21 Ways to Make Your Mom The Happiest Mom on Earth

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Make Your Mom the Happiest Mom on the Planet

Don't fret for a moment about what to get your mom for Mother's Day. The best thing you can do is to spend time with her (no irritation or annoyance allowed), or have a nice, relaxed conversation with her.  No store bought card or pot of flowers will touch her heart as much as your efforts to express your sincere appreciation for her, past and present. To help you get started, here are 21 mostly free ideas to choose from that are guaranteed to make your mom happy. 

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Yes! You Can Paint a Ceramic Tile Floor

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-07-27

When we bought our house many years ago, one big problem was the big front entry and hallway. They were tiled in a mauve-y purple thick ceramic tile. Mr. Mod had just put down hardwood floors in the large great room and we had them stained and finished by a professional (at that time we lacked DIY know how), and we were tapped out. 

created at: 2009-07-27

Contrary to the advice of every single paint store person I interrogated, I decided to go ahead and...

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Make Your Own Papier Mache Nightstand

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

table/nightstand

Finding the right size side table or nightstand presents a challenge for the small space dweller. Here's a DIY side table/nightstand project to the rescue. Recycling  cardboard and paper into this functional piece of furniture brings the cost down to practically nothing, not to mention the eco-hip artsy practicality of the whole project.  See how Unqiueutopia

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6 Tips to Wean Yourself Off Television

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

We talk about cleaning up the physical clutter and dirt from our homes, but how about ditching some of the crud that takes up our time and mental space?  Face it, most television is mindless drivel and a huge waste of time. If you can resist the temptation to sit and stare (passive activity), you may be surprised at how much you can get done in a TV-less week. Tips for nudging TV out of your day include

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Pop Up Workstation

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

The only reason I'm the least bit interested in tech gear is because I'm married to a techie pioneer. While he's all about cutting edge technology, I'm in awe of the innovative accoutrements, i.e., cool accessories.  See how this mild mannered laptop bag turns into a fully functional workstation.

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Nancy's Total Family Room Overhaul

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

A self-described design enthusiast, Nancy Marcus Gueret managed to achieve what I would call a Regency style family room  makeover that will knock your socks off. It's no wonder her friends and family enlist her help with their own decorating dilemmas.  Actually, she's done a multiple room makeover job that's as good as any decorator I've ever seen.

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10 Architecturally Wondrous Staircases

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

A friend forwarded me one of those emails her husband got at work. It was full of photos of amazing staircases plus some strange magic eye type puzzles. Being the visual person that I am, I became completely fixated on the staircases and even went so far as to search for more and more visually indulging photos of creative staircases. I couldn't get enough. Who thinks of these designs? 

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