Top 5 Picks for the Week, August 3, 2012

Italian Ice, Geeky Gifts, Make it Yourself, Fantastic Food, and Children’s Books 1. Rita’s: Ice. Custard. Happiness. This spring we were introduced to one of the East Coast’s culinary delights, Italian Ice.  Growing up in the rural Midwest, we did not have any businesses in our area that made this product or sold it regularly.  Hearing …

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Coconut Cream Pie Bars

I came across this recipe for Coconut Cream Pie Bars through Pinterest.  The Clever Housewife added it  to her boards, inspired by the original post from Dough Puncher. The bars looked too good to pass up, and I was even more excited when I saw a shortened version of the recipe. Dough Puncher has a wonderful post listing the full ingredients …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, July 27, 2012

Olympic Apps, 5 minute Videos, Frozen Yogurt, Tip Junkies, and Acoustic Music 1. London 2012 Olympics App Today’s the day, it’s finally here, opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Summer Olympics kick off tonight.  With weeks worth of games and hundreds of competitions, keeping up with the action, results, and schedules is no small feat.  So …

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Using Stories to Stay in Touch

It’s difficult for me to fully express the important role friends and family members play in our lives.  As we get older and start families for ourselves, we begin to place greater value on the companionship, support, and love that they offer.  However, there seems to be a harsh paradox that as we long for these …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, July 20, 2012

Project Tutorials, Interior Design, Living Fully, Manly Materials, and Surreal Sculptures 1. Cut Out and Keep I love coming across a great stash of unique craft ideas along with their step-by-step instructions.  Even if I don’t get around to re-creating the projects myself, I still enjoy seeing the process and what others have come up with. …

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What to Pack for the Hospital in Preparation for Labor and Delivery

The days and months of my pregnancy are continuing to fly by.  It’s hard to believe that today I’m starting my 36th week, just a little over one month left to go.  So, now that we are in the homestretch, friends, family members, and even my doctor have suggested that I go ahead and start …

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Baby Quilt, a Blanket of Blessings; Part IV, the Conclusion

Welcome to the final post in the Blessings Blanket series.  Over the last month and a half, I have been working through the process of creating an heirloom quilt composed of material sent in from friends and family members. This has been a lot of fun and a great learning opportunity.  And now I’m happy …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, July 6, 2012

Unique Design, Tasty Bagels, Food Apps, Relaxing Music, and Magnetic Walls 1. Design Milk The world of art and design is a fluid one, ever-changing and always evolving.  Trying to stay informed about the latest updates, advances, and the professionals at the forefront of their fields can be a daunting task.  Thankfully Jamie Derringer, founder and executive …

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Top 5 Picks for Independence Day, 2012

Photography, Fresh Fruit, Decorations, Fireworks, and Blockbusters 1. How to Take Good Pictures of Fireworks Most of us have experienced the disappointment of trying to capture an elaborate fireworks display on our phones or even using a high quality digital camera.  Out of hundreds of pictures you might get a few that are okay, but they don’t …

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It Feels Good to be Thankful

Yesterday’s post on thankfulness was as much for me as for any of the readers.  It’s amazing that I often need frequent reminders about the most basic aspects of life which you would think I’d never forget.  With busy schedules and hectic lives we seem to dismiss and neglect the simple traits which are vital for …

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