Guest Bathroom Ideas That Balance Luxury and Real Life!

This discussion about guest bathroom ideas has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. My husband and I have traveled quite a bit over the last 20 years.  As a result, we have visited a whole lot of homes and used many, many bathrooms along the way.  Some of our stays involved bathrooms loaded with rubber duckies and soap that smelled like grapes.  Other places we stayed involved guest bathrooms that seemed so sterile I thought they belonged in a hotel.  The perfect guest bathroom design, in my opinion, is one that bridges the divide … [Read more...]

Ideas for Decorating with Natural Elements to Bring the Outdoors Inside!

Decorating with natural elements is a great way to bring a bit of the outdoors into your home.  In my opinion,  it brings a bit of peace and harmony into the house that everyone could use a bit more of. There are many types of things that you can use to decorate that are easy to find and appeal to the senses. Some of these ideas can be found near your home and crafted into something beautiful.  Other natural home decor items can be purchased online if you want something a bit more sophisticated. Here are a few simple decorating tips to get you … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Bathroom Ideas for a More Sustainable Home

We bought our home 12 years ago and each year I try to come up with a few ways to make it a more sustainable living space.  Whether it is composting in the kitchen, setting the heat a few degrees lower, or buying organic sheets for the bed,  there are a lot of ways to reduce your home's carbon footprint. We as a society spend a lot of time in the bathroom.  And if you have teens like I do, you may spend a lot of time ARGUING over that!  I thought I would share a few eco friendly bathroom ideas that will help you create a more sustainable home. … [Read more...]

Create an Eco Friendly Office Space for a Better Return on Your Taxes!

Are you totally sick of doing your taxes yet?  Are you struggling to find deductions and get the most money back this year? Deductions can be a tricky thing to navigate. I had a long conversation with my accountant years ago about what business expenses can be considered as a deduction and which ones couldn’t.  Since I work from home, I wanted to know what the rules were for claiming utilities as a business expense.  I was told that if I had a DEDICATED office space that was used only for work that I could claim a portion of utilities, house … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Regular Lamp into a 3 Way Lamp for Greater Energy Savings

This post about how to turn a regular lamp into a 3 way lamp has been sponsored by Cree but all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links. #CreatewithCree Have you ever woken up early in the morning, turned on the light and been blinded by it's brightness?  Or, maybe you want to go out at night and leave a light on for safety but hate the idea of using a lot of electricity when you don't have too. There are many times when you may need just a LITTLE bit of light in a room but your lamp doesn't have a 'low' setting. … [Read more...]

Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Last week my husband came home from work and told me he had brought me home a GIFT!  YAY for gifts, right? Was it diamonds?  Chocolate?  Maybe a trip to a spa?  Nope, my husband brought me home a stack of old CDs from work that were about to be thrown in the trash!  Well, at least my 'live green' message is getting through to somebody, right?  Since I now had a stack of old CDs to use, I started to look through recycled craft ideas on Pinterest to figure out what do do with them.  You would be amazed at how many recycled crafts there are on the … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas

I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. With the warm weather finally here, I’ve been searching for quick and easy ways to get my home organized and decorated. I’ve learned that simple tasks like getting rid of built-up clutter and updating your space from dark-colored, winter hues to brighter pops of color, will not only give you a boost of energy and optimism, but are also great ways to revitalize your home. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Drawer Organizing Ideas

I am probably not the only person in the world who has what I lovingly call 'the junk drawer'.  It is filled with everything from elastic bands and loose paper clips to nail files and electrical outlet covers.  My children are teenagers and I still have those plastic covers that go over electrical sockets.  Yeah, I would say it is way past time to clean out the junk drawer, right?  I am always scouring the web for creative organizing ideas and I came across I Heart Organizing.  What an awesome source of information and ideas! Surely she had … [Read more...]

Designing My Eco Friendly Dream Kitchen with The Home Depot #revitalizeandredesign

This dream kitchen post is sponsored by The Home Depot and Glam but all opinions expressed here are my own. My husband and I spent a ton of money last year to replace all of the windows in our home.  We switched from single pane to double pane windows with an easy to clean feature that we absolutely love. Well, as much as anyone can actually LOVE cleaning windows, of course!  We chose The Home Depot to do this for us and we were thrilled with the work they did.  Now that the budget is slowly recovering, we are starting to look towards other … [Read more...]

Should You Consider a Salt-water Pool? #sponsored

This salt water pool post has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. When my husband and I were house hunting a few years back, we viewed a number of homes with backyard pools. I never had a pool growing up and thought it might be a great investment for our kids to enjoy. After doing some research, I quickly realized that owning a pool is a lot of work. If you are thinking about putting a pool in your backyard, consider replacing the traditional pool with a salt water pool. I’ve put together a list of salt-water … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Craft : Use Decoupage for Natural Egg Decor! #sp

This easy Easter craft post is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine alone. Spring is one of my favorite seasons as nature starts to defrost and come alive again. Flowers start to peek out of the ground and my local farmer’s hens start laying eggs, leaving me with a great selection of natural décor to decorate my house! One way I use up extra egg shells is by making a basket full of decorated eggs to adorn my table. Decoupage is a very easy craft to learn and is simply the act of using a special sort of glue to adhere … [Read more...]

Dress Up The Season with These Simple Decorating Tips #threshold #sp

This simple decorating tips post is brought to you by Target and Glam media.  All opinions are my own. My husband and I met in college and got married soon after.  Our first house together was small and seriously lacking in amenities.  With my husband going to grad school, we didn't have a lot of money for extras.  Our house was decorated with a combination of hand me downs, Goodwill finds and things our neighbors left on the curb.  Needless to say, our house didn't have a lot of style back then!  Over the years, we have moved a few times, … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Party Must Haves: A Soapstone Appetizer Tray from SPARQ Home

With Christmas behind us and New Year's fast approaching I am starting to browse through cookbooks and recipe sites looking for creative appetizer recipes.  We have a New Year's Eve party to go to with some friends of ours who are just as passionate about eating as we are.  It should be a great selection of food and I want to find something to wow my friends with.  I have come to realize over the last year or so that while the flavors of the food are important, it is equally important that they be presented with a bit of a flourish!  I recently … [Read more...]