Happy Father’s Day – The Letter My Dad Requested

Happy Father’s Day – The Letter My Dad Requested

My father’s high school photo. It’s funny how you can grow up in your family unit and never realize that your parents are actually human beings who had a life before you existed. This whole thought struck me when one of my daughters said to me, “I don’t really know anything about you even though I’ve known you my whole life.” It’s not as though any of us try to keep our “previous” lives a secret from our children. We just become Mom and Dad and that’s what our children…

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Blonde and Red Hair – Double the Fun!

Blonde and Red Hair – Double the Fun!

My daughter, Christina, is an artist. With that, I guess I expect her to come home with rainbow colored hair and to veer off from the “norm” of every day plain and simple when it comes to appearance. She wanted to do something different with her hair and has naturally colored auburn hair. She had an idea to do some sort of two toned hair with blonde in the front, and red in the back. I’m not a hairdresser, but I do love to save money, and I was interested…

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Garage Cabinets From the Kitchen – by Chris G.

Garage Cabinets From the Kitchen – by Chris G.

I love to watch remodeling shows. Who doesn’t love a good before and after session? But every time they redo a kitchen they bring in the sledge hammers and destroy the old cabinets. Granted it’s great tv, but those cabinets are good. Even when they look bad, they’re good. When I remodeled my kitchen I took another approach. I literally disassembled it. I took off the doors, removed the screws holding the face frames together, pulled out each nail holding the cabinet to the wall and took them down one…

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Furnishing a Bedroom Inexpensively

Furnishing a Bedroom Inexpensively

This is a great time of year to consider following Chris G.’s advice regarding home decorating on a budget!  Weekend Projects with Chris G. – How to Furnish a Bedroom on a Budget Furnishing a bedroom can get expensive, especially if you have expensive tastes. One way to satisfy your sensibilities without breaking the bank is to shop online classified ads. We have been very successful purchasing very nice used items for a fraction of their original cost this way. Here’s the kicker… you have to use cash! I know,…

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How to Save Money on Groceries (without clipping coupons)

How to Save Money on Groceries (without clipping coupons)

For years, I’ve tried managing a family of six on one income.  It wasn’t always easy, and it wasn’t pretty either. Take, for instance, the times where I thought couponing would be my thing.  I meticulously clipped coupons every week, sorted them, and shopped for the products on the coupons.  Did it work?   Not really. I would have a packed envelope filled with coupons that was difficult to sort through.  I’d stand in the middle of the aisles dropping coupons everywhere with babies in tow.  It was not a fun…

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Damaged Bathroom Walls and How to Make Molding Look Professional

Damaged Bathroom Walls and How to Make Molding Look Professional

Author – Chris G. I was remodeling a bathroom in an older home with tongue and groove pine walls. The wood was water damaged and had been painted so they didn’t lend themselves to any reasonable repair. After exhausting the idea of stripping and sanding, I thought about covering the old wood with new, thin bead board panels. This would cover all of the old damage and provide a clean new look while still maintaining the country feel of the home. The panels cost about $20 each, and it took…

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Katie’s Senior Recital

Katie’s Senior Recital

Of course, I have to write about my oldest daughter’s senior recital.  Since I was never a music major, I wasn’t aware of senior recitals and what they involved. When my daughter sent out an announcement with the date of her senior recital and announced appetizers were being served,  I asked, “Is the school providing appetizers?”  Her response, “No, you are!” I wasn’t sure what I was going to make until the day before my flight was scheduled.  I pondered how fancy I wanted to be and my time constraints. …

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How to Move it When You Can’t Move It

How to Move it When You Can’t Move It

Author – Chris G. I Like to Move It, Move It Sometimes you need to move something and there’s no one around to help. What can you do? Use your noodle. I love to work alone, but now and again the job has within it a task too heavy for one person. I sometimes get around this by using BRUTE STRENGTH, but when that doesn’t work (more often than not) I get creative. “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall…

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How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing

How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing

If you want it, then you knead it..or maybe you don’t knead it at all. In this day and age, time consuming tasks aren’t our cup of tea.  We like things to be simple, yet we treasure recipes made from scratch.  Today, I’m going to introduce to you the way I “cheat”  with  making bread.  These are my own personal secrets  and recipes.  My guess is that my bread making ways probably aren’t the way any fancy culinary school would tell you how to bake bread.  This is one of…

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Removing Popcorn Ceilings – In Chris’ Corner

Removing Popcorn Ceilings – In Chris’ Corner

Article by Chris G. for HudsonValleyHandymom.com We all want to make our homes our own which usually means making changes to suit our own taste. This can be an expensive and time consuming proposition. My wife and I have made great efforts to make our house our own while trying to save money and build equity. We do this by shopping for good deals, performing the labor ourselves, and making changes not just to suit our own taste, but also to consider what we think a future owner might like….

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