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Fantastic Pictures and Tips!

A Detailed House

So many, many exquisite bathrooms, so little time! Here is the continuation of the exploration of black and white bathrooms.

This first picture, although I’ve commented below as well, shows a treatment that I will be addressing in a DIY segment down the road, as I am going to do this to one of our bedrooms that has sloped walls. Sloped walls obviously aren’t conducive to crown molding, but I can still add some architectural elements to the room, and this is similar to what I have selected:

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Love the Bathrooms in this post!

A Detailed House

In the comments section of my post, Sophisticated Rooms in Black and White, I had a request (from a blog I follow) if I had any black and white bathrooms. Well, of COURSE I’m going to oblige!

She is going to renovate a bathroom of a new home she is buying (yeah!), but  not knowing her taste, I wanted to make sure I gave her enough pictures to work with (all had appealing features). I lean towards traditional with a dash of modern thrown in for interest. And that’s great – for me! But this isn’t my bathroom! So you will see a progression because I have so many pictures. I’m going to try to cover many styles to make sure she has what she needs to be inspired. Warning: some of these bathrooms are not ones that are practical and have shortcomings, but have features and elements that still…

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I love this blog! She has great information and is great to her followers.

A Detailed House

I have been pondering so much lately – the outside of my house because of the nice weather, but also a few rooms in my house, which led me to look for some inspiration. Spring always brings on new projects for me – I just get the itch!!

I think dark and light rooms are very smart looking when done right. I also like them infused with a “pop” of another color to prevent them from looking to sterile or serious. Here are some pictures that I have found interesting for one reason or another (but some could use a 3rd color) :

My floors have gotten a little worn, which I like because it gives credence to the house being old, but I do like dark and glossy!

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“Is Antibacterial Soap necessary?”

It seems like this day and age that “Antibacterial” is on everything we put on our bodies. Everything from soap, lotion to the classic germ killer.

I have always believed that a little dirt doesn’t hurt. I grew up playing in the woods and getting filthy. These days it seems we are fighting “germs” not dirt.

Influenza Germ

I agree it is a germy world out there but do we really need antibacterial in everything we  use?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibacterial soaps are not necessary, but washing your hands thoroughly with ordinary soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to ward off infection.

The ingredients that kill the germs (usually triclosan or, less commonly, triclocarbon) need to stay on the surface for 2 minutes. Now realistically how many of us really sit there for a full 2 minutes and wash our hands?

I am guilty of not utilizing that amount of time, yet consider myself a good hand washer. I am a fan of bar soaps and hot water. I do not use antibacterial lotion on my skin. I feel that there are so many chemicals out there that I am exposed to, I can spare myself the extra dose.  I love handmade soaps! They smell amazing and I feel like I am putting a natural product on my skin.

I can name a good few hundred little school kids out there that don’t. I helped out at my kid’s school over the winter and saw first hand how quickly they “wash”. Granted they have Germ killer in their classrooms but they do not always use it. My kids wash their hands as soon as they get home. We try to keep the house germ free.

Another good point I read was that some scientists theorize that bacteria may develop a resistance to bacterial agents over time. Furthermore, some bacteria actually benefitus. The normal population of bacteria on our bodies not only eats our sweat, but also helps defend us against truly harmful, invasive bacteria.

I think many of us forget as we pour on the gobs germ killer, that many common diseases are viral in nature, and are therefore not prevented by antibacterial products.

So what did we learn?….. It is okay that not all your soap and lotion products contain “Antibacterial” in them.  Good ol’ bar soap hot water and a little patience will give you the same results. 🙂

 Let me know what your views are on this topic? To much antibacterial items? To few?  How do you feel it affects us being able to fight of germs?


I tried these and they are fantastic! My kids ate them up! Absolutely delicious

Leo's Burger

This last week has been a tough one in my household, which is also an explanation for the lack of posts. It was the first time where both Marty and I have been under the weather at the same time with Leo around.  I was battling a nice case of bronchitis with a side order of strep throat and Marty was suffering from kidney stone pain. With myself hardly being able to get out of bed, and Marty in sporadic pain that kept him on the floor in the fetal position, poor Leo was dealing with some hard done by parents. Please remind me why we move back to Montreal again?

I think it was on day 3  of being housebound when I decided we both needed a good meal to perk us up a bit. I knew I was in no shape to play around in the kitchen and…

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Spring Cleaning! Are you ready?

It is getting to be that time.. Spring!

Are you ready for that glorious event called “Spring Cleaning”? I wanted to get all of your wonderful brains working and see what we come up with as far as the best method to go about “Clearing out the Closets.” Do we start with the paper cluttered in corners, the crafts we started during the long winter, or those little dust bunnies that are hidden so slyly under the beds?

What music do you rock out to as you open those windows letting in that refreshing clean air?

What is that perfect snack you like to fix to bring in the new season?

I love eating fresh fruits! I also like mixing up a few different kinds of spreads to put on garlic baked baguette bread. My favorite spread consists of very thinly sliced onions, cubed avacados, a few tablespoons of cream cheese, micoplaned garlic, salt & pepper, extra virgin olive oil. I recommend adding the avacados last because you will need to get the cream cheese incorporated first and we dont want to make guacamole this time. 🙂

This is also very good on Napa Cabbage leaves. It is a delicious treat. All ingreadients are to taste. Play around with it and see what combination you like the best.

I look forward to reading your comments about spring cleaning! 🙂



Let’s Talk Board Games!

While have been standing here making  hamburger gravy and homemade rolls for dinner trying to come up with a blog topic that would be interesting and a conversation starter. Lets hope I picked a good one.

….Drum roll please…. Board Games! 🙂

I have always loved a good board game. When I was little the options were limited due to location and money. We had quite a few we made up on our own. I think I even created a board game at one point. Obviously it wasnt that exciting because it didn’t stick around 🙂 I lived out in the woods so more of our winter games were “Catch the Chicken and sled down the hill with it.” Summer games were:

 “Lock the little sister (me) in the chicken coop.”

Yes that is me, and might I add thank you sis for the life long memory ❤

When we got older we played Monopoly, Life, Card games, Sorry (which I was a very sore loser at) Old Maid, Uno, and a few more that I can’t think of at the moment.

I have passed my love for the games I played when I was younger to them. It is cool to see the face lift so many games have gotten. A few of their games consist of:  Sorry Sliders, Connect 4 Spongebob, Hi Ho Cherrio, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Monopoly, Guess Who, Hungry Hippos, Checkers, and Peanut butter and Jelly.

Old vs New “Chutes and Ladders”





 Old vs New “Candyland”





Old vs New “Sorry”




Now its time to hear what some of your favorite Board games were as a child and what they are now! Your comments and stories are very welcome, I love hearing from you. 🙂


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This site has a crazy amount of games to buy. Pretty cool.

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