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Stairs and Home Safety

Two years ago, my husband and I went to San Jose for a couple of days and visited the Winchester Mystery House. The owner of the house, the wife of the founder of Winchester Guns was told that her house was being haunted by the ghosts of people killed by her husband’s guns. She did non-stop construction on the house to appease and confuse the spirits. There are doorways that lead to drop-offs outside, or just open to solid walls. Floors between rooms are at different heights. Everything is very disjointed.

What stuck out to me most though, were the stairs. Sarah Winchester had arthritis and hip problems, so she had very small steps installed so she didn’t have to lift her legs very high. The steps weren’t even an inch apart in distance. Our tour group kept bumping their toes into steps and mismeasuring where the next step would be because they were so unexpected. While most people don’t have these problems in their home, they should still be thinking about stair safety.

Stairs are one of the leading causes of home accidents, particularly for the elderly. Walking safely up and down stairs is something many of us take for granted, but it does take a certain level of coordination and depth perception. Stairs are also one of the recommended areas to check for safety before attempting to sell your home. Below are some measures you can take to make the stairs in your home safer for everyone.

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Building Strong Financial Habits After Acquiring Large Debt

I’ve talked before about how I dislike much of the financial advice out there because it assumes that your debt is the result of irresponsible spending. Most people I know are in debt because of two things: education and home ownership. We are in a world where these things are touted as important status symbols and steps toward success, but they are not accessible for most people. Read the rest of this entry

Idaho’s Gaps in Early Education

A few weeks ago, I attended Activate! an event at Payette Brewing to connect people with local activist organizations. I talked with a guy from Idaho’s Association for the Education of Young Children. This led to me doing some research about the state of early childhood education in Idaho. You can read about what I found on Idaho’s Promise, in my article: Setting Our Kids Up for Failure: The Lack of Early Childhood Education in Idaho


Some Nuances of Online Education

Today, it’s possible to learn the basics of almost any subject online. Some universities even offer free courses, helping increase accessibility to learning content online from valid sources. Online learning isn’t limited to self-education, however. In the last two decades, more and more universities have started offering online degree programs. As with any change, there are people who love the idea, and people who hate it. Below are some of the issues surrounding online education. Read the rest of this entry

Planning a Thrifty Dinner Party

I love to host dinner parties and brunches with my friends. Lots of us are on budgets, so we have lots of experience keeping costs low while making the meal something that doesn’t seem “cheap”. Check out my tips at the iShopthrifty Blog!

The Many Ways to Keep your Family Healthy

Everyone’s family is different, so keeping your family healthy will be an individual journey no one can spell out for you. But I’ve got some fun tips to help out at pantry paratus! Check it out!

Pregnancy Hormones: More than Just Mood Swings

There are a lot of misconceptions about pregnancy out there, especially when it comes to how hormones affect your body. Check out my article about different conditions caused by hormones during pregnancy on!

What You Should Know When Replacing Kitchen Counters

Everyone has their own dealbreaker on a new house, and for many people, it’s the kitchen. If you’re looking to sell your home in the next few years, improving your kitchen is one of the renovations that could pay off. Counters are one of the most common renovations, and there’s a lot to consider when replacing your countertops. Read the rest of this entry

Birth Control Side Effects

I wrote an article about how birth control and knowledge of side effects (or lack thereof) has affected my life and those of women around me. Check it out on!


The Surprising Difficulty of Choosing Children’s Furniture


Being in my mid-twenties, I now have a lot of friends with children of varying ages, and it always surprises me how involved every single aspect of parenting is. My friends are criticized for working, then they’re criticized for staying home. They’re told they don’t spend enough time with their friends anymore, but also shamed for taking advantage of people’s offers to babysit.

It’s no surprise that parenting is tough, but sometimes difficulties and stress come in surprising places. Like decorating. Choosing children’s furniture is a very involved process. First and foremost, you have to consider safety. Cribs and carseats have safety standards, but once you get into big-kid beds, or finding chairs that they can get into but won’t topple over, but also gives them room to grow, things get complicated.

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