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Laurie Nigro

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Laurie is the mother of two biological children and one husband and the caretaker of a menagerie of animals. Laurie is passionate about frugal, natural living. She was recognized by the L.I. Press Club with a “best humor column” award in 2016 and 2017. Email Laurie

For this blogger, it’s time to move on

by Feb 4, 2018
"The words that I've said I meant when I spoke and remember my words of wisdom feck'em if you can't take a joke." - Brian O'Toole

There’s a certain romance to tackling a DIY project with your spouse — or not

by Jan 21, 2018
A weekend-warrior couple's goal in any home-improvement project survival: first, you live to tell the tale; second, you live to tell the tale together.

Thank goodness opposites attract

by Jan 7, 2018
Welcome to my world where my question "Do you think we should increase our contribution to our retirement accounts?" might be answered with, "Did you know that the white-throated needletail is the fastest bird in flapping flight?"
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It’s 2018 somewhere — Do I really have to stay awake till midnight?

by Dec 31, 2017
It's New Year's Eve! Time to put on your sparkliest attire and party wildly until the sun comes up! said no middle-aged parent ever.

Eggnog actually once had a purpose — back in the Middle Ages

by Dec 24, 2017
Eggnog is like armpit hair — though it has completely outgrown its necessity, evolution has yet to catch up. So why are we still drinking it?

Christmas is eight days away?

by Dec 17, 2017
Back in the day, I was that person who was totally done with all my holiday shopping by October 1. This year I I grazed through Target the other day in the three hours I managed to wrestle from my schedule.

Don’t judge me, momma — ‘self care’ means different things to different people

by Dec 10, 2017
"I most certainly don't need anyone to remind me that I should make an appointment with my stylist. Because frankly, I don't have a stylist. I have color-in-a-box, courtesy of the discount store and the 26 minutes I give myself to scrub the entire bathroom while the color sets."

It’s a dog’s life…and a cat’s life…and more at our house

by Dec 3, 2017
Can't get enough of those furry friends? You have a million things to get done but spend your time looking at the dog memes on every one of your too-many social media accounts?

Holiday survival guide: tactics for handling travel, food and family

by Nov 26, 2017
Laurie's secrets to a happy holiday with extended family: Hit the road before dawn and stay away from soul-sucking idiots — even if it means hiding in the bathroom. And your diet? Fuhgeddaboudit.