• DIY

    Acceptance In Marriage and Human Nature In Remodeling

    Having a partner that is great around the house is amazing. The one thing about my partner is he works best when he has a project manager. Usually (okay, always) that task falls to me. The problem we are having is that parties make me extremely anxious and when I am freaking out I become a really awful project manager and leave him to his own devices. Which means we end up with a few issues in the product. The party is Saturday. We are totally pretending right now that Mr. Brickie isn’t going to have to work on Saturday because having to deal with one more thing in between…

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  • DIY,  House Updates

    Superbowl Sunday! (Let’s Get Clean in 2014!)

    Depending on when you’re reading this I might be completely wasted in another state. I like to keep you guessing. Really, I’ve spent most of the morning researching ways to get a cleaning schedule together. Mr. Brickie got all excited about creating a chore chart which turned out to be the worst list of ten things I’ve ever seen and then I refined it and he promptly forgot he ever had the idea. It was a pretty cool system. We told the girls we would pay them in Decki Dollars and each Decki Dollar could be traded in for an actual dollar or a half-hour of extra TV, computer, or…

  • DIY,  Hodgepodge

    Easy 30-Second Homemade Shampoo with Great Lather

    If you’re into steeping herbs and being a rock star and taking your time, you want my full recipe for How to Easily Make Your Own Shampoo With Great Lather! If you don’t have time for that, this recipe is inexpensive and works beautifully. I sometimes don’t find out one of my kids is out of shampoo until she’s hollering from the shower and when that happens, this is my go-to recipe. Stuff You Need 3 oz. Liquid Castle Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender) 1 oz. Aloe Vera Juice (not gel – make sure it’s 100% pure) 1/4 tsp. Jojoba oil Essential oil (Optional: About 20 drops. I don’t…

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  • DIY,  Hodgepodge,  Wellness

    Chicken Nugget Recipe (or, Let’s All Try Not to Get Salmonella!)

    We had some chicken thighs hanging out in the fridge for a while (my “as snotty as they sell at Walmart” brand) and even though a very lovely, dear, kind, almost nun-like lady is shipping me an extra meat grinder for my KitchenAid, my cooking instincts told me this meat wasn’t going to last that long. I decided to suck it up and just this one time use my super-amazing 2 cup chopper attachment that my KitchenAid immersion blender came with to process the chicken thighs into mush. “Why would you be putting raw chicken into your immersion blender attachment?” I can hear someone ask. Not you, someone else. Someone…

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  • DIY,  Hodgepodge,  Wellness

    Crock-Pot Ground Beef Stew Recipe Madness

    The past few nights have been rough. I would watch the preschooler during the day while Mr. Brickie worked. Then, Mr. Brickie would come home and take care of the kids while I worked. Needless to say, he hates this arrangement. When we first got together he was all, “I’m so liberal when it comes to relationships. ehrmagherd I would never have a problem with you working or doing whatever you wanted to.” If he was the deep, introspective, know-thyself type he would have said, “I really don’t want to have a problem with you working but I will always be naturally happier when I am the one working and…

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