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Well Done – Portraits Of Courage

When people retire, going from being very engaged and busy with an active full life, to suddenly having no where you have to be and nothing you have to do can be a big shock.  So retired people often travel, play golf, spend time with grandchildren, or take up a hobby.  Taking up a “hobby” is precisely what the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, has done…he has taken up painting portraits.  And not just any portraits either.   Read more

Not Decided Yet?

Yes, Lent has indeed started but we came across a wonderful list that we just HAD to share. Read more

Savvy Secrets – A Cleaner Tub

Everyone loves a clean tub.  But let’s face it…not everyone loves cleaning that tub!  Today we have a great way to get that sparkling clean bathtub in the easiest imaginable way.  A chum shared this savvy secret with us and we are happy to pass it along.  With just 2 simple ingredients, and little to no scrubbing, you can have the cleanest tub around.

Here is this amazing savvy secret to getting the cleanest tub around:

Here’s to clean bathrooms and the joy they bring…not to mention that sense of abundant living 🙂

Old Is New Again-Part 2

Last week we did a post about an old mid-century dresser, purchased at our local thrift store, that we painted and refinished.  One of the best features of that great old dresser was the hardware.   Read more

When Charles Becomes King

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The wife of the King is always known as “Queen Consort,” usually abbreviated to ‘Queen’. Read more

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Lay-zEh leh bAwn taw rOO-leh!  Today is the day!  Yes, today IS the day! Read more

Mardi Gras Crazy Sista Gumbo

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras…or Fat Tuesday as it’s translated into English.  It is the day before Ash Wednesday when the Lenten season begins.  Typically people give up rich foods for Lent, so on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, they celebrate eating delicious fare and celebrating before Lent begins.  Today we’ve got a really delicious recipe for you for your Mardi Gras celebration… Gumbo! Read more

Square Celebrations

Whether you are having an Oscar party this weekend, or will be having an anniversary or birthday party soon, or just want to add some pizazz to drinks with friends before a night out, today we’ve got some simple and easy to prepare hors d’ouvres that you and your guests are sure to enjoy 🙂   Read more

Soups On! – Southwestern Chicken Soup

When the weather is cold and rainy or snowy, nothing is more comforting than a nice streaming hot bowl of soup.  We’ve got a yummy one for you today 🙂   Read more

Words, words!

Who doesn’t love and need inspiration?  We know we do! Read more

Ramping up to the Oscars!

It is hard to believe ~ it’s that time of year once again!   Read more

Old Is New Again

 
With a few dollars, a little “elbow grease”, and a can of paint, you can transform a thrift store find into a treasure.   Read more

Can’t?

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Her Majesty Queen (Alexandrina) Victoria

Queen Victoria…a name well known today – well known for many reasons. Read more

Gone With The Wind

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Yes, it’s Oscar time again.  The big day is less than two weeks away and Hollywood is abuzz. Read more

It’s In His Kiss

We are told in the popular Shoop Shoop Song  of 1964, “If you want to know if he loves you so…it’s in his kiss!”  Turns out the song may not be too far off!   Read more

Did You Know?

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we thought we would share a bit of trivia with you… Read more

The Language Of Flowers

Flowers have had meaning attributed to them for thousands of years. But in Victorian times, the language of flowers found a special meaning.   Read more

First Star of Fame

It is hard to imagine Hollywood without the Walk of Fame where anybody who is anybody has a star on the walkway. Read more

Lightbulb Moment

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Well Done – A Lesson In Forgiveness

If someone told you a story about a black man accused of dealing drugs, and a white cop, who later became the best of friends, you’d say a little skeptically “well….maybe”. But if they told you it was the white cop who accused and arrested the black man, and had him sent to prison, you’d be even more leary of the story. But guess what? That isn’t even the half of it!  this one has a twist you will never see coming.  This is one of the most remarkable and powerful stories….true stories…we’ve ever heard. Read more

Sapphire Jubilee

This is a very important day in England. Read more

Super Supper For Super Bowl

Do you want a yummy and hearty meal for Sunday’s Super Bowl that everyone will enjoy, and that you can make a day ahead?  We’ve got that!   Read more

Well Done – A Currency Of Kindness

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When a little boy in Ohio found $20 in a parking lot, neither he nor his mother could possibly have imagined all the good that could come from investing that $20 bill in kindness.   Read more

Hollywood is Born

Did you know that on this day, the first day of February, one hundred and thirty years ago, Hollywood was born? Read more

No Ring?

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When Prince William married the then Catherine Middleton, one thing that is fairly often practiced at wedding ceremonies in the United States did not happen. Read more

Seeing God’s Hand

Do you believe in coincidence? What you may see as coincidence, your Two Chums see as God’s hand or His plans.  We have an amazing story to share with you today.   Read more

No Matter What Your Age, You Can Walk The Runway!

 
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One would never think that an eighty-five year old woman would still be walking the runway but Carmen Dell’Orefice proved differently this week! Read more

Red Lipstick?

If you are anything like your Two Chums, you enjoy wearing red lipstick every so often. Read more

A Gift From Queen Victoria

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The widely viewed PBS Masterpiece special “Victoria” is such an enlightening program.  We have no doubt  Read more

On This Day

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Inaugural Fashion

All politics asides, there was some spectacular fashion to be sure at this weekend’s inaugural festivities.

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Inaugural Chocolate

Today after the swearing in of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, prior to the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and The White House, there will be a luncheon honoring the new President, and Vice-President and their families, in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.  This is a tradition that began more than a century ago.   Read more

Victoria

This past Sunday, a wonderful new mini series on the life and history of Queen Victoria, began on PBS.   Tomorrow we will witness our own history as the transfer of power from one administration, that of President Obama, to that of the President-elect, Donald Trump takes place at his inauguration.  What I was struck by in watching the first episode of Victoria, is that in every country, it seems, there is a period of adjustment as a new ruler comes to power. Read more

Do You Speak English In The Kitchen?

 
As you may know, if you have been around Two Chums for any length of time, though born Canadian, Jackie lived a good part of her younger life in England and often uses “British” English.  I on the other hand, am a product of the stars and stripes form of English. So though we both speak English, there are terms, especially kitchen terms…or cookery terms, that need interpretation.  If you happen to own a British cookbook or read any British food magazines, knowing the vernacular can be helpful.  If you don’t, knowing it can just be fun! Read more

Savvy Secret -Sweet Smelling Laundry

This savvy secret is the easiest of ways to insure you will have clean, fresh sweet smelling laundry.  No matter what detergent you choose, or how often you use your washing machine, there can develop a musty or moldy smell.  It can cause your laundry to take on that smell.  But there is a simple solution to this. Read more

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Love And Forgiveness

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Among his many accomplishments, stands his wisdom when it came to matters of love, hate and forgiveness.   Read more

Well Done – A Touching Letter

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It was 8 years ago that the Obama family moved into the White House. Sasha and Malia Obama, the first family sisters, were greeted by the Bush sisters who had lived there before them.  Sisters, Barbara and Jenna Bush, left a letter for Sasha and Malia welcoming them to their new home and encouraging them as they started the new adventure they were about to have.  As the Obama girls leave what has been their home for the last 8 years, and make their way in life outside the White House, the Bush sisters have again written them another letter to encourage them on this next chapter of their lives.   Read more

A Place For Her

Whether you want a craft area of your own, or a place to have tea with friends, or just a quiet spot away from dishes and laundry where you can sit and read, there is a place women can create for themselves that is the equivalent to the “man cave”.  It’s called….are you ready?….a “she shed” 🙂   Read more

Be Kind

Sometimes the simplest reminders can be the most powerful…. Read more

More Savvy Secrets For Baking Soda

We have, over the years, given you many uses for baking soda.  Everything from cleaning to cooking, there are endless uses for baking soda.  Those uses include it being the main ingredient in the recipes for our homemade deodorant and toothpaste.  But today we have another place to use this common household item Read more

Warm and Comforting – Simple Potato Soup

img_9265As the season has brought rain, and in some cases snow, and colder weather just about everywhere, we can all need and enjoy something warm and comforting to eat.  If it happens to be simple to make and only involves a few ingredients most of us have in the pantry and refrigerator…well, that’s all the better!   Read more

The Final Curtsy: A Royal Memoir by the Queen’s Cousin

51m8owt8ygl-_sx349_bo1204203200_ For those of our chums who love the Royals, we are reading a wonderful book at the moment.  It is called The Final Curtsy:  A Royal Memoir by the Queen’s Cousin and is written by none other than the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes.

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Well Done – A Lesson In Honor

img_9254These two adorables attended the world famous Rose Parade this past Monday, January 2nd and this photo of them ended up in the local newspaper.  Thanks to some very generous friends, our group had very coveted front row seats at the parade.  What these girls and everyone around them witnessed though, was much more than just pretty floats and marching bands.   Read more

Did You Know?

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There is a changing of the guard going on in this country.   Read more

Beginning Sweetly!

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No, this is not a reversal of yesterday’s Sweet Beginnings post.  It is simply a bit of a play on words. Read more

Sweet Beginnings

img_8951Start the new year off in a sweet and comforting way with yummy Cinnamon Bread Pudding and Buttered Rum Sauce!   Read more

What Is Your Choice?

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As the end of 2016 approaches and the new year begins your Two Chums want you to know how much we appreciate your support.   Read more

Well Done – Sharing Her Good!

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A 16-year-old girl made one family’s Christmas extra special this year after spending her paycheck on gifts for a mom and her four boys in need. Read more

Did You Know? – Never On Sunday

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When January 1st falls on a Sunday… Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

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The end of this week will mark the time when we make new year’s resolutions so now is the time to be really thinking about it. Read more

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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Christmas Savvy Secrets

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You know how much we love History.com and today, we found these very fun facts about Christmas.  A bit of Christmas Trivia around the holidays makes for a lot of fun. Read more

Christmas Stockings

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Soon children and, in some homes, adults, will hang their stockings on the fireplace expecting Santa to come and fill them with goodies.  “What a very funny tradition”, you might say!  “How on earth did it start?” you might ask. Read more

A Very Important Portrait

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Photograph taken by Nick Knight in May 2016 in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Though a lovely photo, you might wonder why such a portrait would be deemed so important.  True it was taken as a part of the year long celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, but the signal this portrait allegedly sends is a big one for Prince Charles and for the British people.   Read more

Who Put The “Jingle” in Jingle Bells?

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Well, our trusty History.com has helped us again!  Christopher Klein shared these interesting facts about Jingle Bells and, for a carol that we all know by heart (from age 2 on up), it is amazing that there is so much we DO NOT KNOW about it! Read more

Home For Christmas!

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We read this heartwarming story by Avianne Tan of Good Morning America and trust that you will enjoy it as much as we did.

“A train conductor recently saved the life of a stowaway cat he said he found “frozen in ice and snow” under the engine of a train at a station in Canada. Read more

More Favorite Things-Quick And Easy Apple Turnovers

img_7794The title of this post says it all.  The flavor is apple and these are surely quick and very easy to make.  Oh and did we say, they are really yummy too:-)   Read more

What’s Your Favorite Carol?

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Christmas is coming fast! And Christmas music is playing everywhere you go.   Read more

Our Favorite Things – Salted Caramel Chocolates

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As you know, every so often, especially around the Holidays, we love to do posts on “our favorite things”.  In thinking about this, we would be remiss if we did not put these on the list! Read more

Difficult Predictions!

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Having just gone through an election where the predictions of most people proved to be very wrong, History.com reminds us that there have been quite a few presidential elections where things did not turn out the way everyone thought they would! Read more

Santa Claus?

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Some of you may have already read this or thought of this but we definitely think it is touching enough to repeat. Read more

Don’t Forget The Gold and Silver

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Oh golly!  It is that time of the year again!  We know we have mentioned this before but this bears repeating! Read more

Christmas “Jumpers”

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For those of you who do not know, the word “jumper” is what the English use for the word “sweater”.  This is an amazingly funny photograph of The Royals in their Christmas jumpers. Read more

A Little Bit of History

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Gouverneur Morris may not have been the most interesting man in the world, but he was the most interesting Founding Father that you probably never have heard of.   Read more

Favorite Things – Christmas Tree Waterer

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Whether you like to put your tree up early and have it up for a long time or you like to wait until closer to Christmas day, either way, your tree needs to be watered and needs to be watered often! Read more

Candied Apple Pops

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During the holiday season there always seems to be a reason to get together and so much to celebrate.  Having a treat just feels right as we gather with family and friends.  These Apple Pops are an easy and fun treat that everyone can enjoy 🙂   Read more

Buttery Potato Stacks

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If you are anything like your Two Chums, we had you at the word “buttery”.  Add that to potato and whatever it is has to be delicious!   Read more

Favorite Things – The Butter Bell

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Inspired by Oprah, and her former shows around the holidays in which she would reveal to her television audience some of her favorite things, we intend to do the same with you, our chums, over the next weeks leading up to Christmas and Hanukkah. Read more

More Thanks!

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It should not surprise our Chums that we have not put away the “Gratitude Thoughts” just yet!  In fact, we found this really interesting article on History.com about how some other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. Read more

Well Done!

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Oh, how we love to share touching moments!  We are always so grateful to hear of them!  Here is one from Avianne Tan of Good Morning America that was over-the-top generous. Read more

Unique Gift Ideas

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It’s the busiest shopping day of the year today, otherwise known as “Black Friday”.  So we have some fun ideas for you today, for those folks who you think it might be difficult to buy gifts for this holiday season.   Read more

Giving Thanks

420-thanksgiving-table-conversation-starters-family-friends-imgcache-rev1320424998051Today, on this national holiday, we eat turkey and yummy pies and sit around our dining tables with family and friends.  But don’t forget admidst the family stories, laughter and fun, piles of dishes and tired feet, today is really about giving thanks.   Read more

Time To Unite

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We came across this wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal, written by Melanie Kirkpatrick and just HAD to share it with all of you. Read more

Your Thanksgiving Table Decor

img_9256Fresh flowers are always lovely, but they aren’t the only option for a centerpiece or decorations at your Thanksgiving gathering.   Read more

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

img_9312It may be “old fashioned” but we think Pumpkin Pie is always in style! Read more

Apple Cake-A Taste Of Fall

img_7833-2Pumpkin, butternut squash, maple, pomegranate, cinnamon, ginger, and pear are all iconic tastes, fruits and flavors of fall.  But perhaps one of the most enjoyed of all are apples! Read more

Mother and Wife

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Certainly, we are not trying to convince anyone that Catherine looks like Diana, Princess of Wales physically.  But, certainly, we think you will agree that they both have a certain sense of style. Read more

Jazz It Up!

This is a really simple, super fun way to jazz up your bedroom! Read more

The Right Shoes

2dcff63500000578-3290524-the_elegant_dress_featured_a_crossover_chiffon_front_and_modest_-a-31_1445894409790A good pair of lovely shoes can take you lots of places.  Just ask the Duchess of Cambridge! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Laundry Day

Savvy secrets photoIn days gone by, Monday was commonly “laundry day” for homemakers who had a different day for each household task.  Back then we didn’t have all the conveniences we now have so doing laundry could be an all day event. Today we have a chart with quick clean up ideas for any stain you might encounter. Or in today’s terms, we have some really helpful laundry hacks. Read more

Gratitude For Their Service

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A Super Fun Gift Idea

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Need a great gift idea? Read more

“The Crown”

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If you are a fan of the British royal family and you have access to Netflix, The Crown is a must see. Read more

Upon His Shoulders

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The government is upon His shoulders! Read more

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

For all of you who have red hair, these are fun facts to know. Read more

Last Stop – The White House

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Certainly, the outside of The White House is a very recognizable building but the private part of the residence is kept private. Read more

Well Done! Super Dad!

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A lovely story hit the news this week about a Dad on board a plane with his daughter. Read more

Savvy Secret – Folding A T-shirt

Savvy secrets photoWe have seen this “trick” for easy folding before.  Maybe you have too.  But not like this.   Read more

Encouraging Words

flying-pigeon-on-skyWe can all use a word of wisdom or encouragement from time to time.  Some of us need them more often than others. We all go through seasons where we just need a good reminder that things will work out.  Today we have just that sort of encouragement for you.   Read more

Jack-O-Lanterns

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Most of us will have some sort of carved pumpkin on our porches or next to our front doors or in our front windows tonight in celebration of Halloween!  This is Jack-O-Lanterns big day!  Here are some last minute ideas for carving your pumpkin and keeping it preserved a bit better. Read more

All Dressed Up For Trick Or Treat

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter

butternut-squash-ravioli-with-sage-browned-butter It’s Fall and Halloween is just days away.  So what better way to celebrate the season than with pumpkin for dinner? Much less something so easy and delicious as this is!  This could honestly not be much easier or more delicious and satisfying.  By substituting wonton wrappers for the pasta, and using canned pumpkin puree for the filling, and topping the whole thing off with a delicious nutty tasting browned butter sage sauce, you can have this elegant and really yummy dinner ready in a flash.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter
(adapted from blog.Williams-Sonoma.com)

For the filling:
1 can pumpkin puree* (you could also use cooked butternut squash or sweet potato )
1 shallot minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg, yolk and white separated
2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1 to 2 Tbs. dried bread crumbs
Wonton wrappers

Place the pumpkin puree in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pan and lightly sauce the minced shallot until it is soft.  Add the shallot to the pumpkin puree along with the egg yolk, parmesan cheese, sugar, nutmeg and salt.  Stir well to combine.  Add bread crumbs to bind the filling together if it seems a little runny.

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Put the egg white in a bowl and beat it with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of each wrapper with the beaten egg white. Place a heaping teaspoon of the pumpkin filling in the middle of each wrapper. Top each with another wrapper, pressing firmly to seal the edges and making sure to press out any air bubbles.

Lower the heat under the boiling water and bring it to a simmer.  Place the ravioli, 6 at a time, into the simmering water and cook for about 4 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and  place on a buttered baking dish in a warm oven (about 200 degrees) while you cook the remaining ravioli.

For the sauce:
1 stick of butter
a bunch of fresh sage leaves
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the sage leaves. Cook until the sage leaves are crispy and the butter is brown, this should take about about 3 – 5 minutes. Carefully add the ravioli to the pan, 6 at a time, and turn gently to coat with the brown butter. Transfer the ravioli to each dinner plate. Top with the remaining butter and sage leaves in the pan, sprinkle with the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Add a fresh green salad and some crusty French bread and “dinner is served”!

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A Good Laugh

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We all know a good laugh is the very best thing to cure whatever ails you…or at least to give you some comic relief for a few minutes.   Read more

John Marries Abigail

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Yes, on this day in 1764, John Adams married his love, Abigail Smith.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Travel Well

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Well, we are sure that we can all use tips to help us travel well.  Here, we have some for you which have been shared by various airline personnel who obviously do it all the time.   Read more

It’s A Shoe In!

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1. we love nice things and
2.we love a good deal!
We have a great find for you today 🙂   Read more

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Queen

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As you well know, your Two Chums love the Royals and love sharing little things about them.   Read more

Savvy Secrets – Cornstarch 2

Savvy secrets photoWe gave you a cornstarch savvy secret recently for untangling things that have become knotted. Today we have another installment in our cornstarch savvy secrets 🙂 Read more

Where Did These Familiar Sayings Come From?

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Here are some wonderful sayings that we are sure you have all used but did not know how they came into being. Read more

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