The Daily B

Living by the seat of my pants since 2007

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March 26, 2017

Wood Tile Flooring: After

Many people have asked how our porcelain wood tile floor is holding up a year later. In a word: BEAUTIFULLY. It still looks brand new. Not a single tile has cracked or lost its finish. And, we love every inch of it. The texture has been...

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March 26, 2017

Wood Tile Flooring: Renovation Diary, Part 1

We bought our 1980s split-level house "as is." It was 2010, the bottom of the real estate crash, and we got a great deal. But with it also came a great deal of work: a 30-year-old air conditioner, bad sewer line, unfinished landscaping, plumbing problems...

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March 26, 2017

Oh, hello there, 2016

I'm not sure how we got here, to mid January, without passing Christmas along the way. I vaguely remember a Christmas tree that fell over. And cookies and eggnog. Sometime around November, someone pressed fast forward. I spent a week in China on assignment, exploring the...

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March 26, 2017

How I created an “American Boy” doll for my son

Note: This post was written in October 2015. At that time, American Girl did not offer any 18-inch boy dolls. In February 2017 they introduced one to their product line. While I'm happy to see that, I'd like to give credit to the courageous startups...

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March 26, 2017

Ollie Impossible 2003 – 2015

I've known no better office assistant, friend, running partner, or fur-child than this guy right here. Thanks for 12+ amazing years, buddy. You are so missed. Thanks for keeping the floors clean and making me smile every day....

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March 26, 2017

Saving the world, one sandwich at a time…

My kids' school is a plastic-free zone. Students bring their lunches in glass or metal containers, and they try to avoid excess packaging and waste. I love the eco-friendly policy, but sometimes miss the convenience of grabbing a Ziplock baggie. For sandwiches, I decided to make...