Letting go of a sweet soul

If you keep up with me on the No Ordinary Homestead Facebook page, you know that we recently had a rather emotional and unfortunate journey. I really wanted to post something about this experience because the message of this post is now very near and dear to my heart. And if people would act more responsibly and humanely, things like this would never happen! But let me back up to the beginning first...   Meeting Karma On July 10, we found a kitten huddling under our neighbor's … [Continue Reading]

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Creating a privacy window with ease

Stefan and I have done a lot of renovating and decorating together over the last 14 years. But we often find that the smallest changes can make a huge impact. And that happened once again with this project. Since we've been getting into the renovation and decoration mode here in our condo, it was time to take care of a space that was starting to stick out like a sore thumb. In our master bedroom, we have a door which leads out to our lanai (the Florida term for a screened in patio). We don't … [Continue Reading]

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How to Pack Boxes for Moving

Now that summer is here and kids are on vacation, it's safe to assume that some of you will be picking up roots and moving elsewhere. Some moves may be just around the corner and others may be across the state, country or even world...but no matter how far you're going, it's always important to make sure you pack all of your belongings carefully and with some sort of system. I have moved a ton of times in my life, and quite a few of those moves have been in the last decade with Stefan. In … [Continue Reading]

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Finding Balance

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The Technology and Methodology Behind Great Massages

Before we ran the Berlin Marathon last year, we went for a massage. We'd logged a LOT of miles and our muscles ached. It was my first massage ever and the pure sense of relaxation that I felt for … [Read More...]

Letting go of a sweet soul

If you keep up with me on the No Ordinary Homestead Facebook page, you know that we … [Read More...]

Nine memories from my teen years

I was recently challenged by Mecca Bingo to drag up some of my childhood memories. I … [Read More...]

Essential Oils for Common Ailments

For those just getting their feet wet with essential oils, there is a whole lot to … [Read More...]

Foodie Desires

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Sharable foods for your next game night or party

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine. Stefan and I have always loved entertaining … [Read More...]

Family-friendly dining options at Picadilly Cafeteria

This post brought to you by Piccadilly Restaurants. All opinions are 100% … [Read More...]

Simple & Delicious Crab Cakes Recipe

Since our move to SW Florida, we've been noticing a major change in our interests … [Read More...]

Get healthier with Collagen Peptides

As you've likely heard by now, Stefan and I started running a little over a year ago, … [Read More...]

House & Home

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Got an ill living room? Here’s the remedy

You know those times when you get sick and suddenly your home, suddenly, becomes a den of filth? Rotten hankies strewn across the living room floor, half-full cups of Day-Quil or Lemsip … [Read More...]

5 Tools You’ve Never Heard Of — But Probably Need

Are there any tools you may not have heard of that would be good to have? Most of … [Read More...]

10 Unique Furniture Designs for Your Entire Home

I've always had a somewhat eclectic style when it comes to furniture. But we've been … [Read More...]

Make sure you’re protected wherever you roam

When we find ourselves moving to new cities, there are usually many adjustments, from … [Read More...]

Natural Living

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11 Companion Gardening Ideas to Banish Pests

Insects are often such a pain - especially when they are in your garden and all you want to do is protect the food you are growing. How do you get rid of these pesky invaders without a ton of … [Read More...]

Essential Oils for Common Ailments

For those just getting their feet wet with essential oils, there is a whole lot to … [Read More...]

Organise Your Garden For That Perfect Summer Party

Whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or "down under" like Lara (the other of … [Read More...]

Ease winter blues with this room spray

When you look at the weather forecast, it's no secret that winter is in full swing. … [Read More...]