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Beating your DIY addiction

Beating your DIY addiction

In our last post, I came clean about my chair challenges and promised to share my principles for recovery from DIY addiction. Because, sadly, this empty little graphic is just as true of my chair project progress today as it was the day I made it in the summer of 2012. But before I dive(…)

Our kind of quickie: a bathroom makeover

Our kind of quickie: a bathroom makeover

When we tackled the renovation of our first bathroom, I was a DIY virgin. Sure, I’d fooled around some. In my previous house I’d done a lot of painting. Cane helped me put in some new flooring, and we’d overhauled one of the bathrooms there by swapping out a boxy cabinet for a pedestal sink and(…)

Getting a head start on the holidays

Getting a head start on the holidays

There are two things I thought we’d never do here: 1. Write a sponsored post. 2. Write a Christmas/winter holiday post before Thanksgiving. I’ve gotten on my soapbox before about my dislike of holiday craziness (for example, in an early-blog post here), and one of my pet peeves is the way in which Christmas has almost(…)

Hey, anyone still there?

Hey, anyone still there?

So, um, yeah…we’re still here. Sorta. In our last post, I did say that we might be posting a bit less as we entered back into the school year, but I didn’t expect to go more than a month without writing here. Since we began This (sorta) Old Life nearly two years ago (on Oct.(…)

The not so great book review

The not so great book review

I am so full of such big plans at the beginning of every summer. I’m going to clean! I’m going to paint! I’m going to organize! I’m going to exercise! I’m going to read! And then reality (often in the form of the 3 kids we are raising) sets in. I’m happy to report that(…)

Simple Living in Real Life

Simple Living in Real Life

If you follow our Facebook page, you might already know that Brooke at Slow Your Home is one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve chosen several of her pieces as my FB lunchtime read of the day–because she’s smart, practical, honest, and down-to-earth on the subject of creating a better life through simple living. I loved(…)

Making a summer project plan

Making a summer project plan

We are in the midst of what I think of as The Dream Time. Both Cane and I work in schools, so we are at the beginning of summer break. For some reason, the weeks between the end of school (in late mid-June) and the 4th of July always seem like not-real time. It feels(…)