Molly's Suds Wool Dryer Balls and Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

Mom seeking chemical-free, budget-friendly, effective laundry products for the whole stinkin’ family. Sound like you? *Get 25% off natural laundry detergent, and enter our giveaway (details later in post). I’ve tried over a dozen natural detergents from wellness stores and online, and most recently I’d DIY’d a Borax-free powdered laundry detergent with castile soap. Once I wasContinue reading

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Christmas in the Cotswolds - Lower Slaughter - Native Gypsies

Have you seen the movie The Holiday? Cameron Diaz does a house swap with Kate Winslet and spends her holiday in an English countryside stone cottage. When I told my brother- and sister-in-law we were looking for somewhere to visit during the Christmas season, they set the scene for a perfect holiday in the Cotswolds (just like the movie).Continue reading

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Dane County farmer's market

Passing through Madison on a Saturday? People watch and join in on the fun as locals and tourists stroll the ring around the Capitol, sample, shop, listen to music and relax on the Capitol Square lawn. I’d heard the Capitol farmer’s market was the “best in the country.” Claims like that are worth an inquiry! While weContinue reading

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Our home’s 95th anniversary continues, as does our next home project. With one guest bedroom in the books (see our first bedroom facelift below), the adjoining guest bedroom was poised for a mini facelift. This old home: bedroom facelift before and after On to guest bedroom number two! WALLS wallpaper What appeared to be the original plaster walls were exposed as my husband and I removedContinue reading

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napa-vineyard-guest-suite-native-gypsies

Planning a trip to the Napa Valley wine country? When my husband (then boyfriend) and I planned our stay, we sought out an apartment or B&B that felt connected to the local community and culture. We found it on Airbnb with this five star Wine Country Private Guest Suite in the Coombsville AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Napa. Here’s my five reasonsContinue reading

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