Category Archives: Home Manager

How to Fix a Broken Clothes Dryer: The Tale of Lola & Me

Lola and I are close personal friends. She’s my stalwart clothes dryer. We spend many hours together, week in and week out. We’ve long-term buds, friends since 2005. We’ve had a healthy relationship lo these many years. Until recently…I think I … Continue reading

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Cleaning with White Vinegar: It Works!

Have you read articles that tout plain (inexpensive!) distilled white vinegar as a healthy alternative to chemical-laden cleaning agents? How plain distilled white (inexpensive!) vinegar is the rock star of a healthy cleaning team? Me too. But I never really … Continue reading

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How Do You Get the Stinky Out of Your Family’s Shoes?

“How do you get the stinky out of the shoe?” It’s a serious question, especially if you have kids. Even when the kids are young adults. Stinky shoes seem to go with younger feet, at least the younger feet that traipse … Continue reading

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GE Appliance Rebate: Sorry, It’s Our Fault; 12 MORE Weeks of Waiting?

Have you ever filed for and received a rebate for an appliance you purchased? My husband Mike and I are “good” about taking advantage of rebates. It seems to me that the larger the potential rebate, the longer we have to … Continue reading

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Fashion Starts with Clean Clothes

Twelve days ago my high efficiency front-load clothes washer started to thump, bump and generally sound like a jet crash landing in a swamp. Even though it sounded horrible in its death throes, I was happy it died because — … Continue reading

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Happiness Boot Camp: This Recruit Focused on What’s Important

A few weeks ago I signed on to participate in a happiness “Boot Camp.” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, devised a program for me and I agreed to share the results on an episode … Continue reading

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Visual Neatness: A Ferret and I Agree

As the Home Manager solely responsible for the smooth running of my Northern New Jersey home, I am required to do many and varied tasks or find people willing to do them for me. Most of the time I do … Continue reading

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Rearranging My Shelves: Simpler Than Rearranging My Life

In my quest to eat healthier (okay, and less) I purchased some spray oils to use when I cook. Yes, I’ve said good-bye to my beloved pouring Canola and olive oils {1 point per 1 tsp on my Weight Watchers … Continue reading

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Chores: Hand-Sewn Clothing Repairs

Do you fix your clothing when it rips? Do you resew a seam? Sew a button back in place? Fix a zipper? Do you take pay someone else to make those repairs? Or like my daughter Tory, do you figure … Continue reading

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Living the Rustic Life in Urban Montclair, N.J.

Montclair, N.J. has been hit by more “weather.” Bad weather. And like many, many of my fellow Montclarions we don’t have power at our home. I’m sitting at a Panera plugged into the wall. Thank you, Panera. And my lunch … Continue reading

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