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The MultiFunction Storage Solution

In House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on December 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Sorry I haven’t written in awhile (I think its been 7 weeks or so I have been so busy with 2 moves in 2 months that I am finally getting around to things) Here is a 5 basket storage unit available from and is affordable and provides great organization in a hallway (store shoes in the baskets and keys, phones, etc. in a small bowl on top.) Or it would be great in a small nursery with limited storage (some older homes have small closets as do new condos) so you could put diapers, wipes, crib sheets, onesies, etc. all in different baskets. Or maybe you have a toddler and are looking for a way to keep their favorite toys off the floor when there not playing well now you can easily place them in the baskets and still have a clean family room. I added the link below in case you want to know more about the dimensions, price and see additional photos.




Room Functions

In House & Yard, Life, Life @ Home on November 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

Over the years houses styles have changed and room functions have as well. Most people in the USA have a home of approximately 2,500 square feet. Depending on where you live may determine the specifics (basement, attic, crawl space), however many people have moved toward more informal living arrangements and now prefer the open concept. There are pros/cons to both. If your a messy person sorry but you don’t belong in an open concept house just picture it when you open the front door it would look like one big mess had engulfed the entire space. What about rooms that didn’t exist years ago? Well many people didn’t use home offices (unless they were self employed or worked from home) moms usually paid all the bills from the kitchen table thereby eliminating an extra bedroom just for surfing the web and bill paying. The formal dining room that gets used only on Thanksgiving or Christmas is wasted space – for the regular entertainer who spends time dining with their guests its a necessity. So here are some ways to make the open living concept work for your family…and yes sometimes open concept means feeling more spacious even though there can be a lack of storage.

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A sofa table can provide great extra storage, serve as extra lighting for reading, use solid baskets to hide the stuff so shelves don’t look crowded. And during the holidays its an easy place to reach to put up some extra Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations.

For those of you who find yourself always eating in the kitchen or family room and find the dining room as the black sheep of the house then by all means try re-purposing it into something useful for your family. Here’s a few suggestions: even if your eliminating your dining room table (if you have one in the dining room) make sure to have some built ins designed for the space (whether they’re ikea or custom is up to your style/budget)

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Why the built ins? well you unless you have a massive kitchen or plenty of closet space a built in provides the extra storage for those items that can be seasonal (turkey platters, carving boards) and for all those wedding gifts that don’t have space in maybe a small kitchen. Also with the floor space freed up you still have storage so you can turn the dining room into a library (built ins are great for books) or a home office for the self employed.

Or maybe your in the opposite position and find yourself without the formal dining room and your kitchen, dining room, great room are really one big space…talk about open concept challenges. I suggest removing your kitchen set and having just a larger dining room set. If you have a table that has leaves then it can easily go from 6 people for family dinners to 10 or 12 for holidays.

Consider what rooms you use and how often and for what – ignore the labels for a moment and see if that basement can be turned into the kids playroom or that dining room into the home office for the self employed or maybe an attic can provided needed storage for a hobby room.

DIY Dresser

In House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on July 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

So today I am bringing you this pretty simple DIY dresser I absolutely love DIY projects because they can save you plenty of money and also let you customize the look to your exact taste.

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Want to learn more on about this project? Go Here

WebSites You Should Know About But Probably Don’t

In Beauty, Fashion, Hair, House & Yard, Life, Life @ Home, Make-up, Skincare, Urban Dweller on July 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

Here’s some websites that aren’t quite famous yet (ala Amazon and Ebay)  but I thought that it might interest you and if you shop online (like I do regularly i LOVE Amazon) you too will be happy to have extra sites to check out. I have found personally that some of my local stores don’t carry X brand and so I have to resort to online or that the cost even with shipping is sometimes cheaper. I also wanted to share this for another reason if you have ever known anybody homebound you know they will appreciate it regardless of their age (whether is a new mommy or an elderly grandparent – they will feel a level of independence by being able to shop at home for themselves) also there’s some great deals which I LOVE to share (who couldn’t use a great deal in this economy)

Casa – for all things home

Wag – lets be honest where would we be without our pets? I lost my pet of 14 years not too long ago and so I hope to get a pet again very soon)  – Free shipping on ALL orders over $49 and deliveries are very quickly (p.s. this place has stuff for a lot more than dogs)

Soap – Here’s everything you ever ran out of the house for and made that extra errand because you forgot. All products are delivered in 1-2 days for FREE!

Beauty Bar – For all of us who love to shop for skincare, make up, men, fragrances, & natural products. 3 FREE samples with every order!

YoYo – Just as the name implies this is a site all about Toys

Diapers – Yes for all you parents out there has everything to do with the babies in your life (I highly recommend this also for grand parents, aunts, uncles, etc. Huge variety and might I add its easy to go online to Babies R Us and compare prices to get the best deals) Free shipping on $49 or above

I really hope you enjoy this list the above websites are all part of Quidsi a Latin term for “What If” – these 6 wesbites allow you to checkout with 1 shopping cart and save money by shopping 2 sites or more and Spend $39  you earn Free Shipping.

Also If your a NEW customer to these sites there is a banner with a code to save 10% at Checkout!  Plus the fixed banner has other specials advertised (like today as I type this has 10% off purchases for 1st and 2nd time buyers just type in the appropriate code at checkout!)




Repuroposing Ideas – Other ways to use Hydrogen Peroxide

In House & Yard, Life, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on July 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

Next time your looking at that bottle of hydrogen peroxide (H202) and wondering what else can I use this for other than my scrapes and cuts these suggestions might surprise you. I personally have many uses for it (I use it as a teeth whitener with some baking soda on a toothbrush right before bed – it really will help remove stains / yellowing.)

DIY Mousepad Makeover

In House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on June 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

Looking for a simple DIY Project? Looking to set up a home office or maybe add some decoration to your present one? Why not try this simple little project that takes very little time or money. This little project will allow you to actually create a custom looking mouse pad for very little time or money.

What to have on hand for summer

In Life on May 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

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With summer almost here and kids off from school its time to start thinking what will you be doing this summer?  First off most people grill in the summer so plan on having some items on hand at all times, in fact I suggest putting together what I call my “get together basket” (I like the tub and its available for less than $12.00 from Lowes) There are plenty of sizes / prices to choose from the one featured above is a Hefty Plastic 66 qt.

Go ahead and put together the following items so you always have them on hand and then when you have a house full of guests coming it won’t be the last minute little details you fret over:

  • 1) a pack of napkins, paper plates, plastic cups etc. for those that use them (its still more eco-friendly to use regular plates, cups, bowls and then just use the dishwasher avoiding plastic waste in the landfills)
  • 2) skewers (for kabobs and for corn holders- perfect multi-tasker)
  • 3) a pack of balloons (always entertains the kids and if they get hot they can fill them)
  • 4) grilling lighter / matches
  • 5) any type of items you use for grilling including Reynold’s wrap, etc
  • 6) A pack of candles – in case its anybody’s birthday or anniversary you can place a few in a cake, cupcake or brownies

Making this little “get together basket”  will really help you out when the day comes for your friends / family to get together and come over. I hope you will feel that once this is assembled it saves you a lot of time this summer.

66 All Natural Cleaning Products

In Going Green, Green Scene, Life on April 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

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Sometimes there are so many cleaning options in the cleaning aisle it can be overwhelming which brand to choose and since most of the brands are not all natural they are loaded with chemicals – here is a list of natural cleaning products many of which you probably have in your home on a daily basis and finally read this article as well. 

13 uses for your Ice Cube Tray

In Food, House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on April 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

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I don’t know if you have one of those freezers with the automatic ice maker (I don’t) however more than likely you also have some ice cub trays lying around. And if you haven’t used them in awhile it beckons the question do you have any other uses for them, well read this article to find out 13 everyday uses for your old ice cube trays!

Book Storage Solution

In House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on April 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

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Lets face it books tend to pile up and some books are too important to get rid of by having a garage sale or donating. These are books you use often (cookbooks, college books, books you enjoy reading, manuals, and of course work books for the self employed.) Sometimes those it can feel as if books are just scattered here and there throughout your home and you need a simple organizing solution with easy access. And here it is:

The Sapien Bookcase

It has a small foot print

You can read the titles because their exposed

Its available at The Container Store