A good book is the cure to all ills in the world, I genuinely believe that. I’m always reading something, and since I discovered Overdrive, an app that lets you check out books through your local library, but online, my world has opened right on up. With my Kindle I’m listening to between 3-5 books a week and it’s the very best. I’m listening to / reading all the awesome books I haven’t had time to read over the last several years and the best part is I get to “read” while I do all the boring, mundane things in life. Like laundry and dishes, and while I make dinner every night. Now I not only look forward to doing chores, I knock out two birds with one stone. Everyone wins, especially me.
When I started plowing through several books a week, I started a blog post with approximately one hundred and one million books to recommend. But the thing is, I’m reading so many books the list now has too many books on it, and it’s always growing. So I thought, what if we started a virtual book club, where I share my … >> find out more...
Learning how to clean cast iron seemed like a daunting task for me before I knew all the hoodoo-voodoo tricks, but I have to be honest: it’s one of the easiest things in the world to clean. Especially if you do it my way, which only uses TWO ingredients, both of them natural!
Gotta love that.
We have two major pieces of cast iron in my house: a cast iron skillet we use every day, and a cast iron wood burning stove. The skillet is no big deal because we use it often enough it doesn’t rust, and when we do need to clean it we just heat it up, add olive oil and wipe it off with a cloth.
The cast iron stove on the other hand, is a bit of an endeavor. Poor, rusted out cast iron stove. Luckily it doesn’t need to be cleaned very often and I usually have the cleaning ingredients on hand. The roof above the chimney leaks so the stove ends up rusting pretty badly on top. It’s no bueno, but easy to fix!
Are you ready to learn how to do this? Get ready, it’s awesome.
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This month’s Netflix must see is . . . Narcos. OH MY GOSH. Are you watching? Have you gotten a Netflix subscription yet? I hope so, because every month we have so many of the shows to talk about. So many.
The first month of this (relatively new) ‘What to watch on Netflix‘ monthly series, we talked about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Go watch it immediately if you haven’t already. Tina Fey can be my girl boss / best friend / producer any time she wants. (Call me, Tina!)
The next must see was Rosewater, then Luther (hold me, Idris Elba!), then To Kill A Mockingbird, and this month: Narcos.
I was only one episode deep into Narcos when I wholeheartedly recommended it to you, and I have to add some qualifiers now that I’m onto episode 5. Narcos is SUPER violent, and sexually explicit. Episode 1 was just an appetizer so I felt like we were cool. The show is based on the true story of a horrifying human so I should’ve figured it would get more violent but I couldn’t’ve predicted how much. So, just an FYI, so you aren’t … >> find out more...
This summer we had the unique opportunity to spend two months in the Boston, Massachusetts area. While there we tried to squeeze as much out of our time on the East Coast as possible.
Our first weekend exploration adventure began in a quaint town just 30 minutes from where we were staying in Andover, MA. If you’re driving from Boston, it’s only 50 minutes. Newburyport is absolutely darling. If you’re looking for boutique shops, homemade ice cream, gelato, strolling down streets and great eats to enjoy a breezy day, Newburyport is it. Our family are official fans of Newburyport and Plum Island, MA.
Best of British is a quaint little shop filled with everything an Anglophile like me would want to browse. They also have a selection of loose leaf teas. We brought three different flavors home with us.
Village Silversmith is filled with all things silver, crystals, fossilized gifts, and gemstones, along with many more fascinating finds that my daughters loved.
Pawsitively Best Friends is a darling shop for pet lovers. They have so many cute signs, gifts, and supplies for the discerning pet friend. We also noticed that many of the shops, not just the pet shops, had … >> find out more...
Okay, so I took a summer vacation off of everything, including blogging, and blogging about organizing. But I’m back and there’s so much more organizing to do to get all of our houses in order, so let’s get started!
If you’re just getting started on this organizing project, here’s the drill: I’m helping you get your house organized, one week at a time. Sometimes we take breaks, and sometimes we organize two weeks in a row. The main thing is that we’re consistently organizing, and doing it in bite-sized chunks so it’s not overwhelming. You can totally do this. I’ll hold your hand the whole way.
You can catch up on what we’ve organized so far right here!
- Organizing Your House Week One (kitchen cupboard)
- Organizing Your House Week Two (bathroom drawer / vanity part 1)
- Organizing Your House Week Three (bathroom drawer / vanity part 2)
- Organizing Your House Week Four (nightstand / bedside table / under the bed)
- Organizing Your House Week Five (your jewelry box)
How-To Organize Your Tupperware Drawer
This week we’re organizing the Tupperware / reusable dishes cupboard in the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but that drawer (it’s a drawer in my … >> find out more...
September 11, 2001 is a date that is etched in every American’s mind. Most of us can remember exactly where we were when we heard the news that two planes crashed into the Twin Towers. I know I certainly can. It was a day that brought fear around one of the greatest joys in life…travel.
My husband and I were in transit on 9/11. It was our second anniversary, and we were traveling with a group of friends to a small nominally Muslim country. We had a full day layover in London on the 11th, so we ventured out to the city for some sightseeing. Even though we were exhausted from travel and in the company of several people, it felt romantic and adventurous to be walking down the streets of London, celebrating two years of wedded bliss. We snapped our mugs in front of Big Ben, admired the beauty of Westminster Abbey, strolled by Buckingham Palace, felt the cool grass of Green Park between our toes, and stuffed hot pizza down our throats (a welcome change to airplane food) all before catching the Tube back to Heathrow.
As we joined fellow commuters on the train, there was a strange … >> find out more...
Movie to watch on Netflix this week: To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird via IMDB
It’s that time of the month again, when we talk about what you NEED to be watching on Netflix right this very second. So far in this series we’ve talked about Tina Fey’s most recent T.V. project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, the BBC’s Luther and now To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird just popped up as newly added to Netflix, and if you haven’t ever watched it, or it’s been a long time, go watch it right now. If you haven’t read the book, get on that business and then start on the new Harper Lee novel, Go Set A Watchman, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
There couldn’t be a more currently politically relevant movie than To Kill A Mockingbird, which is set in the South in the 1930’s, in the heat of racial segregation. Right now the world is a hotbed of racism and boiling racial tensions, the United States in particular, and no matter where you stand on the issue, To Kill A Mockingbird is full … >> find out more...
Summertime is definitely on my perpetual list of favorite things. I cling to it as long as possible. Deep inside, though, I can feel the gears of Summertime gradually winding down, just little by little, so that the end will sneak up and pass me by without notice. I hate it when that happens. I’ll enjoy the next season when it arrives, to be sure, but I’m just not quite ready to trade my sandals for rain boots or to shove my sun-kissed little guys onto the school bus. Well, most of the time I’m not ready. There are moments…
Anyway, I’m still feeling the vibes of swimming pools, snow cones, and camp outs. Of cut-offs, barbecues, and bike rides. So to stave off the end-of-summer-blues I’m making some lists. Lists make me happy. Especially lists of happy things. Lists like 5 of my favorite things right this minute, things that are making me happy in spite of the impending change of seasons.
1. This book. It’s geared toward young adolescents, but I found it thought provoking and meaningful even as an adult, and even if things wrap up rather tidily. More than one of my highly well-read friends has termed it “life changing.” … >> find out more...
Today’s DIY: how to make a recycled t-shirt bag.
Have you ever wondered how to recycle an old t-shirt into something more awesome? A bag, perhaps? I’ll be honest, it might be weird, but I’ve actually wondered that very specific thing. In fact, I wondered about it so much that I decided to play around with some t-shirts I was about to send off to donation. And as it turns out, making a DIY recycled t-shirt bag is one of the easiest DIY’s, crafts, how-to’s, and/or sewing projects you can possibly think of.
So let’s get started.
- old t-shirt
- straight pins
- sewing machine
Find an old t-shirt you don’t wear anymore. An old sports t-shirt, your favorite college tee, that hideous thing your mother-in-law got you for Christmas, you name it. Just grab it, wash it, dry it, and lay it out on a solid surface to do some cutting.
Cut the sleeves off. Dukes of Hazzard style. Make sure to cut the seams off entirely, and make the cut as smooth as possible. It’s okay to shave off a few extra centimeters if you don’t get it straight … >> find out more...