5 new uses for tin cans

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One of my daughter's chores is unloading and loading the dishes, and every time she notices a tin can in the dishwasher she says, "Mom, we don't have room for this," with great teenage exasperation. Needless to say, she's grown a little weary of my growing tin can collection.  But, I love having tin cans on hand. I've tried explaining to her … [Read more...]



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simple tips to refresh your home for spring

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Thank you to DecoArt for sponsoring this post.     As the days grow longer and the air turns warmer, I've found myself nesting: flitting around the house fluffing pillows,     tucking apples into a vase,   setting the birdcage in the foyer,   giving the ceramic bird a new home on the … [Read more...]



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shrimp boil recipe

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First, I want to say thank you to those of you who have taken the Mrs. Hines' Class Survey.  There has been a great response so far, and I really appreciate all of the feedback!  If you have not taken the survey, I'd love, love, love for you to take a few minutes to fill it out.  Click here to take survey   Now on to the topic at … [Read more...]



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mrs. hines goes on an adventure

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  It all started a little over a month ago when I took my daughter to the dermatologist. "Oh, I love these sconces,"  I commented to the girl who was checking us in at the doctor's office.   "They're from the decorating store next door," she told me.   So, after the appointment, I walked down to find the store.   I immediately … [Read more...]



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the legacy of laundry

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   So many things I do as a homemaker, I learned from watching my mom run our household when I was growing up. Mom's recipes are the only recipes I had when I ventured out on my own.   I bought and used … [Read more...]



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Recommended Reading

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  At first glance, this week's Recommended Reading seems pretty eclectic, but really there's a common thread running through each of the posts I want to share with you today, and that is this: self-care. This is an area of my life that really suffers, but I'm trying to improve little by little.   I really believe that part of having a … [Read more...]



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3 ingredient guacamole recipe

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  We love guacamole at the Hines house.   In fact, we eat it at least once a week. I confess that I went through a phase of buying ready-made guacamole at the store.   But, I got over it. And  hearing Mr. Hines say "I love that we make our own guacamole," was all the motivation I needed to keep making this easy, 3 ingredient guacamole … [Read more...]



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trading spaces: the living room curtains

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Remember the show Trading Spaces?   And how the designers would tell the homeowners to wait for the room to come together before deciding if they do or don't like it? Well, I made these curtains for the living room when we moved here several years ago.  I chose the fabric for its french country flare and beautiful color palette, especially … [Read more...]



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The Lazy Girl’s Tips for Spring Cleaning

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   "Shiny Sinks" and "Stainless Steel' have been on my Spring Cleaning to-do list for weeks now.   But, we're not cleaning the sink today because there are dishes in the sink, and I'm not above holding out for someone else to … [Read more...]



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recommended reading

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This week's Recommended Reading is all about organization.   One of my favorite rooms to organize is the kitchen.  It took me a few years to get our kitchen organized in a way that made sense for the way I use the space, which is I could relate to The Nester  in her post, "The One Kitchen Tweak That Changed My Attitude." She made one very … [Read more...]



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