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Encore – Set the Alarm

531256_218905831578262_1801131986_n-e1357454924343This has become a very popular post due in part to Pinterest.  Anyone with a car alarm should take minute to read (or reread) this one. Read more

Red, White And Sweet!

StrawberryCoconutMacaroonsRecipe (1)Need a last minute treat for your 4th of July celebration that is quick and easy?  We’ve got that! Read more

Celebrate But Don’t Forget!


fireworksWe feel sure many of you have seen this but think it is worth repeating: Read more

Firecracker Chicken

IMG_4036Crunchy, spicy, sweet, sticky and did we mention DELICIOUS? Firecracker chicken. This might just be the perfect thing for you to serve at your 4th of July celebration ! Read more

Who Said Wedding Dresses Should Be White?


The notion that white symbolized purity, or that wedding gowns in particular were supposed to be white, is an idea that dates only as far back as 1840.

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Little Known Facts About Buckingham Palace

Buckingham_Palace_2007_2-1Buckingham Palace has been in the news a lot lately as, apparently, there are a lot of renovations that need to take place in order to keep it safe and up to date. Did you know all of these facts?

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First Impressions

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For everyone who comes to visit you, the look of your front door is their first impression of your home. Read more

Tres Leches Cake

IMG_3502Moist delicious cake covered with whipped cream and maraschino cherries.  How can that be anything but yummy? Read more

Savvy Secret – Boost The Bounty

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Yesterday we shared the best way to store some of the bounty of summer.  Today we want to give all you gardeners out there a savvy secret to increase the bounty of summer. Read more

Proper Storage Of Summer’s Bounty

paleo3Now that summer is here there will be a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  There will be casual get-togethers and BBQ’s. And with children out of school and out of town relatives coming for a visit, most of us will have more food in our home than we usually would.  So what and how is the best way to store all that food so it doesn’t spoil before we can enjoy it?  We are glad you asked :-) Read more

Play With Your Napkin

1e24f9a927d4dbdc88a18ec13f0bec4fA little over a week ago we gave you some Savvy Secrets – Fun With NapkinsToday we want to show you some fun ways to display those napkins.  Your Two Chums simply LOVE using cloth napkins! Read more

Happy Father’s Day – In Tribute To My Father

IMG_3792Every child should be fortunate and blessed enough to have a loving father.  I certainly was. People often think it so important that little boys have their father and of course that is true.  But it is equally important for little girls to have their fathers present.  After all, a little girl learns how to be a woman from her mother, but she practices with her daddy. Read more

Cookies And Cream For Dad

Everyone loves ice-cream and who doesn’t love a good cookie?  So put them together and any Dad you might be celebrating this weekend is bound to feel loved.  And you will LOVE making this very simple ice cream…just three ingredients and you are on your way to creamy deliciousness :-)  Read more

Royal “Green” – Juice That Is

Juice-Lean-Green-Machine-horizNow that summer is officially here, wouldn’t we all like to be healthy and slim?  Us Weekly recently reported that Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, has arranged to have green juice (juices made from leafy greens, fruits and vegetables), delivered to the mommy of two little ones, three times a week.  Green juices are the latest trend in healthy living. They give you a great big boost of vitamins and minerals, contribute to your daily vegetable servings, and keep you hydrated all at the same time. Knowing how fabulous she looks, our chum, Wendy, asked us if we could find out what is in that juice that Kate is drinking. Read more

130 Years Ago, She Arrived!


According to on this day in 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrived in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy. Read more

Goofing Off?


Polo is the sport of Kings and certainly a sport that the British royals have great fun with.  They all seem to feel very comfortable on the back of a horse, including Queen Elizabeth who still enjoys going out for a ride. Read more

Queen, King, King, King


This past Saturday, England celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 89th birthday by having what they call the “Trooping of the Colour”.  And here you have it:  Queen Elizabeth, future King Charles (her son), future King William (her grandson), future King George (her great grandson). Read more

Salad Days – Steakhouse Thousand Island Dressing

IMG_3606Everywhere you turn you can find innovative and creative ways to cook and serve food.  TV and magazines, not to mention the internet, are all full of cooking shows and ideas for new food dishes, or at least new takes on old dishes.  But sometimes old school just hits the spot.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Fun With Napkins

812JQHTknQL._SL1500_We think cloth napkins are very underrated in the contribution they can make to any event or even to a simple table setting.  Today we’ve got some fun and creative ways, that you may not have seen, to use your cloth napkins at your next party or event. Read more

Rise and Shine – Breakfast In Seconds

IMG_3513We all know breakfast is an important start to the day.  But finding time to make and eat a healthy and satisfying breakfast can be a challenge. Read more

$$ For Spring Cleaning

garage-sale-2-1024x624 It could very well be time to have a yard sale before summer officially begins.  We have a list that was put together by the experts at Real Simple, of the items most in demand at yard sales.  Your welcome :-) Read more

How Sweet!


Prince George and Princess Charlotte taken by their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge

The newest member of Britain’s royal family, 1-month-old Princess Charlotte, will be christened in a private ceremony next month, royal officials have said.  You might well ask, “Where?”. Read more

What’s For Dinner? – Sweet Hawaiian Chicken

CHICKENIf you are like many of us, you have at one time or another stood in your kitchen, looked a  package of chicken and thought, “What can I make for dinner that isn’t the same old tired chicken?” Well, we’ve got an easy and delicious answer for you! Read more

Prince Charles’ Wife?

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Just who is Prince Charles wife? Read more

How True!



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On The Side – Cauliflower

IMG_2475Often veggies get a bad rap.  This may partly be due to the bland taste rendered in some cooking methods and the mealy texture of some overcooked foods.  But done right and prepared well, vegetables can be truly delicious and we all know they are good for us because our mothers told us so!  We have a most delicious way to prepare an often very maligned veggie….cauliflower :-)

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Next Stop – Touring The Tea Houses

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Now it is definitely time for  a cuppa?  Our “tea tour” has resumed.   Read more

Encore – Old Things – New Life

Have you ever thought about what your decorating style is?  Are you more French, English, or American in your tastes?  This Encore post from September 2012 will help you answer that question and is one of our most popular on Pinterest so we thought it worth repeating today :-) Read more



No matter what your politics, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a very dynamic President and one we can thank for a lot of things including the ultimate sacrifice, the giving of his life for his country. Read more

Tea Anyone?

Your Two Chums love nothing more than enjoying a good cup of tea with each other, whether at home or at a cozy tearoom.  One of our dear chums, Faith, who happens to live in Belgium, shared the delightful info about these wonderful tea rooms.  What could be better than a trip around the British Isles sipping tea and taking in the sights at these charming tea houses? Read more

Savvy Secrets – Turning The Sour Sweet

Savvy secrets photoVinegar may have a sour taste but we have some uses for apple cider vinegar that we think you will find, as they say,…”sweet”! Read more

How High?


Ever wonder what the correct height is for a painting or print on the wall? Read more

Going Back a Few Years


One of the designs for the Queen’s coronation dress by Norman Hartwell

This is a super fun article by Jennifer Wright, going back years with the Royals!   Read more

Memorial Day – Final Salute



This day, Memorial Day, is set aside not as a reason for BBQ’s and anticipating summer’s arrival, but rather to remember and honor those brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.  Service in our military has been completely voluntary since the Vietnam War ended.  That means all those who have died since then are soldiers who have chosen to go into battle.

“Never leave a Marine behind.” The tradition began in 1775, and continues today via officers like Marine Colonel Steve Beck, whose job it is to notify the families of the loss of a loved one. Read more

Sharing Love

Guess who has an anniversary today? Read more

New Surprises and Old Standbys

This weekend many of us will gather together with family and friends to celebrate Memorial Day.  Your Two Chums believe strongly that this holiday should keep it’s significance as we honor and remember those who have given their lives in service to us and their country.  Chances are as we talk about those who deserve our honor and respect it will happen over a gathering that includes a meal. Read more

We Dare You!


We saw this and could not help but share it with all of you… Read more

Chesterfield or Camelback?

Do you know the name of the style and shape of sofa that you prefer?  Are you thinking about buying a new one or recovering one you already have?  Do you know how much fabric you would need to reupholster your sofa? We have a list that just might help:-) Read more

Spray It!

29ea05f00bf58c8bbf1d669f8da6318f9620951aYes, in Southern California some of our lawns are beginning to turn brown!

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Well Done! A Sincere Well Done!

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A fast-food joint isn’t exactly a place where you’d expect to have your heart warmed, but, last week, Ridge Quarles proved us all wrong.  Read more

Different In Cannes!


Your Two Chums could not help noticing something very glaring in this photograph! Read more

And The Queen Said…


Contrary to what a lot of people are trying to say about how the Queen feels about the Duchess of Cambridge, we honestly feel that she thinks a great deal of Catherine and … Read more

Floored – Some Creative Ideas

stenciled floorThe other day, in a fun new little French cafe in L.A., we were waiting for our food to arrive and taking in the creative decor when we snapped the photo seen here of the great stenciled cement floor. It got us to thinking about some other creative ideas for decorating. Read more

Is The Game Playing Your Kid?

Joe's BookAre you, and/or your children using your smart phone, iPad, iPod, Kindle, or computer for recreation and playing games? Are you sure it is you or your children who are playing the game and not the other way around?   There is a new book out today that we think everyone could benefit from reading:-)

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…And Here They Will Stay


Princess Charlotte was taken to their country home by her parents along with her big brother, George, and their nanny. Read more

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy-Mothers-Day-Card-24Whether you are a mother yourself, or have a mother or grandmother you want to celebrate today, we want you to know we are celebrating with you! Read more

Encore – Family Tree – A Royal One

The royal family has been the subject of much discussion and interest in the last few days.  So we thought it was time to have an Encore of a post we did in October of 2013.  There are a couple of updates that have occurred since we first published this post.  The most exciting one being, the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana this past week:-) Read more

VE Day


Seventy years ago today, victory was declared in Europe of the Second World War. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Keep Your Sandbox Bug-Free!

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Who Knew shared a great secret…. Read more

Who Is This Nanny?


When Prince George was born, Catherine and William opted to not hire a nanny as they obviously want to be “hands on” parents.  But….

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Snacks Fit For A Princess!


Following up from last week’s post of a healthy snack, we ran across many, many more snack ideas on and just HAD to share them with all of you.   Read more

…A Beautiful, Bountiful Name!


Yes, HRH, Princess of Cambridge has a name! Read more

She Is Now “The Spare”



There has always been pressure on the reigning monarch and her successors to produce “an heir” and “a spare”, i.e. an heir to the throne and another child to be “the spare” if anything should happen to the heir. Read more

A to Z Facts


From A to Z…these are the facts about the royal birth, according to Robin Millard of Yahoo News… Read more

Encore – Rock-A-Bye “Royal” Baby

Not quite two years ago the world was preparing to welcome the future King of England.  Not knowing then if he was to be a prince or a princess, we were speculating about what the nursery of the future monarch would look like.  Today the world welcomed little George’s sister.  We are again speculating as to what the “world” of her nursery might be like.  Welcome little one. Read more

May Flowers

large red topiaryWe all know the saying…April showers bring May flowers.  Today we want to share with you, our chums, some flowers that not only “bloom” in May but can be yours any time and all year long:-) Read more

The Greatest of These…..


…is Love.  (1 Corinthians 13:13) Read more

Four Years Ago Today…


…Catherine Middleton became the wife of HRH Prince William, and the couple became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Read more

Yummy AND Healthy


chocolate-covered-nutsWho knew you could enjoy something we think of as decadent and be healthy at the same time? Read more

Fun Wedding Traditions


With the traditional wedding season upon us, we thought it would be fun to look at how other parts of the world celebrate this wonderful union. Read more

Encore – A Little Bit Of Paint Works Wonders

Painting-e1337834355633Spring means for many of us it is time to start freshening up our homes.  A little bit of paint works wonders! Read more


childrenToday marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.  If you are like many people, you probably have no idea what this means. Read more

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!


Today, being William Shakespeare’s birthday, we thought it would be fun to look at some of the things he, apparently, first penned. Read more

Worth Pondering….


….we are sure you will agree! Read more

The Italians – Forget About It!

A dear Italian chum of ours used to say, “There are only two kinds of people in this world…Italians, and everybody else who wishes they WERE Italian.” Read more

Spring Has Sprung!


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Spring has sprung and perhaps it is time to clean out your garage to make more storage space! Read more

Encore – A Bed With A Head !

boothby-master-bed-l-e1347870020717With the onset of Spring we are cleaning out and freshening up our homes.  Maybe your bedroom could use a face lift.  We can show you a wonderful new DIY headboard that anyone can make :-) Read more

Simple Supper – Pork Chops

pork chopSometimes the best food is simple food.  These pork chops sauted in sage butter on a bed of pureed cauliflower are simple to make and simply delicious! Read more

The Moral Bucket List (Reprinted)


We ran across this gripping op-ed piece by David Brooks and felt that our chums would appreciate it just as much as we do. Read more

Savvy Secrets – More WD-40!


Yes, we have MORE uses for WD-40!

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Tea With The Queen

51qeLoPImTL._SL1114_Next Tuesday, the 21st of April, will be the 88th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  In her honour, you can have “Tea with the Queen” :-) Read more

A Good Laugh For Monday

602482_4827699571041_368125962_n-e1354311283556Here are some good reasons to have a giggle or two. Because we really believe laughter is the best medicine and think starting your week off with a good laugh is always a good idea… Read more

Encore – On The Side

Finished-onion-rings-e1337817176902No matter what you are doing this weekend or what meals you may be planning, they could only be enhanced by a side of these yummies! Read more

Eggs In Purgatory

top photoAccording to celerity chef, Nigella Lawson, this easy and delicious egg dish is perfect after a night on the town, when you may, or may not, have had a bit to drink:-)  Read more

Well Done!

 This heartwarming story was shared by Good MOrning America and, it is that good that your Two Chums want to share it with you!

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Fun With Food

This week is Spring break for many children.  That means coming up with ways to have fun with your little ones.  We’ve got an idea.  While you are coming up with things to do this week, why not include having fun with your food? :-) Read more

How Did Baseball Start?


Yesterday was “opening day” for all of the baseball fans.  America’s beloved past time is now in full swing and all the baseball lovers, including both of our husbands, will revel in their passion for the sport.  But, who started baseball? Read more

Next In Line?


As we all know, there is another Royal Baby on the way – due this month.  When this baby comes along, how will it effect the succession to the throne? Read more

Encore – Macaroons And Passover Toffee

Today is the second night of Passover and the day before Easter.  We have two yummy treats to share that are good served for both holidays,  or anytime you want a bite of something yummy! Read more

Good Friday – Good Pesach

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Hop, Hop, Yum!


We found this endearing idea on The Daily Meal….  Read more

Easter Eggs-cellent

101686354.jpg.rendition.largestThe possibilities for decorating and displaying Easter eggs are virtually endless.
Everyone likes beautiful eggs at Easter. We found some fantastic ideas for decorating yours! Read more

The First Day of April


Rather than being pranksters, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about April Fool’s Day and found these on Read more

Fun Foods For Easter

With Easter only days away, we have some fun ideas for you to incorporate in your Easter celebration.

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Toasted Marshmallows Anytime!


Who doesn’t love a toasted marshmallow?  But what if it isn’t campfire season? Read more

Encore – Homemade Fresh And Clean Dryer Sheets

UnknownThis post from July of 2014, shows you how to use coffee filters to make great and inexpensive DIY dryer sheets.  And there is a bonus to this post.  We will give you 35 other uses for coffee filters from our chums over at Read more

Courageous And Kind – A Cinderella Story

1425504742_lily-james-cinderella-zoomIf you haven’t already seen Disney’s newest release, the remake of Cinderella, make plans to go.  We highly recommend it to everyone but for other reasons than you might think! Read more

Best Way To Boil


Do you have trouble hard boiling eggs and then peeling them? Read more

Ask And Receive

We’ve come across some little known discounts for students, seniors, and active or retired military and their families…but you have to ASK! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Lemons, Lemons Everywhere!

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Here are a few GREAT Savvy Secrets using lemons! Read more

What Teachers Make


Often under appreciated, and sometimes underpaid, it is important to remember…. good teachers can change lives… Read more

Encore – Salad Days-All Dressed Up

spinach-salad-e1339486117502It’s Spring at last!  Anytime is a good time for fresh and delicious salad, but with Spring comes more and more produce showing up in the market and there is just that much more to choose from to make our salads.  Since every good salad needs a good dressing, we giving you this post again today from April of 2013…. Read more

International Happiness Day


The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012 and so is young in its conception but let’s you and us make sure that it is celebrated…. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Around The House

Savvy secrets photoWe love to pass on good ideas.  These Savvy Secrets came from our dear chum Nancie! Read more

Leftovers 411 – Corned Beef

Hash-and-Egg-e1331893450487If, like so many people, you had corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day dinner last night, you just might have some leftovers. We have a suggestion for how to turn those leftovers into a new meal for tonight or later this week :-) Read more

Does Ireland Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?



“Well, of course”, we would all chant!  But has it always been the fact? Read more

Real….Or Make Believe?


A real Duchess on set with make believe aristocracy! Read more

Happy Pi Day

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π in decimal form.  We prefer to celebrate it Read more

Thai Green Curry

Not everyone loves corned beef and cabbage.  So if that applies to you, here is a “green” alternative for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration this coming Tuesday. Read more

Hair Detox

hair-detox-3Just like our bodies, every now and then our hair could use a good detox too. We found this great DIY hair detox on onegoodthingby Read more

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