Gretchen Brown

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20 Single-Serve Microwave Desserts For Lazy Girl Weeknights

As temperatures drop, instead of venturing out post-work, we gear up to buckle down at home. And the only thing left to complete our couch-bound, …

Dessert

Over 30 Warm Foods to Pack in Your Kiddo's Lunch Box This School Year — All Made in the Crockpot!

If you're tired of the same old song and dance that comes with making your child a PB&J sandwich every morning — and your child is equally as bored — it's time to switch things up. Put your slow cooker to use this school year for more than dinners and freezer meals, and whip up a batch of something …

Cooking

A Magician’s Tricks Are Repeatedly Spoiled by a Silent Humorless Friend Who Reveals His Secrets

While magician Ah Gan was demonstrates a series of tricks on video, his rather humorless friend repeatedly revealed the secrets behind said tricks in …

Livestreaming

Why Siblings Fight - And What to Do About It

Why Siblings Fight—And What to Do About It<p><i>By Charles Fay, Ph.D.</i><p>How many times do parents hear one of their kids screaming something like this: …

Print Transfer Technique

A quick and easy way to transfer some print material to your art journaling pages, that I came across mostly by accident and have since used on many …

Don’t Host Overnight Guests Without Doing This

What You Need On Your Kitchen Counter When You’re Hosting Overnight Guests Do you host overnight guests in your home? I do, and since we moved to the …

Copyright Law

Chalk Painted, Stenciled and Distressed Dumpster Table

Dear Beautiful Table, your scandinavian antique beauty has us mesmerized. What’s your story? Did a family of four sit around you and talk about the …

Coats

Create Your Own Rustic Wall Rack to Display Knives Tutorial

Not only is an exposed magnetic knife rack useful for maximizing vertical storage space and providing easy access to kitchen tools in high rotation, …

Quick Tip Tuesday: DIY Wall Pockets

We are a wall pocket family. Anytime I try to fight it, it hits me right back in the face. Wall pockets are an organizational system that we can all …

Crafting

How a Girl Built a Gate

It’s true! I built our gate all by myself. I’ve been asked several questions about my gate, so I thought I would share how I made it.<p>My husband and I …

Woodworking

Make Doughnut Fries from Canned Biscuits and Let Things Get a Little Weird

What does America love even more than French fries? Doughnuts. But why choose, when you can just have doughnut fries? Inspired by news of a doughnut …

Cream Cheese

A neuroscientist who studies rage says we’re all capable of doing something terrible

James Holmes, the 24-year-old who in 2012 killed 12 people at a screening of <i>Dark Knight Rises</i> in Aurora, Colorado<i>,</i> was always a “super-nice kid,” according to a high school acquaintance. Ed Gein, also known as “The Butcher of Plainfield,” killed two women in the 1950s, adding them to a collection …

Psychology

Tips of the Week: Crayon Finishes, Kitchen Hammers, Bathing Your Boards, and Great from Harbor Freight

<i>Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments</i> …

Woodworking

14 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day

It’s raining, it’s pouring, your day feels really boring—and you're racking your brain for what to do on a rainy day.<p>When the forecast is grim, …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Split Household Chores so Everyone Shares the Work

I have a generally terrible memory, but if one thing has seared itself into my brain, it’s the household chores the people I’ve cohabited with have …

Parenting

13 Useful, Cheap Product Substitutions

Recently, I decided to gather together some of the DIY recipes I knew for making your own paints, glues, solvents, cleaners, etc. Along with other money-saving and on-hand product substitutions. I also reached out to my <i>Facebook</i> network. Here are some of the better substitutions I found.<p>***<p>PTFE …

Photo Manipulation

Malcolm Gladwell: We Should All Be Disagreeable

Malcolm Gladwell wants you to be more disagreeable. It is a subject that the best-selling author and <i>New Yorker</i> writer recently covered on his hit …

Self-improvement

How to futureproof your kids – the mental health problem

Our children use digital devices more than any previous generation – and they’re also reporting higher and higher rates of mental health issues. Coincidence? Probably not – but who are we to tell them to stop using their phones when we’re glued to our own? And isn’t that screen time only preparing …

Mental Health

Do Not Put Yourself Or Others Out Of Your Heart

<b>What is an open heart?</b><p><b>The Practice:<br>Put no one out of your heart.</b><p><i>Why?</i><p>We all know people who are, ah, . . . <i>challenging</i>. It could be a critical parent, …

Mindfulness

Corn Cob Guy, Zombie Businessmen, and More: The 15 Weirdest Lego Minifigures You Can Buy

There's no shortage of creative characters available in Lego form. Here are 15 of our favorite solo minifigures you can buy online.<p>For the first 43 …

Lego

Why Good Men are Bad to Their Families

This is a story about bears.<p>Dad looks the part of a model citizen. He works hard, volunteers, and makes friends easily. He’s a good neighbor and an …

Psychology

This Is the Only Birthday Cake Recipe You Need

A favorite birthday cake recipe is a very personal thing. We all have our specific birthday cake needs and desires and if they’re not met? Well, …

Dessert

Ask yourself these 9 questions to make sure keepsakes don’t turn you into a hoarder

There’s a <i>very</i> fine line between saving every little thing that has the slightest bit of sentimental value—whether it’s a vacation souvenir, a love …

Minimalism

16 unusual games to play with your family this summer

Once you’ve exhausted all the go-to cottage pastimes, try one of these games, culled from the hive-brain of Cottage Life fans.<p><b>Challenge accepted</b><p>We …

Kids

Sewing tutorial: Girls boho poncho top

Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom shows how you can sew a girls’ boho poncho top. Lightweight and breezy, it’s perfect for summer and the …

Sewing

To My Children: I Should Have Told You This Sooner

As I wait for the phone to ring, I need to tell you something.<p>I should have done it sooner. Not because a regular scan and then a specialized scan …

Parenting

15 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things

If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of old stuff just lying around your house. It’s not doing anything but taking up space, but you’re either …

Amazing Work! Clever DIY Solutions People Made Instead Of Buying Things

Have you ever wanted something really badly but can’t quite bring yourself to pay the ridiculous amounts of money for it? Maybe you’ve been in a …

Craftroom Tour with Storage Tips

Aleksandra Miheli? is sharing a tour of her amazing craftroom with some helpful storage tips like pretty bins for embellishments and washi tape and …

Graphics

10 Ways To Repurposed Thrift Store Paintings

by Renée Millette<p>– on<p>in DIY<p>They say when it comes to thrift stores: one person's trash is another person's treasure, but most of the time when …

Thrifting