Pinterest Favorites: Halloween Tricks and Treats

Photo: This Old House

  The best day of the year is here again: Halloween! What’s better than dressing up in as creative a costume as you can muster and having people give you as much candy as you can carry? Too bad I’m too old to go trick-or-treating, but I can still enjoy the holiday’s festivities. Pumpkin carving, ghoulish baked goods, and general silliness? I’m in! Where to look for ideas? Pinterest, of course! Check out these fun and fiendish boards. On the hunt for inspired kids’ costume ideas? Check out Blabla Kids’ page to see the White Rabbit, a ringmaster, a cloud Mr. Rogers, and more. Seventeen Magazine’s page also … [More]

Store Your Water Hose Before Winter

heart-shape-hose

  Your water hose has worked hard for you all spring and summer. Just think of the forget-me-nots and zinnias that thrived with the help of your garden hose! Now that temperatures are cooler and the gardening season is coming to an end, it’s time to prepare your water hose for winter storage. Even if you don’t live in an area with cold temperatures, you should still store your hose if you don’t plan on using it for a long period of time.   I know what you’re thinking. You have to rake leaves, carve pumpkins and pick out your Thanksgiving turkey. But if you spend time now … [More]

Why Getting Your Deck Ready for Winter isn’t as Bad as You Think

Hachette_HO0608-023C_lg

  A deck is a fantastic investment for any home. Not only will a deck provide hours of entertainment for you and your family and friends during the year, it is also a fantastic way to raise the property value of a home. But, a deck needs to be taken care of from time to time in order to ensure it will keep looking good and and will last a long time. Making sure your deck is ready for the winter is one of the best things you can do to extend the life of your deck. Take a weekend afternoon to get your deck winterized by following … [More]

How To Move Your Car Cross-country

iStock_000001560136XSmall-300x186

There’s no way around the logistical challenges of moving cross-country. Not only do you have to get all your stuff to your new place some 3,000 miles away, but you also need to get your car there. And unless you feel the call of the open road beckoning, you’ll surely want to find a way to ship it across without exhausting yourself behind the wheel. Luckily, there is a whole industry devoted to solving this problem. Businesses called auto transport companies operate all over the country, hard at work loading people’s cars and trucks onto even bigger trucks and sending them hundreds and thousands of miles away. You’re … [More]

Survive Fall Sports Season With These Storage Tips

6a00d8349b267869e20148c67c1fde970c-400wi

Fall sports are great, but they also come with quite a bit of equipment, especially if you have kids who love hockey and football. As the summer comes to an end, it won’t be long before your front entrance is suddenly filled with bags of hockey gear, football pads, and soccer cleats. Most moms know this is a fact of life in many homes, but there are a few easy ways that any mom can take their house back from the piles of sports gear that might soon be taking over the common areas. Use a Designated Area When kids come home, a lot of them drop their … [More]

Pinterest Favorites: Decorating with Fall Colors

4dcb0e29a4bee7602306ad0d925a749e

  Fall is coming, along with its stunning colors. If you’re looking for a little inspiration for home decoration, take a cue from Mother Nature and incorporate the season’s palette into your design choices and decorating projects. What better place to look for ideas than Pinterest? As you can imagine, pumpkins play a starring roll in the fall-colors Pinterest universe. Orange and yellow glow from every page, mixed here and there with a little brown and red. The Cushion Source devotes itself entirely to pumpkin-based decor on its page titled ‘Decorating with Pumpkins: The Colors of Fall!’ Kelly Porter’s ‘The Colors of Fall’ board pins pumpkin-themed table settings … [More]

Would you Peg Your Storage with SmartJars? New idea on Kickstarter

kickstarter-smartjars

  If you’re like me, you’ve been searching a long time for the best storage solution for spices, craft supplies and small doodads. I’m talking about storage containers that close securely, are uniform in size and safe for food, plus can be hung on the wall to save space.   It looks like that great storage solution may be here, or almost here! The SmartJars Pegboard Organizer seems very promising, but you can’t actually purchase the product just yet. That’s part of the excitement.   SmartJars on Kickstarter   SmartJars are featured on Kickstarter right now. The creators of SmartJars are The Strollo Design Company of sunny San Diego, California. Their goal is … [More]

Ideas worth stealing: Moving with Green Boxes

green-moving-flat

Moving as it is usually done is one of the more eco-unfriendly things we do. As I noted in my previous post on the topic, moving house can add as many as 90 cardboard boxes and thousands of square feet of bubble wrap to the landfill, not to mention emissions from driving trucks around the landscape. That’s why the green moving industry is taking off, with one aspect of it in particular growing so fast it’s shooting for the stars. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for a good opportunity or a homeowner getting ready for your next move, check out the emerging field of green box rental. A … [More]

Get Your Garden Growing This Fall!

Fall-vegetable-garden

Just because the fall is here, it doesn’t mean it’s time to close up your garden for the winter. In fact, depending on your location, there are plenty of different types of plants and veggies you can plant in the winter that will bloom and grow during the next few months. Why not supplement those tomatoes, peas and peppers with fresh radishes, kale and spinach? Many year round gardeners love the opportunity to have some fresh veggies on their plates even when the temperatures start to dip in late September and October. Here are a couple of tips to get your fall garden going, so you can start … [More]

Enter the “Show Me the Storage” Contest For a Chance to Win $1,000!

Photo: Rubbermaid Products

  Does your closet look like this? Or more like this? What about your kitchen? It is a dream of organization? Or a total disaster? Either way, we want to see what your storage solutions (or “solutions”) look like. The Extra Space Storage® “Show Me The Storage” photo contest starts today! Show us your organizational chops with a photo of your well-lit, straight-cornered shelves. Display your fabulous creativity with a shot of your most innovative storage solutions. Or admit your storage failures with a snapshot of your most embarrassing mess. The prizes? Grand Prize Winner/Best Overall: $1,000 IKEA gift card Most Likely To Become a Professional Organizer: $200 … [More]