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.

Wind vs. Solar for Residential Homes

wind vs solar

Homeowners seeking a more sustainable energy source are often faced with two viable options: wind and solar. Both have their benefits and disadvantages, though much of the decision comes down to where you live. Local government regulations, wind patterns, land elevation and more all play a role in deciding whether to go in on wind or solar energy. Wind Energy ... Read More »

How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Surface

man painting outside of house

It’s true that you can probably paint anything. But should you paint everything with the same brush? Or the same paint? Absolutely not. Update your metal door, your brick walls, your drywall and more — but do it the right way. And with the right tools. Give the surfaces in and around your home new life by choosing the right ... Read More »

How to Mix Paints (and Love the Color)

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Maybe you can’t find a color you absolutely love at the paint store. Maybe you have plenty of paints lying around after other projects in your house, and you want to use them again — but in a new way. Maybe you just like to create. There’s no wrong reason to mix paints, and doing so can be a lot ... Read More »

How to Restore Deck Paint

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I found out how to restore deck paint, and now I’m going to share the secret with you. I had just bought a house, and the previous owners had allowed the deck paint to become chipped. It looked awful, and I was beside myself. We had really wanted an outdoor deck, but not one that got splinters in our feet ... Read More »

How to Fix a Yard Full of Weeds

how to get rid of weeds in lawn

Are you inviting weeds to live on your lawn? If you’re not practicing good lawn care, you are! You can fix a weedy, thin or even patchy lawn just by providing good care and giving the lawn what it needs. While it takes some effort on your part, a beautiful lawn is well worth it. What Causes Weedy Lawns? Lawn ... Read More »

The Best, Simplest Beeswax Furniture Polish

homemade furniture polish recipe

Furniture polish is one of those chores that only gets done when you can manage it. Or, occasionally, when company is coming and you want to impress them. Getting furniture polish all over everything is kind of gross and the smell sticks around for quite a while. Some people might not mind them smell at all, but for others, the ... Read More »

Common Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them

common garage door problems

There’s a variety of reasons for why your garage door may not be functioning properly. The causes range from dead transmitter batteries to something blocking the door’s path. Fortunately, the answer is usually something easily resolvable. Some common garage door problems — and how to fix them — are: A Tentative Door When the garage door starts to lower and ... Read More »

How to Clean and Organize your Bedroom Closet

bedroom closet ideas

So you think it’s time for a closet renovation. Master bedroom closet ideas are endless when you consider all the storage and style options you can incorporate. So this is not a simple project. Reserve a large chunk of time to tackle this task — perhaps a long weekend if you are working without a professional closet company. For step-by-step ... Read More »

Choosing Between Geothermal, Oil, Gas and Electric for Your Home

Deciding on a new — or replacement — home heating system is a difficult process. Needs and costs differ from person to person, region to region, month to month. Of the heat sources available, electric, oil, natural gas and geothermal heating remain four of the strongest contenders on the market. Each has their own fervent supporters and vicious detractors. Constantly ... Read More »

10 Outdoor Items I Couldn’t Live Without

best outdoor items

There’s a reason mankind invented tools. We can’t survive in the great outdoors all on our own — at least I can’t. I couldn’t survive a camping trip without a backpack containing the essentials and then a couple of comforts from home. And I have no idea how yards were maintained in the days before the lawnmower was invented. I ... Read More »

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