Laundry is a task most ladies do not care for. (I don’t mind doing laundry at all…the house smells so nice.) This is a great laundry room hack that looks much better than the Costco size orange Tide bottles and blue Downy bottles. You may even have this glass lemonade dispenser in the basement collecting dust. Clean it up and pour in liquid laundry detergent or fabric softener. The spigot lets you dispense the right amount of liquid and you can see at a glimpse if you need to buy more. The dispensers can be decorated up with ribbon or chalkboard paint…all of a sudden your bland laundry room has a color scheme. Purchase smaller lidded jars for dryer sheets and stain remover products.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m so thankful to Netflix for allowing me to consume television the same way I do alcohol and ice-cream.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers, if you do find one, what’s your plan?

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Erin Moran, the former child actor who played the sweet but mischievous Joanie on the television series “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56.

EARTH DAY APRIL 22:  is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1978 John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd performed as The Blues Brothers on SNL.

HAPPY APRIL 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Jack Nicholson 80, Glen Campbell 81, Charlotte Rae 91, Amanda Heard 31, Willie Robertson 45, Ingo Rademacher 46, Peter Frampton 67, Ryan Stiles 58, Aaron Spelling (1922-2006), and Eddie Albert (1906-2005).

21 Apr 2017
April 21, 2017

How To Smooth Out A Doll’s Hair

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Kind of a lazy post today but one that has a lot of merit, especially if you have a little girl who loves her favorite doll. Restore her hair back to like-new with this quick tip. Take a small spray bottle and add 2 tbsp. of fabric softener and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake and spray the doll’s hair. Comb through.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Among the things you can give and still keep are…your word, a smile, and a grateful heart. – Zig Ziglar  Add to that list…a promise.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair begins, which revitalized Seattle’s economy by bringing 10 million people to the city.

HAPPY APRIL 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Iggy Pop 70, Jamie Sale 40, Queen Elizabeth II 91, Charles Grodin 82, James Morrison 63, Tony Danza 66, Eric Mabius 46, Tony Romo 37, James McAvoy 38, Andie McDowell 59, and Anthony Quinn (1913-2001).

20 Apr 2017
April 20, 2017

New Art Arrivals From Mercana

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The Benoit wall hung candle holders are fabulous in a matte gold finish. They are a huge statement at 16″ wide, 6″ deep, by 72″ tall. We currently have them on each side of a Hillsboro love seat but they could easily be at home in a hallway or on each side of a bed. In between the Benoit candle holders are 4 metal wall art leaves (Oriska I & II) which are a beautiful mixture of muted greens with gold ribbing. Oriska I is 15″ x 2″ x 21″ and Oriska II is 22″ x 2″ x 29″. They can definitely fill a wall.

Also just arrived is more art from another favorite supplier of ours, Renwil. There should be new art on the walls in a day or two.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: COUGH – THROUGH   ROUGH – THOUGH  none of these words rhyme but PONY & BOLOGNA do. English is weird.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1986 – Michael Jordan sets playoff record w/ 63 points in game against Larry Bird & Boston Celtics.

HAPPY APRIL 20 BIRTHDAY TO: George Takei 80, Andy Serkis 53, Miranda Kerr 34, Carmen Electra 45, Ryan O’Neil 76, Shemar Moore 47, Jessica Lange 68, Veronica Cartwright 68, Clint Howard 58, and Luther Vandross (1951-2005)


19 Apr 2017
April 19, 2017

Legend Of Pussywillows

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Found this legend of where pussywillows come from. Credit the internet somewhere.

According to an old Polish legend, a mother cat was crying at the bank of the river where her kittens were drowning. The willows at the edge longed to help her, so they swept their long graceful branches into the river to rescue the tiny kittens who had fallen in while chasing butterflies.

The kittens gripped on tightly to their branches and brought them safely to shore. Each springtime since, goes the legend, the willow branches sprout tiny fur-like buds at their tips where the kittens once clung.

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PERSONAL GOAL REACHED: Charter House has successfully published 1500 blogs to date. We have covered decorating tips, recipes, renovations, gardening, kids stuff, make-overs and what to do with pool noodles…I love pool noddles. It is even fun to say.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1995 – Oklahoma City bombing
1993 – Branch Davidian cult led by David Koresh surrounded in their compound in Waco, Texas.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I want a job where I push scared skydivers out of planes.

HAPPY APRIL 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Maria Sharapova 30, Tim Curry 71, Joe Mauer 34, Troy Polamalu 36, Hayden Christensen 36, Paloma Picasso 68, Kate Hudson 38, James Franco 39, Ashley Judd 49, Darryl Sutter 39, Dudley Moore (1935-2002), and Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967).

18 Apr 2017
April 18, 2017

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

Nothing says spring/summer like fresh watermelon and feta! The salty citrus dressing really brings out the flavor of the watermelon, the mint is refreshing, and the feta adds a perfect touch of creaminess. Even those of you who don’t like sweet, fruity salads may appreciate this one– the flavor is truly unique. It is almost certain to be a big hit with your friends.

If at all possible, try to find goat or sheep’s milk feta– preferably the larger chunks sold in delis or cheese markets. It is preferable to pre-crumbled cow’s milk feta. No big deal if you can’t find it– the other feta will work just as well!
Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
1 7-8 lb. seedless watermelon, chilled
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 limes, juiced
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup fresh chopped mint leaves
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (goat or sheep milk feta is best)

Note: This salad is best made just prior to serving. Prepare one hour or less before your meal.
Cut rind from the watermelon, then chop the fruit into 1 inch chunks. Place chunks in a colander to drain as you chop. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt, and black pepper to create a dressing. Place watermelon in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing and chopped mint over the watermelon and toss gently to coat.
Pour the crumbled feta into the salad bowl and stir gently to integrate the cheese into the salad. Serve.
The salt and the citrus in the dressing will activate the juices in the watermelon, so a lot of liquid will collect in the bottom of the salad bowl. This is normal, and does not affect the flavor. To avoid having liquid transfer to your plate, serve the salad with a slotted spoon.

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THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1995 – NFL legend Joe Montana announces that he will be retiring from football.

HAPPY APRIL 18 BIRTHDAY TO: James Woods 70, Maria Bello 50, Haley Mills 71, Eric Roberts 61, Melissa Joan Hart 42, America Ferrera 33, Conan O’Brien 54, Eric McCormack 54, Rick Moranis 64, Jeff Dunham 55, Jane Leeves 56, and Clarence Darrow (1857-1938).


I came across a series of things you could do with cindercrete blocks (on Facebook somewhere). No source or credit was given. There were no instructions or tutorials but this project looks pretty straightforward. It looks to be 20 cindercrete blocks cleaned up, painted white and stacked 4 across with the opposite ends turned in. The mattress pad you can purchase in most department stores, or camping stores or specialty bedding stores. If there isn’t a mattress pad to be found buy a 4 or 5 ” slab of foam and have it covered. Narrow wale corduroy in a bright color will do just fine. Make sure to have it zippered for cleaning. Stack colorful throw cushions against the wall and your kids are all set for a play date or sleepover. Holes in the bricks are convenient little cubbies for toys, books and shoes. As the kids grow up, the day bed can mature with them by painting the bricks a different color and changing out the cover on the mattress pad.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Whoever invented knock-knock jokes should get a NO-BELL prize.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1964 – The Ford Mustang makes it’s debut.

HAPPY APRIL 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Rooney Mara 32, Victoria Beckham 43, Jennifer Garner 45, David Bradley 75, Boomer Esiason 56, Olivia Hussey 66, Sean Bean 58, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (1954-2015), William Holden (1918-1981), and Harry Reasoner (1923-1991).

16 Apr 2017
April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

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The management and staff at Charter House Interiors want to wish you a Happy Easter. Please drive safely if you are on the road.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Mozart wrote his first symphony and the age of 8. I’m an adult and just rehearsed what I am going to say at the drive-thru 5 times.

HAPPY APRIL 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Kareem Abdul Jabbar 70, David Lyons 41, Lucas Haas 41, John Cryer 52, Martin Lawrence 52, Bobby Vinton 82, Ellen Barkin 63, Peter Billingsley 44, Pope Benedict 89, Peter Ustinov (1921-2004), Henry Mancini (1924-1994), Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), and Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995).

Comfort and beauty in traditional styling.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: I just realized…. We sit and stare at a screen…We talk to ourselves…. We have imaginary friends and farms, cities and fake animals…we cook imaginary food in imaginary bakery’s…. We poke people and think its okay…. we even write on walls….Think about it…. Facebook is a mental hospital ….and we are all patients… Party in my ward!!!!

APRIL 15TH IS: Jackie Robinson Day.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Today I sent out a text saying, “Hey, I lost my phone, will you call it?” 12 people called me. I need smarter friends.

HAPPY APRIL 15 BIRTHDAY TO: Maisie Williams 20, Danny Pino 43, Roy Clark 84, Seth Rogen 35, Tom Kane 55, Emma Watson 27, Damien Wayans 37, Emma Thompson 58, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), and Elizabeth Montgomery (1933-1995).

14 Apr 2017
April 14, 2017

Relax And Have A Happy Easter

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JOKE OF THE DAY: After clipping my toddlers toenails for two years, I think I could diffuse a bomb while riding a rollercoaster.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1865- President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

HAPPY APRIL 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Sarah Michelle Gellar 40, Abigail Breslin 21, Greg Maddux 51, David Justice 51, Anderson Silva 42,  Adrien Brody 44, Loretta Lynn 85, Julie Christie 76, Pete Rose 76, Robert Carlyle 56, Brad Garrett 57, Peter Capaldi 59, and Anthony Hall 49.

13 Apr 2017
April 13, 2017

Make A Turtle Fruit Bowl

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Looking for a healthy and oh, so cute dessert to bring to a family dinner this Easter? This was something I found on the Internet somewhere and it falls under the category of how-hard-can-it-be? There were no tutorials or how-to’s included with the photo so we are all on our creative own for this one. So you mess it up a bit, you’ll get kudos for trying and the fresh fruit will be a hit. Bring your turtle in a shallow dish to catch any juice and include a fruit dip, either store bought or home made.

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REMINDER: Charter House Interiors will be CLOSED Friday April 14 for Easter, OPEN Saturday April 15 10:00-5:30, CLOSED Sunday April 16, and OPEN usual business hours Monday April 17 10:00-5:30.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1902 – James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1980 – The US boycotts the summer Olympic games in Moscow, Russia.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Why is Monday so far from Friday and Friday so close to Monday.

HAPPY APRIL 13 BIRTHDAY TO: Saundra Santiago 60, Al Green 71, Lyle Waggoner 82, Tony Dow 72, Caroline Rhea 53, Ron Perlman 67, Kelli Giddish 37, Rick Schroeder 47, Paul Sorvino 78, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Don Adams (1923-2005), Howard Keel (1919-2004), and Butch Cassidy (1866-1908).

12 Apr 2017
April 12, 2017

New Uses For Wax Paper

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Thanks and credit to Good Housekeeping, Real Simple and for this post

How often do you use your wax paper? Not enough! Here are 9 super awesome ways to use wax paper that don’t include baking.
1. Clean a can opener. If the gears of your can opener are starting to look funky, follow the advice of and run wax paper directly through the gears. The material should loosen any stuck crumbs.
2. Maintain kitchen wood. Line your prettiest wooden bowls with wax paper after washing and drying to keep them looking good as new. says wax paper is also useful for keeping wooden cutting boards clean and safe from dangerous bacteria.
3. Shine chrome finishings. Your faucet is one of the most difficult parts of the kitchen to keep clean. Keep this and other chrome finishings finger print-free with a simple wax paper wipe down, says Good Housekeeping.
4. DIY pot lid. You’re half-way through the perfect stew when you realize you don’t have a lid for your pot. Don’t despair! Good Housekeeping recommends cutting wax paper in a circle custom-sized to fit your pot. Poke a single hole in the center to allow steam to escape.
5. Clean floors. Real Simple suggests attaching wax paper to your sweeper and sweeping as normal. You’ll likely be surprised to see just how well dirt sticks to the wax paper.
6. Unstick a zipper. A jammed zipper can ruin a perfectly good outfit. says you need not fret. Simply rub the teeth of the zipper with the wax paper until it breaks free.
7. Prevent light damage. Don’t let your most treasured fabrics fade with time and light. suggests wrapping such delicate textiles as a wedding dress in wax paper.
8. Protect your car antennae. Rub wax paper over your car’s antennae to protect it from dirt, dust, and bugs. Good Housekeeping says this should improve radio reception.
9. Better ironing. Good Housekeeping suggests rubbing wax paper along your ironing board to make it smoother and to help the iron glide more easily.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I never said I’d die without coffee. I said other people would.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Terry Fox, on one leg, starts cross-Canada run to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

HAPPY APRIL 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Vince Gill 60, David Letterman 70, Ed O’Neil 71, Andy Garcia 61, Nicholas Brendon 46, Shannon Doherty 46, Herbie Hancock 77, David Cassidy 67 (okay, now I do feel old), Claire Danes 38, Jennifer Morrison 38, Tiny Tim (1932-1996), and Bobby Moore (1941-1993).

11 Apr 2017
April 11, 2017

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

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A few minutes of prep in the morning are going to really pay off at the end of the day with this recipe.
Slow cooker pork tenderloin
Credit: Slow Cooker Kitchen

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time: 4 hours + 10 minutes resting time
Serves: 4-6
2-lb pork tenderloin (or two 1-lb pieces)
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 1-oz envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1. Stab your tenderloin along top edge every 1-2 inches. Stuff a slice of garlic in each slit created. Then place your tenderloin in a 6-quart slow cooker.
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2. Sprinkle soup mix over tenderloin, the pour over water, broth, vinegar and soy sauce. Sprinkle pepper on top.
3. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
4. When done cooking, remove loin from slow cooker and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with au jus from the slow cooker drizzled on top.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1976 – Apple creates the Apple 1, Apple’s first product.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1989 – Ron Hextall becomes the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal during NHL playoff game.

HAPPY APRIL 11 BIRTHDAY TO: Joss Stone 30, Jennifer Esposito 44, Jason Varitek 45, Joel Grey 85, Alessandra Ambrosio 36, Jeremy Clarkson 57, Morgan Lily 17,  Ethel Kennedy 88, Meshach Taylor (1947-2014), and Oleg Cassini (1913-2006).