Our Home from Scratch

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We are Lisa and John and we run a home DIY blog. In addition to our projects, we also share our adventures in cooking, baking and whatever else comes along.

How to Get a Baby to Sleep

Authors: Lisa

There’s been a lot of new babies in our life lately.  In April, we welcomed a new daughter, our second.  Both of my sisters are welcoming their first kids this summer and our neighbors just had their first last month.  Our oldest daughter is around two and a half now and even though that still makes us fairly new parents, we f...

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UV Window Film

Authors: John

There are a number of projects that I wish I never put off after we moved in our new home three years ago.  This is one of them.  We’re talking about UV window film.  To make matters worse, we bought the material for this project over a year ago.  This thin, cellophane like plastic wrap gets slapped onto windows and blocks out so...

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Design a Mobile Ready Website

Authors: John

One of the many problems we had with our first WordPress theme was its lack of adaptability to mobile devices.  Just about everyone we know nowadays has an iPad, iPhone or some other smart device.  If your blog doesn’t look sharp on those devices then you could potentially lose interest from some readers.

For most WordPress...

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Designing a WordPress Theme

Authors: John

When I first set out to redesign our WordPress theme, I was a bit overwhelmed.  There was a significant amount of material to learn in order to get where I was aiming to go and I wasn’t sure I’d ever get there.  None of the code made any sense to me.  Some of the tutorials I found online were daunting.  It was like trying t...

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Our New WordPress Theme

Authors: John

Notice anything different about us?

No, we didn’t get a haircut.  No, we’re not dieting.

 

 

On Saturday we uploaded our new WordPress theme, which we made from scratch.  It’s still a bit of a work in-progress, but overall we’re pretty happy with the results.  We don’t LOVE it, but we do really, r...

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Woohoo, We Turned Two

Authors: John

July 11 is here again, which means our blog has officially been online for two whole years! Woohoo!  So far it’s been an enjoyable experience.  We’ve made a lot of new friends some of whom we’ve even met in real life (and they didn’t kill us either, bonus).  We get to read a lot of wonderful blogs ourselves, so...

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Lighting Ideas

Authors: John

Hope everyone had an outstanding holiday weekend. We spent the last few days hanging out with family and hit up the shore for a little while. Other than some sunburn, we couldn’t have asked for a better time.

Since we finished the built-in in our sitting room a few months ago, we’ve been spending a lot of our down-time...

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Bug Proofing Garage Windows

Authors: John

This past weekend, between family reunions and thunderstorms, I was able to validate a new idea for keeping bugs out of my garage windows.  As I mentioned in my last post on this topic, we get a good amount of bugs in the garage.  We live in a rural area and are up against a wooded lot.  It’s one of the few downsides to this p...

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15 Can’t Miss Pinterest Recipes

Authors: Lisa

If you’re anything like me, you have a huge Pinterest board loaded with mouth-watering recipes you have yet to try.  For the past few months I have been slowly making each recipe from my recipe board for a weeknight dinner. The result? Most were delicious and even one picky-eater approved (cough cough, John)!

Today I will share...

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Keeping Mulch from Washing Away

Authors: John

Summer is in full swing around here, which means just about every weekend we have some sort of family activity.  Certainly not complaining.  Given the choice between spending time with family or working on my house, I’ll choose hanging out with my family 100 times out of 100.  Consequently, our DIY projects have been relegated to...

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