Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun? Thumbnail

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This, ladies and gentlemen, may look like a simple, ordinary entryway with a simple, ordinary light bulb in a fixture.'s magic. OK...not exactly magic. But it is a smart LED bulb I can control with my phone, so it [...]

I Hate to Vacuum, but the Dyson DC35 May Change That Thumbnail

Before I say anything else, let me just say that I hate to vacuum. As in unequivocally, without a doubt, hate with a capital H. Unfortunately, it's a necessarily evil because my apartment has carpet in every room except the kitchen and bathrooms. The result of my vacuum hate is that I'll procrastinate. So though [...]

Time to Start Looking for a New Energy Star Washer & Dryer Thumbnail the photo above isn't really our laundry room, and definitely not our basement. But it accurately sums up the way I feel at the moment. It's been a long time since my husband and I have had to make a major purchase for our home. With all the moves we've made in the past [...]

Going Green Does Pay You Back: Tax Credit for EcoSmart Fireplaces Thumbnail

I've always coveted a modern, stainless steel fireplace. Not that traditional brick and stacked stone fireplaces aren't beautiful. They're just not me. So if and when I ever decide to get one, I'm happy to hear from the team over at Alternative Consumer that EcoSmart fireplaces now qualify for federal tax credits for energy efficiency. [...]

I have a secret. I hate vacuuming. It is easily one of my least-favorite chores, second only to cleaning the bathroom. I do both, of course, because they need to be done, but I rarely go about it happily. I hate lugging a heavy vacuum around from room to room hoping that the cord will [...]