DIY Reading Nook Bench

DIY Reading Nook Bench

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Posted by Abby Branham

ReadingNookMy twin daughters love to read, which is great, but it also means that we have a LOT of books and that they are everywhere! I’ve been dreaming about creating a cozy reading nook for them for a while. I kept saying we’d do it when we move to a new house with more space, but, you know what, there’s no time like the present! The girls’ 2nd birthday was this month, so Drew and I decided this was our opportunity to streamline our living space and, more importantly, corral their growing collection of books.

This is a quick, beginner level DIY project.  Our costs for the bench were around $150.00.

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3 Tips For Planting Amazeball Window Boxes

3 Tips For Planting Amazeball Window Boxes

Posted by Katie Gambone

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Window boxes are a great way to pretty up a dull home exterior and add a little extra green to your life.  As I mentioned in my post, Project Curb Appeal, this is the first of several projects Carlo and I are tackling to make the front of our house appear more welcoming.

So, window boxes.  If you are thinking “I don’t have a green thumb,” don’t worry.  I didn’t either.  A few years ago I went to a class at City Planter to learn how to plant window boxes.  The three best tips that they taught me that have made me a successful window box gardener (I’ve determined I’m successful because over the years a few neighbors have said “Hey, your window boxes look really nice.”) are:

 

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Guest Chef Series: Tina Repice's Chicken Taco Soup

Guest Chef Series: Tina Repice’s Chicken Taco Soup

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Posted by Katie Gambone

Here at Button Jar we love to share the voices and creativity of our readers. In line with that thinking, we have decided to launch a Guest Chef Series, so that you get great new recipes from other readers a few times a year!  This week’s recipe is Chicken Taco Soup and is a recommendation from our first guest chef, Tina Repice. I have made this recipe three times since February and I love it for a few reasons:

  • It is a Crock-Pot recipe so I can make it in the morning and not have to worry about dinner when I get home.
  • I make enough so that I have leftovers so I don’t need to make dinner the next night.
  • It tastes ridiculously good.
  • It’s a good summer soup.
  • Last but not least, it is healthy.

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Location-Location-Location: Finding the Best Spot for Your Home Office

Location, Location, Location: Finding the Best Spot for a Home Office

Posted by Alicia Sell

I have been working from home for four years.  I love it, but it can also be challenging.  When I was offered my job, my first thought was “Where I am going to put an office in this house?” We don’t have an empty bedroom, so that option was out.  We have an open floor plan, which presents challenges if you need quiet.  Through trial and error (and one office move later) I have compiled a list of the top 5 things to consider for selecting the perfect spot for a home office, or just a spot to call your own.

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Project Curb Appeal

Project Curb Appeal

Posted by Katie Gambone

The other evening as Misha and I approached our house from the park across the street after our walk, I thought, “Wow. The front of our house doesn’t look very…what’s the word I’m looking for…uh, welcoming.”   Here’s a picture so you can see for yourself.  That’s Carlo’s Vespa under the grey cover.  Please notice how lovely my neighbors front door looks – nice glass door, beautiful wreath…she does a good job.

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