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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

The Smallest In The World!


What is the smallest country in the world? Read more

Belgian Butter Cookies

cookiesWe think that it is a sure thing that if something has the words “butter” and “cookies” in it, it is going to be good! Read more

Well Done – Showing “Brotherly Love”

pizzaIn Philadelphia,  the city known by the name Brotherly Love, compassion and love is being lived out in a new way. Read more

Savvy Secrets To Being Organized

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These are great tips! Read more

Worth One’s Salt?


Where on earth did that saying come from? Read more

Peppers – Boys or Girls?

bellpepDid you know that bell peppers have a gender? And that it might actually matter to you what they are! Read more

One Stitch Closer – Well Done Veronika Scott

heroicdesignveronikaVeronika Scott grew up the child of addicts but she has defied the odds. Read more

Most Loved Disney Quotes


A little while back, Disney asked everyone to tell them which Disney quotes keep them dreaming and believing.  Read more

A Blessing

IMG_1503Though it is not our usual Encore post for a Saturday… Read more

Breakfast Is Served – Egg Muffins

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Maybe you think you don’t have time to make a great breakfast each morning, but guess what? Now you can! Read more

Well Done – Making His 45 Seconds Count

11019585_830242287065807_1584115583432432037_n If you had 45 seconds to say something that might make a difference to a billion people watching on television, what would you say? Read more

Stale Tortilla Chips?


What to do with all of the half full bags of tortilla chips that you have in your larder? Read more

Why Are The Academy Awards nicknamed “Oscars”?


Why Oscar? Read more

The Hills Are Still Alive!

lady-gaga-oscars-sound-of-music-2015-billboard-650Some things are timeless and classic… The Sound of Music is one of them :-) Read more

Encore -Minny’s Chocolate Pie

Slice-of-Pie-e1330328648308Three years ago, when the movie The Help was nominated for several Academy Awards, we brought you the recipe for what became known as Minny’s Chocolate Pie.  We thought this was a good time to remind you of the delicious dessert from the very popular movie.  It is just in time for you to make this for your Oscar celebration tomorrow :-)  Read more

Sunshine On A Plate – Flourless Orange Cake

orange cakeGluten free, dairy free and full of yummy flavor! Read more

Cleaning Up – DIY Bleach Pen

If you want cleaner laundry and whiter whites, we’ve got some good news and a “recipe” that is a must-have!. Read more

A Recipe For Softer Hands

If you want softer, moister, younger looking hands we’ve got a recipe for success! Read more

“Bobbies”, You Say?


Have you ever wondered why the English policemen are called “bobbies”? Read more

The Tales of a Few Presidents

Today we celebrate “Presidents Day” to show respect for all of those men who have given of their lives to serve this wonderful country. Read more

Above All, Love!


Today, with Valentine in mind, we charge you to love! Read more

A Valentine’s Treat – Chocolate Truffle Cake

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Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day.  This Valentine’s Day we have a delicious way to celebrate this day of love.  Sweet, rich, chocolatey, and gluten free too! Read more

Perfect Timing

7-eye-of-the-drain-sinkIn photography, as in life, timing is everything.  We came across some spectacular photos that were taken at just the right moment.  We wanted to share them with you, our chums. Read more

Rise And Shine – Cheese Danish Casserole

a sliceValentine’s Day is only days away.  But dinner is not the only time to celebrate with your family or special someone.  The day of love can be celebrated all day long beginning with this yummy breakfast idea :-) Read more

Meet Joe – Trader Joe

edit-14874-1402088673-35Joe Coulombe opened the first Trader Joe store in 1967 in Pasadena, California.  It has been an enormous success story and is now in many States throughout the United States.  We found these fun facts about Trader Joes and thought you would enjoy reading them.

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Encore – Love Letters

loveletter2With Valentine’s Day only a week away, this post from the 9th of February, 2012 seemed like a very appropriate Encore post for today :-) Read more

The Chewiest Cookie!

CookiesOoey, gooey, soft and chewy! Read more

Mothers and Daughters – Part II


A few weeks ago, we published what we thought was a great list to share with your ten year old daughter.  Recently, we came upon another list of wonderful ideas that Whitney Fleming wrote to her 9 year old “at half time” – half way to her adult year of 18.   Read more

Harper Lee Writes “Again”

FILE PHOTO:  50th Anniversary Edition Of The 1962 Film Classic - To Kill A Mockingbird Is ReleasedIn those games where someone asks you “If you only had one movie to see for the rest of your life what would it be?”…my answer is always the same…”To Kill A Mockingbird”.  And the same kind of question in the game of “What is your favorite novel?” brings the same answer from me everytime…”To Kill A Mocking Bird”. Read more

Soups On – Spicy Asian Noodle Soup

Spicy Thai Turkey Noodle Soup
Well Betty  has come a long way now!  Betty Crocker that is :-) Read more

A Spare Closet?


Do you have a spare closet?  We have a great idea for it! Read more

Chum and Sous – A You Tube Channel


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Ready For Game Day!

Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that Sunday will bring people all over the country to sit in front of their televisions as they watch one of America’s best loved sporting events…the Super Bowl.  The only thing more important than the teams that are playing to the fans who are watching, is the food being served! Read more

Throwback Thursday with Royals!

Sarah And Diana At EpsomLook at these two lovelies! Read more

Good Nights

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You spend one third of your life there…why not make it as nice as you can? Read more

How Green Is Your Tea?

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Did you know that besides water, tea is the most popular drink on the planet?   Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world behind water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green. Read more

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