Read more…

Easy organizing: Making the best use of closet space

Want a quick 15-minute closet organizing project? Look around your closet, whether it’s a walk-in or standard space. Do you have any under-utilized space? The back of the door to a walk-in closet is prime real estate for adding a little organization and making the best use of every square inch of closet space. For […] Read more…

Before & After: Easy tile makeover

I’m about to let you in on a little secret. My backsplash in my kitchen? Well, I’ve changed it just a bit, but not by redoing the tile. You see, I have a love/hate relationship with tile. I love new tile, but when it goes out of style, then what? It’s a pain to redo, […] Read more…

Hometown Tourist: fun family things to do in the Twin Cities

Following is an excerpt from my new eBook: “Hometown Tourist, 27+ {minn}ecations around Minneapolis/St. Paul & Beyond.” If you don’t live in Minnesota, you can use this idea to take on a Hometown Tour challenge in your own area. I love to travel. I love big cities —New York, Boston, D.C. — and sun and […] Read more…

Organizing a home command center

We all have bills, junk mail, magazines, kids’ schoolwork, and other paperwork that comes through the door every day. We also have homeowner’s manuals, receipts, and other important documents we need to keep. What do you do with it all? If you don’t have a system in place, the steady stream of “paperwork” will totally […] Read more…

Great grad gifts for $10

  In a few weeks, the class of 2015 will officially graduate and grad party season will be in full swing! There have been summers where we haven’t had one single graduation party to attend. This year, our oldest niece is graduating high school. It’s so hard to believe. She was the one my hubby […] Read more…

A Letter to Moms of Little Ones

Disclaimer for not-so-new-moms: My guess is that for every one of us who have been moms for more than 10 years, we’d all have a list of lessons learned. I decided to reflect on what mine would be. I hope you’ll share this with the newer moms in your life.  Dear Mom of Little Ones, […] Read more…

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