January 2016

Restoring a 94 Year Old Piano – How We Did It! Part Two

This is a continuation of my previous post on our piano project. To read part 1, click here. Before we even started stripping and sanding, we found out how to slide out the piano keys and clean the inside. Now, I’m sure most piano people won’t recommend this, but since our piano is so old and was so terribly dirty, I wasn’t going to wait for guidance. I couldn’t live with a piano in the house that smelled of smoke, not to mention the dust and dog hair inside of it.  After…

Sleeping in Hammocks

To me, hammocks are reminiscent of lazy summer days, swaying with the breeze, relaxing under trees.  Lately, more lightweight hammocks have been on the market. These lighter, nylon hammocks are not as cumbersome and bulky as the traditional hammocks and allow for ease of travel. They are also marketed as backpacker friendly, yet sturdy enough for backyard use…

Organization for Young Swimmers

Got kids? Are you heading someplace warm for spring break? If so, here’s a little organizational tip that worked for my girls and I: If your kids are old enough to carry a bag, get them their own swim bag! When my girls were little, I didn’t have a bag big enough to carry all of the family’s swimming or beach supplies. Plus, let’s face it, I didn’t want to be the family sherpa.  I decided I’d buy them their own bags. In order to make their swim…

Restoring a 94 Year Old Piano- How we did it! – Part One

When my girls were little, we had a small stage, complete with curtains, in our living room. It was where many memories were made, watching them dance and sing.  As they are older now, we sadly parted ways with our stage, leaving a large open space in our living room.  When discussing the “uselessness” of our living room (“We never use it!”), my husband joked that the room should now become our music “conservatory.” Our eldest daughter has been playing piano since she was 7, and is quite proficient today at 15. After years…