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It is hard to believe that June is almost over and the Fourth of July quickly looms.  Read more

Not Someday – Today

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My granddaughter, Savannah recently completed 2nd grade.  Shortly before the end of school there was an open house for parents and grandparents to visit the classroom and see all the amazing things the children had done and learned over the year.  There were so many wonderful projects and reports and so much art work filling the walls everywhere you could look.  These children had clearly had a full and exciting year.  But one thing in particular caught my attention.   Read more

Summer Salads

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As of this week, summer is officially here.  When the weather is so warm, there is nothing more inviting than a delicious summer salad.   Read more

Victoria Has A Secret To Keep The Mosquitos Away

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A chum of ours came across a wonderful secret!  An eau de parfume at Victoria’s Secret. Read more

Savvy Secrets

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We love sharing these “Savvy Secrets” with you.  There is just ONE this time but a really great ONE! Read more

Well Done! More Should Be This Way!

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Minutes after Temar Boggs heard that 5-year old Jocelyn Rojas had gone missing, he noticed a suspicious car careening in and out of the side streets of his neighborhood.

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Something Sweet For Dad – Butter Cake

IMG_4696Sunday fathers everywhere around this country will be celebrated.  Most likely at lunch or dinner, families will gather together to honor “dear ol’ Dad”.  We suspect your families are no different than ours in that.  So whether you are still thinking about what to serve for dessert, or what you could give Dad that he doesn’t already have, we’ve got an idea for you….and it’s a yummy one at that!  Everyone will love a piece of this classic Butter Cake.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – A Quick Change

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Need to make a change quickly (and very easily) to your look? Read more

Well Done – Aid In Orlando

12124337_1465879315.4418_updatesAmericans were shocked to awake to the news Sunday of yet another horrific terror attack in Orlando.  In the midst of the grief, anger, frustration, and the loud opinions being offered on all sides about what should be done moving forward to prevent further attacks, there were those who quietly went about helping without loud fanfare.   Read more

Flag Day

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Today is Flag Day in the United States!  We found some fun facts about this very recognizable flag that we think you will enjoy. Read more

Long Live The Queen!

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Saturday, 11 June, marked the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth and was quite a celebration….the whole weekend! Read more

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Happy Birthday, HRH Prince Philip

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There is a lot going on in England this month and today is no different.  Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, turns 95 today!  He has been a very colorful gentleman through the years.  One of the things he says the Queen loves about him is that he makes her laugh! Read more

Well Done – Celebrating Black Music Month

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In June of 1979, then President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month.   Read more

Some Interesting Vice Presidential Facts

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With the election here in the U.S. heating up, and the prospect of potential Vice Presidents being announced, here are some little known facts. Read more

Be Happy! That Is A Charge!

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What is happiness anyway?  And where does it come from?  Other people? Read more

Washing Day Savvy Secrets

LaundryHacks11_550.jpg.rendition.largest.550In times gone by, Monday was designated as Wash Day.  No matter what day (or days) of the week you do laundry, here are some Savvy Secrets that may make this job easier :-) Read more

Tea Anyone?

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Needing a hostess gift for someone special?  Here’s a great idea. Read more

Savvy Secrets For A Beautiful Home

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House Beautiful magazine asked the country’s top interior designers for their best tips in decorating.  We have 25 of those tips (or savvy secrets as we call them)  for you today :-)   Read more

It’s A Shoe In

Shoes copyIf you are anything like we are, there may be nothing that you LOVE getting more than a great pair of beautiful  shoes!  Today we have some “hacks” for shoes.  If you aren’t familiar with the current popular definition of what a “hack” is, according to the urban dictionary, it is “a clever solution to a tricky problem.”  So here we go with some clever solutions to some possible problems, and great ideas for taking care of your shoes. Read more

Well Done – A Happy Surprise

IMG_4178Yesterday was Memorial Day.  All over the country people celebrated all weekend long what most recognize as the weekend that marks “the beginning of summer.”  There were barbecues and trips to the beach or the lake.  For some there was a camping trip, or a hike, or some water skiing.  Everyone has his or her holiday weekend traditions.  Some make it a point to acknowledge the real purpose of the weekend, to recognize and honor those who have given their all for our freedoms.  But unless they are taught what this holiday is really all about, children would naturally think it is only for camp outs and cook outs.   Read more

A Quiet Moment of Gratitude

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Memorial Day is a day for hot dogs and a swim but let’s not forget what it really is about.  Yes, the people we are remembering are those who have given the ultimate sacrifice….

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Hot Dog It’s Memorial Day

IMG_4096Come Monday, millions of Americans will gather with family and friends to celebrate (and hopefully honor) those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  These celebrations usually, if not always, involve food.  Hot dogs are often the food of choice on this holiday.  So we have a particularly yummy one to share with you today.   Read more

Edible Roses

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Who says a healthy breakfast can’t also be beautiful too?   Read more

The Jewish Pacifier

bagel2The Jews are responsible for so many good things.  They are great lawyers and wonderful doctors and generally very smart business people.  And they can make a mean pastrami or corned beef sandwich, or bowl of matzo ball soup.  Now we have yet one more thing to add to  the list of their greatest accomplishments.  The Jewish pacifier. Read more

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

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We have heard that laughter relaxes the whole body.  A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxes for up to 45 minutes after.  So, here are some quotes from Sir Winston Churchill who had a great sense of humor: Read more

Words of Wisdom

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We are certain that… Read more

Softer Side Of Play Dough

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Need (or knead, pun intended) an activity to keep your little ones occupied this weekend?  We’ve got just the ticket!   Read more

Did You Know?

Your Two Chums always love sharing fun facts.  Here are some we feel sure you will get a kick out of! Read more

Hang Them Up

black-and-white-photo-display-pottery-barnHanging things on your walls can be intimidating sometimes, especially when you have a number of things to hang.  But we found a guideline that we think can help.   Read more

Well Done!

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This wonderful retired English teacher did a very inspired thing with his students…. Read more

This Was A First!

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On this day in 1929 the very first Academy Awards were presented! Read more

A Handed-Down Nickname

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A few weeks ago, we reported that Prince George has a very special nickname for his great-grandmother, HM Queen Elizabeth II.  But what we did not know is that this name has been around for ages and ages. Read more

She Stands Tall and Proud

il_570xN.367439912_s0kbWhen seeing this beauty, one immediately thinks of New York, if not the United States of America! Read more

Savvy Secret – The Walnut

Savvy secrets photoWe’ll bet you may have never tried this amazing use of a walnut!   Read more

Honoring Mothers

13118930_10153980818530901_6200248778532117149_n (1)Today, May 10, happens to be Mother’s Day in Mexico.  This past Sunday, the second Sunday of the month, we celebrated Mother’s Day here in America.  Regardless of the date set aside, we think mothers should be celebrated everyday :-) Read more

Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte

1024x1024-1A week ago today, May 2nd, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge celebrated her 1st birthday.  Here is how her family and some heads of state from around the world marked the occasion. Read more

Helpful Thoughts

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We found a wonderful website called “Higher Perspective” and felt you would enjoy hearing these thought provoking ideas. Read more

Make Breakfast Fun Again

61S9vLYBfNL._SL1200_ (1)Breakfast.  Everyone agrees it is the most important meal of the day.  Why can’t it also be the most fun meal of the day too? Read more

Albert Einstein Says….

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Known as one of the world’s most original thinkers of all time, Albert Einstein has helped us progress as a whole.  We thought it would be fun to share some of his thoughts. Read more

Spring Cleaning For Your Locks

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It isn’t just your home or office that can benefit from a good Spring cleaning.  Turns out so can your hair.   Read more

Gratitude 101

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Even Her Majesty The Queen was taught at an early age the importance of gratitude! Read more

May Day Flower Cake

IMG_3099Sunday is May Day, the 1st day of May, and is traditionally celebrated with flowers.  We have a flower shaped cake for you that should do quite nicely :-) Read more

Savvy Secrets – A Potpourri!

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We know that you always love our Savvy Secrets so here are a few from LifeMix.Today to keep you going this week! Read more

The Duchess Slant

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No, it is not Catherine’s “slant” on life we are talking about.  It has more to do with the way Her Royal Highness sits. Read more

He Lives On

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Over four hundred years after he has left us, his writings continue to effect our lives and terms that he brought into vogue are still being used. Read more

Surprise Pancakes

IMG_3048Made with only 2 simple ingredients, these are gluten free and dairy free.  The surprise is how yummy these pancakes are!   Read more

Stamp It, Gan Gan

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In commemoration of the Queen’s 90th birthday,  Read more

Happy Passover

114564_pcAs Passover begins tonight at sundown, we wish all of our Jewish Chums…. Read more

Her Majesty The Queen Turns 90!

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Celebrations are happening all over Great Britain and beyond today as Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Make It Icy!

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Want a quick and easy way to make your skin look younger and firmer?  We’ve got that! Read more

Twenty-Four Years Later

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Twenty-four years ago, Diana, Princess of Wales, sat in front of the Taj Mahal alone.  It was a poignant photograph speaking of things to very shortly come. Read more

Coffee Anyone?

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Savvy Secrets – Paper Clips

FN0ZNR1GU1I4DYR.MEDIUMIt’s tax day, at least here in America.  So unless you have a big refund coming you might be in the market for some clever ways that don’t cost you much, if anything, to make your life a little easier.  We found some for you :-)   Read more

What is a Superdelegate?

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If you are anything like your Two Chums, you are wondering what, exactly, does the term “superdelegate” mean and how can these particular people influence an election. Read more

India, Here They Come!

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Catherine does it again!  A home run, we would say! Read more

Little Blue Apples

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Have you seen these before?  You may want to get some for yourself:-)   Read more

Keep On Dancin’!

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The tradition was started at a high school in Regina, Saskatchewan by an English teacher 28 years ago.

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Did You Know?

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A Very Savvy Secret

Savvy secrets photoHave you ever struggled to put on a bracelet that is a chain that just keeps slipping off your wrist as you attempt to latch the clasp?   Read more

DIY Taco Seasoning

IMG_2866This is so easy to make yourself and so much cheaper than the packages of taco seasoning sold in the grocery store.   Read more

A Must Read For Girls!

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For those of you with daughters or grand daughters…. Read more

Well Done!

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Mini Fruit Pies Made Easy

MasonJarLidPiesHeader-750x364We came across this simple and smart way to make up a batch of some mini fruit pies using mason jar lids.  These would be perfect for your next get together or maybe just for your family to enjoy this weekend.   Read more

Food For Thought

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Maya Angelou once said, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” Read more

Simple Substitutions – Eggs

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Teach Your Children Well – 6

Version 2In order to teach our children anything, they have to first know how much we love them.   Read more

Well Done!

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In the second grade, this child made a promise to God and he certainly fulfilled it. Read more

Gratitude and joy!

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Your Two Chums are so very grateful for the cleansing Easter message of hope and renewal. Read more

Easter Egg Casserole

IMG_2544Easter Brunch is always a fun way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends.  And we’ve got an easy and delicious dish that everyone will love.  It just happens to be gluten-free too!   Read more

“Tie” Dyeing Your Eggs

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There are all kinds of ways to color or decorate Easter eggs.  The one we have for you today was the top Easter egg decorating segment of all time on the Martha Stewart show.  This method came from the great grandmother of one of Martha Stewarts staff members. Read more

Well Done!

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When you are given an opportunity to do good, to be generous, no matter what the circumstance, take it! Read more

Celebrating Macarons

Macarons-at-Bottega-Louis-e1405231178355Yesterday was officially “Macaron Day”.  Who decides these things anyway? But we think any day (and everyday) is a good day for macarons! Read more

From Caterpillars To Butterflies!

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Always wanting to share the good that we find, here is a super idea! Read more

Homemade Irish Cream

IMG_1938What could be better for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day then your own delicious and homemade Irish Cream Liqueur?   Read more

Colcannon Soup

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If you happen to be Irish or have anyone Irish in your family you might know what colcannon is.  If not, we are happy to explain.  Everyone knows about the Irish and how they love their potatoes.  And why not?   Read more

Irish Oatmeal Bread

IMG_2356St. Patrick’s Day is coming in a couple of days.  We tend to think of St. Patrick’s Day food in terms of dinner.  But we all eat breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day too. Read more

Happy Birthday, Mr. Einstein!

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former”    – A. Einstein

 On this day in 1879, Albert Einstein was born. Born to a Jewish electrical engineer in Ulm, Germany, Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity, as we know, drastically altered, and continue to alter, man’s view of the universe.  We feel sure there is more to learn from this amazing gentleman!

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A Special Dinner

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Last night, for the first time in over twenty years, the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife were entertained at the White House with a State Dinner Read more

Scandinavian Almond Bars

IMG_2183Do you like the flavor of almond? Want a recipe for something quick, easy, and sweet?  You can’t go wrong with these!   Read more

Did You Know?

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When you last went to a Chinese restaurant and were handed chopsticks… Read more

The Lady In Red

tumblr_inline_o3mylbQNco1tmw12j_1280Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at age 94, loved sequins, fur, and, perhaps most memorably, the color red. Read more

Label It

DSCN8722It may not be Spring quite yet but it is coming VERY soon!  So we thought we would give you something to help you organize and get a jump on Spring cleaning :-) Read more

Nutella Cookies

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The Star-Spangled Banner

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The Star-Spangled Banner is simply a part of the United States’ tapestry.  BUT, Read more

Gratitude!

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As you well know, your Two Chums feel very strongly about how the very simple act of being grateful can change your life.  We could not help but stop to read this wonderful message and want to share it with you. Read more

All Tied Up

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Leap Year!

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It happens every 4 years, but have you ever asked yourself why the extra day in those leap years falls in February? Read more

A Huge Celebration!

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40 kisses!

40 smiles!

40 red roses!

40 balloons!

What do all of these suggest? Read more

Oscar Night Dinner

chasens01Arguably, one of the most frequented, if not THE most frequented, restaurant by the Hollywood elite of days gone by, was Chasen’s.  Ronald Reagan even proposed to his wife Nancy in Booth #2.

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The Fashion Schlub

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Oh Goodness! The Elizabeth Line!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 23: Queen Elizabeth visits the new Crossrail Bond street station which is still under construction on February 23, 2016 in London, England. The Queen unveiled the new roundel for the Crossrail line that is to be renamed the "Elizabeth line" from December 2018 when the line opens to passengers in the capital. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The London Underground, commonly known as “The Tube”, is one of the oldest such things in the world and on Tuesday… Read more

Savvy Secrets For Keeping Your Kitchen Clean

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Lauren Smith for Good Housekeeping came up with these ten really helpful ideas for keeping your kitchen in a tidy, clean state. Read more

Happy Teenagers

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19 Lessons She Learned By 19

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We came across this article by Haley Cohn and thought that you would all be interested in reading it. Read more

Celebrating The Positive

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Is this being Pollyanna? Read more

Making Dinner Matter

Family DinnerIn a recent video experiment a group of adults were asked the question,  “If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?”  Then their children were asked the same question. Read more

Going To College – Well Done!

160210110737-kids-group-rio-vista-elementary-780x439It is a huge gift for anyone to help someone they know to pay for college, but what about when someone decides to work a little longer to pay for a whole class of children he doesn’t even know to go to college?   Read more

10 Words and Phrases Popularized by Presidents

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Today, being the day that we celebrate the US Presidents, we thought it would be fun to look at 10 words and phrases that have been popularized by Presidents.  Read more

Einstein on Love

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The day of love is around the corner but………….. what exactly is love? Read more

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