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    Happy List: #124

    It is officially summer in our household! I now have a 7th grader and a 4th grader! We celebrated the end of the school year with an ice cream date. In addition to that excitement, be sure to come back on Monday for the big news: the reveal of our new house!! We haven’t slept there yet, but I took some pictures to share with you. This week I shared a fun DIY project – a herringbone rolling plant caddy. I also told you about that time we wanted to buy and live in a gas station. Some people yell “save the trees!” I yell “save all the old buildings!”…

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    Happy List: #123

    The excitement is palpable around these parts because after today there are just three more days of school. I have to wonder why the last two days are half days though. Can’t we just combine those into one day and be done with it? No one asked my opinion, but it doesn’t stop me from sharing it here. The benefits of having a blog. Let’s recap the week. On Monday I shared three ways I’m reusing items from our house in a clever way (if I do say so myself) as succulent planters. Here’s the twist to this story and why this blog is worth it to me even if…

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    Happy List: #122

    Hey, hey, hey! I’ve had an interesting week. On Wednesday I went to my son’s recorder concert. I actually thought sixty recorders playing Hot Cross Buns was better than one recorder playing that song. Should I question my sanity or my hearing? Remember when I wrote about the benefits of the recorder here? I still stand by that sentiment. Then I volunteered at the elementary school’s Field Day. Here’s a Universal Rule. Any time your child’s school sends home a note that says “please have your child wear a (insert any color here) shirt to school” that will be the one color of shirt your child does not own. You will…

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    Happy List: #121

    Hey, guys? Tomorrow is JUNE. June. Halfway through the year. How did this happen? June might be the longest month of the year for our family. My kids don’t get out of school until June 19 and they are OVER IT already. I think the teachers are over it too since there hasn’t been much homework lately. And that’s not a complaint! This week I shared some of our Memorial Day Traditions. You can see a picture I posted on Instagram from the parade we attended here. I also wrote about visiting the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. It is definitely worth a…

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    Happy List: #120

    Hi! For all my readers in the U.S., are you ready for the long Memorial Day Weekend? We will probably spend our weekend at the lake if it is nice and go to a parade on Monday. You know I love a parade! To recap the week on the blog, I shared a glimpse into how I organize my kitchen. I am pretty organized about some things, but there are other areas, like my bathroom counter, that always need help. This week we celebrated my children’s birthdays. They did not have a party this year, but we had a special outing on Sunday that was filled with go karts, amusement…

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    Happy List: #119

    Hello! This week I shared a potentially controversial opinion. I ditched my throw pillows and I’m not sorry about it. How long will this madness last? Nobody knows. Did you catch the reveal of my new outdoor dining chairs? I love them! I’d love them even more if Mother Nature would quit this rain business so I can be outside before the temperatures turn hotter than Hades. Here’s the Happy List! COUSINS CHART I’ve been labeling my relationship to my cousin’s children all wrong! This cousins chart article from Better Homes and Gardens helped me figure it out. It also explained the difference between great aunt and grand aunt. Another label…

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    Happy List: #118

    Hello! I hope you all had a great week. Mine has felt very full, so I am happy the weekend is almost here.  If anything about my website has been wonky (or wonkier than usual) this week, I apologize. Please bear with us. Handy Husband has been working behind-the-scenes on the site in the last 8 days to improve a variety of technical things that search engines care about. One “improvement” can inadvertently cause another feature to completely stop working. It is a good thing I did not get my blood pressure checked this week!  On Monday I shared the trash my son found in the forest. I do love…

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    Happy List: #117

    I’m baaackk! Did you miss me while I was on Spring Break? I missed all of you and it has been good to be back to my regular posting schedule this week. This week I shared my tips for hiring a piano moving or storage company. These are things I have learned over the years and sometimes the hard way! Then I shared my favorite granola recipe. What is life without a little crunchy topping from time to time? Here’s the Happy List! FREE GREETING CARD PRINTABLE If you like goats, you’ll love these cute greeting cards from Boxwood Avenue. Chloe has a free PDF you can download to print…

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    Happy List: #116

    Happy Good Friday and early Easter to you! Do you celebrate Easter? We do, but we will be by ourselves this year. On the plus side, more ham for me! Speaking of Easter Dinner, the folks who work at our local grocery store are so, so nice and helpful. They pointed me in the direction of the best ham (flavor and price-wise) to buy for a small family dinner. I felt like I was getting the insider’s scoop on what the employees buy because they were giving me all their tips for glazes and how to cook the ham. It just goes to show that it doesn’t really matter what your job…

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    Happy List: #115

    Hey, Hey, Hey! Hope you all had a great week! It’s never dull around here, so I’m looking forward to the weekend. This week I shared a new use for old hubcaps as a magnetic bulletin board. I also made one more attempt at decorating faux Easter eggs and I love how they turned out. If you are on Pinterest would you do me a huge favor and give me a follow? Here’s the link. I would GREATLY appreciate it. Thanks! Here’s the Happy List! GARDEN STORAGE CADDY This Gardener’s Supply Company Mobile Tool Storage Caddy is a smart idea and would be a cool gift for someone who likes gardening.…