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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two crazy cats.


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To Wallpaper or Not to Wallpaper? And Other Decorating Dilemmas

To be honest, I’m not even sure I’m allowed to talk about wallpaper. You see, the walls of our old house—our first home—were literally covered in wallpaper. Every. single. wall. Living room, kitchen, bathrooms, family room, hallways…even the laundry room had wallpaper. But it was a charming house and we weren’t planning to stay for [...]

Organize: Popsicle Stick Cleaning System

Family members are still straggling downstairs this morning, but as soon as everyone’s awake and functional we’re going to do our weekly Popsicle Stick Cleaning Session. My kids love this!
Just kidding. They don’t love it. But it works.
I keep a bunch of popsicle sticks with jobs written on them in a “To Do” jar. When [...]

Christmas Favorites

Happy Epiphany! Since it’s still officially the Christmas season (for a few more minutes, anyway), is it all right if I share some of our favorite things from Christmas this year?
First up are these Gingerbread Cities from Better Homes and Gardens. We made one for ourselves and a few to give away. They took some [...]

Love Notes / Today I love you because…

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Do you remember this conversation about tucking notes in lunches? I saw these sweet “Because I love you notes” on Design Mom and had to share them with you.
When I do remember to write a note, I usually just scribble something on a Post-it. But wouldn’t it be nice to be on the receiving [...]

Salted Nut-Roll Bars

These bars are like a childhood dream come true: an entire package of Nutter Butters melted with a stick of butter, and that’s just the crust. Oh, mama. They’re mildly futzy to make, I suppose, what with having to smash up the cookies and make a couple of layers, but I think they’re worth it!
Salted Nut-Roll [...]

Friendly Inspiration

Have you ever come home from a friend’s house feeling inspired by something she said or did or made?
We spent the day at a friend’s house last week and I came home feeling inspired by a pitcher filled with ice-cold water and lemons, chocolate chips in the pancakes, and a loaf of homemade bread cooling [...]

Homework: Good or Bad for Kids?

I recently caught a news headline that said that the Gaithersburg Elementary School in Maryland has abolished homework. Principal Stephanie Brant made the decision to eliminate traditional homework such as worksheets and instead have students read for at least 30 minutes every night.
I will admit that I’ve never been a big fan of homework. My kids are in [...]

Homemade Kettle Corn

A few of you asked for our recipe for homemade kettle corn, and here it is! I tried a couple of different methods, including one where we heated the sugar with the oil and then added the popcorn (big mess!). This is the one we liked best—it’s nice and easy.
Kettle Corn
12 cups popcorn, popped (or [...]

Homemade Gingerbread Playdoh

I’m so glad I still have a little helper who gets excited about making things like homemade Gingerbread Playdoh. Lily and I made a batch using Sugarbelle’s recipe this morning. It filled the kitchen with a nice, Christmas-y scent and the warm dough was very relaxing to knead.
We played around with different packaging techniques and [...]

Thanksgiving Tradition: Homemade Butter

We’ve been making homemade butter for Thanksgiving since Andrew was a wee lad. It’s super easy—all you need is a pint of heavy whipping cream, a dash of salt, a mason jar (or any container that has a very tight seal), and three marbles. Pour the whipping cream into the mason jar, add the marbles [...]

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