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Feb 7th 2011 3:14PM Baloney! Both my husband and I are first borns of large families. Our mutual backgrounds have helped us to understand our likes, dislikes, and feelings toward our families. I was married before to a last born and it quickly dissolved into a parent-child relationship. I love the way he knows where I'm coming from without having the need for explanation. By the way we've been married for over 25 years and still going strong.
That being said, I do find some validity in birth order in terms of family structure and parental expectations of their children. To this day, and at my age, those expectations still hold sway..
Jan 25th 2011 8:27AM I can't remember when I started using Barkeeper's Friend but all I can say is IT WORKS. It's better at cleaning burnt in stains on pots than anything I've used. It doesn't scratch surfaces and it works on glass beautifully. I highly recommend it for any stubborn, caked-on stain.
Jan 22nd 2011 6:34AM A better solution would be to jazz up the cabinet doors. Purchase some foamcore boards(available in crafts stores), cut them to fit into the door frame and attach with Command adhesive strips. These strips stay put until you release the adhesive - a perfect temporary solution that does not leave a mark. The boards can then be painted, papered, postered or photos attached. This should brighten up the cabinets. Try this method for an interesting backsplash.
Dec 25th 2010 1:01PM One time, I gave a small present to unwrap and money, thinking that the mother can buy the child a toy he truly wanted. Well, the money was quickly deposited in a bank account and it looked as if all I gave was a small gift. I will never make that mistake again.
Dec 21st 2010 6:03AM This article is so true! My husband of 25+ years is still looking for his gold bathing suit he wore in his navy days. It would probably fit around his thigh.
Dec 20th 2010 6:37AM Thank you for your lovely essay about tinsel. It made me smile to remember my childhood Christmas trees loaded with those bright shiny strands and the huge Christmas bulbs that lit the tree. We could only keep them on for short periods of time because of the heat they generated. Then, one Christmas my family got it's first artificial tree - a green one with bottlebrush branches. Tinsel was banned forever. Of course the fake trees are more realistic and would look beautiful with tinsel but the thought of picking each strand off puts tinsel in my memories and not on the tree. Have a Merry Christmas!
Nov 12th 2010 6:03AM I laughed when I read about stationary bikes turning into clothes hangers - because its so true! I have an inexpensive gym near me and I need the motivation of others around me to exercise. Many times as I drive around my neighborhood I see home gym equipment barely used at the curb with a sign that says Free. My local paper also lists items free for just a pickup. When my son was young I got a whole playset this way.
Oct 8th 2010 9:08AM I can't stand her on The View now she is ruining another show. There goes GMA off my to-watch list.
Sep 17th 2010 5:49AM I like the way you decorate and paint with wine. After many home improvement projects this is the one ingredient that makes the job go much faster!
Sep 14th 2010 1:41PM For Christ's sake (literally) doesn't anyone remember His turning water into wine at the marriage at Cana? I am not religious nor a booze hound but if it was good enough for Christ it's good enough for me. Lighten up - it's a party!