Category Archives: Home Tips and Tricks





Tips, tricks, hacks– those are my middle names. If there’s a way to do it easier, faster or cheaper I will find it and then I’ll share it with you.

In this section, we’ll go over some common decorating tips and home improvement hacks to help you live your homey lives to the fullest.

You also might find a few odds and ends posts in this section since if I don’t know which category to put a post in it will end up in here.

Why You Should Be Thinking About Summer Improvements Now

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It’s a given that most of us are daydreaming about warmer weather once the leaves start to fall. However, fall and winter can actually be the absolute best time to start gearing up for next summer’s home improvements. Things like getting your garden ready, extending the life of your pool, buying a grill, and even fun summer DIYs are great ... Read More »

Winter and Energy Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand

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When homeowners hear the words “energy efficiency,” it’s easy to associate them with dollar signs. Improving your home’s efficiency, however, doesn’t always have to mean replacing expensive heating equipment. Here’s what you can do to promote a greener home and keep a few more dollars in your pocket at the same time. Tweak the furnace. Neglecting the furnace causes it ... Read More »

How to Create Your Sanctuary Using Candles

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After a long day at work, there’s nothing better than coming home to your sanctuary. It’s a place where you can decompress after the stress you’ve been through all day. To make your sanctuary much more inviting and calming for you, use candlelight. Candlelight has been used for ages not only for light, but for spirituality and relaxation reasons. Spiritual ... Read More »

10 Hacks for Your Fall Garden

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Gardening helps us unleash our creativity and see the results of our hard work and dedication. That’s why gardening is the perfect hobby to maintain throughout the fall and winter months, when we tend to feel less energized due to shorter days and colder temperatures. The benefits are endless when you consider how growing your own food can help you ... Read More »

4 Kickstarters That Could Help Save the Planet

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In his recent June 18th encyclical letter Laudato Si, Pope Francis called for “decisive action” to stop environmental degradation and global warming. Taking his name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of ecology, the Pope explained that protecting the planet was a moral and ethical imperative that supersedes political and economic concerns.  He also called for replacing fossil fuel ... Read More »

Protecting Your Investment: Securing Your Home While on Vacation

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Don’t let the stress of packing for a long weekend away or a highly anticipated family vacation cloud your mind when it comes to keeping your home safe and maintained while you’re gone. Leave your worries on the doorstep and take the proper precautions when it comes to securing your property. This includes everything from making sure your windows are ... Read More »

How to Pick the Perfect Flooring For Your Home

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Choosing the right flooring for your home is a complex process, as numerous factors must be considered. It’s rare to want the same flooring in every room of your home, since what works in one room won’t necessarily do well in another. Rather than feeling overwhelmed at the thought of “flooring” your entire house, check out a few rock star ... Read More »

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Beautiful Open Shelving

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Do you hate the way your kitchen looks? Do you feel it needs a makeover? Most people don’t realize that the cabinetry – the cornerstone of any kitchen – can be replaced or repurposed pretty easily. It does require some time, effort and patience, of course, but it’s a project that you can certainly do yourself. If you would like ... Read More »

How to Clean Your Vacuum

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I always thought my mom was crazy for cleaning her vacuum. After all, it seems counterproductive to clean your cleaning supplies. But two years into owning my apartment by vacuum stopped working…and sure enough it’s because I didn’t realize I had to do more than just empty the bag once in a while. When was the last time you cleaned ... Read More »

Tips for Painting Your Living Room Like a Pro

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Painting is one of the simplest ways to instantly transform and change the ambiance of a room. Professional interior designers know that paint is their number one decorating tool, and they use a variety of colors and shades to create the perfect feel in a room. Whether you want to paint your walls or furniture, or just touch-up certain accessories, ... Read More »

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