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How to Make a Suitcase Dollhouse from Vintage Luggage

Today I’m going to show you how to make a suitcase dollhouse!

Using an old vintage suitcase, some Dollar Tree craft supplies, and random thrift store finds, here’s our DIY suitcase dollhouse.

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15 Coffee Table Books That Are Better Than Anything You Can Read on Your Phone

Let’s talk about great coffee table books.

I know, it’s fun to order and read (or listen to) books on your Kindle or your phone. They don’t take up space and clutter your house, they’re portable and can go with you.

E-books are cheaper, you can delete them if they’re terrible instead of tossing them in your car to donate to Goodwill where they slide around for six weeks until you remember, they have less impact on the environment, etc etc etc. Read more

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Constantly Worried About Weight: Why I Don’t Diet (My Story)

Yes, I constantly worried about weight. This is my story of why I don’t diet. (Anymore.)

As I sit down to write this, I want to slam shut the laptop, scream, and run away.

Because,

A. It’s hard, and
B. it’s private, and
C. I could say it’s none of your business.

But it is your business, especially if you’re a girl/woman, because unless you are like .01438% of the population (stat made up entirely by me) and have never felt insecure about your body, then you’re the Rest of Us, who have.

And do.

Every day. Read more

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19 Quirky Indie Books (To Mix Up Your Reading List)

Just like I love quirky indie flicks, I love a good off-the-wall, not-your-norm, unusual (and sometimes weird) tales. Here are my favorite quirky indie books for when you’re feeling bored of your typical genre, and want to mix things up. Read more

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Chick Flicks For Guys AND Gals: 12 Rom-Coms Your Spouse Won’t Hate

Looking for some chick flicks for you and your spouse to enjoy?

Not everyone likes the typical rom-com (for example: Your’s Truly), but about every decade or so (more if we’re lucky), a good one comes around that your chic-flick hating other half just might fall in love with.

So, when it’s your turn to pick the movie and you’re wistfully wishing you had married more of a Mr. Darcy and less of a John McClane, pick one of these “chick flicks for guys” and you’ll both be content. Read more

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The Time This Homeschool Mom Ran Away From Home

Do you ever feel ignored and inconsequential by your offspring?

Do you find yourself muttering under your breath,

Hello? Why do I bother talking at all?

Do you find yourself wondering if perhaps you are Bruce Willis’ character in The Sixth Sense and have been dead for a while now, and just haven’t accepted the fact?

Do I have a plan for you! Not really, no. But you can try what I tried one day…

I ran away. Read more

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How To Kill Characters In A Novel (or: How To Kill Your Darlings)

Let’s talk about how to kill characters in your novel.

George R.R. Martin may be the most infamous for annihilating his beloved characters, without mercy, forewarning, or apology, but let’s face it: in our twisted little hearts, we love to mourn the tragedy of a good fictional death.

And writing them?

Even better.

Did I just cackle maniacally? Sorry about that. Read more

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Is Your Homeschool Failing? (Or are you just worried it is…)

Let’s talk about homeschool failure.

Homeschool parents are quick to put up a front of niceties, rainbows and roses, smiling faces, and rapid-fire assurances that everything is great.

It may be leftover defensiveness from our earlier days of explaining to negative critics (sometimes in our own families), or it may be that old river in Egypt, but let me tell it to you straight, sister,

Not everything is always great in anyone’s homeschool.

You may not always see it on Pinterest, or scroll by it on Facegram, but there are mamas who are struggling big time over this monumental decision to homeschool their little babies.

And since you’re here? Well, maybe that mama is you.

I’ve been there, she’s been there, you’ve been there. So let’s be honest with one another and help each other pull up our big girl panties. Read more

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How to Do the Curly Girl Method (the easy way)

Today we’re going to talk about how to do the Curly Girl Method to care for your curly hair the easy way.

Sure, there are tons of tutorials out there, but why waste your time? In this post, I’m going to tell you about the Curly Girl Method, what products to avoid, what to get instead, and my simple five-step process so you can manage your curls and look great.

Ready? Let’s jump in. Read more

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How to Make a Haunted Dollhouse (on the cheap)

For a few years now, my crafty daughter and I have wanted to make a haunted dollhouse as a Halloween decoration/craft project.

I’m not particularly crafty myself, but we had already made some adorable dollhouses out of vintage suitcases, so we had a few tricks up our sleeves!

But as ready as we were to go on this project, we just couldn’t find an inexpensive dollhouse. I mean, we’re cheap. Like, really cheap.

So two years went by.

Then about a month ago, I was wandering through Goodwill as one does, and this cute house popped out at me. It had been scribbled on with markers, but it was stable, the right size, and most important of all, it was $9.99.

Yes, $9.99. Read more

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