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Sharon Lee Puttmann
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The Art of Selling a House and Not Losing Your Mind Completely
I know the "Keep Calm" signs are totally overused, but I JUST SOLD MY HOUSE! After 32 showings and 50+ days on the market, I accepted an offer on my house yesterday afternoon.  I have never enjoyed electronically signing anything as much as that offer.  Tap...

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Prairie Pa on the Art of Cutting Food Costs
Our very own guest blogger, Prairie Pa, has been musing about saving money in the new year.   This blog has inspired me to take another look at my food budge.  Thanks Prairie Pa for the innovative ways to be cheap . . . um. . . I mean frugal.  -Prairie Eydi...

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Top Ten Things Not to Say or Ask Someone Who is Selling Their House
  1.  Do you have a realtor?  My husband's cousin just started selling real estate. 2.  My house sold in three days and I had five offers to chose from. 3.  Did you ever consider refinancing? 4.  No one will buy a house with old windows.  I always look at t...

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The Art of Deciding to Move During the Holidays Part III
Staging the kitchen was quite involved, but luckily did not include white dish towels.  According to my stager, you want potential home buyers to feel like they will magically become Rachael Ray in your kitchen.  It doesn't matter if they currently only mak...

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The Art of Deciding to Move During the Holidays (Part II)
Before putting my house on the market, (or "Going Live" as realtors say) I worked with a stager.  It was her job to tell me how to "stage" my house so it would sell quickly.  I am going to pass on what I learned for those buying or selling a house. Trust me...

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The Art of Deciding to Move During the Holidays
But Prairie Eydie, where will you put your Christmas tree?   And your holiday Barbies?  And your three children?   I am currently channeling my inner Pa Ingalls and moving the family to some new digs.  Nope.  There is no sod dugout in our future, rather a c...

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The Art of Cooking for Kids
I know, I know Mrs. Pattmore.  I need to start taking cooking seriously again. Coming up with something for my kids to eat three times a day is as much fun as getting weighed at the doctor's office.  As much fun as teaching students to write a proper paragr...

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The Art of Being Someone Else - Part Two
I got off the phone ready to put Prairie Sherry's "End of the School Year Cleaning Routine" into reality.  Fortifying myself with yet another iced coffee, I headed into my bedroom.   (Trader Joe's Coffee Concentrate!  Prairie Readers, I get absolutely NO ki...

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The Art of Being Someone Else Part 1
      I am well into week two of summer vacation. I spent the first morning of summer vacation thinking about different ways I could be productive and really get my house into order during vacation.  After three glasses of iced coffee, laced with 1/2 and 1/...

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Prairie Eydie Loses Mother of the Year Title (once again)
Mother's Day has come and gone.  Sadly, yet again, I did not receive the coveted "Mother of the Year" award.  I try so hard every year, but am bumped out of the running by mothers who lovingly bake zucchini kale muffins for breakfast and iron 100% cotton bu...
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