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Create your own artistic living space with eclectic and thrifty decorating tips, and learn the wonders of growing culinary and medicinal herbs.

9 Reasons Why Small House Living is the Best

Like many baby boomers and empty nesters getting ready to downsize or retire, I’m on the hunt for my next and possibly last home. I want to move out of California, and am trying to determine where I ultimately want to land. The problem I’ve been having? I am trying to find a home in […]

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This article explores some of the most interesting facts about culinary herbs.

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Cooking With Fresh Herbs

If you love cooking, try incorporating fresh herbs to take your favorite dish to a gourmet level.

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cooking for one with single place setting

Cooking for one can actually be fun!

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Best Hostess Gifts for Any Occasion

Here’s a list of the best hostess gifts for year-round giving!

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Here are 20 amazing gift ideas for your favorite herb gardeners!

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Welcome! I'm JJ, and I write a creative lifestyle blog about making delicious plant-forward recipes for 1-2 people, and growing herbs for the home, kitchen and  gifts.

I also share DIY projects, eclectic decor, and tips about running an art business, which is my side hustle. I do all this and more from my  small 849 square foot house!