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How to Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal: Part 2

Posted by Andie on June 17, 2018

Last month I wrote a blog post that gave 6 Simple Ways to Increase your Home's Curb Appeal. I had such a hard time narrowing down my list down to just six, so today I thought I'd continue the conversation with a part 2! In addition to painting your front door, getting new house numbers, switching up your hardware, dressing up the front porch, and hanging up an American flag, here are 5 more ways to make your home really shine this summer....

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The Dirty Dozen 2018: When to Buy Organic

Posted by Andie on June 15, 2018

Are you one of those people that believes whole heartedly in only shopping for organic foods?  Or do you think the whole idea is total ridiculousness and wouldn't dream of spending more money just to get an 'organic' label?  Personally, I find myself right in the middle.  I like the idea of eating and especially feeding my children the cleanest, purest, pesticide and growth hormone free foods available, but sometimes I'm not sure the so-called benefits outweigh the ultra steep organic costs at the grocery store.  I mean, sometimes it feels like a huge rip off, doesn't it?

Who is with me?  If considering whether to buy organic or non-organic produce is a constant question you are asking yourself at the grocery store, get excited because this post is for you!  For over a decade now, every year The Environmental Working Group has put out a Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.  The guide ranks pesticide contamination of 48 popular fruits and vegetables, based on more than 35,200 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.  The best part is they lay it out so simply for the average consumer and come up with two basic lists. The Dirty Dozen features the top 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest loads of detectible pesticides, while The Clean Fifteen highlights those produce items with the very least amount of pesticides.  

Here are the rankings for 2018.....

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Gourmet S'mores

Posted by Andie on June 12, 2018


We are headed out on our first family camping trip this weekend!  Instead of focusing my energies on packing up the most crucial necessities, (tent, sleeping bags, lantern, etc), I'm focusing on the really important stuff: food!  I'm sitting here planning out all of the fancy s'mores I want to make over the fire!   If you want to take your s'more game up a notch (or two, or three) this summer, then check out these simpe, yet delicious recipes!  I can't wait to try all of them!   

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Ninja Blender Recipes

Posted by Alyssa on June 11, 2018

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There are endless things you can do with your Ninja Blender! Sometimes I look at my blender and feel like there isn’t anything I can make in it other than smoothies, but that’s not the case at all. If you’ve got a Ninja Blender, or are thinking of getting one soon, I’ve listed some Ninja Blender recipes you might want to give a try. 

 

Rock Gardens

Posted by Alyssa on June 10, 2018

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If you have a space in your yard that nothing will grow, why not consider putting in a rock garden? Not only will a rock garden cover up an empty eyesore in your yard, it is also a way to conserve water and be a form of xeriscaping. Depending on what kind of rock garden you’ve seen, you may either love or hate the idea. There are, admittedly, some unattractive piles of rocks that have been called a rock garden. On the other hand, though, there are some beautiful rock gardens that could almost be considered a piece of art! Keep reading for ideas on how to make a rock garden and pictures for inspiration. 

 

Road Trip Essentials

Posted by Alyssa on June 6, 2018

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I’d be willing to guess that at least some of you are going to be hitting the road for a summer road trip. Before you crank up the music and pull out of your driveway, you’ll want to make sure you have some basic road trip essentials packed in your car. With a little preparation, you’ll be both safe and entertained on your way to your final destination! 

 

Trend Alert: Lagom

Posted by Andie on June 5, 2018

 

 

A couple years ago the hot "it" term was hygge, from Denmark, and now it's lagom, from Sweden.  Lagom is the Swedish philosophy of life meaning, "just the right amount", or "just what is needed".  This trend is a nod to consuming less, living within your means, and embracing a simpler, slower life.  

"Lagom describes a whole approach to life and focuses on moderation and creating the perfect balance between not too much and not too little across everything from work/life balance to financial well-being. While not specifically an interior or lifestyle trend as such, the idea of lagom is being readily adopted in interiors across the country with people ditching clutter, fuss and embellishment in favour of a simpler, more curated style."  - via Houseology.com

Here are a few ways to incorporate lagom into your home design:

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Family Reunion Games

Posted by Alyssa on June 4, 2018

Not only is summer the time for swimming, lounging, and snow cone shacks, it’s also the time to gather together for family reunions! Family reunions can be a great time to build relationships and create memories, but they can also feel a little long or boring for the younger members of the family. Help everyone have a good time at your next family reunion by playing some of these family reunion games. 

 

Hardwood Floors vs. Laminate Floors

Posted by Alyssa on June 3, 2018

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Knowing the difference between hardwood floors and laminate floors will help you be able to a smart decision when it comes to replacing the floors in your home. There are definitely pros and cons for each flooring type, so having some information before you start shopping around will ensure you end up with a flooring choice that will work in your home for years. 

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Homemade Oven Cleaner

Posted by Alyssa on June 2, 2018

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Homemade Oven Cleaner

Unless you’ve been lucky enough to never have anything spill over while cooking, chances are you’ve had to clean out your oven once or twice. If you’re like me, you dread running the self-clean function on your oven because it leaves your house hot and smelly - without even really solving the problem. Self-clean settings crank up the heat of your oven until anything inside it burns up and shrivels away. Theoretically. There’s a better way! With a few supplies you most likely already have on hand, you’ll be able to naturally clean your oven and leave it spotless! Or at least cleaner than it was before, which is all I really ask for when it comes to my oven. Check out THIS VIDEO from Kitchn to see an easy and safe way to clean your oven. 

 

 

 

 

 

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