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Swedish Death Cleaning – Epic Fail

It’s been a mountain of hot minutes since I’ve checked in with you all. In fact, one of the very last posts I shared with you was called Swedish Death Cleaning Before You Die. I waxed on about how I was going to try Swedish Death Cleaning in my own house. And to keep myself […]

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Here are some of the best beach gift ideas that your favorite ocean lover will actually use. This list has a variety of beachy gifts that are practical and affordable and perfect for giving any time of the year. Why Ocean and Beach Gift Ideas? I’ve been an ocean lover my entire life – and […]

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12 Gift Ideas for Men Under $10-Any Occasion

If you need great gift ideas for men, look no further. And the good news is: all of these men’s gifts are priced at under $10! This gift guide has some of the best gifts for men, which can be given for any occasion throughout the year. Whether it’s Father’s Day, Christmas, a birthday, or […]

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Are you looking for the best astrology gifts for your favorite zodiac lovers? If so, here are some of the best ideas that will thrill your astrology lover, no matter the occasion. So whether you’re a budding astrology student, or know someone who is an expert astrologist, read on for some great gift ideas! Disclosure:┬áThis […]

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Try Swedish Death Cleaning Before You Die!

The first time I heard about Swedish death cleaning was in 2018 while listening to a podcast about decluttering. The host discussed the newly released book “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” by the Swedish author Margareta Magnusson. He compared it to Marie Kondo and the “Konmari method” I had just finished reading. I […]

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As any new dog parent can attest, new puppies are cute, cuddly, and adorable. And just like babies, they need lots of love and training to help them integrate and adjust to their new world. So how can you help new puppy parents welcome their newest family member to their home? One great way is […]

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Welcome! I'm JJ, and I recently retired from the corporate world. It's time to enjoy the next life chapter in my cozy 849-square-foot home that I share with my pup, Jackson Pollock. 

On the blog, I offer tips on running an art business in addition to fun DIY projects and tasty plant-based recipes for 1-2. You'll also learn ways to repurpose items to decorate and organize your living space.

If you're looking for creative inspiration, you've come to the right place!