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Cleaning Tips + Tricks


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Truth be told, I’m a horrible whistler, so thankfully, we’re not talking about actual whistling.Β We’re going to talk about something I recently discovered – the greatest housecleaning aid ever: music. I know, I know. Some of you are probably like, “Girl, I’ve been cleaning with music for years!” Well, as we’ve mentioned before, when Greg and I got married we moved into an apartment until we found a perfect fixer upper. That means “cranking up the tunes” wasn’t an option.…

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On the Road Tips + Tricks


automatic light timer

It’s time for your well-deserved vacation and you’re busy packing all of the necessities for a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But don’t rush out the door too fast! Here are nine things you need to remember before you head off for your vacation destination… 1. Turn off any breakers that won’t be needed while you’re gone. This can save you a pretty nice little chunk of change. Sure, you could just leave everything in the…

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Organizing Tips + Tricks



Here at the Brown house, we have a pretty hefty amount of magazine subscriptions. Well, actually, I have a pretty hefty amount of magazine subscriptions. Real Simple, InStyle, The Nest, Professional Photographer, Better Homes & Gardens, Fresh Home, House Beautiful, and not to mention catalogs from some of our favorite stores like Pottery Barn, Flor, Crate & Barrel, Ballard Designs, West Elm… the list goes on. Since we started renovations on the house almost a year ago (Wow! It seems…

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Design Tools Tips + Tricks


his hers iphone

Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Words With Friends, and Fruit Ninja… Greg and I enjoy playing games on our iPhones, and these are some of our favorites, but there are also a lot of great apps for home renovators, designers, and DIYers alike. We thought we’d share some of our favorite home-oriented productivity apps with you. YOUR PERSONAL ART GALLERY. is the go-to place online for art prints, posters, frames, and specialty art. They feature art of all different…

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Tips + Tricks



You’ve probably heard all about the amazing uses of distilled vinegar, using olive oil to condition leather and even that nifty trick of using a potato to loosen a broken light bulb. But today, we are going to talk about some of the not-so-known uses for everyday items like coffee filters, marshmallows and dryer sheets. COFFEE FILTERS – The little paper-like liners that make your morning cup of joe possible have many more uses than just getting your morning started.…

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