5 Steps: Give Tired Furniture a Pick-Me-Up

By Kim Vargo /

Over the years, Scott and I have rescued a lot of furniture from flea markets, thrift stores and, yes, even back alleys. Because vintage and antique furniture were traditionally crafted with solid wood (sometimes with a veneer), we’ll first try to repair the condition of the wood. This doesn’t mean that we need to break out the power sander and spend hours going over every surface of our piece until we’re down to the raw wood; rather, we continue to use a simple 5 step “wood refresh” method that will revive our tired furniture and make it look new again. Spruce up what you already have, and fall in love with your antiques again!Most recently, we purchased four gorgeous Mid-century dining chairs at a flea market. We placed them around our dining table, which is part of an open concept floor plan in our main living space.

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Father’s Day Dinner: The Perfect Steak

By Bree Hester /

Dad deserves a special dinner to celebrate Father’s Day, don’t you think? The dad in our house loves a good steak dinner. I don’t make a lot of steaks so it is a treat for everyone. I think that I didn’t make a lot of steaks because I was terrible at making them. I either bought the wrong cut of beef, over-cooked it, or under-cooked it. After much experimentation, this is my foolproof method for a perfectly cooked, juicy, delicious steak.

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Spring Style for Girls

By Merrilee Liddiard /

For me, springtime for girls calls for a rural peasant look, complete with a head scarf and practical yet flowing smocks – loosely styled tresses and boots to stomp through fields and pick flowers in. Add a touch of bold color block shapes, bright primaries, and a spot of metallics to update the look and you get the “Modern Peasant.”

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To Post or Not to Post: The Etiquette of Sharing Kid Photos Online

By Kristin Appenbrink /

Sharing photos of your kids online is a touchy subject. I’m guessing most parents out there have an opinion one way or the other. While I don’t have kids, I do have friends with kids. And I always make sure I know how they feel about photos of their kids being posted. For example, the mom of one of my favorite toddlers posts photos of her son, but only to her private Instagram account. This means that I don’t post photos of him because my account is public, unless I’ve been given permission for a specific photo.

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Cooking with Kids: BBQ Chicken Pizza Pockets

By Bree Hester /

I need to be honest – I love cooking for my family, but not always a huge fan of cooking dinner every night. If your family is anything like my family, then you have a lot going on. School, sports, after school activities, work, all kinds of things that fill up the spaces on our calendars. It can seem like the only way to feed them dinner is to grab something from a drive thru or get take out.

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