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Thanksgiving with Kids: Fun & Easy Ideas

Last year on Thanksgiving day, we had 6 kids under the age of 10 running around our house.  It was so fun! I thought it would be nice to make their experience special by adding in a few extra touches.  (My ideas also distracted them and...

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4 Tips to an Easy Thanksgiving

Hosting a crowd for Thanksgiving this year?  Nervous about pulling it off?  Never fear! We had NEVER hosted anything remotely complicated as Thanksgiving, and we ended up hosting 14 people last year in our home without a hitch. My secret to success?  I'm telling you, preparation is the...

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Should I Paint my Fireplace?

I hear this a lot from decorating clients and blog readers: "Help!  I hate my ugly fireplace!  But I can't possibly PAINT IT, right???" I'm here to tell you that if you have an ugly brick fireplace, it is okay to paint that ugly brick fireplace.  I give you...

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My Easy (and Cheap!) DIY Curtain Rods

I'm so baffled by how expensive curtain hardware is.  Have you noticed this, too? Here's an example - a simple curtain rod plus brackets will set you back about $50-100 at Pottery Barn, and then you also need to buy finials ($15 each) to screw on...

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Moving Across Country and Making a Home

Big things were afoot in the Dyner household this summer.  We moved to California! I think I underestimated what a big undertaking it would all be.  But now I sit here nearly three (!!) months later and we are really, truly settled.  I have lived to tell the...

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