I love, love, love my Cuisinart Rice Cooker... I've written about the other ways I use this handy, kitchen gadget in the Here We Are article, The Rice Cooker: A Better Way To Cook Brown Rice, Couscous, And Oatmeal In Less Time. This time, I am sharing with you how to hard-cook, or hard-boil,... Read more →


Give yourself a hand, point to a menu item, show off that new bauble on your ring finger, raise your hand, shake someone else's, clap at the show, shuffle the cards, and a thousand other ways we use our hands every day... It's an exhaustive list - and a blessed one - but the... Read more →


If you've ever been strolling the supermarket produce section and thought about buying pomegranates but figured it would be too messy to peel and seed them... Stop pushing your shopping cart! After you watch this One By One video, the next time you are in the store you'll want to treat yourself and your... Read more →


Part 24 of the Here We Are series: Live Your Life Out Loud It's that time again when time flies by, to-do lists grow longer, and the holiday rush can make us spin. Don't let this be the way you spend your holiday season this year. This Here We Are Loving Yourself podcast helps... Read more →


Part 23 of the Here We Are series: Live Your Life Out Loud If you are tired of picking up that mounting stack of papers, putting away the same pair of sneakers, or feeling like you just vacuumed and now you have to do it again, then you need to hear my grandmother's tips... Read more →


There is always a room in every house that is in need of an update. The easiest way to transform a room - and most cost effective - is by choosing a new wall color. This means selecting a different paint color entirely from the one that is already on the wall. Easier said... Read more →


Call it whatever you want... Italian Ice, Lemon Ice, Granita, Sorbet, or Sorbetto, it is still a sweet and tasty cold treat perfect for hot summer days. This recipe came out of my attempt to make a watermelon-lemonade granita BUT when I sliced open the seedless watermelon, it was rotten! Since I had the... Read more →


In this One By One video, I show you how to make my EASY Lime Dressing recipe, step by step. You may remember the original article, Lime Salad Dressing: Simple, Tasty, and Versatile. Check it out for the exact ingredients and measurements as described in this video. This homemade, delicious dressing can be used... Read more →


It's almost impossible these days to shop the beauty aisle and not bring home a product that is packaged in a tube. Everything from shampoo, conditioner, face cream, and self-tanner, to body lotion and scrubs are packaged in tubes. But when you think it's empty, think again! It's amazing how much product can be... Read more →


Wherever you live, find an opportunity in your area to go fruit picking this spring, summer, or fall. Whether you pick apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, or cherries, it's a fun outing and can be an adventure. Besides getting outdoors, you will be up close and personal with Mother Nature while supporting local farms. Walking... Read more →


No matter the size or style of your house, the eye first goes to the front door. The entryway and its immediate surroundings say a lot about the overall feeling of a home. It also sets the tone for either a happy, welcoming entryway or a dull, lifeless one. The easiest way to achieve... Read more →


A bathroom basket full of useful essentials is a simple, but very thoughtful, way to keep your event guests happy during your wedding reception, anniversary party, surprise bash, or any other celebration you have planned. A stocked basket of emergency and personal toiletry products - placed in both the men's and women's rooms -... Read more →


It's been years since I discovered the Butter Bell. When I first launched Here We Are, I shared that experience with you in the article, Butter... Spread Soft Cheer To Better Butter Up Your Toast & Maybe Your Host (obviously, I was exercising my "catchy title" muscles!). Since then, every time I entertain, someone... Read more →


Hello! Happy February!! It's the time of year when hearts and flowers are everywhere you look... It is also a great time to Like Yourself. Hopefully, you already do, but make February the month to question how much, how little, what needs improvement, and how comfortable you are with "you." We all know about... Read more →


You've probably been seeing a lot of articles, discussions, and quotes, about setting goals in the upcoming new year. That is great, and goals are very important to achieving anything... BUT, allow me to suggest an intermediate step before you set your goals. Take some time, and by this I mean, MAKE some time... Read more →


Whether you are shopping for the holidays, birthdays, host and hostess gifts, or that person on your list that has everything, you can find interesting and creative twists on items that turn the regular into UncommonGoods! Rarely have I perused a catalogue or website that offered as complete a selection of unique and fun... Read more →


Who or what is the "you" in your "Thank YOU!"? Perhaps it's a neighbor, coworker, spouse, friend, your health, home, your God, the Universe… Whatever or whomever motivates your gratitude, really mean it. Think it, feel it, say it, or write a thank you note! The more you say thank you for the things... Read more →


According to NBC, this is the official, traditional place setting used on the tables during Prince William of England and Princess Kate's wedding reception. While you may not be entertaining royalty, this table setting chart offers a formal, and very extensive diagram for ALL of the flatware, stemware, dish, and napkin placements that might... Read more →


In this ONE BY ONE video, Luci demonstrates how to use silicone covers and why you should… They are terrific! These bowl toppers are perfect to preserve food or prevent frying and microwave splatter. When you watch this product review, you will see just how handy, strong, and eco-friendly these new kitchen lids can... Read more →


Hello! It's Tuesday again… Hope you had a great week and did indeed, Kiss Someone. Today's #TwoWordTuesday is Value Resources. More than in other years, it seems this fall season has offered an amazing rainbow of foliage. Nondescript trees have come alive with individuality through the burning oranges, dazzling reds, and shimmering yellows of... Read more →