Happy National Sugar Cookie Day!

Did you know that July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day?  The creator and origin of the day is up for debate, but I’m game for any day that celebrates the greatest food group of all:  sugar!  So grab a cookie and enjoy–without guilt.  After all, it’s a holiday.  My calendar says tomorrow is National Pina Colada Day…Now that’s something to look forward to.

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DIY Popcorn

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Popcorn seems to be the most popular snack on the market these days….and in its most basic form, it’s pretty good for you—low in calories and filled with antioxidants that help fight disease. (You know the healthy varieties I’m talking about here don’t include microwave or movie theater popcorn!)

You’re not imagining that you’re seeing more and more popcorn brands on the grocery store shelves.  Sales of ready to eat popcorn are up 60 percent since 2012. It’s not your grandma’s popcorn brands either.  The new options have fun names, colorful bags and they’re grabbing a brand new crop of consumers–right along with their wallets.  But the ready to eat popcorn isn’t cheap–and it never has that warm, just popped freshness.  So why not DIY it?

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10 Tips for Tiling the Perfect Backsplash!

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Tiling a kitchen backslash is a great DIY project.  You don’t need advanced skills and you can save money.  Sounds great so far, right?  However, nothing drags down a kitchen remodel more than a bad tile job. You know what I mean….uneven rows, crooked tiles, weird cuts around outlets, huge grout joints at the top or bottom, a little sliver of tile on the end, grout haze on the tile.  Nothing screams “I did it myself” more than a messed up tiling project.   So if you’re going to tackle it, do it right!  Check out these 10 tips to a perfect tile backsplash…

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Free Cappuccino for Mother’s Day — And all Year Long!

Cinammon heart with check napkin

I found a Mother’s Day gift that keeps giving — every day of the year!  It’s an electric milk frother that turns my plain morning coffee into the perfect cappuccino, latte or macchiato. You could call it a cappuccino hack or a latte hack!

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A Kitchen Remodel in Phases — Part 2

Flowers

Kitchen remodeling in phases has its benefits.  If you don’t have a lot of spare cash, you can pay as you go.  Also, you have the chance to live with each new project to see how it works before you commit to the next phase.  The only caveats:  you need a well thought out kitchen design with careful planning so that each project supports the next one, AND, no matter how you approach your remodel, you always need to be prepared for surprises!

We’re almost finished with the final phase of our 1936 kitchen remodel and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  We’ve incorporated some space maximizing design solutions that makes the tiny old kitchen live like a modern space.  Check it out!

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A Kitchen Remodel in Phases — Part 1

Kitchen before

What do you do when you’re renovating a “not so big” kitchen on a “not so big” budget?  Our 1936 kitchen begged for 21st century amenities–but there was just no space.  We found some pretty creative solutions to make it work.  Check it out!

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A New Garden Shed – Instant Gratification!

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We have plenty of storage issues at our house so I’m always on the lookout for great ways to store stuff.  One of our biggest storage issues is outside the house. The lawn mower, snow blower, bikes, sporting equipment, all the lawn and garden items, patio cushions…it’s overwhelming. A one-car garage and a tiny garden shed just doesn’t cut it for all our outdoor tools and toys.

LE Shed before side

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A French Door Lets the Sunshine In!

LE Back door

The best way to improve the  feel of your home–AND your mood–is to add more sunlight.  Installing additional windows or even a sunroom would be fabulous.  But, you might be surprised how  simply replacing an old door with a full-view glass door or French door can change the vibe of your house–bringing in sunshine, even on the coldest days.

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