• Our Back Deck Renovation deck

    We moved into our house almost a year ago, and we’ve done some pretty extensive renovations since then. By far my favorite has been our back deck, which is off the great room of our house. It’s roughly 12′ by 28′ so it adds a decent amount of square footage […]

  • Homemade Window Cleaner Window cleaner

    Our new house has windows on top of windows on top of windows, as well as three sets of sliding glass doors. End result: tons of natural light, which I love. Only downside: it’s a ridiculous amount of window to clean. Mostly, I don’t lose sleep over it and they […]

  • Homemade Laundry Detergent Laundry Detergent

    For the last few years (since 2011!), I’ve been making my own laundry detergent. If I had more time and mental energy, I’d figure out how much money I’ve saved myself. But I don’t, so let’s leave it at “a lot of money.” I’ve been using this recipe to make […]

  • How to Can Strawberry Jam

    Strawberry jam is such a great way to try canning for the first time. You don’t need any crazy equipment–just a big pot, a ladle, jars, lids, and rings. And your ingredients: strawberries, sugar (so much sugar), pectin, and lemon juice. It’s helpful to have a magnet for the lids […]

  • Turn your Photos into a Yearbook in 4 Easy Steps

    In the age of digital photography, it’s easy to take We have smartphones, our family members have smart phones, and we have big cameras. With everyone snapping photos, we end up with hundreds at the end of every week, month, year. To wade through them all is a task […]

  • A Wedding in Sarnia, ON (and an adorable centerpiece idea) Sarnia

    Last weekend, we crossed the bridge from Michigan into Sarnia, ON, for my cousin’s wedding. It was a short trip, but a good one. We had lots of time to visit with family, catch up, and hang out. For eats, we tried Poutine. Somehow, in all of my visits to […]