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I sit sad, reading about the loss of a child due to being left in a car. The mom was interviewed; it was the dad that forget. They have feelings of never ending grief and guilt. It seems the mom is trying to accomplish change by allowing herself to be interviewed.. trying to help ensure this doesn’t happen again by exposing something along the lines that, while people don’t think it will or could possibly happen to them, it can;  It did! She mentions an application she uses. Apparently there are mobile applications that check...

One for each of us Something that’s really helped us out a lot on dishes is having each family member have a different colored cup to use. This way, we can easily keep track of our drinks throughout the day without questioning and can be more environmentally friendly. Also, through your the day, we’ll often stash the cup in the fridge so it stays cool. Of course, we still clean them regularly, but the churn throughout the day is much less. An example of some colored...

The following are suggestions for age appropriate chores and tasks for children.  You will be the best judge of your child’s ability and understanding of the tasks at hand to make adjustments as they develop. General Tips Demonstrate how to do chores. Don’t make it a punishment. Try to make it fun. Lead by example. Set them up for success, try to show them how to do things and set them up to be clear and simple at first. Age Appropriate Chores/Tasks Up to Two...

Having a hard time getting rid of some of that extra memorabilia you’ve been carrying around in life with you?  Cleaning our basement makes me realize a lot of these items are more about the remembering of the times had or the moment given! I’ve read about taking a snapshot of the cherished item in order to memorialize it but still allow for you to pass it along or get rid of it (while retaining the memories).  Might be worth a try, as I try to get back to simpler times,...

When going to hang something new, before putting a hole through the beautiful wallpaper (I know, it gets outdated, too!), do this instead! Just take a small razor cutter and slice a semi circle over the top of where you’re going to put the nail or screw.  Then gently pull the flap to expose the wall and drive the nail in.  This way, if and when you remove...

Turns out there is a much easier way to put  lights on a tree (one of the ones before they built them in)!  It ocurred to me, as I worked my overly dry hands through the roughy branches back and forth and around, that when stringing them on an artificial tree, it might be best to move up the tree without all the branches on it.  Just the row I would be working...

Can you take back something you said?  Even if you say it and no one else is around, ..you still know you said it.  I wondered this when I was young.  My mother had taken me and the rest of the family to the Humane Society and we walked through the aisles of cages, looking at the cats. I wasn’t thinking at the time, and I made a joke about a cat being on...

My neighbor feeds the squirrels.   Maybe this would be fine, if it didn’t seem like it drew those pesky squirrels so much closer to my house all the time.  Don’t get me wrong, I like squirrels.  I just don’t like them up by the house.. They’ve caused a bit of damage.   They chewed a hole in my patio furniture seat cushions, so we sold the set for  a loss on Craigslist to a happy new owner.  We weren’t using them because we started storing...

I don’t know about you, but even when I’m not in the home buying market, I enjoy looking at other people’s homes (I’ll offer to tag along with friends looking to give them feedback!). Sometimes, if I see them and they look too perfect, I wonder if it has really been staged.  I know some people are very tidy (we used to be!), though, and it may, in fact be real. But I love to see how people decorate.  Its awesome for ideas, its too bad there aren’t more tours of more middle class folks homes.  (I have seen...

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