July 06, 2018

Tools of the Trade: The Mighty IKEA Bag

Do you have certain things that you reach for again and again? What are the items that make your life easier? One of the tools of the trade I am constantly finding new uses for is the good old IKEA FRAKTA bag. You know the one… big, blue, sturdy handles both long and short. This is an object whose usefulness continues to amaze me. Really – let us count the ways!

Because of their durability,

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June 14, 2018

A place for everything

Moving into a new home naturally has its challenges, but it is certainly an opportunity to arrange your furnishings and possessions in the best place possible. Over the past few years I not only have become a little addicted to decluttering, but also to the appeal of minimalism. It is one thing to have a good purge, but in a new abode, it is certainly a reason to only possess what you really need.

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May 18, 2018

The Snowball Effect: Repaving My Driveway

Sometimes homeownership can feel like a gigantic snowball, barreling down a hill and collecting everything in its path. You have a spark of an idea, a seemingly small change, and it leads to 13 other things that should/could/must be done before/prior to/during said upgrade. Actually, that sounds more like an avalanche.

Take my tragic driveway for example. Please.

Unfortunately, this picture makes it appear a lot better than it looks in reality.

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May 15, 2018

Reducing plastic in your home – part II

In honor of Earth Day and South Orange River Day I wrote about how we can reduce plastic in our home on our grocery shop, which is one of the main ways we bring so much packaging into all our households. But there are also lots of other ways that you can reduce your plastic use and waste in your home.

Storage & Tableware
The way we store our food and use disposable tableware can typically use a lot of plastic.

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May 07, 2018

Homeward Bound

Back in March I wrote about part of our crazy journey to get to New Jersey. Last week we continued that adventure by making our 10th move in 12 months. Thankfully this time it was only a five minute drive from our two bedroom apartment to a lovely four-bedroom colonial house in the Montrose section of South Orange.

Nevertheless no move is easy. Packing and boxing up one’s possessions always seems to take longer than expected,

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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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