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Holiday Christmas Floral Centerpiece {DIY}

Holiday Christmas Floral Centerpiece {DIY}

Each Christmas season I make a Christmas floral centerpiece for my home, and often as gifts for friends and family. I get great  joy out of making these and they are somewhat inexpensive, yet beautiful gifts. How to Make a Christmas Floral Centerpiece: First, I […]

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

There isn’t anything better than giving a gift that someone will LOVE. This can be challenging since so many of us are trying to reduce the number of items we own. Over the last couple of years, our family has greatly reduced the number of […]

Pumpkin Mini Muffins {Grain-free}

Pumpkin Mini Muffins {Grain-free}

I am, in fact, one of those people who LOVE pumpkin. I don’t like pumpkin flavor in drinks, but in baked goods, it is one of my favorites! I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Mini Muffins that are grain-free as much as I do. Our family […]

Zero Waste Teacher Gifts

Zero Waste Teacher Gifts

I am not a big fan of traditional gift-giving, generally, only because I feel like so much of the time it is a reason to produce and consume more “stuff”!  I am so tired of trying to manage my own stuff and reduce it, that […]

Western Caribbean Cruise

Western Caribbean Cruise

{Norwegian Getaway} December 2015 We all agreed that as a family we needed a vacation; and I wanted the kind where I didn’t have to do much of anything but relax. Often, when we go on vacation we rent a condo and prepare breakfast and […]

Sol Duc {Olympic National Park}

Sol Duc {Olympic National Park}

Camping at Sol Duc Having grown up most of my life on the Olympic Peninsula, and Lisa having been born and raised here, we have come to really appreciate what splendor that we have right in our backyard, so-to-speak. With decidedly so much available to […]

My Oasis {August 2016}

My Oasis {August 2016}

My August post is a bit sad as I was missing my SLR Nikon with the camera lens mailed in for repairs. (To say that my cell phone camera is poor is an understatement.) It was out for most of the month and I had […]

DIY Sliding Barn Door

DIY Sliding Barn Door

Lisa and I have discussed for a few months a sliding barn door design for a door to replace the six-panel door existing as the entry of our laundry. The confluence of doors in our kitchen included:  the pantry/laundry door, the door leading to the […]

Mother Earth News Fair 2016 {Albany, Oregon}

Mother Earth News Fair 2016 {Albany, Oregon}

The Mother Earth News Fair is traditionally the first weekend of June. This year’s fair was again in Albany, Oregon and is the only fair on the west coast. It was previously in Puyallup, Washington but was relocated to a more central location for the […]

My Oasis {July 2016}

My Oasis {July 2016}

July has been somewhat unpredictable; both a cool and hot month for us in the Pacific NW. It is the month that the garden (and the weeds) really explode and change daily.  My Veggie Garden The Yard Summer’s Harvest We need to be better about […]