Home Improvement Store Revelations

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I’ve painted every room in a house, tiled a whole floor, and landscaped four times. Why? I get bored. I have a store credit card. And because these big box stores exist to rope you into totally unnecessary home improvement projects that never, ever end. Yet we keep going back! We must secrete some hormone [...]

How to Straighten Out Life in 11 Minutes

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To say that we get “overwhelmed” with our commitments is an understatement. Life is crazy busy, y’all! I constantly remind myself that I don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything that I want, and couldn’t figure out a way to get it all done. I mean, I’ve read the books, blog posts [...]

7 Dinner Party Planning Tips

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I’ve recently given a dinner party for 20 people. Leading up to the dinner is kind of a blur, actually. That’s because I was to be in meetings all day the day of the party and the night before. I also had a To Do list that included cleaning out a utility closet, touching up [...]

A Taste of Summer in the Winter

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I am something of an accidental foodie. I realized this when I found myself picking up INGREDIENTS instead of carry out. I think everything tastes better when I cook it, plus I don’t worry about the expiration date on the chicken at the local greasy spoon. So, yes, the foodie thing may have its roots [...]

Fresh Bread: Just Don’t Screw it Up

Beautiful, glorious, simple-ass bread.

Bread sounds hard. It seems complicated. Like something only our war-time grandmothers could do after milking the cows and before riveting an airplane together. But I assure you: fresh-baked bread is still within our realm. And it is the Aiming Low secret weapon. People go apeshit over fresh-baked bread and the only thing, THE ONLY [...]

A Guide to Surviving The Holidays with Chronic Illness

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I’ve written for Aiming Low before about what it’s like to survive stressful times, like, say the entirety of parenthood, with chronic illness. As anyone with a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or lupus, or a dozen other auto-immune disorders knows, the holidays don’t just put themselves off because you’re tired or achy, or because your [...]

7 Lazy Tricks to Tackle Holiday Baking

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I love the holidays, and I love baking. No lie; I just might have a problem. As much as I love to bake, it can be such a time-suck. Along the way, I’ve found great tricks to make holiday goodies completely kick ass, without much effort. Intrigued? You should be! Boxed is OK! Boxed cookie or [...]

Pumpkin Crunch

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My favorite time of the year is right around the corner. Pretty soon I’m going to be belting out some tunes from either “Merry Christmas” by Mariah Carey or “Christmas Portrait” by the Carpenters and making warm spiked chocolate beverages. My floor will be covered with wrapping paper, washi tape, and tons of ribbon. My [...]

5 Cheap and Easy DIY Gifts

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What better way to help you with gift-giving this season than to revisit some Aiming Low ways to make something and share. These gifts are easy, unexpected, inexpensive and really cool. All the things we are around here. In full disclosure, these are all my posts, so it’s like a Julia Collective, just for you. [...]

How to Make Super Classy Chocolate Cookies

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You know those baking posts that feature flawless, drool-worthy photos of really immaculate kitchens that make you want to kill yourself? Yeah, this isn’t that. I love to bake, but I’m nowhere near ready for my own Food Network show. I mean, look at my kitchen: So if you have fairly low standards for cookies [...]

How to Keep Your Child Believing in Santa

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We all KNOW Santa is real, right? I mean, sure we all went through that phase when we were younger where we decided our parents had lied because we found the price tag still on our boombox. But those were foolish days. The thing is, all kids go through that doubting phase. And it’s difficult [...]

Simple Design Ideas for Low Aimers

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Look. I’m not a designer. In fact, I’m not even a hopeful designer. I do, however, know what I like. Here’s some simple tips and tricks I’ve used. And if you think they are really stupid ideas, I did not think of them. If they are brilliant, then yes! It was all me! More Design [...]