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Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed some quality time with your loved ones. We stayed home, relaxed, cooked, watched TV, and ate all day. It was great! We haven’t had a relaxing day like this since last Thanksgiving. We’re not planning to go anywhere on Friday either. We’ve not brave [...]

20 Things You Can Do Instead of Shopping on Thanksgiving

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The following article is by Kristi Muse, our staff writer. She is a great freelance writer, blogger, police officer’s wife, and stay at home mom of two. Thanksgiving used to be a day set aside for family, food, and relaxing. Cook a big meal, eat dessert, watch sports, fall into a turkey-induced food coma was the [...]

{ 52 comments } DIY make your own Kotatsu table

I wrote this article in 2010 and I’m giving it a facelift. We have been using our kotatsu table for over 10 years and we love it! There is nothing better than getting warmed up at the flick of a switch when it’s cold and rainy outside. It’s definitely my favorite winter appliance. It's easy [...]

My Summer of George

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Can you believe summer is over? Portland Public Schools started on August 27th, last Thursday. That seems really early to me. When I was a kid, school started after Labor Day. The weather is also starting to turn cooler now. We had a hotter than usual summer, but I didn’t mind it at all. We [...]