House & Home

Using Craigslist to Save Money on Patio Removal

October 3, 2013

We’re getting ready to have a new patio put in. Our old patio, made of pavers, was a bit small and was also settling and sloping and just generally needed to be replaced. Here are a couple of pics of our patio before. Part of the process of replacing a patio is, of course, removal […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Janice’s Oregon Garden

July 17, 2013

All photos by my Aunt Janice, and used with her gracious permission. Enjoy! This post is part of The William Morris Project and Weekend Bloggy Reading. If you enjoyed this post and would like more, enter your email address in the box below and future posts from The Family CEO will be sent to your email […]

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Weekend Reading: Checking In Edition

June 14, 2013

I realize things have been a little slow around here of late. I blame the lazy days of summer. Still, I wanted to check in and update you on a few things. On a whim, I decided to take Operation Houseplant outside. This basket had been filled with dusty, fake flowers and greenery that I […]

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Weekend Reading: Memorial Day Edition

May 24, 2013

A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. - George William Curtis Those of us in the U.S. will be observing Memorial Day this weekend. Here are some posts I’ve run across lately that are perfect reading […]

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Blog Rewind: Spring, Finally!

May 7, 2013

I think it’s finally safe to say that Spring has arrived in Kansas City. I hope I’m not jinxing things, since we did have snow in May this year, but I think we’re now in the clear. We even had a mother bird build a nest in the wreath in our front door. She laid […]

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DIY Set of Framed Map Prints

March 7, 2013

Predictably, the kitchen remodel has spread into the adjoining family room, where i’ve been updating the colors and and some of the decor. As part of the family room decorating, I ordered a map of London to hang on the wall behind my couch. When the print arrived it was smaller than I had expected […]

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Things to Do with an Empty Frame

February 11, 2013

For more posts like these, please visit my new blog, Creating This Life. When I’m browsing for secondhand items – whether it’s at an estate sale, a thrift store, or a yard sale – I gravitate toward certain things. Like dishes. And clear glass. And silver. And I’m also learning to never pass up an interesting […]

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Simple Winter Decorating Ideas

January 25, 2013

For more posts like these, please visit my new home and lifestyle blog, Creating This Life. I kind of love winter. Living in Kansas, we get to completely experience all four seasons. And while some view winter as just a season to get through, I enjoy it. I much prefer cold temps to the blazing ones […]

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Weekend Reading: Hooked on Houses Edition

January 18, 2013

All week long, Julia at Hooked on Houses has been featuring kitchen renovations on her blog, and it was such a treat to have her feature mine yesterday. If you love houses and decorating, Hooked on Houses is not to be missed. Julia regularly showcases celebrity houses, readers’ houses, and — my favorite — movie […]

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How to Make a Framed, Decorative Bulletin Board

January 16, 2013

For more posts like these, please visit my new blog, Creating This Life. Months and months ago, I picked up this empty frame at an estate sale. If I remember right I paid $18 for it, and I knew immediately that I wanted to make a bulletin board for my kitchen out of it. I brought […]

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