Living Room Plan

I mentioned recently that we’re in a bit of a redecorating mode (Ha ha. Aren’t we always?)… We have one year left before our youngest starts college, so this could be a very narrow financial window to make that investment. We’ve always bought our furniture piecemeal in the past, with budget as the primary design element. Here’s the typical scenario: […]

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DIY Treatment for Emerald Ash Borers

As frugalistas, we’ve been spending some time over the last year or so seeking a DIY treatment for Emerald Ash Borers (EAB). We’ve been hearing over the past several years that the Ash Borer epidemic was on it’s way to Western New York.  It’s spreading throughout the northern hemisphere at an incredible rate, and, according to the EAB Network has killed hundreds of millions of […]

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Turning Gold into Silver and a Tip Share: “Free Hardware Fridays”

Today’s post is a quick fix to turn gold into silver…or to be specific, brass into nickel. (I also have a tip share below for scoring free cabinet hardware for my fellow DIYers.) I mentioned last week that we’re (finally) going to catch up to our painting spree and update our house with new decor. There’s nothing like inviting a professional into […]

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8 Tips to Attract Orioles to Your Yard

I’m not sure if it was seeing goldfinches, bluejays, or cardinals that turned me into a recreational bird geek, but I LOVE  welcoming and inviting the many different species of birds that return to our area with the arrival of spring. I watch the yard daily to see the first robin (March 7th this year) as the unofficial start of warmer […]

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“Uncle!” (Using a Professional to Help with Decisions)

I had ZERO idea when I woke up today that I would be writing this post. If you’ve spent any time in my archives (when I was all alone here), you’d know about my frequent bouts of decorating paralysis…like here and here. I know when I like something, but don’t always know how to choose something similar for myself. Wall […]

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Use Your Computer to “Try It Before You Buy It!”

Did you ever have a project in mind, but wished you could see it first? Lately, I’ve been using my computer to make mock-ups of my project ideas and I have to say, it’s been a HUGE help in decision making! It’s one thing to have a brainstorm or find inspiration on Houzz or Pinterest…but it’s something entirely different to […]

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Ten Things to Teach Your Kids (Besides “Please and Thank You”)

A little courtesy goes a long way…such a long way, in fact, that it eventually finds it’s way back to you in the way that you’re treated by others. If it’s true that something that makes your routine easier can be considered a life hack, then these are the ultimate hacks, because not only do they improve the quality of the […]

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DIY Decorative File Folders

I have a new quickie craft! Yes, I’m still cleaning…AND organizing…and talking about OHIO (more on that later). I can’t wait to get back to my bigger projects (and the list that keeps forming in my head), but there are still some basic things that need to be addressed out of homage to my title of “homemaker”. …But even those […]

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Overmantel Progress: All Play and No Work Makes Em…

…a bad homemaker! Would that I could get started on that fireplace project! But a week that included school holidays, and snow and sick days for the fam meant it turned out to be a good week to get some other things done. It’s fun to play with new projects, but a look around the house indicated (strongly) that there […]

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