How to Reduce Home Energy Costs with Upgrades and Fixes

How to Reduce Home Energy Costs with Upgrades and Fixes

(Family Features) There are some great ways to reduce home energy costs. Enhancing your home’s energy-efficient features is a savvy way to make the space more livable while also making a smaller impact on the environment and your bank account. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average American homeowner spends about $2,000 a year on energy for heating, cooling and other power needs throughout the house. However, inefficiencies caused by poorly operating systems, drafts and other energy drains may account for as much as 10-20 percent of wasted money each year. Whether your motivation is reducing home energy … Continue Reading →
Why and How to Remove Bird Poop Off Your Car ASAP

Why and How to Remove Bird Poop Off Your Car ASAP

Birds are amazing flying through the air and many of us enjoy putting seed out for them in the winter months to watch. However, their bird poop (bird droppings) are not good for the finish on our cars at all. If you leave bird droppings on your car for an extended period of time it can start to eat through the clear coat and then the paint. Here is a quick video of Hubby, a master automotive technician, explaining how to remove bird poop from your car easily. The acid in bird droppings can ruin the finish just like acid … Continue Reading →
Grain Bowl Ingredients to Mix and Match #StoredBrilliantly Plus Giveaway!

Grain Bowl Ingredients to Mix and Match #StoredBrilliantly Plus Giveaway!

I love grain bowls for lunch. However, to prep one each day is a lot more work and dishes. Instead, prepare all of your ingredients once a week. This way you can mix and match the ingredients throughout the week in just a couple of minutes and there are far fewer dishes to wash daily. The new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE (This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® #StoredBrilliantly ) containers are perfect for all of your grain bowl ingredients to store them all week. If you aren’t familiar with grain bowls, you might just know them as cold salads. The can just … Continue Reading →
Protect Your Grandchildren (or children) at Home

Protect Your Grandchildren (or children) at Home

You all know I simply adore my twin granddaughters – they are now just a little over a year old. I want to make sure that as a grandma, well ok my grandma name is Ga-Ga, that the girls will be safe when they are in my home. With every generation things change in a variety of ways so I have to keep up now with the new changes in child safety even tho I’m not a new parent. However, I also have to balance what I read in those articles for parents of children and what Caitlan (the twins … Continue Reading →
Deck Design Made Easy

Deck Design Made Easy

For my family we enjoy our patio and deck areas just about all year long. Our current deck is over 20 years old though and it is time to think about a new one. So we have started planning. My first step has been started a Deck Ideas Pinterest board. (Family Features) While outdoor living season may be winding down, there’s no better time to start planning your dream deck. Prep work is a big part of the process – much of which can be done now and throughout the cooler months to get your backyard retreat ready for next … Continue Reading →
Why I Am Loving Doing Laundry

Why I Am Loving Doing Laundry

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of hhgregg. All opinions are 100% mine. Normally I hate doing laundry, but lately I am loving it. I think that is because of my new Samsung activewash High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer  and Samsung Steam Electric Dryer all from hhgregg. Getting a new washer and dryer set with some of the latest functions makes such a world of difference! Honestly, after we did all the regular laundry in the house I started looking for more things to wash! Curtains, throw rugs, comforters, you name it, I washed it! The washer … Continue Reading →
5 Mistakes Homeowners Make That Attract Pests

5 Mistakes Homeowners Make That Attract Pests

(Family Features) Spring is house-hunting season and with warmer temperatures and increased rain, it is also the season when pesky creatures can invade homes. Even minor flaws in a new home should not be ignored as they can potentially lead to pest damage. Ron Harrison, Ph.D., entomologist with Orkin, recommends new homeowners avoid making these five mistakes: Overlooking tiny cracks Even tiny cracks and crevices in the foundation, doorways and walls where pipes enter the home could be inviting ants, roaches, spiders, rodents and other pests inside. A rat can squeeze through an opening as small as a quarter and a … Continue Reading →
22 Facts You Didn’t Know About Showers

22 Facts You Didn’t Know About Showers

This week’s infographic has some 22 facts you didn’t know about showers and showering habits. I found it really interesting about the pressure of the shower and how many prefer a gentler one than woman. That is definitely how it is with Hubby and I and I had always thought he was an odd duck! What did you find most interesting about the shower infographic today?  Infographic Source: http://showerheadreview.net/22-facts-you-didnt-know-about-shower/  Continue Reading →
Infographic: How Much Stuff Do You Actually Own?

Infographic: How Much Stuff Do You Actually Own?

This week’s infographic, How Much Stuff Do You Actually Own, is really interesting I think – well I actually say that each Saturday, don’t I? Anyway, many of us are cooped up in the house more in the winter and we started to notice how much stuff (junk) we really have all around us. It gets overwhelming! So much of that stuff is not being used either and just taking up our space. Clutter is a big problem in my house for sure and Hubby and I working on de-cluttering little by little. Take a look at infographic and then … Continue Reading →
The Latest Smart Home Gadgets

The Latest Smart Home Gadgets

This week CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is taking place in Las Vegas. There are thousands of new items being released but today I’m focusing on smart home kitchen gadgets and kitchen appliances and some other home tools and appliances. It is truly amazing what these companies are coming up with to help us make our meals at home and to make our days easier. Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Transform your kitchen with a revolutionary refrigerator featuring a Wi-Fi touchscreen that lets you connect with your family, manage food, and entertain like never before. Display your calendar, notes, recipes, weather, and … Continue Reading →