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Are you following #Life101 FUN?

Screen Shot 2014 03 19 at 5.55.02 PM 400x400 Are you following #Life101 FUN?I’m having a good time and want you to as well! Are you following me on Twitter? On Pinterest? And on Facebook? I’m posting decorating ideas, inspiration, and how you can make your life easier, prettier, cheaper, and better everyday. Follow along! Can 40,000+ friends be wrong?!

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My Unlicensed Marriage – A WINNER!

living now cover 400x400 My Unlicensed Marriage   A WINNER!Happy to say that Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is a WINNER of the 5th annual “Living Now” book awards, celebrating must-read books that encourage better living. Moving In won the bronze award in the relationships & marriage category. I’ll take it! The award gives me street cred as I continue my efforts to convince Scott we can’t go into winter without a new hot tub! If you’re in a relationship, what’s your current BUDGET battle? (And please don’t mention a debt ceiling!)

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Aunt Jean – Not to be Outdone!

Screen Shot 2014 04 16 at 8.28.26 AM 400x350 Aunt Jean   Not to be Outdone! Here comes Peter Cottontail… and Aunt Jean’s caught him. Join Aunt Jean (and her two unsuspecting foils) as she raids a henhouse, fights the crowds at Wal-Mart, dyes her eggs with shaving cream, and flirts with Mr. Electricity. Yep, she’s hopped up with ideas that might make you crack up in Aunt Jean’s Eggstra Special Easter. Watch here.
DISCLAIMER: No chickens or contractors were harmed in the making of her special.

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Happy Easter EGGstravaganza

Rebecca and Bruce 381x400 Happy Easter EGGstravaganza It’s Easter and it’s time to think outside the basket! I had a great time with the gorgeous Rebecca Budig on The Better Show finding clever ways to hop into Easter. Watch here. We show you some unusual ways to decorate eggs (including my shaving cream dye), fun ways to create theme baskets, and gorgeous centerpieces like my Peep de Resistance! By the way, why did the Easter Egg hide? … He was a little chicken! Wishing you a HOPPY Easter!

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Spring – Home Sweet Home

Screen Shot 2014 04 01 at 12.03.59 PM 400x400 Spring   Home Sweet HomeI love Robin Williams quote, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” And there’s nothing like a little spring crafting on The Better Show with host JD Roberto and co-host Sandra Lee. I dropped by with some fun tips on how to become friends with your home this spring. Watch the segment and see how Sandra Lee takes crafting to new heights. And you’ll definitely want to know my secrets to paint, lighting, handiwork, organization and dreaming big. And find out the absolute thing every home MUST have to make home sweet home.

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My new column – Country Manners

Screen Shot 2014 03 19 at 5.42.08 PM 400x400 My new column   Country MannersNPR may call me the “modern day Erma Bombeck,” but Erma never wrote about, um, well, THIS. I’m thrilled to announce my partnership with Green Door Magazine for a new column about us city people trying to fixer-upper in the country. Sort of City Mouse, Country House. I think you’ll enjoy the laugh… and I know you’ll enjoy Green Door Magazine, which espouses the benefits of country living in a socially conscious society, and profiles artists, residences, food, wine, farms, events and the evolution of transplanted city-dwellers. This month Natalie Merchant is on the cover. Check us out!

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Better Show – St. Patrick’s FUN

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! How many leaves does a Shamrock have? What’s a sursy? Why did I pull out a gun? Will we eat Green Eggs & Ham? Who will dress like a leprechaun? Join me for the answer to these questions and a whole lot of FUNtastic ideas with hosts JD Roberto and Rebecca Budig on the Better Show. Watch here. Wishing you all the luck of the Irish and a giant pot of gold at the end of every rainbow.

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Better Show – St. Pat’s Surprises

Screen Shot 2014 03 16 at 1.40.24 PM 400x400 Better Show   St. Pats SurprisesCatch me on The Better Show St. Patrick’s Day with hosts JD Roberto and Rebecca Budig. (Watch here... or check local listings, on Hallmark Channel in NYC) We’ll be talking all things FUN for St. Patrick’s Day… and you’ll never guess WHO will wear the fabulous crocheted bowler and beard my friend Rose Wisneski (at left) helped me make. Check out all of Rose’s fabulous creations on her Etsy page: Sublime Rose Crochet. She’s super talented and crafty.

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Life 101 – Behind the Scenes

Screen Shot 2014 03 13 at 4.06.51 PM 400x400 Life 101   Behind the ScenesEnjoyed meeting Jenni Pulos, star of Bravo’s Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis on set of the Better Show (Airs: 3/17-Check listings. NYC on Hallmark.) Jenni has a new book, Grin and Bear It: How to Be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way on how to survive (and thrive) any situation. Jenni’s been dumped by her spouse on TV, told she’d never make it in Hollywood, and encouraged by her family with: “when are you getting a real job?” She showed them! My takeaway: don’t let failure get you down. Grin, Bear it and fail forward. It’s a secret successful people know well.

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Gossip! – Bruce in NY Post

Screen Shot 2014 03 11 at 1.42.22 PM 400x400 Gossip!   Bruce in NY PostThanks Richard Johnson! By the way, Estelle likes cappuccino, and I hereby declare I’ll bring her one everyday on set when this movie gets made! Estelle deserves another Academy Award! Catch her starring opposite two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella in The Velocity of Autumn, coming to the Boothe Theatre in April. It’s gotten raves in its run at the Arena Stage in D.C. Estelle plays a 79-year-old woman living in her Brooklyn brownstone with bad memory and enough explosives to take down most of the block. Her long-absent son enters as an unlikely mediator on how she should spend old age and hilarity begins…

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Gossip! – NY Confidenti@l

Screen Shot 2014 02 19 at 5.14.34 PM 400x400 Gossip!   NY Confidenti@lGossip presented without comment. Okay, one: “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” (From Game of Thrones) Let me also say if you’ve ever loved, you MUST take the time to read 93-year-old Roger Angell’s piece in the New Yorker. You’ll thank me. You’ll also probably take the time to listen to the next elderly person you’re in the room with… And if you’re in a couple, you’ll definitely get into bed tonight and appreciate the sweet warmth of a hip or the gentle brush of a foot beneath the covers. Just knowing they are there.

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Aunt Jean’s Valentine Tips

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Y’all might have seen my nephew doing his TV tips on The Better Show…. teaching men how to put some romance in Valentine’s Day. Well, I have a bone to pick with him. Seems like my nephew is GETTING PAID FOR STEALING MY IDEAS! And here’s the video to prove it! Watch Aunt Jean’s Valentine Secrets for Men.

*with this post Aunt Jean agrees to drop all litigation against Mr. Littlefield.

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