"...too lazy to plow..."
"A farmer too lazy to plow his fields at the right time will have nothing to harvest." (Proverbs 20:4)
This New Year's Day was a tough time to be a tugboat captain on the river. As I took this photo I only could imagine the frustration of the captain and pilot. They were fighting to keep their coal-laden barges on course in the channel as they plowed through the fierce winds and waves. I guess they knew their coal had to get to market so they struggled on instead of waiting out the storm. Sometimes life does present us with situations where our only recourse is to just plow right on through --- but do we?
When I hear about the "lazy farmer" in the Proverb at first I want to use that favorite teen phrase, "Well duh...." In other words, it seems like such a "no-brainer" to realize that if you don't plow your field and plant your crop there won't be any crops to harvest. Why would anyone need to say such a thing? Why would anyone have to be reminded of
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- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Jan 3, 2012 4:39 PM EST
It's that time of the year again, when we make promises to ourselves we (try to) keep all year round. That's right, I'm talking about resolutions. If you're like me, you might need a few reminders through out the year - or just the day - to keep you on track.Read More »from 7 Creative Ways to Display Your New Year's Resolutions
That's why I'm trying out these 7 inspiring ways to display resolutions in my home! I've already made a resolution art piece resembling subway art, and everyone loves it. Resolutions, after all, should make your life feel better, not worse...
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1. Subway Art
Make your resolutions a permanent display in your house for a year-round reminder!
Make subway art
2. New Year's Resolution Pencils
An inexpensive way to always have a reminder at your fingertips....add your resolutions to personalized pencils!
Make New Year's resolution pencils
3. Embroidered Resolutions
Imagine your goal for the year. Now imagine sewing it onto cloth AND hanging it up someplace where you'll see
- BettyConfidential.com | At Home – Tue, Jan 3, 2012 4:22 PM EST
New Year. New you. That means taking the time to make your place reflect your personality.
-PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com
A new year brings change. We've kissed last year good-bye and are so bright-eyed and eager to kick off the New Year right. We're tossing shoes, accessories, clothes and sometimes even our boyfriends into the recycling bin. Since you're in the mood for change, why not change the interior-of your house or apartment? Winter brings you lots of indoor entertaining, right? And instead of going away this year, you're staying close to home, right? So why not take all that positive energy and make your nest the place you've always wanted it to be.
Interior Designer Jillian Harris can be seen weekly on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,Fridays 8pm/7 pm c and she knows a thing or two about how important it is to feel comfortable and comforted by your home.
Jillian took time out of her busy schedule and shared her tips with us on how to inject your personalRead More »from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Jillian Harris Explains How to Style Your Home
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Tue, Jan 3, 2012 3:33 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
The friction in your life is increased by clutter, so decrease yours. Donate old magazines to the library for resale, clear some closet space of clothes you know you will not wear again and empty the trash cans from each room in the house.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Keeping your romance healthy is all about exercise today whether it's walking hand in hand, clearing a space in the house or choosing a garden spot where you can do yoga or tantric movements together.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Go with the grain today. The bad news: it is time for hardcore home renovation. The good news: if it is made of wood you can make it beautiful again.
Yummy pre-diet snacks
So, how many of you resolved to lose weight this year? For the umpteenth year in a row, losing some pounds tops my list of to-to's. It's so hard, though, trading chips and cookies for carrots and celery sticks. They just taste so much better, dammit! And, then there are the times when it's just plain unfair. Sometimes, calories just shouldn't count, right? Well, I think so ...
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1. Finishing kids meals. Ingesting fractions of food once belonging to your offspring simply counteracts the nourishment you passed onto them for 9 months while they lived inside of you. Ask any OB. It's true.
2. Your Birthdays. It's the one day a year that's all about you and only you and is not a day to be deprived of anything. It's, like, a law.
3. Other people's Birthdays. It's the one day a year that's all about them and only them, and nobody should eat birthday cake alone. You are simply preforming a public service.Read More »from 10 Times Calories Shouldn't Count
Check out the exciting developments we're eager to watch this year.Read More »from 2012's Top Trends & Happenings
San Francisco's new waterfront
San Francisco's new waterfront
America's Cup is the premier sailing competition in the world, so when San Francisco was named a host city of the 2013 regatta, it was huge. For the first time in a long time, the city will actually feel like a port town. The northern waterfront (for decades a tangle of dilapidated piers) begins renovations this summer, and two weeks of races kick off in August. americascup.com
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The new gardening bible
The new gardening bible
The brand-new Western Garden Book hits bookstands in February. This latest edition includes more than 2,000 full-color photos, an all-new PlantFinder, and no-fail gardening tips for flowers, vegetables, natives, and more.
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Vegan goes gourmet
Vegan goes gourmet
Flirting with vegan cooking? Cast away any thoughts of bland bowls of tofu and brown rice. The new vegan cooking is all about bold flavors, colors, and
What's your sexiest outfit? I can name a dozen or so looks that make me feel sexy. (These outfits usually include gold and/or animal print.) But ask my boyfriend what he thinks is sexy, and you'd probably get a completely different answer.
To find out just how different our ideas of sexy are, we decided to try a little experiment. We asked our coworker Mandy to pick out her sexiest outfit, then asked her boyfriend Mike to do the same for her. (It's like a mini version of this weeklong dare when one of our editors let her BF dress her for a week. Check that out here.) Let's see what happened …
Mandy's Sexy Outfit
Mandy's Take: "I love this purple dress/blazer combo. Not only is the zipper sexy -- I can choose how much to unzip -- but I also like how the blazer adds a more fashion-forward, classy feel. This look is sexy because it's fashionable and powerful."
Mike's Take: "I definitely think thisRead More »from He Said/She Said: What Clothes Really Are "Sexy"?
David PrinceHow to tackle the biggest challenges of your broom closet.Read More »from Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
Find a Storage Space
"During your precious Saturday hours, an organized, fully stocked broom closet will save you time, motivate you, and remind you what you need to do," says Cheryl Mendelson, author of Home Comforts ($20, amazon.com). If you don't have a whole closet to devote to cleaning supplies, part of a pantry, a nook under the staircase, or a corner of a room will work, too.
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David PrinceOrganize Your Cleaning Rags
Problem: Rags everywhere.
Solution: Don't put dirty rags back in the closet. It's too hard to distinguish between clean and dirty ones. Launder them after use. Keep small clean rags in a hanging bag so you don't have to worry about folding or stacking them. Larger towel rags can be stacked on a shelf.
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David PrinceStore Your Vacuum Cleaner
Problem: The vacuum cleaner is bulky, and the hose is always in the way.
Solution: Position your vacuum cleaner front
- chickie maxwell | At Home – Tue, Jan 3, 2012 12:48 PM EST
Area rugs have been a ubiquitous item in home decoration for hundreds of years. In the Middle Ages, cold castle floors were strewn with plants called "rushes," in order to provide a cushion for walking on, as well as a barrier from the cold. Importers from the Middle East brought with them the first true rugs into Europe, and they have been used for a variety of purposes ever since.
• Protecting Floors
In modern homes, area rugs can take on a variety of roles. In high-traffic areas, rugs can protect wall-to-wall carpeting or delicate finishes on hardwood floors from repeated abuse. Because area rugs can often be quite economical, they are not as difficult to replace when they are worn down, and can even be interchanged regularly in order to reflect a new design scheme, or a playful holiday theme.
• Definition of Space
In addition to offering protection, area rugs can also be used to define spaces for specific purposes. In large rooms, area rugs canRead More »from Achieving Several Objectives at Once with Area Rugs
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