The Daily B

Living by the seat of my pants since 2007

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...