You love spending time outside in your yard, but not so much with mosquitos for company. Bug spray helps, but there are also a bunch of plants that act as a natural bug repellant that’ll keep those pests from buzzing around. Head over to eBay and discover ten plants that keep mosquitos away and smell wonderful.

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Life hacks are meant to simplify your life. Some are a little more ridiculous than others, but there are quite a few that are pretty brilliant. Below are 50 of the best and most useful life hacks hand selected by us. You’ve probably seen a few of these, but we’ve tried to find some new life hacks y…

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DIY Christmas gifts may be a good idea to make your holiday extra special. Think how your family or friends would be moved and love it if they know you put so much time and effort into their gift! But for you, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on them. There are […]

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There are many fabulous DIY ways to achieve a more expensive look when it comes to your living space; and most importantly, these great ideas will let you have a luxurious home decor without blowing your budget! In order to help you, we have collected some easy and cheap solutions in this collection. So have […]

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It’s time to start cleaning up here at the Stonybrook House! Now that the kiddos are back to college, there will be less messes to clean, right? Less messes means a cleaner house, a cleaner house  means I can focus on getting more projects done! Yay! Am I boo hooing because my house is empty? No not really.  I love the time I have with my kids, but I also love the time I have with hubby  and just being by myself. It’s probably because when my kids are here, I focus on them.   They know I’m nosy and Im in their business quite a bit… Oh well.  I’m the mom, right?!   Isn’t that my job??  I thought so….  I’m sure I won’t have much time to miss them.   They seem to come home often and use the laundry room :) Okay, back to cleaning.  I’m not a neat freak, but I really do like it clean and organized. That doesn’t mean that it is clean and organized.  I’ll show you a few pics of what I mean. This is how my house is right now as I write! Its not horrid, its just that all of that gets to me and stunts my creative juices… :) Time to get rid of the dead flowers….  See the new topper for the gazebo! Ugh… dishes… Then, I’m going to do some cleaning and show you how I like it to look ALL the time.   Ta Da!! I know that’s a fantasy to think it will stay like this. But for some reason when the kitchen and the office is clean I feel like the whole house is practically clean! Cleaning is ALWAYS a work in progress. I found this Cleaning Calendar on Pinterest. (Yay!  I’m using something I pinned!!) {Source} I actually think it’s doable.  I’m going to tweak it some.  I’m an empty nester.  I don’t need to do a load of laundry everyday. (THANK the LORD!) And I’m much more productive in the morning so, I’m going to add a few more things there.  Plus I need a reminder to clean the kitty box (fun stuff!) So here it is! Ok… It only took me an hour or so to figure out how to turn a Word Doc into a jpeg/png! But I did it! I know that the first thing is to make my bed.   That will be a challenge, if you read in 25 Quirky Things About Me, 5 is that I dont make my bed. So, Im going to try! Ive done it a few times last week and it actually felt good.  Weird, I know. A reality check…. I know I’m probably not going to get everything done everyday, but I think it will get easier over time, right?! I have so much to do and of course, creating this new cleaning calendar took WAY longer than I thought! Oh well, isn’t that how it always goes?? I AM going to work on stenciling something for the office today! I’ve got to get off this computer and get moving! See ya! Hey, let me know if this would work for you?  Do you use some sort of calendar to clean?  Please share it with me!

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Bring a beach look to your home with these unique bead curtain tiebacks. A natural white starfish is attached to each and there are loops on each end for ease of installation. Available in Sea Foam Green or Turquoise. 2 included, each approximately 16 long, including loops. If you need them to be longer or shorter, please include a message after ordering under message to seller. Want to see more beach style items from my shop? Please click here – http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeashellCollection

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