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Kate’s Escapades – Spring Break Frolic

Kate’s Escapades – Spring Break Frolic

We think this post from a few years back is worth a Second Glance, especially since it’s spring break and we’re off frolicking with our kids. Enjoy! Ahhhhh…spring break is finally here. Seems like we’ve been waiting for it since the day after school began last year.  A break from the routine of alarm clocks, bed times, endless homework, car pools, nagging.   I am as excited as the kids are.  It’s hard work to parent … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Walking tall in winter weather

It’s been more than a month, now, since I blew out my knee on my icy street. Between you and me, my knee still hurts. In fact, it’s still quite swollen and has caused me to tone down my training at Operation Athlete. Needless to say, my knee is on my last nerve. And considering the fact that we’ve had snow and ice on the roads more days than not over the past month or so – and considering that today is the second snow day this week – I figure we could use all the help we can get when it comes to getting around in this stuff. To that end, I thought I’d share some tips for walking in the snow and ice – without breaking a leg! Toss your purse, … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these easy winter tips

Betcha Didn’t Know – these easy winter tips

Betcha didn’t know… how to ice proof your car windows. Expecting frost overnight? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spray on your car windows at night. In the morning, they should be clear of the icy mess.  How does it work? Vinegar contains acetic acid, which lowers the melting point of water – preventing water from freezing. What to do if you wake up to an already frozen … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants: Our favorite holiday music

Back by popular demand Kate and I bring you a few of our favorite songs of the season. We like a little bit of everything music-wise – old, new, sappy, peppy, traditional, edgy – you name it! And if truth be known, I suspect we’ve both been listening to Christmas music since waaay before Thanksgiving even arrived. Stop for a moment and try to imagine what the holidays would be like without Christmas music. So many of our traditions and memories are tied to the music of the season. With that in mind, we’ll be featuring a few of our all-time favorites, in no particular order, today through Christmas. And we are probably gonna think of another 3,000 favorites as soon as we post these. Nevertheless, here are a few … Read entire article »

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Christmas Craftdown, week 5

I guess you realize Christmas Day is days away. Well, not me. I’m in denial. Still a ton of things to do. Like craft some more creations. This week, we’re featuring five crafts or edible ideas so let’s get to it! Susan’s Chicken Tacos Holiday Wassail Candy Crackers Pine Crafts Bowls made from vinyl records m m My cousin Susan has been quite an asset to our craftdown. This week, she sent in a recipe that sounds great for those busy holiday nights. It’s perfect for the family, or a dinner party: Susan’s Chicken Tacos 1 cup frozen corn 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 16-ounce jar mild salsa 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 1 1/2 pounds) Place first 3 ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine.  Arrange chicken on top.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.  Remove … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Bring on the heat

After returning from our trip to Camp Shelby a couple of weeks ago, my car decided that since it is paid for, it can start bringing on the headaches.  (Isn’t it odd how that works?) And in keeping with the fact that we’re in the throws of winter, the heater fan quit working. Obviously this wouldn’t be a problem in the middle of summer. Even if the A/C had gone out, I’d have been just as content to roll down the windows and let the fresh air in – not a practice I’m willing to implement in 20-degree weather. You’d think the fact that it was miserably cold – especially when Colton and I headed out the door for school in the mornings – would have been enough. Worse though, was this … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Validation of my Procrastination

I’ve been putting it off for over a week now. Procrastinating. Justifying. Ignoring. Avoiding. What is this thing that is so dreaded that I am putting so much energy into NOT doing it? This chore that I’m working so hard at forgetting? I’m talking about taking down the Christmas decorations, of course. Sure, they are all fun and exciting and sparkly in November, when I just can’t wait to crack open the red and green storage tubs to see my holiday treasures that have been hidden away for almost a year. But by the time the first week of January hits, those very same precious  snowmen, Santas and ornaments have become dusty, commonplace and overlooked. Suddenly they have evolved into one of my least favorite household duties. Every day for  the past week … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Ecscapades – What your perfect ‘Snow Day’ says about you

You wake up in the morning and see that  snow has been falling all night, covering the roads and blowing into snowdrifts keeping you from your job/school/regular life.  How do you choose to spend this unexpected day of freedom?  How you choose to spend a snow day shows the activities you are longing to participate in, but rarely have the time for. See if you can find your favorite snowy day diversion and find out what that says about you… m If a snowy day means… Baking up a storm – You’re a serenity seeker! According to psychologist Kathleen Nickerson, Ph.D. (FeelBetterNetwork.com), “Bakers often tell me what a release it is to create something out of flour, sugar and butter.” Nickerson says that following a recipe’s instructions zaps stress by turning off the analytical … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how to prevent your car door from freezing shut

Betcha didn’t know… how to prevent your car doors from freezing shut using cooking spray.  Spray cooking spray on the rubber seals around car doors and rub i in with a paper towel, “Doors freeze when snow melts into the seals during the day, and then freezes at night,” says Robert Sinclair Jr. of AAA, The oils in the cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber in the first place. * Add your comment to this, or any post, and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – this trick for de-icing your frozen car lock

Betcha didn’t know… this trick for de-icing your car door lock.  Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key and the lock to solve the problem.  Why does this work?  Because hand sanitizers contain alcohol, the main ingredient in most commercial de-icers.  Just make sure to use a hand sanitizer that’s 60% alcohol.  Sanitizers with less alcohol than that won’t work (and guess what:They won’t sanitize you hand, either!) … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants – When spring sprang back to winter

Hi all! Liz here. It was less than 24 hours ago that Kate and I were discussing the fact that I was basking in the heat of 70 degrees while she dug her way out of seven inches of global warming, er, snow. The heat, if you can call it that, had been building for a couple of days, almost as if to prepare us for the idea of going outside without a jacket or earmuffs. Heaven forbid we jump right into 90 degrees, some humidity and a sandy beach. (Give a girl her dreams, ok?) … Read entire article »

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