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Simple Pleasures: 25 Ways to Make the Most of Your Staycation

Give the daily grind the day off by hiding your work stuff, treating yourself and enjoying the outdoors Full Story
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neavic
My husband I typically go camping for a few days every year. This year we went Wednesday through Saturda y. That gave us a few days before to get ready in a more relaxed way. (We had previously gone camping Saturday through Tuesday and it was hard working until 5 p.m. on Friday and trying to have everything ready to go Saturday morning.) This year we decided to make a cornhole game (2 boards and beanbags). We did it together - from cutting out the wood, to painting it, to putting the pieces together. We both made the beanbags. It was a very relaxing time and brought us closer together since we were both on the same page and had a common goal.
July 12, 2014 at 1:55pm     
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charlotteleigh
Sometimes we put up the pop-up camper, invite the grandkids over for the night, and pretend to be camping. Actually, I guess we ARE camping, just in the driveway, lol. We bought a fire pit for the kids to roast marshmallows over, and cook our meals on the charcoal grill. The only excuse to go inside is to 'use the facilities' if you catch my drift. Occasionally, one of the kids will get scared and want to go in to finish the night in civilization, but that's OK, too. We hope we are helping them to make memories that will last their whole lives long, and be good memories that they can pass on when we are over and gone.
July 12, 2014 at 6:42pm     
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Simple Pleasures: Cultivate Everyday Joie de Vivre

You can’t be on holiday all the time, of course, but you can enjoy that same carefree feeling right at home, right now Full Story
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vickycas
edited wardrobe? the words repell each other
May 21, 2014 at 5:00pm   
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queenbeelee
I do so enjoy my morning coffee outdoors, while I water my potted plants and fill the bird feeders, but the best is when I water the herb pots, and run my hands along the rosemary, mint or sage. Those smells lift my spirits and prepare my mind for whatever the day brings!
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Simple Pleasures: 10 Ideas for a Buy-Less Month

Save money without feeling pinched by taking advantage of free resources and your own ingenuity Full Story
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lovecrafts789x
What a great article! We're renovating our house and have decided to post some items on usedregina and kijiji in our city. This exercise has made me realize what a poor investment I had made in the furniture I had purchased, as people were hesitant to give even 10 per cent of the original cost. I'm going to make a habit of checking for used/next to new before I buy new. I have to say I'm discouraged by the recent trend of some furniture manufacturers who are making furniture to last only 5 years and charging an exorbitant amount for what is usually pressed wood and plastic. I like the idea of "shopping" my own home and moving items around to give the impression I have something new.

Look at the prospect of cutting down waste as a positive brain exercise - finding new solutions of how to reuse an item. After finding out it would cost us $200 to $300 to get rid of the bricks we had when we took out the chimney in our 1913 home (and not needing them for our own project), I decided to post them for "free" on one of the sites in our city. I had several happy people who came by for the bricks for their patio, fire pit, etc. project. I not only saved money on the cost of getting rid of the bricks, I saved them from the landfill and made some new friends.
July 6, 2014 at 8:45pm     
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jmccagg
I recently had surgery and could not drive. I took many walks and always said "Hi" to the neighbors. I made new friends and got my exercise at the same time.
July 16, 2014 at 10:21pm   
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Easy Hospitality: 3 Basics for Successful Hosting

Make guests comfortable even if resources are tight by getting these entertaining essentials down pat Full Story
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homefor36years
When I see the word hospitality I always think of my mother. If she didn't feed at least a dozen people a week she thought it was a bad week. She was always ready for guests even if she didn't know them but by the time they left they were friends. She lived to be 99 years old and was still able to cook for a crowd.
March 31, 2014 at 3:52pm     
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risris
I just rediscovered this lovely article and wanted to emphasize the second point - seating seating seating is essential. Have a variety of options around, more than you need. A couch, some comfy chairs, some uncomfy chairs, some seating that's part of a conversation group, some chairs up against walls that can pulled up to a group as needed (or used to get some friendly distance from the group as needed), stools tucked under console tables. People are comfortable when they can choose where to sit and how close or not to get to the group. I'm a big believer that occasional chairs make people feel relaxed.
May 23, 2014 at 7:32am     
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Dream Bedroom

Learn the dimensions that will help your bed and more fit neatly and comfortably, so you can get a good night’s sleep Full Story
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alives
We live in an older home without A/C, so we leave our windows open at night to cool off. Since our bedroom has five! doors, furniture tends to be under the double hung windows, making them difficult to access to open and close. The room with the bed in the middle of the windows made me think of that.
July 17, 2014 at 11:21am     
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annfarr
I solved the small-bedroom problem in my 100-year-plus central-stair colonial by hunting down an antique 3/4 spool bed. Love it!
July 20, 2014 at 8:56pm     
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