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Happiness is a Warm Bath

I’ve been experimenting with bath salts this year. I’ve sent them to my daughters and friends for a variety of occasions. The massage therapist at my chiropractor’s office has encouraged me to spend more time soaking away my stress and stiffness. Since both of my daughters will be home for the holidays I purchased approximately a dozen different oils and we intend to spend a day mixing up new batches that they can take home.

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Oatmeal Masks for Beautiful Skin

As I was looking for ways to use up my 3 pounds of oatmeal, of course, I made a face mask. While I relaxed covered in my oats, I decided to see if there was any research to back up oatmeal’s reputation.

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Cherry Chocolate Granola

Our local community center gives away food donated by local supermarkets and I picked up a 3 pound bag of oats when I was there recently. The bag was faded, battered, and taped, but I was intrigued by the challenge, so when I got home, I searched for ways to use up 3 pounds of oats before they were truly unusable. I used those oats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as a facial product! First, I made Cherry Chocolate Granola.

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Costumes from Your Printer

Re-running an article from last year because it’s useful…. It’s the day before Halloween; you didn’t go to any parties over the weekend, you weren’t planning on doing anything special tomorrow, so you didn’t think you needed a costume this year. But you’ve just learned that you’re expected to dress up in costume for work …

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Costumes from a Suit or Sweats

A lot of costumes can be built from the staples at either end of the wardrobe spectrum, a business suit or sweats. Let’s take a look at a few ideas.

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Halloween Costumes Made Easy

Halloween is our favorite holiday, even in those years when we can’t afford to drop a lot of money on costumes and decor items or don’t have time to create elaborate pieces.

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Christmas Tree Skirt

For several years I have wanted a new tree skirt for the Christmas tree. The previous one was sewn from fabrics that no longer suited my style or my home. Marked down for clearance a week before Christmas, I found a 60″ round tablecloth at Target that had the right shades of red and green …

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Holiday Gift Guide – part 1

We’ve made no secret of our distaste for the annual descent into madness known as Black Friday, and this year it’s even worse, with many of the big box retailers starting the money-grubbing on Thanksgiving morning. Now, we could write a long and cranky screed about how many kinds of wrong this is, but instead, we’re going to be positive here.

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DIY Tuesday: Star Trek communicator

As everybody who ever met me can tell you, I’m a geek, a nerd, a complete chump for any and all pop culture detritus that strikes my whimsy, especially anything from prior to the early ’80s. One thign I’ve always wanted and could never have was a cell phone that was also a replica of …

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DIY Monday: From Headboard to Bench

Here’s another easy DIY project courtesy of our Pinterest page. Kristi at Addicted2Decorating converted a headboard and footboard she found at an estate sale into a fancy bench. You could put it in your entry (or if you’re living where such a thing is a necessity, your mudroom), or, with proper sealing, use it as …

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