Home & Garden


Great Kitchen Remodel 4: Kitchen Considerations 101

After starting the kitchen remodel process, it is time for decisions. It can make one crazy but keep the goal in mind. Having a working floor plan, cabinet placement plan that works for me was...


The Great Kitchen Remodel Part 3: Crafting a Kitchen

After starting the process and finding a contractor, now it was time to get the kitchen workspace I’ve always wanted. We began a decision process to make that happen. I had to consider my needs...


The Great Kitchen Remodel Part 2: The Contractor

I met Steve of Steven’s Kitchens while at he was conducting an estimate of mold repair at a friend’s home. I had driven by his local store front and visited his web site and was anxious...


The Great Kitchen Remodel: In the Beginning

I have a new kitchen, or should I say, my house has a new kitchen, a new and glorious space creating the “heart” of my home. As I sit here looking at all the shine and...

Live Pretty blueberry feature

Family Time – Blueberry Picking

Combining Family Time and Lessons in Food. As you may have gathered by now, the topic of food is a hot one with the Live Pretty Team.  We love to prepare it. We love to share it. ...


Christmas Cactus

How this happens every year, without any intervention, is still beyond me. Each year as the days grow shorter, my little Christmas Cactus lives up to its name -- my little Cactus beautifully announces the coming of...


My Little Waynesburg Under the Christmas Tree

Many years ago when our children were young girls, my mother-in-law offered our family the American Flyer electric train that she bought for her boys in the early 1950s. I have since recreated my hometown of...


Waiting Calendar

What is it reason for the holiday season? My 4 year old reminded us all of this in a very simple way after school one afternoon.


“My” Holiday Decorating

For the me the coming of the Christmas season begins with the opening of the "blue bins." Inside each are treasures I have collected over the years. Most of it is fragile. Some is valuable. All is...


Thanksgiving Children’s Flower Centerpiece

In preparation of the table setting, I asked 4-year-old Butterfly to pick a flower container from Oma’s china cabinet that could be used for the children’s table. She carefully considered several, and then her eye caught...