The importance of ritual

  It sounds simple but one of my favorite rituals is my Sunday evening shoe polishing. I haven’t done it for a while but last Sunday I did. There is just something very rewarding and deep down satisfying about the ritual. A bit of a back story The shoes I’m referring to are my Doc(…)

Is the 70′s split-level the new ranch?

Is the 70′s split-level the new ranch?

Well, no–the 70′s split level is not the new ranch.  Not yet.  But we’re wondering if it might be. We’re thinking the rage for mid-century modern has just about run its course, and something else will have to take its place. If it’s hard for you to imagine the big 70s split-level having the same kind(…)

It’s gotta be red.

  Well, I finally got around to painting our front door. We really didn’t like the hunter green color it was when we bought it. Wearing that color on the front door was kind of like wearing MC Hammer pants.  Cool in the ’90s, but not so much now. (Don’t remember MC Hammer pants? Check here.)(…)

Screen Time Manifesto

What follows is a lengthy exploration of issues around screen time for kids.  If you want to skip all the thoughts and get straight to the meat–here’s our Screen Time Manifesto. You know those bumper stickers that say “Kill Your TV”?  We don’t have one.  We like TV—at least some of it, some of the(…)

Everything you ever wanted to know about cork flooring, and then some

Everything you ever wanted to know about cork flooring, and then some

Update! 2/12/13 It’s been over a year since we put or cork floors in. This post has been getting quite a lot of traffic so I wanted to update readers on how they have held up. In a word- great! We have a floating cork floor that encompass or living room, dining room, kitchen, and(…)

Going cork: All you really need to know if you're considering a cork floor

As Cane explains in his post about cork flooring, we knew before we bought the house that the carpet in the main living areas had to go.  (It’s also got to go in the bedrooms and family room, but that will have to wait a bit.  Yes, financial renovations are also in the works.)  (…)

Welcome to our world

We’re glad you’re here.  Sometimes it’s a little nutty around these parts, and we could use some grown-up company. With three kids, two dogs, and two ex-spouses in our family dynamic, our world is often hectic. On a good day. On a bad one, well… We figure if you’re here, you know how it is. Or(…)