Backyard Kitchen: 5 Genius Must-haves You’ll Kick Yourself for Forgetting!

Don't let yourself get distracted by all the fancy ideas you can include in a backyard kitchen! Focus on these 5 basics first—and then you can add on with the bonus options if you can! Today we're sharing the 5 must-have elements for all outdoor kitchens, plus 5 bonus elements! When we did a total overhaul of our backyard, adding a backyard kitchen was on The List! But did we really need one? And we…

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What Is a Drop Zone In a House? (15+ Genius Tips for Your Home Entry & Exit!)

Wondering what is a drop zone in a house, whether you need one and how to create it? You're in the right place! :) Matt and I specialize in designing drop zones of ALL kinds! Everyone needs a designated drop zone!  Yes, EVERYONE! Why? Because we all go into our homes (and leave it) carrying ITEMS! Items we bring in. Items we need to take out with us. Items we forget we need to take…

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Murphy Bed Cabinet: The Genius Space-saving Hack for Your Guest Room!

Today we're sharing how and why we utilized a queen murphy bed cabinet in our multi-purpose room, how it works, & how it gives us a 3-in-1 "guest room"! Our house has four bedrooms—three upstairs (plus one large bonus room we've often toyed with remodeling into another bedroom or two) and one downstairs. The prior owners used this downstairs bedroom as an office. We've also seen neighbors with the same layout use this room as…

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Rwanda: Our Family’s Heart in Africa.

As we drove in the dusty truck, our bodies being knocked around for hours over the rough-and-tumble roads, I kept thinking, "This is an honor!" Even as we stopped in to talk with people from the organization in this very, very remote place amongst the thousands of hills of Rwanda, I wanted to express how thankful we were to be there and how honored we felt. Why? We were being invited into the home of…

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Living in the Scottish Highlands for 3 Months (Almost Unintentionally)!

How’d we end up living in the Scottish Highlands for 3 months? Long story short: we needed to be in the UK for 3 months, so... ...we considered splitting it 1 month in England, 1 month in Scotland, 1 month in Ireland...or something like that. However, there’s something to be said for picking one country and really enjoying it! (Also, especially while you're working full-time remotely AND you're living with kids, not having to move…

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Seville, Spain: Here’s the #1 (Only) Thing You Need to Do!

Before I got married and had kids and became the pillar of maturity I am today…😉 (mwahaha oh how I enjoy making myself laugh when I write!)... …living in Sevilla was one of my favorite life experiences! Note: I used the English name “Seville” in the title so English-speakers searching online will find it. However—just like when you have a good friend who introduced himself as “Juan”, you wouldn’t start calling him “John”—the rest of…

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What To Do In Marrakesh, Morocco: 21 Unforgettable Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss!

Looking for what to do in Marrakesh (and outside of it in the rest of Morocco)? We're sharing our 21 favorites and they don't include all the regular touristy lists (you can find that elsewhere, we don't like to reinvent any wheels😉). I'd been to Morocco before (including the quiet "Blue City" of Chefchaouen in the north)... ...and I knew I wanted to take my daughters there, but to the south! The perfect opportunity came…

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HertzHell: The #1 Scam to AVOID! (Hertz Car Rental Reviews)

This is our PSA to the world! 🤗 We hope to make this world a better place by saving YOU, dear readers, from having the hellish experience SO MANY PEOPLE have had! If you’re reading this and proceed with a Hertz car rental for yourself or your family, you have no excuse if it happens because you have now been officially notified!⚠️ We did attempt to contact Hertz a number of times and as mentioned…

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Sleep Better At Night: 3 Instant Ways To “Design” It Tonight!

I'm not just into living well in my home during the day; I'm also into how to sleep better at night! As I get older and fix more and more of my past health issues, I've grown to love reading about easy ways to help my quality of life. Some list things like vitamins or supplements to take, exercises or meditations you can do, but... ...getting a good night's sleep is on EVERY SINGLE LIST!…

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Long Living Room Layout: 15+ Genius Design Ideas (With TV, Fireplace or Without)!

Looking for a genius solution for your long living room layout? I'm a professional layout designer sharing my long living room layout ideas (plus how to arrange furniture in a long living room)! Need help finding the perfect solution to your weird-shaped, awkward, narrow and/or long living room design? An awkward living room layout can be a huge pain—or a huge asset for you! The difference? It comes down to how you choose to work…

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