lemon rind in mason jar with vinegar on white background

How to Make Lemon Vinegar for Cleaning

I used to spend tons of money of chemicals to clean my house. However, I got to a point where I realized that I shouldn't be putting toxic chemicals to surfaces where I can breathe and absorb them. So I switched them out for Lemon Vinegar.…
What's in season right now? Here's a list along with recipes at foodfashionandfun.com.

Seasonal Produce Guide | December

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I can't believe this is the last in my seasonal produce guide series. This year has definitely flown by. Although I think I say that every year. I guess it’s different now that I have a kid to mark the passage of time. Tyler is already…
Here's a guide of produce and recipes that is in-season right now.

Seasonal Produce Guide | October

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The seasons have definitely changed. We don’t have true seasons here in San Diego but the air is a little bit more crisp and the sun doesn’t shine quite so hot. The seasonal produce at my local market has shifted from summer to fall.…
How to Clean and Prepare Squash Blossoms

How to Clean and Prepare Squash Blossoms

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Squash blossoms are one of those things you occasionally find at the farmer’s market and they are irresistible. It’s serious impossible for me to pass them by as I absolutely love the idea of eating flowers. There is nothing more beautiful…
Before and after photos of my backyard. Big change, right?!? You should see the rest of the photos!

Front and Backyard Renovation: Backyard Reveal

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The backyard renovation is finally done! The entire process from design to completion took about 13 months. I’m really, really glad we had a friendly relationship with Steve from Panjia Landscaping because it was a long process. I’ve…
Living Room Renovation Product Reviews and Sources

Living Room Product Reviews and Sources

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Did you see my Living Room Renovation: Before and After? It was almost a 2 year renovation and decoration project. Now that we're settled, I wanted to give you a list of sources and my thoughts on the space. We updated the counter and…
Demo of driveway during front yard renovation.

Front and Backyard Renovation: Driveway and Front Walk

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I apologize for the delay in posting the last few posts in the renovation series. We actually finished back in December but ran into a few delays like a major storm that flooded our back yard and my third trimester. Both were unexpectedly…
How to clean leeks

How to Clean Leeks

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I absolutely love leeks. They have a mild onions flavor that tastes amazing when cooked. I think most people avoid using them because they think they are complicated. Once you have a little bit of information, they’re actually really easy…
Living room before and after construction.

Living Room Renovation: Before and After

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We finished the living room renovation about the same time as the kitchen. However, it took a lot longer to decorate. Our TV sat on a plastic bin for about 6 months before we found the right console. My DIY Lamp Makeover was the last addition…
Simple DIY Lamp Makeover

Simple DIY Lamp Makeover

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This lamp was leftover from my husband’s single days. He’s not one to throw things away so it could easily be ten years old and it was definitely showing it’s age. The lampshade was broken and dated but luckily the lamp itself was…
Preparing a vanilla bean for vanilla sugar.

How to Open and Scrape a Vanilla Bean + Homemade Vanilla Sugar

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How to Open and Scrape a Vanilla Bean Hold down the vanilla bean with one hand while using a pairing knife to carefully slice the bean. Use the tip of the knife and make sure to only cut one wall of the bean. You don’t need to slice it…
Building the outdoor bbq. #bethhomerenovation

Front and Backyard Renovation: Built-In BBQ Area, Cabanas and Raised Garden Beds

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Our home came with an existing covered patio. IT looks like this area was originally used for a hot tub as there was already an electrical and gas hookup. We knew that we eventually wanted a built in BBQ area but thought it was something…