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A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.

Italy, Day 4: A Relaxing Mother’s Day

Authors: Jane

Our family celebrated a relaxing mother’s day in Italy!  That Sunday Maple and I woke up early and went straight to my favorite pastry shop for breakfast.  The pasticceria was busy and crowded with locals stocking up on treats for what I assumed would be their after-church family dinners.

I didn’t think Mother’s Day...

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Italy, Day 3: Visiting Bonassola, a Ligurian Beach Town

Authors: Jane

Ryan and I tried to keep things simple since we had a toddler in tow for this Italy trip.  A big part of that involved revisiting places we had liked on our last trip, because it’s a lot easier than exploring a whole new area with a toddler in tow.

On Saturday morning we had cafe and brioche at a corner cafe near the hotel.  It was a...

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Italy, Day 2: Revisiting Corniglia and Monterosso in Cinque Terre

Authors: Jane

Ryan spent our second day in Italy revisiting Corniglia and Monterosso in Italy’s Cinque Terre coastal region.  Five tiny coastal towns make up Italy’s Cinque Terre, a small region that’s exploded in popularity thanks to its status as a “hidden gem.”  Part of the appeal is the Cinque Terre National Park, w...

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Italy, Day 1: Traveling to Levanto in the Italian Riviera

Authors: Jane

In May Ryan and I traveled to Italy with our toddler, and survived to tell the tale!  It was a great trip, if exhausting.  Traveling with children is never quite a full “vacation” but we were thankful to have this opportunity!

Our trip started with a drive to New Jersey, where we left the poodle with my in-laws. We flew out...

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The Janery Sewing Studio is Under Construction!

Authors: Jane

This past weekend Ryan and I packed up the contents of the Janery sewing studio to prepare for some construction work.

What’s happening? We’re having a wall taken down and moved to create a bigger work space for me and Janery! (With our landlord’s permission, of course.)

This is exciting not only because it increases...

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A Special Handmade Journal Sale at Gadanke!

Authors: Jane

Over my years of blogging-turned-business owning, I’ve made some amazing entrepreneur friends. One of them is Katie, who was blogging about life as an expat in Germany when I met her. She’s now the owner of Gadanke, a small journal company.  If you love journaling, scrap booking, and handmade products, you may be...

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February Book Report: Habits, Royal Spies, a Female King!

Authors: Jane

I have been tearing through books lately, both audio books and regular printed ones.  Inspired by my friend and fellow blogger Sarah R Bagley, I’ve decided to share a monthly “book report”. Here’s what I read in February.  If you read any of these and want to comment, or if you have a book recommendation for m...

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My Tips For Easy Summer Flowers in the Garden

Authors: Jane

Every summer I fill my gardens with flowers that keep blooming until fall.  It’s gorgeous, it’s affordable, and best of all, it’s low maintenance!

My secret flower is the Zinnia, a gorgeous and strong flower that’s beautiful in the garden and great for easy bouquets.

You can buy Zinnia plants at the nursery in...

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My 2016 Spring Week In the Life: Friday

Authors: Jane

Now that I have a somewhat regular weekday work schedule, Fridays have become exciting to me again.  They mark the coming of the weekend, when I generally don’t work and focus on spending time with my family instead.

This Friday is pretty simple, as far as work days go.  I get up around 7 am with Maple, get her ready, and off we...

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My Spring 2016 Week in the Life: Thursday

Authors: Jane

Thursday is always a fun day for me and Maple, because it’s not a work day.

Since I started Maple in part-time daycare, I’ve tried to do most of my work on daycare days, and put work aside on the days we’re home together. At first it was hard for me to put my work brain on hold on Tuesday/Thursday, because it always...

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