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How to Make an “Easy” Gingerbread House

Crafts are not my thing, especially holiday crafts. If you enjoy wielding a glue gun or stitching up a quilt, you won’t understand this, but the thought of spending an afternoon doing anything that first requires a trip to Michael’s …

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Keeping it Clean

Laundry. I know this topic isn’t sexy or exciting. This is not about saving money but saving time because of exactly that, laundry is neither sexy nor exciting.

There I Fixed It!

[caption id="attachment_1178" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="image by Rusty O.P."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1181" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="image by Joe-ks"][/caption] If you've ever fixed anything yourself, you are familiar with the unique

Being Television-free

When I ditched TV ten years ago, it wasn't for moral reasons. It wasn't because I was worried that TV was rotting my brain, and it wasn't because

On the Frugal (and Other) Pleasures of Doing Errands by Bike

[caption id="attachment_354" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Laura\'s bike"][/caption]By Laura King One of the deal-sweeteners of our recent move from the city to the suburbs, in my husband's view, was getting our

Powering Down: Why Manual Mowers are Better

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but you still have to mow it. - Proverb When I moved into my house last August,


Happiness is a Warm Hearth

When the price of oil hit $4.67 this summer, my husband and I had a cast-iron, non-catalytic insert installed in our fireplace. We calculated that if we burned

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