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Nov 26th


(Style on a Dime) Take a step back in time and enjoy a drive-in movie

(Style on a Dime) Take a step back in time and enjoy a drive-in movieDo you remember back in the “olden days,” as my children refer to it, when people used to go to drive-in movies?  Remember the ‘sound system’ that you had to clip on to your window, the foggy windows, and the mosquitoes?  Those times were so much fun (not the mosquitoes!).  I remember that during one of our drive-in outings, mama looked over her shoulder at me and said, “Lie down on the seat and cover your ears, because this part is bad!”  I am assuming she did not want me to have any nightmares from the scary or bloody parts.  All I know is that lying down on the back seat every now and then was a small price to pay to get to enjoy all that popcorn and candy!

(Style on a Dime) Host A Party Part II: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

(Style on a Dime) Host A Party Part II: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

The summer sunshine has our family feeling pretty festive, so of course that puts me in the mood for another party. I have already decided my next party’s theme and I am very excited about it. No offense fellas, but this particular party is more of a fun girlie gathering-perfect for around ten or so girlfriends.


(Style on Dime) 6 ways to add curb appeal

My initial thought when I drove up to our house for the very first time was, “That’s ugly!”  You see, I could barely see the front door, which faced the side of the house.  I had been accustomed to homes with front doors that faced the street, and this L-shaped home, with the side entry, was very odd.

Retailers cut women sizes to save money

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - National health reports conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the average American woman is 5’4” in height, weighs approximately 164 pounds, and wears a size 14. In fact, 68 percent of American women are now considered “plus-sized,” making the announcement by Crain’s New York Business, that the nation’s recession had caused national retailers, including some major chains, to discontinue women’s plus sizes to save money, shocking to many.

(Style on a Dime) Three good excuses for having a summer party

My family will be hosting a summer party soon.  Unlike every other party we have ever thrown, I have to confess that I am not looking forward to hosting this particular party --let me explain.  In a couple of weeks, my husband’s best friend since they were in fourth grade, John, and his family (five children, one wife) will be moving  from Minneapolis to Germany. Although I have known for two years that this day would be coming at this time, somehow I am feeling unprepared for the loss of these wonderful friends.

(Style on a Dime) Keeping school skills sharp in summer

I have truly enjoyed my first couple of weeks of summer vacation --the sleeping in, the slower pace, and no homework. I feel like I did nearly as much homework as my children this past school year (although they probably wouldn’t agree).  Our biggest challenge was math.  My daughter struggled and my husband and I (mainly my husband) spent a lot of time helping her.

Arboretum presents ‘Waterosity’ Summer Exhibition

Arboretum presents ‘Waterosity’ Summer Exhibition What’s bubbling up at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this summer?  Fresh thinking about people, plants and water!  Waterosity: Go Green with a Splash, the 2009 summer exhibition, is running now and continues through October 4.

Bringing together the voices of artists, scientists and horticulturalists, “Waterosity” will celebrate this most precious, life-giving resource in thought-provoking and playful installations and exhibits for all ages.
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