Summer is full of activity. There are ways to spend a bundle on outdoor events and activities but that’s not what I’m about. I’m “Frugal Ann”, always looking for ways to play and have fun without spending a lot (or any!) dollars and cents. There’s an organization dedicated to reminding us the importance of
When the summer time rolls around, our house grows in size. How? We’re away from the Pacific Northwest rainy season and can head out to the backyard to enjoy the sunshine and shade! Our kitchen takes a bit of a break and our grill comes out from under it’s “rain coat”. It’s grilling season! Johnsonville has expanded
What began as one $500 giveaway has grown to become… There are so many great ways to enjoy the summer season: Swim Parks Outdoor concerts Carnivals and Fairs Movies Under The Stars Picnics with family & friends Along with these fun summer time events comes an added stress of trying to afford all of the fun. Summer
In the Pacific Northwest it’s understood that one day it can be drizzly, the next day 90 degrees. (It’s not unusual for our closets to have tank tops next to turtlenecks. You just never know!) With the constant change of weather you get busy with yard work in between rain storms. But *smack* these darn *smack* mosquitoes are
I wish I could write words to make this the ultimate post to end the action of texting while driving. I wish I could find the right combination of words to make those drivers that feel their text message is more important then someone’s life – perhaps their own – a text that just can’t wait that they
In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd (and my sister’s birthday – yay!) I want to share an app that will help reduce our utility bills and our impact on the environment —Homeselfe. The Homeselfe app is a FREE download which can help us all be a part of a fundamental shift in our culture – to
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Yes, of course, it would be lovely to have a luxurious bathroom. To feel like you have a spa in your own home would make getting out of bed in the morning a lot easier! (For me, anyway.) Recently I was able to give our shower a quick update, kind of like a little “remodel”,
Spring is in the air!!! Bring a fresh look to your home by entering to win a $200 Pottery Barn Gift Card today! Oh my, I could lose a few hours while perusing in Pottery Barn. I love the vibe, and look, of this store. I’ve seen quite a few treats I’d like to add
When a New Year begins a wave of “Do Over” washes over me. I look at my (incredibly) unorganized garage and have images of bins and labels. Ah, organization bliss! For my girls rooms I envision great design… and clothes not being thrown all over the place! Different wall colors come to mind as well.
The gorgeous blooms of our roses are beginning to fade now that September has arrived. Portland is known as The City of Roses and when our flowers make their seasonal transition I’m looking for ways to keep blossoms in our home year around to fight off the rainy day gloom. Recently I had
Scent is a big part of my life. Daily I’m looking for the right candle to burn to set the mood for our home, the lightly scented lotion to use after a shower, or afternoon pick-me-up, and just the right oil to dab behind my ears to help me find calmness or to help energize.
When it comes to doing laundry you have a plastic jug that holds your choice of liquid, powder or pods. When it’s empty you buy another jug, then another, etc. All of those plastic jugs adding to the landfill. Not good! So not good! I’ve recently been introduced to a company that has not only a
Ah yes, the rain clouds have passed and the sunshine has hung around for a couple of days. Time for yard work then enjoying the natural beauty of the yard. But *smack* these darn *smack* mosquitoes are driving me crazy! (I’m allergic to them so that makes it even worse.) After researching natural ways
Even a little bit of water can cause extensive damage to your home and your possessions. If you live in an area prone to flooding, you know all too well how devastating a flood can be. There are ways that you can protect your home and your belongings and make it less likely that you
I am thrilled to offer one of my lovely Ann Again and again Reviews readers a terrific opportunity – the chance to win a $200 gift card to LUSHDecor.com! Lush Décor is all about Inspired Living. LUSH Decor offers a wide range of designs and workmanship to help you create your own look and lifestyle.
A very happy change is coming to a member of my family. The purchase of a new home! Not only will there be a new year to welcome, a new address and neighborhood is coming into the mix. Have you been looking for a new place to call your own? If you are considering buying
There are certain items that are perfect gifts to give because A.) it’s something everybody needs. For instance – grocery store gift cards, because eating is a necessity. Or B.) it doesn’t require knowing someones size, such as candles. I love giving and receiving candles as gifts and recently discovered a line
There is music playing in our house almost constantly. When the season’s turn to holiday’s to celebrate we like to get in the spirit by playing tunes that add to the occasion. Now, since Halloween is literally – right around the corner! – we’re listening to what ever clever, catchy or creepy tunes fit our
When the weather begins to chill it’s safe to say Fall is on the way. Some of you are fortunate to have the leaves in your trees change to glorious colors, while others (like me) mostly have grey skies and know that rain is just weeks away. To fight off the rainy day gloom I love
Wall decals are the newly emerging, most efficient method in interior designing options. Wall decals are self adhesive stickers that are one of the quickest ways to make a space uniquely your own. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs and the final outcome is as fantastic as your imagination. The customer
Recently I came across a new site DECDECALS that showcases an easy way to add flair to your walls. DECDECALS designs vinyl gave me an idea on how to spruce up my kitchen walls quickly with no painting. Yay! (See what the designs offerings here.) Vinyl wall art stickers are the latest idea in home decorating that
For those of us that would enjoy connecting with other mothers, yet can’t make it to meetings and/or conferences that always seem to happen out of town, The Mom Conference is for us! This conference happens online and is FREE! Monday, April 7th – Conference launches! Each day of the conference, a new set of
Are you ready to learn a new crafty skill? How about sewing, knitting, crochet, cake decorating, photography? Or maybe jewelry making or the art of creating delicious french pastries? I’ve recently discovered a site that is a one-stop-shop for education for these areas – and many, many more – Craftsy.com. It’s a terrific resource! Craftsy.com
Hello! And thank you for joining the #NSXmas Home For The Holidays Event! Over 70 Bloggers are participating in this giveaway roundup and you have the chance to win some really terrific prizes! This fits the holiday spirit now doesn’t it? Along with my giveaway offering, you also have the chance to win prizes from
One of my favorite gifts to give and receive is a lovely, scented candle. I have been drawn to candles for most of my life and find them to be welcoming, comforting and add a touch of elegance in a home. Finding a wonderful glow isn’t that difficult but, finding the right scent can be.
As the holiday shopping days get fewer and fewer, you might be scrambling for ideas for those that just seem to “have everything”. Here’s a cute stocking stuffer that is sure to please someone who loves scent and favors products that are earth-friendly. Recently I discovered the product line Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. These products