Fadra’s 3rd Annual Highly Unusual Gift Guide

2014 Gift Guide

Are you ready for some Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or whatever reason you have to rush out and buy something to show someone how much they mean to you? Then I’ve got just the right thing for you. I don’t know why but this year I’m actually ready for Christmas. I mean, I’m not physically ready […]

The Good News and Bad News about the Shark Rotator Vacuum

Shark Rotator Vacuum

There are two camps of people, I’ve learned. Those that love to vacuum and those that don’t. I happen to fall into the former category for reasons I can’t entirely explain. I have no real domestic skills or desires but I somehow find vacuuming, painting, and cleaning windows all extremely gratifying. Even though I’m well […]

Show & Tell Tuesday: Episode 13

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It’s a cool rainy day here in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland but last week, the sun was shining telling me it was right time to get out and… MOW THE LAWN. I’m not normally the lawn mower in the family but I’ve taken over the duties for the summer and here’s the one thing […]

When a Rug Makes a Room

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There’s only one way to put together a room in my mind… Start with a centerpiece.   It’s pretty much how I’ve decorated every room in my house. In my bedroom, it’s my lovely four poster bed and a framed print I bought years ago of a woman in a red dress looking out over […]

The Evolution of My Home Style

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I have a secret to confess. I’m a little obsessed with home decor. Knowing that, you’d think that I’d have all these great decorating posts or even DIY stuff on my blog (because I do actually DIY). But it’s been my secret for all these years and somehow it feels like documenting it all would […]

For The Man Who Has Everything

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I’m declaring it Men’s Week on my blog. Because I know you’re out there. I know you read my blog. Yes, men read my mommy blog. Truth be told, I totally do not consider this a “mommy blog” but I’m frequently lumped in that group. Frankly, you can call me whatever you want as long […]

My Favorite Saturday of the Year

Yard Sale Wisdom

This Saturday is going to be my favorite Saturday of the year. It’s the day when I say (usually in the following order): Why did we think having a yard sale was a good idea? We are never having a yard sale ever again. How did we end up with so much stuff? We are […]

Blogmas 2013: Don’t Fence Me In

It’s the last day of Blogmas! That’s right. It’s Day Five of Blogmas, where I bring you the best blog posts of 2013 according to you! If this is your first time here, you’ve got some catching up to do. On Monday, I picked my 20 favorite posts from all of the submissions. On Tuesday, […]

Comforts of Home Giveaway: Trade Up Your Nostalgia for Luxury

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It’s amazing to me how many gadgets we have nowadays. I think back to when I was growing up and we lived pretty simply. There was a TV that required you to get up and move across the room to actually change the channel. There were telephones that required holding a heavy handset and actually […]

Pets Who Love Too Much

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There are a few things in life that I love: my family, good Champagne, chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, very long baths, the change in seasons, and my pets. Oh, how I love my pets. As much as I love them, some days I really want to run away from them. Or […]

Eureka! I found a new vacuum!

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You clicked on this post title because clearly you have a thing for vacuums. Or you’re looking for a new vacuum. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. But first, let me start with a confession. I love to vacuum. Maybe you didn’t quite hear me. I LOVE TO VACUUM! As strange as that […]