August 2011

Before & After: A Beautiful No-VOC Color from Glidden Thumbnail

In spite of my husband's request that we not paint this apartment, I just can't help myself. The dining room was first on the list, and once I get the painting/decorating/prettifying bug, I can't get rid of it. Luckily for me, Walmart recently asked the Walmart Moms to try Glidden's newest offering: their no-VOC Brilliance…

The Oyasumi Organic Mattress: Like Sleeping on a Cloud Thumbnail

As grateful as I am to have a bed to sleep in each night, there are few things more uncomfortable than sleeping in a lumpy, outdated mattress. My husband and I had been doing just that for the past 2 or 3 years. While our mattress was just 6 years old, and its recommended you…

My Simple Solution for Entryway Shoe Clutter Thumbnail

For years, my family has practiced taking off our shoes at the front door, so as not to track dust, dirt, allergens and Lord knows what else throughout the house. But the one thing that always drove me crazy was the pile of shoes that would inevitably end up in front of the door. For…

Green Room in a Box: A New, Clean Bedroom Thumbnail

I have planned a lot of bedrooms over the past few years — all decked out in beautiful, eco-friendly furniture, bedding and accessories. But with each of those rooms, I overlooked what should have been the most important building block of any truly functional bedroom — the bed.  No matter  how beautiful, for a bedroom…

Make a Recycled Denim Pencil Case for Back to School Thumbnail

Pencils. Notebooks. Crayons. Markers. School supply lists for kids in elementary school tend to look the same. As a result, the supplies we parents buy tend to look the same as well. This year, I was determined to make at least one item on my daughter's back-to-school list by hand. Since I'm no good with…