Thomas & Wanda

"Mr. & Mrs. Fraser Valley"

Go Green With a Recycled Kitchen

Go Green With a Recycled Kitchen
The brand-new kitchen in Shannon Quimby's Portland, Ore., home isn't new at all. It's full of things the designer/salvage expert and her husband rescued from a rundown bungalow that was on the property when they purchased it in 2007. (www.hgtv.com) > Read More
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DIY Workbenches

DIY Workbenches
If you are a person that likes to work with wood, or tinker with building things, this can make it really tough to find a place in which to... well, tinker! (www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com) > Read More
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The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing

The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing
You've found the house. You've placed the offer. They've accepted your offer. Now you're closing. What is closing? It's what happens when you finally sign the papers that make the house yours. (dreamcasa.org) > Read More
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6 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring

6 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring
Before you get serious about redoing your floors you need to measure your space so that you can get accurate quotes. Laminate flooring is a low cost floor covering, but calculating the exact cost will help you make your decision on what flooring is best for you. If you're looking to install the laminate flooring yourself, proceed to this step-by-step guide from celebratingeverydaylife.com. > Read More
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7 Secrets of Fun Families

7 Secrets of Fun Families
Defeating inertia is easier when you've done a bit of preparation. These families understand that having a game plan for fun is key to ensuring that special excursions and activities don't get put off for "someday." (parents.com) > Read More
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Feeling Stuck? Here's An Exercise To Help You Discover Your Life's Purpose

Feeling Stuck? Here's An Exercise To Help You Discover Your Life's Purpose
Do you ever feel stuck in your work or other aspects of your life? You may be lacking a sense of purpose, the feeling that we're contributing to something greater than ourselves. While you may want to find your purpose or soul's work, it's not always easy as it takes some deep connection with our inner truth to uncover. (mindbodygreen.com) > Read More
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This Season Fall Into Your Perfect Home

This Season Fall Into Your Perfect Home
Fall is a great time of year; leaves change colors and people keep busy with holiday festivities alongside their friends and family (among many other things). And for the new potential homeowner, it happens to be the best time of the year to buy a home. (dreamcasa.org) > Read More
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How to keep a clean home: a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal guide

How to keep a clean home: a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal guide
No matter what frequency is right for you, this easy, downloadable guide is designed to help you have a map to follow when you have the time to spruce things up a bit. Whether you're just spraying down your counters or getting down and dirty with your tile floors, it's always true that chipping away a little bit every day always makes things a little easier. (designsponge.com) > Read More
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Don't be Afraid to Paint Your Ceiling

Don't be Afraid to Paint Your Ceiling
Walls and trim seem to get all the attention when it comes to paint makeovers. Next time you aim to liven up a room with color, look at your ceiling: It may just be the key to waking up a tired room, without a pricey remodel. (www.thisoldhouse.com) > Read More
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5 steps to an insanely productive morning

5 steps to an insanely productive morning
I would consider "morning hours" the first two hours after waking up. The average person will experience approximately 50,000 of these hours in their adult life. Consequently, it would be wise to for us to learn how to effectively use this time. (www.startupcamp.com) > Read More
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15 Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome

15 Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome
Just because cooler weather has finally come doesn't mean you should just abandon the backyard to Mother Nature. Use some of these DIY ideas to make your yard a place to enjoy no matter what the season brings! > Read More
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3 Ways to Be a More Effective Communicator

3 Ways to Be a More Effective Communicator
Regardless of one's position in an organization, everyone must strive to improve their communication skills. While being an effective communicator doesn't always come naturally, it is a skill that can be learned and developed. Here are three things you can do. (inc.com) > Read More
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Are you fit to buy?

Are you fit to buy?
Gauging your ?nancial ?tness is crucial for ?rst-time homebuyers. The better shape you're in ?nancially, the more likely you are to succeed at homeownership. (homeownership.ca) > Read More
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The World's 10 Coolest Treehouse Hotels

The World's 10 Coolest Treehouse Hotels
When you were 10, camping out in a treehouse -- where "room service" was just your mom with brownies, interrupting your game of truth or dare at the WORST possible moment -- made for some pretty sweet overnight lodging. Fortunately, hoteliers around the world are happy to indulge your childhood nostalgia. (thrillist.com) > Read More
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Buying a Second Home: The 3 Biggest Factors to Consider

Buying a Second Home: The 3 Biggest Factors to Consider
There are generally two reasons to buy a second home. The first reason is to have a vacation retreat for the family, such as a cottage or beach house. The second reason is an investment property, something to rent out and bring in some extra income. (dreamcasa.org) > Read More
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Affordable Ways to Go on Vacation

Affordable Ways to Go on Vacation
Taking vacation often times feels like this big, expensive affair, but it doesn't have to be. Livingly.com offers a bevvy of tips that will help you not only score the cheapest tickets and accommodations, but also ideas on how to keep the costs down as you're exploring these new zip codes. > Read More
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Caramelized Zucchini Flatbread

Caramelized Zucchini Flatbread
The secret to a flatbread with a super-crunchy crust? Pre-roasting all of the veggies. This step concentrates their flavor, and also helps to cook out some of their moisture, which would otherwise soak into the crust. (bonappetit.com) > Read More
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DIY Furniture Knock Offs

DIY Furniture Knock Offs
Furniture is expensive folks. Like, really expensive. And most of us dream of something a little nicer than discount store particle board, don't we? (www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com) > Read More
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Replace Wire Shelves with Wrap Around Wood Shelving

Replace Wire Shelves with Wrap Around Wood Shelving
If you're ready for an upgrade in the kitchen, you should start with that pesky wire shelving that you've never liked! Here is a detailed step-by-step by a gal who did the calculations for you. She turned 21.56 square feet of wire shelf space into 21.36 square feet of much more usable space. (lucydesignsonline.com) > Read More
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Green Kitchen Updates

Green Kitchen Updates
The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it's also the resident energy hog. Plus, your kitchen contributes its share of indoor air pollution through cooking fumes and gases from flooring, paints and countertops. (www.hgtv.com) > Read More
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Little Camper Home Tour

Little Camper Home Tour
While everyone is not on board with the "tiny home movement," it's still fun to look at the way other people are making it work for them. Check out this camper design. (www.thenoshery.com/) > Read More
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The 365-Day Happiness Challenge

The 365-Day Happiness Challenge
There's a Chinese proverb that goes something like this - "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else." While it may be hard to arrange the inheritance of fortune on such short notice, we can start by inheriting little habits and acts of kindness. Check out the 365-Day Happiness Challenge which lists small happiness projects for each day of the year. (www.popsugar.com) > Read More
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10 Tiny Home Storage Hacks to Maximize Your Space

10 Tiny Home Storage Hacks to Maximize Your Space
If you have a tiny home, you have tiny storage areas too. That just requires getting a bit creative! We went looking for tiny home storage ideas to make your space live large, and we found a whole slew of ideas to keep you organized. (www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com) > Read More
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It Took a Successful NBA Coach Only 2 Sentences to Drop the Best Advice You'll Hear Today

It Took a Successful NBA Coach Only 2 Sentences to Drop the Best Advice You'll Hear Today
Under the direction of the new coach the Celtics have gone from one of the worst teams in the NBA to the third best team in the Easter Conference. How did Coach Brad Stevens do it? When interviewed he said it in just two sentences. "I'm not even thinking about any other team. We're trying to be the best version of ourselves." Keep reading... (www.inc.com) > Read More
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