- Tiny House tips: How to organize your tiny house
Living tiny is a provocative idea, but like romance, it needs to be tended carefully. The right choices need to be made to keep the passion alive. Remember what’s important and what isn’t. In with the good, out with the…well, out with everything else. Don’t fill every inch of your precious 250 square feet with clutter. Only keep what you need – clothes, shoes, bath products, kitchen stuff, furniture, and books. Books should be easy – switch to an e-reader. Try buying bath and cleaning supplies that do double or triple duty – like a shampoo/conditioner/body wash and an all-purpose household cleaner. Keep kitchen appliances to a minimum, but be realistic. If you drink coffee every morning, don’t ditch the Keurig. Every single thing that is going into your house needs to be rethought. Dump the concept of “extras” – extra plates, cups, glasses, blankets, hats, sunglasses. Keep in mind that there is probably not going to be room for a mop, broom and vacuum cleaner. That 10-pack of toilet paper and 4-pack of paper towels? Fugetaboutit! If you’re like me, clothes and shoes will be your Waterloo. With a heavy heart, I suggest trying the Project 333 approach. The idea behind Project 333 is to limit your clothes/shoes/accessories to 33 items for 3 months – except, if you’re living tiny, instead of three months, you’ll need to do it forever. Impulse buying will need to become a thing of the past. Living tiny means living spare. A tiny house needs to make you feel like you’re on a path to freedom, not like the walls are closing in on you.
- Finding the Best Tiny House for you
Narrowing down what kind of tiny house you want isn’t easy. They are all so damn cute! As romantic as the notion of living tiny might seem, don’t lose your head. The time to be realistic is BEFORE you buy! The first consideration should be size. There is tiny…400 square feet and there is tiny…100 square feet or less. Exactly how tiny can you go without going crazy? Can you picture yourself climbing up a ladder to your bedroom loft (and down again in the middle of the Continue reading “Tiny House On The Hill by Celia Bonaduce”
Nine-year old Lilly Blackwood stood in the attic dormer of Blackwood Manor for what felt like the thousandth time, wishing the window would open so she could smell the outdoors. It had rained earlier and she wanted to if the outside air felt different than the inside air. She wondered if raindrops made everything feel soft and cool the way water did when she took a sponge bath.
If Momma knew Daddy let Lilly play in the other part of the attic while she was at church, Daddy would be in big trouble. Even bigger trouble than for teaching her how to read and giving her a cat on her third birthday.
Lilly put the cat on the bed and examined the scars on her fingers. Daddy was right, the lotion made them feel better. But oh, how the flame of Momma’s lantern had burned!
It was like God forgot to give her a color. Was that what made her a monster? Or was it something else?
“She’s still our daughter, Cora. Other than that one thing, she’s perfectly normal.”
“There’s nothing normal about what’s on the other side of that door,” Momma said, her voice cracking.
“I bet Momma will go to the circus,” Lilly said to her cat. “She doesn’t have to worry about people being afraid of her.”
Lilly had waited for this moment her entire life. But now, more than anything, she wanted to stay in the attic. She didn’t want to go outside. She didn’t want to go to the circus. Her chest grew tighter and tighter. She could barely breathe. Continue reading “The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman”
I have to admit for me there is nothing sexier than a man with his baby or child. Especially when he is showing how much he loves and enjoys being with that child. My main character in RUNNING TARGET, Jonathan “Jack” Holland, has a desperate situation where he falls for a woman, Callie, who is also involved in the investigation against a mob boss. She’s pretending to date the mobster’s son but gets pregnant with Jack’s child. The mobster’s son winds up dead by Jack’s hand and Jack ends up on the run with a price on his head.
That doesn’t stop Jack from wanting to be with his child, a boy named after him, Jonathan. But being on the run is not conducive to being a good father. Here’s an excerpt where Jack meets his son for the first time, after sneaking into the hospital where Callie had delivered their child.
Stepping closer, he looked down on the clear container, the blue tag proclaiming this child to be a boy. Squinting in the dim light, he read the words. Mother’s name: Callina Lansing. Baby: Jonathan.
Jonathan. She’d named the baby after him. A lump clogged his throat. A son. Damn. He had a son and wouldn’t be able to get to know him, see him grow, share in his life. This fucking world was too cruel at times.
He shouldn’t take the chance but he needed to hold him. It was vital that he touch the life he and Callie had created. He wanted—no needed—to let his child know how much he loved him. The powerful emotion emanated from his heart even as he gazed down at the tiny figure. How could love grow this fast? His first glimpse was only a second ago. Now the feeling consumed him. Continue reading “Father and Son by Kari Lemor”
Often vintage clothing can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of buying new.
Don’t be afraid to buy something just because it doesn’t have a brand label. If you love it, that’s all that matters.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Just because the style isn’t current doesn’t mean you can’t wear it.
Practice makes perfect. The more you shop for vintage, the better you’ll get at identifying vintage.
Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. If you like something, buy it because it will probably be gone if you return to purchase it.
Examine vintage pieces in the light. You’ll want to notice if there are holes or other flaws.
Check for missing buttons or faulty zippers. Also look for stitching that may need repair. Continue reading “Cookie’s Savvy Tips for Vintage Shopping by Rose Pressey”
Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is off on a girls’ getaway with her two best friends. But soon they’ll have to get away from a killer…
The quaint fishing village of Salmon Cove, Maine, seems like the ideal location for a girls’ weekend with Hayley’s gal pals, Liddy and Mona. Liddy’s on the rebound from a breakup, but when she meets a handsome tourist, it looks like a little romance might liven things up.
Unfortunately, Liddy’s new sweetheart is found dead on the beach the next morning at the town’s Lobster Bake, next to an overturned cooking pot. The liberated lobsters may be scrambling back to the sea, but Hayley’s not about to let a murderer escape so easily. To crack the case, she’ll need to blow the lid off some serious undercover activity–or risk becoming ensnared in a killer’s trap…
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s…
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1 cup superfine sugar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
Combine the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a large bowl.
Slowly pour the cream, milk, and salt into the lemon-sugar mixture and stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Pour the lemon-cream mixture into freezable individual molds or bowls or into an ice cube tray, and then cover with foil and freeze until the ice cream is completely firm, about 3 to 5 hours, depending on the type of mold used.
Unmold the ice cream, garnish each serving with the sliced strawberries, and serve at once.
A chilling domestic thriller, The Girlfriend brilliantly renders the relationships between a fiercely protective mother, a charming son, and the young woman who will stop at nothing to come between them.
Laura Cavendish can’t wait to meet the woman who’s won her son’s affection. Despite a successful career in television and a long, prosperous marriage, Laura’s world revolves around kind, talented Daniel. She pictures his new girlfriend, Cherry, becoming a close friend and confidante . . . one day, even a daughter-in-law.
But although Cherry is beautiful and amiable, Laura can’t warm to her. There’s something about the possessive way she touches Daniel, the little lies Laura detects. Cherry seems to resent Laura, driving a wedge between mother and son—until one day Daniel is injured in a terrible accident. Six months later, with Daniel still in a coma and facing death, Laura makes a fateful decision—and carries out an astonishing deceit.
A handsome doctor for a husband, with a trust fund and a family villa in St. Tropez—it was all supposed to be Cherry’s. Now, instead of living with Daniel in his impeccable home, she’s jobless and broke. And then Cherry discovers Laura’s stunning deception. But Cherry is too clever, too ambitious to let her get away with it. She’s already transformed herself into Daniel’s dream woman. Now she’ll become Laura’s worst nightmare.
Author Michelle Frances masterfully weaves both women’s perspectives into this gripping, artfully plotted psychological thriller, propelling the reader through one dark twist after another toward a shocking, unforgettable finale.
Praise for The Girlfriend
“One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. I loved The Girlfriend!” –Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
“The Girlfriend is a taut psychological thriller, the evil chillingly drawn. Every character is layered and beautifully twisted. Makes me consider running background checks on any potential spouses my children bring home!” –Karen Rose, New York Times bestselling author
“A juicy thriller and utterly compulsive reading.” –Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You
“An original and chilling portrayal of twisted relationships.” –Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You