living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

Safe stairs.

If you know us even a little, you know that since we bought our 138-year-old house back in 1999, we’ve been living in a permanent state of home renovation. Seriously, it never ends. The house was divided into two apartments at one point; one upstairs, one downstairs. We rented the upstairs apartment to Tierney and then Pat, and then we kicked our friends out and took over the space. In order to convert the...

A Bonus for Shopping Online.

I don’t do a lot of online shopping. I’m trying to do everything I can to save money, not spend it (and I prefer to shop local when I can)— but there are a few things I buy online. Whenever I shop online now, I visit ebates.com first and see if the store I’m shopping participates. If they do, I click through to their site from Ebates, which tracks my purchase and then pays me back anywhere from...

Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers.

My husband is an excellent handyman, carpenter, do-it-yourselfer— whatever you want to call someone who can do almost anything better than the so-called professionals. We’ve owned our home for twelve years, and we’ve had at least one home project going at any given time. Usually more than one. We’ve done everything from small projects like painting and laying wood laminate flooring to massive...

Maternity Clothing, For the Win.

All of a sudden one day, none of my pants fit. I could still pull on a few pairs, fully unzipped and unbuttoned, and wrap a belly band around them, but I was constantly afraid that the belly band would slip around while I was at work and expose the unzipped zipper. Clearly, it was time for maternity clothes. Like any naive first-time mom, I headed to the maternity clothing stores. The Old Navy outlet thirty miles...

Thank You Cards.

I have always been indecisive, but lately I am obsessing over the tiniest things. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking at baby playards or Pack ‘n Plays online. It’s embarrassing. (I finally picked one just so I’d stop looking at them.) Latest obsession: thank-you notes. We’ve started to receive gifts for baby and with baby showers coming up, the little 8-packs of...

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