Rose’s Tip of the Day #2: Stay on top of your dishes

Clean your dishes immediately after any meal. If you let your dishes wait, they will pile up with other meals and look like my college apartment kitchen sink. Your don’t want your sink to look my college sink. You will be a much more pleasant roommate, daughter/son, wife/husband, if you are on top of those dishes!

DIY sparkly photo frames

DIY Sparkly Wedding Photo Frames

This Fall 2013, is trending cute picture frames numbering reception tables, providing cake flavor info, and even giving instructions to sign the guest book (sign our guest book, please!). As info-graphic-y as it may all seem, I think frames are a cute way to display all info and adds continuity throughout the reception room if all frames match. Frames are cozier than tall table number picks. I like the subtle intimacy of home when I see anything in a photo frame (even menu options). These frames are going to hold my table numbers. Read on for my DIY frame craft. Continue reading

halloween nail art

Easy Halloween Nails and some tricks that are a real treat

For Halloween season, I completed my first ever successful “nail art”. This design is the easiest one I could find. All you need is the right polish colors and a dotting tool. Instead of buying an item marketed for nail art, I used a kebab skewer. My hand is not the most coördinated at fine painting, I went for the simple. My only real challenge was waiting for my nails to dry. I used some principles from my Pin on my Nails board: 27 nail polish tricks which links to a list on The design came from a Pin on my Nails board as well. Continue reading

Halloween “Fruit Pumpkins”

To celebrate Halloween, I assembled “fruit pumpkins” from my Halloween board to bring to choir rehearsal. My church’s choir likes to make a party full of snacks out of our fifteen minute break. This tradition started years ago with our alto section leader and lives on. I chose to make something cute and clever.

This is a no-cook, no-bake recipe. It is all assembly, so much that I would almost rather call it a “craft”. The pin is labeled as Healthy Halloween Snacks on my Halloween board. The pin leads to a long website list of Halloween ideas, only twenty-five percent of which are snacks.

My choir friends were delighted.

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Rose’s Tip of the Day #1: Share your food

rose tip 1 Give your neighbors food.

I live the suburban dream because I have the best next door neighbors anyone can ever ask for. My neighbors have lived next door to my family for about sixteen years and in that time became my family’s closest friends. My neighbor has a habit, or tradition, of bringing food over when she has good left overs.  Every now and then, she will knock on the door and say, “I made fried rice; here’s some for you.” If someone in my family is very ill, she might show up with dinner. When I had laryngitis, she showed up with spiced tea. One time, she had enough of an entrée that I was pretty sure she made extra just to make sure we can have some too.

Every time my neighbor brings us food, or invites us to dinner, I feel that she is taking care of us and I feel that we are loved. she communicates her caring and love by sharing. So, I decided to pick up a new habit: when I make something I’m proud of, bring a slice next door.

Cool mystery water anomaly

Cool mystery water anomaly

Usually I do not like finding mystery water on the kitchen or bathroom counters. This drop of water is an exception. It has a heart in the middle! Instead of wiping it clean, I took a picture.

Mystery water is water that splashed on a counter and was never wiped up. When you get your fingers wet in this water, you ask yourself “Where did this water come from and how long was it here? It is a mystery.”