It’s been years since my husband and I last owned a toaster. In fact, I believe we’d only owned one: A cheap machine we bought in a set when we first got married. Needless to say, it didn’t last very long before burning out, and we never bothered to replace it. That’s not to say we don’t eat toast, because we do. All the time. It’s just that we’ve been using the oven.
One of the things I hate most about being a renter (as I’ve said many times before) is having to live with carpet. We do everything we can to minimize the amount of dirt and grime that makes its way through the house, taking off our shoes at the door. Still, keeping it clean is an uphill battle. Our Bissell Envirovac doesn’t have as much suction as it used to, and quite frankly, it’s a pain to pull out this hulking machine for small jobs like cleaning under the dining table. Because we can’t rip out the carpet and replace it with beautiful caramelized bamboo floors like I’d like, a great vacuum is a must — preferably a lightweight, cordless one that takes little time to grab and go.
I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but the HGTV Green Home giveaway has been live for a while now, and I’m just getting around to taking the tour. To put it lightly, I am in love! The 2011 Green Home is located in Denver, CO, and compared to last year’s, it feels much more like a home that could work for a family.
The style of the home is decidedly modern, both outside and inside, with few traditional influences. I am perfectly fine with that, but I know there are fans who would’ve preferred some more traditional elements. Still, this is the style of house my husband and I always hope we’ll discover somewhere in metro Atlanta, without having to build custom.
Every year on Earth Day, I debate whether I should write a post. After all, this site is dedicated to all things green 365 days a year. Still, I wanted to acknowledge that if you’re one of many who have never really thought about their impact on the planet, today is a great day to start.
So what am I doing today? To be honest, the same thing I was doing yesterday.
- When I go to the grocery store, I’ll take my reusable shopping bags and be selective about the food I buy.
The laundry room was a clutter magnet, and no matter what we did, we could never keep the two shelves in the room looking neat or organized. That simply wouldn’t do for the SYLVANIA Blogger Makeover Challenge. I had to make the room look good! My solution? Cover up the shelves!
I initially planned to hang bamboo blinds, because I knew they’d be easy to pull up and down as needed to access everything behind them — including laundry detergent, my hubby’s toolbox and more. However, we quickly discovered that — much like the situation in my daughter’s room — the entire ceiling in the laundry room is covered with electrical wiring. Hanging blinds was a no go, because we were afraid to drill through the ceiling.