Author Archives: Brette

Have You Tried Livionex Toothpaste?

I’ve never gotten excited about toothpaste before, but Livionex has me excited. This amazing toothpaste blasts off plaque – they say it is 2.5 times more effective than other toothpastes and I believe it. After you use it, you feel like you’ve just had your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office. Your teeth are shiny, … Read more

Candy Conversation Heart Wreath

Since I’ve been successful making a nut wreath and a popcorn wreath, I decided to apply my skills for Valentine’s Day. I bought a flat wooden wreath frame at Michael’s for $4. I bought big and small candy conversation hearts in bulk at the grocery story (I think you could use styrofoam hearts instead if … Read more

Book Review: Gluten Free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

I was so excited that the authors created a gluten free book for this series (there are several books in this 5 minutes a day series). Good quality gluten free dinner bread is really hard to come by. Store bought bread is fine for sandwiches, but sometimes I really miss French bread, challah, and Italian … Read more

A Reason to Celebrate

Once the holiday decorations are put away, things settle down, and the reality of winter sinks in, things can start to feel a bit glum. I combat this in two ways. Decorate for Small Holidays I decorate for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. Valentine’s Day decorations go up right after the Christmas decorations … Read more

Frugality in the Fridge

Posted by Brette in Food | Organizing
Frugality in the Fridge

Two things that are always rattling around my fridge are open containers of chicken/beef/veggie broth and opened jars of spaghetti sauce. I tend to use some and then the rest hang out in there for God knows how long. When I go to grab an open container of these items I never know how old … Read more

Ice Cream Cake

Posted by Brette in Food
Ice Cream Cake

For my birthday this year, I decided I wanted to do what we do for everyone else in the family – have their favorite dinner at home. So I made exactly what I wanted, exactly the way I wanted it. It was wonderful to do that for myself. For dessert, I decided I really wanted … Read more

25 Days of Christmas Trees: Day 25

Merry Christmas! To end my Christmas tree celebration I am sharing our living room tree. We add pink lights to this as well as pearl garland which is now 25 years old, and pink bunting. The tree topper is Lenox and was bought the first year we were married on a Valentine’s Day trip we … Read more

25 Days of Christmas Trees Day 24

For Christmas Eve I am sharing the trees on our front porch. They are wrapped with pink ribbon. They came pre-lit but the lights stopped working after the first year so now we add lights to them. We have garland on the railings that has the same pink ribbon.

25 Days of Christmas Trees Day 23

Here are some more dining room trees. I could do an entire month of trees (not just 25 days!) I have so many. And I’m including a photo of the entire forest as well. The chest they are on was my grandmother’s. 

25 Days of Christmas Trees Day 22

My kitchen tree is 100% fun for me. It all started when we were in Montreal. I saw a fondue pot ornament and it hit me how great it would be to have a kitchen tree. The fondue was meaningful because we always had fondue on New Year’s Eve. So I bought the ornament and … Read more