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Today was a sad, sad day for me. I had to trade my flip flops for heels, cut-offs for a skirt and leather bracelets for a watch. I always struggle with the first day back to work after a really great vacation, don’t you? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? My brain is all mushy […]

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  I hope everyone is finding a way to stay cool in the summer heat.  Because we are melting here in Phoenix.  I heard our record highs made national news, and I know there were a lot of Facebook posts around here that included pictures of in-dash temperature gauges reaching well-done hamburger temps.  I managed […]

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One of the best things about Phoenix in the summer is leaving it behind for the cool temps up north.  There is nothing fun about baking in the “dry” 110 degree heat in June.  Really, nothing.  The  only consolation is that it’s not monsoon season yet, because then our oven becomes a sauna and it’s […]

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Happy Summer Solstice 2013! To celebrate the season, here are just some of the things on my bucket list for this summer: Not pictured but included on my list: make strawberry shortcake, play in the sprinklers, eat frozen yogurt with the sun shining on my skin, and see a summer blockbuster. What are your plans […]

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It’s the season of babies! Seems like so many people I know are born in the summer months, and this year is no exception.  To help cut down on costs for baby shower gifts, I try to get creative and crafty (and yes, I’m avoiding the word “cheap” here!).  This sweet gift cost less than […]

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Recently I stumbled across a cheap little telephone table at a thrift store while visiting family up north. It seemed like the perfect fit for our entry in the living room, and I thought I might be able to spruce it up to fit right in. As if that wasn’t convincing enough to buy it, […]

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It’s time for another checkup on the garden since we’ve had some progress recently! We’ve also had some set backs. First, the good news: we’ve got pumpkins, eggplant, basil, tomatoes and peppers growing strong! baby pumpkin (1 of many!) a miniature variety of eggplant basil with pumpkin plants in the background made the “mistake” of […]

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