creating an everyday table setting

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    “Are we supposed to use these,”  friends have asked as they remove their cloth napkins from their plates. "Yes, I will just throw them in the wash later," I reassure them.     After everyone has left, I enjoy reliving new memories as I gather crumpled napkins, wash dirty dishes and put serving pieces away … [Read more...]

the only daily planner that works

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  When I was a newlywed and new mother, I pored over Emily Barnes' books, and following her advice, I created budget ledgers, and chore charts and shopping lists and address books... Now, not so much.   One thing I've discovered over the years is that my life doesn't fit into little boxes, and so all of my little computer created … [Read more...]

Recommended Reading

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  I came across Momastery's post Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt on Facebook the other day and shared it on my own page, asking if you ever feel this way. Post by Mrs. Hines Class. As I went about the rest of my evening my mind kept going back to that article and I wrestled with my own conscience. Am I less grateful for what I … [Read more...]

How to Make a Cuban Sandwich

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  A few months ago, we went to see the movie Chef.  It was an endearing story of a man who is a chef but was forced to quit the restaurant and start a food truck.  His estranged son came along for the ride, watching and learning as his dad made sandwiches.     Their first stop was in Florida where they made a Cuban … [Read more...]

From Discarded to Divine: a DIY Mirrored Nightstand

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   Remember the nightstand that never quite had a home?  The one that is part of the same bedroom suite as the dresser turned media console? It had a brief life as a media console, then a printer stand, until I … [Read more...]

that time i bought my man a banana

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Mr. Hines had a curious look on his face as the checker scanned the lone banana. "That banana is for you.  I got you a banana.  I thought you'd enjoy a banana today,"   I said. Mr. Hines and our daughter looked at each other and started laughing.   Now I was the one with the curious look on my face. Mr. Hines asked if I knew why they were … [Read more...]

Recommended Reading

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  We were getting dressed last Saturday morning when I asked Mr. Hines, "Are we beach bound?" He answered back, "Are we beach bound?" "Yes, we're beach bound." We keep the trunk of our car loaded with beach chairs, mats and an umbrella, and our beach bag packed with sunscreen and towels.  So, as soon as we put on our swimsuits and … [Read more...]

19 must see bathroom cleaning tips

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  My tub, toilet and sinks are soaking in bathroom cleaner as we speak.  I won't tell you how long its been since the bathroom was last cleaned, but I will say its been long enough that they need to soak a while.  I'm not sure why I put off cleaning like I do because it really only takes about 15 minutes to take a bathroom from dingy to … [Read more...]

Mrs. Hines’ Class is back to school

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  It's was always a little hard to let go of the classroom at the beginning of summer vacation what with ideas running around in my mind and the rush of finishing another school year and all. But after about two weeks, I typically would transition into a slower pace and truly embrace summer..what classroom?     July … [Read more...]

drowning in cat pee and $70 Target e-Card Giveaway

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  I was so relieved when we finally installed the cat door and put the litter box in the garage. No more litter on the floor. No more odors. How could I have been so wrong?   We're being suffocated by the ammonia from cat urine at the Hines house. We realized that those times when Blackie couldn't figure out how to get to his … [Read more...]