Home Economics

How to Paint a Permanent Outdoor Rug for Under $150 ~ On Concrete or Rooftop or Deck or Patio or Wherever

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We have a rooftop patio, awesome for watching the sun set, seeing planes take off from LAX over that hill in the distance, snooping on goings-on (a few years back, Modern Family filmed an episode directly below, FUN watching). Unfortunately, the sun up there is brutal. In a single year, our outdoor rug disintegrated. Lightbulb […]

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Larry, Where’s Our Car? ~ Pretty Cool Little Gizmo Review

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Larry: What model car did we rent? Me: Black? Larry: You don’t know the make and model? Me: That’s your job. (Now it doesn’t have to be because we have a ZUS car finder and smart phone charger.)

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Product Review ~ Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven

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An oven for the campsite. It blew me away when I saw this Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven – so I thought a Product Review was in order.

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Bacara Resort’s Drought Gesture ~ Clever Idea for California Gardens

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California 2015, the drought carries on. We’re supposed to reduce water usage; I don’t believe many people do much to make a dent. Look at this option, thanks Bacara Resort in Goleta, CA. Fountains are shut off and planted with succulents and trinkets.

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Travel Hack: Use Pet Tags to ID Your Stuff

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Cameras & cases, binoculars & cases, ipad cases, anything with a loop or zipper works for using a custom-imprinted Pet ID Tag for your own identification. They’re cheap, lightweight, indestructible, lots of shapes and sizes. I bought four for $12.50 at PetTags4Less.com. You’re welcome.

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My Five Top Picks from the Dwell On Design Show

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Home Design? SURE; this is a Lifestyle Blog, so it doesn’t always have to be cooking and travel, right? I took a field trip on the Metro to the Convention Center in Downtown LA to Dwell On Design.  I have five cool things to show you.

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Product Review: Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods — Foodies Take Note!

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Not by choice, but I head up the Emergency Preparedness Committee here in Playa Vista (a gung-ho neighbor started the idea, then moved and I stepped in). Made a website, then lined up CERT training. Class #1, our firefighter instructor talked about his shelf-stable food for disaster preparedness. With a little research, I found Mountain […]

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Road Warrior Tip of the Day–The Traveling Clothesline

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Looking at our Belize beach tents with plenty of lines for drippy stuff, you might wonder why I think a traveling clothesline is necessary.  Well, I’m a laundry nut and I like dry stuff.

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Repurpose Wine Bags For More Gift Uses

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We drink wine. We give parties. A LOT of wine gifts come thru our door, no complaints! The wine bags? I often repurpose them into smaller gift bags.  Here is the easy 1, 2, 3…

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Renaissance Halloween Costume Secret: eBay + Old Duvet + The Cat’s Toy (P.S. Read How I Made The Hat)

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This is sewing. Cheap project, but still requires knowing how to use a sewing machine, read a pattern, cut fabric and follow instructions. Here’s how I made my Renaissance Halloween costume for about $70.

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Patricia Rose’s Bacon & Potato Salad ~ A Real Crowd Pleaser

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I tripled Patricia’s recipe to fill this big-ass container for my mom’s birthday party. Friend, Chef Patricia Rose, blogger at Fresh Food In A Flash served this dish at her OWN birthday and it was exactly what I needed for the Mom Gig. I’m thinking it was the TANG that caught my attention. Slurp.

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Cheese Straws Are Easy! – BTW, I Own The Playa Vista Cooking School

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The Playa Vista Cooking School is my newest creation, a good example of taking a risk when an idea strikes you. Website, check. Marketing, check. Menu and plan, check. Butts in seats?  CHECK. Our inaugural class, Easy, Elegant Appetizers had 8 enthusiastic cooks (Larry was one of the warm bodies, LOL). Start with a glass […]

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Unreachable Pantry Space? Build Tilted Shelves–Photo Tutorial

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Our home has nine-foot ceilings. The kitchen cabinets had – until now –miles of inaccessible pantry space up in the nosebleed section. Clearly a home economist did NOT design this kitchen. Just tilt those shelves! Here’s my easy photo how-to.

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