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My husband and I began dating when we were still children. He was 16...
My husband and I began dating when we were still children. He was 16 and I was 15, back in the olden days when people still talked on the phone and wrote letters. By the time we got married and had three kids, we had almost 20 years of correspondence....
14 Things You Need to Start Doing Now for Your Spouse’s Sake
OK, nobody’s perfect. But seriously, you really need to start putting a new roll of toilet paper on the spindle when it’s out. And you definitely need to start closing the toilet lid, like, 10 years ago. Oh, and I’m pretty sure someone has...
Chore Time: How to Work Better as a Family
Years and years ago, one Saturday morning in spring, my husband, Paul, and I had an impromptu discussion. In truth it was an argument, but since we were in the front yard, in the sight of God, our neighbors and anyone who happened...
You Said It: ‘This House Is Keeping It Real’ and More Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, I got really distracted. Stories that rounded up some of the most popular houses and kitchens we’ve toured occupied my thoughts for hours. I so enjoyed checking out what you enjoy, and was delighted by the wide variety shown...
Simple Pleasures: Put On Your Slippers
The moment you enter your home after a long day is an opportunity to slow down — and one simple way to ensure you do that is by getting in the habit of taking off your shoes and slipping on a pair of comfy slippers. This small daily ritual says that...
Saying Goodbye to One Home and Hello to Another
Leaving a home, especially one you’ve lived in for many years, can be hard — and so can getting settled into a new house that doesn’t really feel like home yet. Whether you are downsizing or moving into your dream home, these ideas should help ease...
You Said It: ‘Art Is a Lot Like Food’ and Other Houzz Quotables
This week we checked out which photos excited Houzz users the most, did some trend spotting at one of the biggest furniture markets in the U.S., learned about the many features of a Hoosier cabinet and dreamed of sitting in a beautiful seaside spot. What...
8 Stress-Busting Tips for Hosting Small Gatherings
Does the phrase “dinner party” strike fear into your heart as a host? If so, know that you’re not alone. While traditional dinner parties can be beautiful and rewarding, big, special-occasion affairs can also cause stress — and they’re not the...
Decorate With Intention: 12 Remodeling Sanity Savers
It's easy to get excited about a home project at the beginning, when the work seems theoretical and you hear yourself saying things like, "Oh, we could just knock all of these walls out, no problem!" Then reality sets in. The workers you hired go AWOL,...
You Said It: ‘Or Is It Just Me?’ and Other Houzz Quotables
This was a week when I had to play a lot of eeny-meeny-miney-moe. Articles had so many good ideas in them that I had a hard time choosing a favorite tip, comment or idea. I suppose it was because this week’s content was heavy on the most popular hardworking...
8 Wonderful Winter Hobbies to Nurture at Home
Winter naturally draws us closer to home, providing the perfect excuse to experiment with new crafts and skills. Whether you already have a hobby that you'd love to make more time for or are looking to learn something new, let these eight ideas spark...
You Said It: ‘Work With the Space You Are Given’ and More
We’re more than a week into January, and let’s keep that 2015 resolve going strong. It’s not easy. I can sense my motivation just beginning to wane — how about you? Houzz helped snap me back this week. Stories showed us how to make our home workout...
Small Steps for Keeping Your Housekeeping Resolutions
It’s January. Oh, the humanity. Perhaps you live in the Southern Hemisphere or some other warm and sunny place where those two words don’t bring a sense of doom so profound it propels one back into bed with a plate of cookies. Maybe you are...
You Said It: ‘Life Is Better When the House Is Clean’ and More
Happy New Year, Houzzers! If you’re like me, this weekend is going to be one of cleaning up your holiday decorations and riding that wave of organizational motivation that comes with a new year. I know I have to ride it immediately, because it won’t...
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