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I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Gardening Tips, Tools & Techniques

In my “Water Please!” post, I talked about how easy it is to find a bird bath at your local garden store. And, that’s true. I probably saw 20 varieties on a trip to the store last weekend. But for a truly custom look. It’s fun to make your own bird bath. Oh, and did I mention, it’s easy, relatively inexpensive and allows for lots of creativity. Just like buying a bird bath, starting this project requires a trip to … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

It’s mid-June, my lavender is blooming. The butterflies love it, the bees love it and I love it! I like to leave lots of flowering stems on my plants for the wildlife and harvest the rest. There are tons of crafts to make with lavender, it’s extremely versatile. So, it’s good to decide what you want to do with your harvested lavender before you pick it, since some crafts require fresh lavender while others do not. Lavender bags or sachets … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

I was recently shopping in a store with lots of antiques and homemade pieces and came across a beautiful bulletin board that I just had to replicate and share. The piece I originally saw used an antique picture frame, minus the picture, and was hugely expensive. But what was so cool about the whole piece is that where the picture and glass once were, there was chicken wire with small clips holding memorabilia. I immediately thought of my kids and … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

Last Spring we talked about the importance of good exercise shoes in the post “Exercise Shoes: More than an Accessory.” In that post we learned that shoes should be replaced every 350-500 miles (depending on what you are doing and how much you weigh). If you primarily exercise outside, you know that your shoes can get dirty well before it is time to replace them, so here is a great way to clean them so they look like you just … continued…

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DIY Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Let me just say, I love Easter. I have since I was a kid. There’s just something about finding a basket full of goodies and running around hunting for eggs. Speaking of eggs, I stepped up my game and have been trying new dyeing and decorating techniques; and I’d like to share a few. Let me preface this by saying I hard boil all my eggs first. You can use whatever method you prefer. I do it the way my … continued…

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DIY Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

On a recent trip through IKEA, my husband and I came up with a great solution for our kids to put together and display their Lego projects. On background, I should explain that my girls love the Lego Friends series. I think it’s great too! My kids are occupied for hours enjoying and playing while also learning. But, once they’re done, there’s usually an issue about what to do with what they’ve built. The premise behind the Lego Friends is … continued…

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DIY Pam Freeman

It’s funny because as an adult, Valentine’s Day is fun, yes. But as a kid, Valentine’s Day is REALLY FUN! My kids love it. They’ve got to pick out the best cards, which the last few years, have included small trinkets like Silly Bands and themed erasers. Filling out the cards is a whole exciting process. And then, there are the decorations. Again, as an adult, I really don’t need any. But, as a kid, decorations are a must have. … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

My girls love to make pompoms. Over the summer, they took a pompom making class and had a blast making adorable pompom animals. Now they’ve expanded their repertoire into making pompom wreaths to decorate their bedroom. They got this idea from my Bernat yarn newsletter and I think it’s a great craft for cold January days; it’s easy and it’ll keep the kids busy while they’re stuck indoors. For this craft, you may not have to make a special trip … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

We’ve all been there before. We’ve got a party to attend and we need to bring a dessert. But what tray do you use? You can use one of your own and ask for it back. You can buy a disposable tray and just leave it. But, why not make your tray the hit of the party! Bake your own tray out of round mint candies. Use it to haul your goodies and then once those goodies have been devoured, … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Holidays Pam Freeman