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Crochet Mary Jane Slippers

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  MR – I learned how to crochet when I was young, and did a fair bit in university.  Even after we were first married, I did a bit, but as the kids came, I did less and less.  That didn’t stop me from pinning all these cute projects, like some cute crochet Mary Jane slippers.  So last week I ... Read More »

Lego Creation Preserving!

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MR – Our boys have really been into Lego these days.  And they don’t just keep it in one spot – they need to play with their creation everywhere in the house.  So we’re always watching our step for random Lego on the floor…ouch.  I had seen a neat post (can’t find the link to it anymore) on a neat ... Read More »

Ways to Display Christmas Cards

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We got our first Christmas card in the mail today!  As someone who loves (almost) all things Christmas, this got me thinking:  with everything that I’ve come across on Pinterest in the past year, I need some new ways to display Christmas cards.  We typically get too many to just set out on the TV stand, and besides, with a ... Read More »

Emergency Preparedness

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MR -So with this hurricane Sandy that came through, we were all warned to make sure we were prepared to support ourselves and our families for 72 hours with no power.  This is something that we should be ready for anyways, and I know that there are lots of brochures showing us how to get ready.   I’ve just never done it, even ... Read More »

Clothes Organizing Tip

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MR – I recently spent the hours and hours changing all 4 boys’ clothes from summer to winter, and from one size to the next.  Glad to be done, thankful to have so many clothes, but it takes a bit of work.   One Pinterest tip I read somewhere (can’t even remember where) was that when you are putting kids’ ... Read More »

Helpful Hints for Calming Aching, Swollen Throats

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 JvO  Wow.  It’s been a few months since I’ve posted!  In the meantime, I finished work, had a baby, had several colds, mastitis, and the flu.  The sore throat that I experienced seems to be making its way around again, based on the statuses I’ve seen on facebook!  After all, ’tis the season! I thought I’d jot down some of ... Read More »

25+ Natural Earache Remedies

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MR – When we first published our post about Earache Remedies, we were just looking to share a few ideas that worked for our kids, and were looking for more hints and tips from others.  And wow – did we EVER get a lot!   That post is our most-viewed and most-repinned of all our posts.  At some point in time, ... Read More »

Wedding Invitation Ornament

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MR – I don’t know where I first saw a pin using a wedding invitation to make an ornament, but the idea stuck in my head – it was so cute!.  We were going to my brother-in-law’s wedding, and had bought them a gift card.  It’s always nice, though, to give an actual present.  So I took the invitation, cut ... Read More »

Reusable Produce Bags

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MR – I just discovered this great blog, The Year of Less.  The author and her husband are going to one thing each day to simplify their lives – what a great idea!  I’ve already done a few of her challenges, like going through your  kitchen cupboards, and thinning through our kids’ toy collections.  Others, like the most recent, are ... Read More »

Homemade Pie Filling (with many uses)

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MR – Mmmm…I love summer fruit: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries.  Great for eating alone, or for baking with.  Aside from the delicious taste, they are full of vitamins and antioxidants.  This recipe for a pie filling is such a versatile recipe.  It can be used as a simple pie filling, as cheesecake topping, or as a sauce for pancakes/waffles.  It can ... Read More »