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Diane Fitzpatrick in Jupiter, Florida on March 19, 2013. Photo by Doug Murray

Diane Laney Fitzpatrick was a newspaper reporter, editor, stay-at-home mom, Internet content writer, Howard Johnson’s waitress, political campaign worker, and a jack-of-all-trades volunteer before writing her first book, Home Sweet Homes: How Bundt Cakes, Bubble Wrap, and My Accent Helped Me Survive Nine Moves.

Diane writes Just Humor Me, a popular humor blog about growing up in the ’60s, being a teenager in the ’70s, parenting and living all over the country. She also writes It’s Your Move!, a blog about moving and relocating. Her latest project is the Tourist at Home 30-Day Challenge, which encourages people to take advantage of all their city has to offer.

Her writing has landed her appearances in major media outlets, including The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, as well as a number of Internet radio shows. She has blogged all over the Internet, including Project Eve, Working Writers, and various parenting blogs.

Diane can be reached at info@homesweethomesbook.com.  You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.

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I often quote my brother-in-law Bob, who says, "Boring is good," when he's asked what's new in his life. I, too, am happy to tell people that I spent the day folding clothes, untangling a necklace, and putting together a casserole. To me, those are precious days that should be cherished.

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I have three frames on my wall that summarize how my existence has changed.

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And then, an hour later, "Oh, mom, you're back? Want some help?"

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Meet the guy who bought more than 6,000 blighted properties in Detroit. His reason is why there will always be hope for cities like Detroit.

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Meet The Guy Who Just Bought 6,000-Plus Neglected Properties In Detroit

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The name sounds catchy, even cute: the "blight bundle." Its contents, however, are far less appealing: 6,350 properties -- mostly abandoned homes in disrepair and overgrown vacant lots -- peppered across the city of Detroit. No one was ...

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4 things Realtors can do to better serve their clients. More on my "It's Your Move!" blog.

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4 Ways Realtors Can Help Their Home-Buying Clients | Diane Laney Fitzpatrick's "It's Your Move!"

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All of your clients are different, not just in their price range and family size, but in their lifestyles.

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"If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it."

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We are having a form vs function battle in my house. We're planning to redo my lair, which is part project room, sewing room, storage, and junk room. My husband wants to do hardwood floors, granite countertop, cabinets with doors, and high-end the heck out of it. I want better lighting, to be able to buy a bunch of supplies and have somewhere to put them, and not have to get rid of anything. The first person who can make it look as good as he wants it to be, and makes it as functional as I want it to be wins a prize - the first thing I make in my new lair.

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Home Sweet Homes Don't get me wrong, I'm all for high-end. I just don't want to give up any functionality. I like my lairs like I like my men: good-looking enough and useful.

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I'm channeling Erma these days.

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The good, the bad, the ugly & the hilarious: 13 Lessons Learned as a Military Spouse

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13 Lessons Learned as a Military Spouse - the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Hilarious

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Home Sweet Homes Sometimes I'm halfway down Powell Street and I look down to make sure I have clothes on. The joys of working from home.

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Did You Know That You Can Load Up A Refrigerator's Ice Dispenser With Candy?

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Want to buy a house with ghosts? Here are your best bets.

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10 Cities Where You're Most Likely to Find a Haunted House

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These American cities hold the most potential for finding a haunted house, based on their concentration of old, vacant homes.

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A great use for your old moving boxes: the cutest darn Halloween costumes ever.

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Easy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly DIY Halloween box costumes

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Written by Claire Schneider The little ghouls and goblins are gearing up for their favorite time of year, Halloween! This holiday definitely isn’t just for the kiddos, so we’ve come up with a few H...