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A Guide to Minimalism for the Busy Mom

 Minimalism for the Busy Mom Before kids I was pretty good about keeping tidy, and holding on only to what I really needed and storing away only a few sentimental items. Then I became a mother and along with my mama bear instinct came the impulse to keep everything.  Oh look… their first shoes… their first […]

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christmas ornaments on a pine tree have yourself a radically frugal christmas


Saving money is something we all want to do, but it’s hard sometimes to live up to the expectations of society and still keep true to our bottom line, especially at Christmas. As the mama to a big brood, I need to make that bottom line be extremely frugal and cheap. In my life, I’ve […]

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12 Books


These recommendations for 12 books for your book club will make you the favorite member of all time. I have loved reading ever since I was a kid. I would make weekly trips to the library and devoured Sweet Valley High books. (Remember those?!) Earlier this year I finally got around to updating my library […]

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gift of art kids art lessons in the quad cities


Want to give a personalized gift that won’t be forgotten?  Give the gift of art! There are so many ways to show someone you care through a gift of art.   A caricature sketch can be made of an individual, family or friend grouping. I didn’t know much about caricature art until I married a caricature […]

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Quad CIties CHristmas crafts and classes

Christmas Crafts and Classes in the Quad Cities

Christmas Crafts and Classes  Deck the halls with very crafty Christmas décor! These festive DIY Christmas crafts include ideas for pretty handmade wreaths, homemade ornaments, and of course the delicious cookies you can decorate at home or in a class that are sure to fill your home with cheer.  Dec 4- Painting For A Purpose Wed 6 PM · Quad […]

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ricotta, amonds and amaretti tart

A Thanksgiving Meal with an Italian Flair

Italians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. I know that to Americans, the Thanksgiving meal is one that people take seriously though! With that in mind, I have put together a menu to give your traditional dinner an Italian flair. Even though “giving thanks” should be a moment of reflection that everyone should try to do at least […]

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