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Stenciled Ceiling is in the House

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Finally.  You may remember the stenciling mishap we had a few weekends back.  Well, it was disheartening to have to paint over a large portion of Dain’s hard work, but it had to be done in order to make the ceiling look fabulous. And it was worth it in the end because we are loving our Moroccan print Turkish Teal.  Dain’s neck will probably be sore for a few days, but no pain no gain right?  Easy for me to say.  I have a feeling this will be our one and only ceiling masterpiece, but walls (that I envision striped in the near future) will now seem so much easier.

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It’s a Jungle in Here

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Thanks to some wild and woolly house plants.  We both spent years in apartments so we have been toting along some of our plants for a very long time.  And the thing about apartments is that space is at a premium along with sunlight.  So we basically had one plant stand crammed full of greenery by the one sunny window at our last apartment before buying our house.  Naturally we just transported it to our house.  But the time has come.  To say goodbye and start anew.  With a fresh crop of not so crazy looking plants.

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Toilet Talk

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We can’t help from sharing our latest bathroom addition.  Don’t worry, it is nothing gross or unpleasant.  It is actually very green.  A dual flush converter.  Say what?  A dual flush converter.  Or a d.f.c. for those in the know (slash those of us who just assume others use that acronym for the sake of blog brevity).  A d.f.c. is essentially a kit that transforms your normal toilet into a dual flush dynamo.  With the installation of it, your toilet has two flush modes: one quick flush for liquids and one for solids.  This allows you to use up to 70% less water on the quick flush and to save thousands of gallons of water every year.  Let us introduce you to ours.

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Terrarium Time

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We had been talking about making a terrarium for a long time.  And we finally did it this spring.  We actually made two in our first go since we over-committed on our plant purchase the first time around.  And we are still loving them months later.  So when it came to thinking of the perfect gift for a family member’s upcoming birthday, we knew it was time to bust out our terrarium skills again.

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Radon…the Invisible Gangsta

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It’s funny how you can be completely oblivious to things until they come crashing into your life.  Or more like stealthily seeping in.  When we were looking for homes in the fall of 2009, we never discussed radon.  That is, until we made an offer on our current home.  We decided on a home inspector, and he asked whether we also wanted him to do a radon test in the basement to check the radon levels.  At the time, it was a painful extra expense (since we were still coming to terms with making the largest purchase of our lives).  But we decided to shell out the extra $125 for a radon test.  And sure enough…….it came back with unacceptably high levels and the invisible gangster entered our lives.

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The Season for Farmers’ Markets

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‘Tis the season for local fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, cheese, meat, and more. All thanks to your local farmers’ market. While our markets are definitely seasonal in Minnesota, we have a lot to choose from in the Twin Cities metro area for the next five months or so.  Our first visit of the season was to the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market.  There is a large market location on Lyndale that is open daily, but Thursdays bring the fun downtown with a wide selection of vendors on Nicollet Mall every Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May to November.  And since it was nice and sunny last Thursday, we headed out over the lunch hour to peruse the incredible produce, plants, and treats (like fresh cheese curds, pies and chocolate sauce).

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Goodbye Bruiser

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Bruiser being my affectionate term for my ten-year-old Volkswagen Jetta that has many bumps and bruises after a few run-ins with bumpers, poles, and other things throughout its life.  The bruiser is now sold and gone, which for some reason makes me a touch sad and causes me to sing my own words into a well-known song:  One love.  One car.  Let’s get together and feel all right.

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Free trees for Earth Day? Yes please.

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We love ourselves a good deal, and what is better than a quality item for free?  That’s why we got excited reading about Earth Day freebies.  We hit Starbucks for our free Earth Day coffee on Friday, and we made it a point to head to Lowe’s on Saturday to take advantage of their “This Tree is One in a Million” Earth Day initiative to give away a million trees.

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