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How to Make A New Home Yours

In House & Yard, Life, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on September 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

Since many families move over the summer and right before school goes back I figured now was the time to share this posting. If you recently moved into a new home (or plan to in the future) here’s some advice on how to make it less new and more family feeling.

First off  congratulations on your new home many people are so excited and busy with all the packing/unpacking that they tend to ignore the little details.

  1. Go ahead and plant some flowers in the front of your house – this is a great way to add curb appeal and distinguish your house from the neighbors in large housing developments/MPCs
  2. If you have a front porch consider painting the interior ceiling a calm, blue (like the sky) it has helped many homeowners prevent bugs
  3. Why not head over to Lowe’s or Home Depot and buy some solar powered lights for your driveway – they won’t cost you anything to run since their solar so its a one time expense (and luckily won’t show up on your electric bill)
  4. If the outdoors are your thing – then try planting a veggie/fruit garden in your backyard (doesn’t have to be large just enough for your family to enjoy it) – also consider planting items like Basil, Thyme, Parsley or Oregano because they add great flavors to the dish and are so much cheaper to grow than buy (also if you end up growing a lot of herbs  consider clipping them, putting them in a ziploc bag with a paper towel and freezing them for when there not in season).
  5. Also consider hanging a clothes line this may seem dated to some of you but to me there’s no better smell than laundry from the line (sorry all the fabric fresherner just never smells that fresh)
  6. Roll out the welcome mat or my personal favorite have an area in the front hallway/foyer to remove shoes and keep your floors clean (and your new house looking new)
  7. If you have a dog and trees in your back yard connect a dog line between the two trees so they too can enjoy the outdoors
  8. Absolutely make sure to paint the interior of your home (I say this incase white or builder beige isn’t your thing) painting walls helps to define areas, personalizes it, and makes for a lived in feel
  9. I know sometime technology can be great but what about all those photos on your digital camera/memory card have you thought about going through them and picking a few to print and frame for your new space
  10. Have a moving in party with family and friends is great – why not if you plan to live in your new home for a long time have a party where you invite over the neighbors just print off a flyer (address, date, time) and have some easy food (cookies, brownies, coleslaw, hamburgers) the food doesn’t have to be expensive if your anticipating lots of people keep it simple and cheap but make it welcoming (if someone invited offers to bring something graciously accept but don’t tell them what to bring unless they ask)
  11. Enjoy your new house and make new memories in it and it will become a family home

Consumer Reports Kitchen Review

In House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on June 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hi Everybody,

Today I thought after reading my Consumer Report’s Kitchen Planning & Buying guide magazine I thought I would just share with you the results. Here’s the  results hope this helps (obviously some of us have favorite brands for certain items but if you don’t and you find your self needing any of these items I hope this helps your search)

  • EarthPan w/ Sand Flow Cookware $190.00 for the set
  • Cuisinart Brew Central Coffeemaker $100 – does both full pot and individual cup
  • Henckels Twin Professional “s” Knives $290.00 for the set
  • Hamilton Beach Digital Toaster $35.00
  • KitchenAid Architect series hand mixer $60 – comes with dough hook, whisk, wire beaters
  • KitchenAid Classic stand mixer $200.00
  • Vita-mix 5200 Professional Blender $450.00
  • Emerson CCM901 Coffee/Espresso maker $80
  • Breville Smart Oven Toaster Oven $250.00 – its pretty much like a second oven. it can convection roast 4lb chicken, bakes, etc.
  • Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender $60
  • Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juicer $80.00 – slightly noisy but performed as well as models twice its cost
  • Great range – Samsung FTQ307NWGX $1,800. 00 – has both induction and convection technology in this range no need to pay for more expensive or separate models anymore
  • Great Fridge – Samsung RF4287HARS $2,999.00 – Has 4 doors 1 even counter height great for those in wheel chairs or kids.  Different temp controls and convenient french door style.
  • Top mop – H20 Mop ulta $100 – provides great heat/steam other good top 3 picks were the Eureka Enviro Steamer and Oreck Stea It-100


Spa Inspired Baths

In House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on March 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

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Don’t you just LOVE the spa, its so peaceful and relaxing well here are some quick and easy tips to duplicating the spa feel at home in your own bathroom. Some today I am sharing both inexpensive ways to create the spa vibe.

On a budget: first of all make sure your towels are in good condition (if they’re feeling old and worn out re-use them for cleaning around the house or car) take towels fold into thirds  longways(fold left into center and right into center) then roll up. Make sure to have adequate washcloths as well.

Buy a basket to keep the towels in and another for storing all your “spa items” this will also help keep everything a little more organized and don’t forget to shop around baskets come in a variety of colors, sizes, & prices.

Next, consider what you like some people enjoy the flickering of a candle and a certain scent – if you love candles pick up one or two in your favorite scent. If candles aren’t your thing consider visiting your home improvement store and buying a dimer switch for your bathroom light fixtures, this will allow you to adjust the lighting of the room.

Consider purchasing a new shower head check out this awesome one from Kohler its called the Flipside



Consider painting your bathroom in a color more echoed at spas (light soft tones) of blues, greens, greys, a new coat of paint one afternoon could really transform the space for you.

I hope this tips inspire you to create your own spa oasis – and for those of you who are consider doing some remodeling in the future keep reading because I will be posting how to achieve a full “spa bathroom” when renovating including what fixtures to buy and where to save/spend your money.