April 21, 2018

Reducing plastic in your home – Part I

It’s Earth Day, let’s celebrate our beautiful planet! But it sure isn’t feeling so lovely at the moment. Since moving to this country eight months ago, I have been astonished at the amount of waste that is generated. And I’m not just pointing the finger at everyone else, I’m pointing it right back at me. When I’m carrying my trash and recycling down the hallway I’m aware of how much waste I produce every week,

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April 17, 2018

Green House Envy

The color green obviously has lots of connotations for being natural and eco-friendly; the color of life and renewal. But it also can be seen as the color of envy. And once we become homeowners the green eyed monster can certainly get a hold of you. Of course Pinterest, Instagram and the property listings on realtor sites can capture a room so beautifully and perfectly; we would love to replicate that in our own homes.

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April 12, 2018

The Incredible Bagster

There have been a lot of renovation projects happening in my neighborhood in the last year or so. Basement and garage clean outs, bathroom renovations, piles of old carpet – such are the things I notice when walking the dog. Along with renovations comes a lot of unwanted debris and, in turn, the problem of disposing of it all.

There are different ways to deal with the mess and my neighbors have pretty much hit them all.

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April 07, 2018

Just like Grandma used to make

As I have been musing on eco-paint and having clean air in your home, I have also been thinking about green cleaning products. Whether you want to turn over a new leaf with your spring cleaning this year, or just maintain a cleaner, safer and more eco-friendly house, there are all sorts of things you can do to make a difference to your home environment.

The ingredients for many DIY household cleaners just like Grandma used to make are probably hiding in your pantry cupboard.

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April 05, 2018

Burnham Recessed Radiators

Totally geeking out over Burnham Recessed Radiators over here! I’ve always loved their look and functionality, but now I’m in awe after learning more about them during a recent home inspection.

Did you know these units provide not only radiant heat but convected (hot air) heat, as well? Super cool homeowner factoid!

How do they provide convected heat, you wonder? Well, once the units have been warmed by the steam or hot water system they’re apart of,

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March 21, 2018

Spring Cleaning

Before the weather warms, when there is still snow on the ground (and in the forecast), Mother Nature is hard at work sending secret signals to the green things buried deep under ground. I think she sends us signals too… out with the old she whispers!
We spend time and energy in the fall preparing to keep winter at bay. We lower storm windows, shutter porch doors and batten the hatches for extreme weather. 

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March 12, 2018

Letting Go of Excess

Recently I have been on a tear. I find myself pining for spring big time this year and it is making me rethink the habits I seem to have in regard to acquiring stuff. My basement is a sea of good intentions  – baskets I was sure would solve the scattered tendencies of my family; furnishings that no longer fit their intended use; pillows I no longer love. It has been making me feel suffocated.

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March 08, 2018

Amongst the succulents

At the end of a long, busy day, when my children are asleep, and the toys have been tidied away and the dishes are washed, I stand in the shower. I close my eyes, let the day wash over me and I breathe a sigh of relief. Bedtime beckons, but there’s nothing quite like the water pulsing over my head and the warmth around me to help soothe a weary mind and body.

In London,

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March 03, 2018

I just want to see the floor again

We sold our house in London in April 2017 and were told our visas would be with us by Easter, and then we would be flying out to New York a week later. So we went to stay with friends for two nights, the shipping company came and packed up all our possessions and we completed on our sale. Off we went with a bunch of suitcases, a travel bassinet, a stroller and a few toys to amuse my 1-year and 3-year-old children on the flight.

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February 07, 2018

Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

The past few weeks have been mild weather, but winter is only partially over and temperatures could fall again. Here’s some helpful information from New Jersey American Water about how to avoid frozen pipes.

And…apologies for the slightly blurry image above! It’s a close-up of a burst water pipe. It’s not pretty, right? Read on for tips on how to avoid such damage.

Just joining us? Winter at Home is a six week program devoted to all things winter survival at home.

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