Tips for an Organized House

I read a lot of parenting books, blogs and magazines and one piece of advice that I have heard over and over again is that “the mess can wait!”. Basically saying that it’s okay for your house to be a mess, when you’re just trying to get through the day with your helpless newborn, your active toddler, your drooly dog, your messy husband, or all of the above! And while I completely agree that it is okay and there are many days where my house feels like a tornado just passed through, for the most part having a messy and

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Less Energy, Mo Money

About three years ago I shared with you our experience of switching from oil to gas heat (read more here) and briefly mentioned the free Mass Save home energy audit we took advantage of, to help make it all happen. Well we just had an audit for our new house, and the free service is just too great not to share the info with you. So Massachusetts home owners, LISTEN UP! And if you don’t live in MA, I’m sure there are comparable programs in your home state as well. Let me know if you’re aware of

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The Starter and The Burb

The other night Tony and I were talking about all of the places we’ve lived, and I realized that since graduating from college I’ve lived in 7 different houses/apartments. That is 7 moves, 7 USPS mail forwarding forms, 7 commutes to adjust to, 7 new sets of neighbors, 7 weird house noises to get used to. How many places have YOU lived?? Our most recent move was probably the most emotional one I’ve had. When we bought our first house (will refer to now as “The Starter”) it was incredibly exciting. We were still newlyweds, and now first time home

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Buy and Selling Simultaneously. Not for the faint of heart.

Want to go bat shit crazy? Here’s the recipe*: Find your dream house. Decide to put an offer in. Then realize that in order to buy said dream house, you need to sell your house first. Start the timer for 1 week. Have husband break his collarbone playing football (oh boys…) Get house “on the market ready” which means: Clean, purge, organize… even you, basement! Take all the help you can get! Have husband need to travel for work (seriously???) Hold a full weekend of open houses. Have dog tear her ACL (okay, this is just crazy now). Get

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Quick bites

My mornings used to be a relaxing medley of warm coffee, tidbits of the local news, browsing through my closet in search of a cute work outfit, and several days a week I might even curl my hair for work! Whoa! But now it’s jump out of bed, diaper change, nurse, dress Jenny, dress baby (bonus points for matching!) messy bun, and whirlwind to get out of the house for 7:10am. It’s a good day if I remember deodorant 😉 So when a friend asked if I would sample these new “Karma”ffins from U-Be-Livin-Smart, I could not pass

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What’s your Tree Style?

You know you’re a newbie to Christmas when your most standout ornament is a Home Depot gift card holder. Can you spot it? 😉 Yeah, we have some work to do. Since I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas and this is only the second year I’ve had a tree in my home, I’m a bit lacking when it comes to ornaments. Not to worry, I’m totally taking advantage of some after Christmas ornament sales to be better prepared for next year. Next year Christmas better watch it! But while we’re on the subject, what’s your tree style? We’ve

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Fancy Pants Fridge

I’ve expressed my love of seltzer before on the blog, so it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with the new Samsung refrigerator. Why? It has a freakin’ built in seltzer disposal!!! Don’t worry Mr. Soda Stream… at close to $4k for a unit, I won’t be replacing you any time soon. But a girl can dream, eh?

Back in a Jiffy

Every once in a while I take a mini blog vacation. The time off always results in some much needed technology R&R, and helps me refuel for my next round of DIY and home related posts. Spoiler Alert: I have some pretty exciting backyard updates to share!!! This blog vacation however is particularly exciting, as I’ll be spending some time on Cape Cod in celebration of my little brother getting married!!!! In addition to what is going to be the most stunning bride and groom, the wedding is taking place at what I anticipate to be one of the most

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Teach me Tuesday: Google Image Finder

I consider myself a real pro when it comes to Google, and so am shocked that I just recently found out about this feature???!!! Thank you Apartment Therapy for keeping me educated. Let’s talk about Visually Similar Images by Google Not only can this tool help you locate an image’s source (hello #pinterestfails) but it can also lead you on a decorating inspirational journey… that could easily take up your entire afternoon Alright let’s do this. 1. I recommend using Chrome as your web browser. 2. Navigate to Google 3. Click the Images Tab   4.

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Changes…

Just wanted to share some new features I got goin’ on the blog! If you’re an RSS reader like me, you never actually click on my actual blog, which means you’ll miss out on all my little widgets No worries, they haven’t been all that exciting… Until now! So I’ve debated back and forth for a while now as to whether or not I want to branch out into a more lifestyle blog, especially once I become a mom and my DIYs take a back seat to changing diapers and breast feeding for a bit. Oh wait, you DO wanna

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