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A Farmhouse Industrial Style Home in the Hudson Valley — House Tour

(Image credit: Eva Deitch) Name: Leigh Baumann (with renter Eli Barrett) Location: Beacon, NY Size: 960 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years Leigh is the owner of this lovely home in Beacon, New York. But it wasn't always so lovely—Leigh gutted the house, completely renovating it. Show More Summary

Simple Summer Get-Togethers: None of the Stress, All of the Fun — Simple Stress-Free Summer

(Image credit: Kzenon/Shutterstock) Summertime is for living easy. It's a time to enjoy the weather and each other, as much as we can. Given our increasingly busy and remote ways of living and working, however, getting together with friends can often feel like one more thing on the to-do list. Show More Summary

A "Drab" Deck Gets DIY Fab — My Great Outdoors

(Image credit: Submitted by Carli) Name: Carli Location: Providence, Rhode Island Carli's deck has so much color and pattern it's basically the personification of summer. Kick back, relax and check out her fabulous outdoor space! READ MORE »

Sculptural Renovation in Cambridge Built with Custom Milling

The artistic waves in this sculptural One Main Office renovation were designed by dECOi Architects, with each piece fully customized to be elegant and functional.  The two planes, floor and ceiling, appear to naturally arc across the...Show More Summary

Do You Want to Build a Snow? Yes It's Out of Marshmallows!

The kids and I had a great time yesterday afternoon making snowmen indoors. Yes I said indoors. How is this possible you ask? Marshmallows! These soft, sweet and chewy treats aren't only for s'mores. They make great building tools for snowmen. Show More Summary

A Conversation with the Barefoot Contessa

Yesterday was my long anticipated "moms night out" with my good friend Jen. What a fabulous night we had learning all kinds of tips and tricks from Ina Garten aka the Barefoot Contessa. The event was held at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. Show More Summary

Life Lessons from the Rolling Stones

My children have been introduced to The Rolling Stones at an early age. Not because of my love of classic rock. I'm more of a country and coffee house music type of girl. Rather for their great contribution to life lessons. Scratching your head trying to figure out what I mean. Show More Summary

The Barefoot Contessa Coming to Cleveland to Discuss "Make It Ahead"

I love watching Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, on the Food Network. She is one of my favorites. That is why I was so excited to find out she is coming to Cleveland on March 3rd at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square. She will be...Show More Summary

Say! I Like Green Eggs and Ham!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!! March 2nd marks a special day in children's literary history. It is the birthday of Dr. Seuss! There are many activities associated with this great day such as Read Across America.We love Dr. Seuss in our house. Show More Summary

How to Choose and Take Care of a Cutting Board

Image courtesy of CustomMade blog I am often forwarded posts from others asking me to share with my readers. I am careful and particular with what I choose to share. I was recently forwarded the post A Cut Above the Rest. It is a really informative post about how to choose a great and eco-friendly cutting board. Show More Summary

Cold Outside? It's Always Warm at Great Wolf Lodge!

Last week was Joel's 5th Birthday. We had almost an entire week of celebration! Part of this was a great stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky. Joel loves Great Wolf Lodge and asks to celebrate his birthday there every year instead of a party. Show More Summary

Dinner and a Movie Night at Home with Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 hit Blu-Ray/DVD today. Jude and Joel were so excited to see it at Target today. I was too because I haven't seen it yet. Grandma, Uncle Mike and Miss Cassy took Jude and Joel to see to movie when it came out. It is one of the first that I have missed seeing with them and they haven't let me live it down. Show More Summary

The Painted Penguin Brings Playful Art to the Polar Cold

In our efforts to stay out of the cold and have some fun yet educational playtime, we headed to the mall and The Painted Penguin. What is The Painted Penguin? It is a family friendly place to create cool artwork that you can take home the same day!First you pick from thousands for plaster/bisque pieces. Show More Summary

Happy Birthday Joel!

Happy 5th Birthday to my baby Joel! Full of vim and vigor. Always on the move. There's never a dull moment with him around. Thanks Buca di Beppo for a great dinner of Joel's favorite spaghetti and meatballs. He said it was the best pasta ever. Show More Summary

Fish Fry Friday has Returned!

Today is officially the first Friday of Lent, a very important time in our Catholic religion. A solemn time of repentance and reflection in preparation for the Easter celebration and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. With this very religious...Show More Summary

Soaking Up Some Fun With the SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out Of Water

We headed to a matinee on Presidents Day with our friends Ms. Kristin and Aidan. What fun we had seeing the new The SpongeBob Movie- Sponge Out Of Water. An evil pirate has stollen the Krabby Patty formula for his food truck and it is up to SpongeBob and Plankton to team up to save the day. Show More Summary

Build-A-Bear Bonanza

It's was a busy weekend. Mostly because I worked a lot of it. Not much fun there. But we made up for it yesterday! We started Joel's birthday festivities early. We headed to Build-A-Bear and added two new members to our family. Meet Star Wars Dog and Super Dark. Show More Summary

Great Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway from "What's Free in #CLE?"

One of my fellow Cleveland Bloggers is running a great contest I wanted to let you know about. Monster Jam is coming to Cleveland next week, February 14-15th. In celebration of this cool event in our city, "What's Free in #CLE?" is having a great contest. Show More Summary

Crafts & Cocktails: 7 DIY Ideas for a Crafternoon with Friends

(Image credit: Style Me Pretty) The summer is the perfect excuse to gather your friends and stretch those creative muscles with a cocktail in hand. Whether you’re planning a casual friends night, bridal shower or birthday party, we’ve gathered a few DIY projects for a truly fun and unique experience. Show More Summary

Smart & Stylish Design Tips from an Extremely Tiny Bedroom — My Room

(Image credit: Lisa Tilse ) Extremely tiny bedrooms—like, not much bigger than the bed small—can be a challenge to decorate and arrange when you want to have a room that functions well and looks good. But Lisa Tilse of the blog We Are Scout made some smart and stylish decisions in her teenage daughter Roxy's tiny bedroom. READ MORE »

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