Seven Alternative Uses and Ideas For Plastic Easter Eggs

With their low price tag and high availability, those little plastic easter eggs are everywhere this time of year. While most of us use them for Easter egg hunts, there are 7 other things you can do with them! Whether is it plastic easter egg crafts or just chocolate inside, they are worth stocking up […]

Five Inexpensive Tips for Looking Amazing on Zoom Virtual Meetings

After spending most of 2020 on Zoom for virtual meetings and TV segments, there are a few tips I have managed to master on how to look your best on virtual Zoom meetings. Whether Zoom, Skype, or the myriad of other platforms, the effect and need are the same. While Zoom chin is a thing […]

Free Sports Zoom Backgrounds for Football and Baseball Fans

For the sports fans out there, here is a way to share your sports vibes on your next virtual meeting on Zoom or another platform. From baseball and track to football and turf fields, hopefully, one of these nine virtual backgrounds will fill your fandom needs! To download, use a desktop and right-click the image […]

Free Sophisticated and Chic Zoom Backgrounds For High Style

Whether Skype or Zoom, if you have a virtual meeting for work, and don’t want to show your messy office, room, or house in the background, then you will need one of these virtual backdrops. These Zoom backgrounds are very realistic, classy, sophisticated, and stylish – so even if that is not the case in […]

Free Book Backgrounds For Literary Lovers on Zoom and More

If you love libraries, reading, books or want to look like you are a sophisticated scholar on your next Skype, Zoom, or remote virtual meeting, then these book backgrounds may be the best thing! There are office libraries, colorful libraries, traditional libraries, white libraries and brown libraries. Grab one that fits your style! To download, […]

The Best GUND Plush to Give as a Gift

You “Gotta Getta Gund” this holiday season. Yes, that is their official motto but an accurate one. I love plush and GUND makes some of the best plush out there. It is perfect for the holidays. With so many of us being away from family and friends for the holidays, consider sending a GUND with […]

Ten Best Christmas Zoom Backgrounds for the Holidays

Whether it is getting into the festive spirit on remote learning sessions, or using a background for DIY holiday card pictures, you may be needing some Zoom backgrounds themed for winter, Christmas or Chanukah. Many of us will probably be opening presents with extended family on virtual calls vs. in person. Make sure to ship […]

How to Make a Winter Window Box – Idea on a Budget

The challenge of Winter Windowbox ideas is how to make Window Boxes look festive. Yet, still get through the New England Winters. I love the window boxes on our house. This is the first full season I have got to enjoy them in our new home. Yet, it is always a challenge to figure out […]

An Easy Budget Friendly Idea for a Classic Winter Planter

If you read my winter windowbox idea with faux filler, you can see I like the challenge of being on budget, being creative and having a winter scape that will last until spring. So I also created a winter planter! In a similar fashion on how I came to create my winter window box, I […]

Five Thanksgiving Zoom Backgrounds For The Holidays

Here are five Thanksgiving Zoom backgrounds to use for your holiday virtual gatherings!

Pantry Pain Turns Into Pantry Inspiration

During our home construction journey, we made a decision along the way not to go with expensive kitchen pantry cabinetry. Nor did we decide to go with standard kitchen pantry organization in the form of shelves. So, I needed some interesting kitchen pantry design ideas and pantry inspiration STAT! Let me explain our kitchen pantry […]

Countdown: 10 Weeks to Move In

One of the things I have observed on our how to build a house journey, as we have progressed during our home construction over the past several months, is that there is not a lot of visual progress during the various steps to building a house. As the saying goes, “There’s a lot of talk, […]

Countdown: 11 Weeks To Move In

We are now at 11 weeks in the Construction Chronicles countdown! The big change this week is that the kitchen cabinets have arrived and the wood floors are being laid. The trim is finishing up as well. With the exception of one bathroom, all the tiles are down too. Last week, I spent most of […]

Countdown: 12 Weeks to Move In

Want to know what is it like to go through the house building process? To build a house from scratch? Interested in learning how to work with architects, builders, and designers? I’ve got some stories to share as I count down the day until we move {finally] into our new family home. The Backstory It […]

Tips on Hiring an Interior Designer (and Why You Should)

If you are building a new home or want to undergo a remodel of your new home, you know to call the contractor and architect – but what about an interior designer? With tight budgets, decorating may seem like a frivolous thing. Especial if you want to be on trend. However, in actuality, it may […]

Current Interior Decorating Ideas for Your Home

With our new house underway, decorating has become a new hobby! As we have progressed on our house, we have learned about several current interior decorating ideas for our home. Working with many interior designers, tile specialists, home stores and contractors, there are key trends that are popular for home decorating right now. Especially if […]

Mermaid Party Ideas (And Waves to Save)

We decided to have a pool party for my daughter’s birthday. Since it is the summer, it is a great option and perfect for the extended family of mixed gender and ages! After I decided where to have it, I needed to decide on a theme. (I love party themes.) So I decided that a […]

DisneySide Disney Themed Party!

After having to cancel three other #DisneySide Parties over the last month due to record breaking snow here in Boston MA, I thought the only way I could have a DisneySide party was to have it AT Disney where the likelihood of snow would be next to zero probability…unless you go to Blizzard Beach…but it […]

Robotic Fish With Bowl: Hexbug Aquabot

When I am hosting an event, I love finding unique ways to interest or excite my friends and family members. I even strive to find creative ways to host my kids’ birthday parties too! When my son turned four, we had a party and invited some of his new preschool friends. We stuck with a […]

How to Protect Your Pumpkins from Squirrels

This technique prevents the squirrels from even eating the pumpkin so it is non-harmful. Make sure to spray with the wind if you’re using spray shellac or gloss to prevent it from getting on your clothes, skin, or in your eyes. You can also wear gloves & a mask for extra precaution. You can also […]

Decorating a Nursery

Despite the fact that she won’t be sleeping in the nursery for a few months (and will be with us in our room), I still want to have things in place before our daughter arrives. We bought furniture for our toddler, which (in theory) should last him through his teenage years. Then I decorated and […]

Decorating My Toddler’s Room

I’m calling it the “Great Migration“: where my toddler moves out of the nursery to his big boy room and the baby moves out of our room to the nursery. Granted the baby isn’t here yet and none of this will take place until September or October, but I like to plan. Plus, I like […]