Don’t let damp destroy the bathroom you love.

  Do you love your bathroom?   Do you spend hours soaking in the bath, escaping from everything?   Good!   Too often the bathroom is a neglected room. Even so, your love for your bathroom means there’s more pressure to keep it the way you want. Due to high levels of damp and heat, …

5 tips to combat allergens in your home.

Tips to combat allergens.

  During the spring and summer months allergens become one of the peskiest issues you will have to contend with.   There are about a billion different allergens in the world and there is no real way to avoid them.   However, there are some ways that you can combat allergens in your home.   …

How to wrap a cat for Christmas?

Monsieur Bob the relaxed cat.

I’m always amazed at the ingenuity of some of these Youtube videos, but this one takes the cake. Would either of our two cats put up with this? Mew? Definitely not. Bob? He’s just laid back enough, but I don’t think I could find a roll of paper large enough to wrap him. This is …

7 ways to winterize your windows.

7 ways to winterize windows.

I felt almost guilty posting this article because we live on the west coast, where the weather is reasonably balmy, the crocuses and tulips are blooming, the spring birds are chirping, and it’s warm enough I am sitting working on my blogs with the deck doors open to the fresh air. Then, I took a …

There’s nothing too good for a new baby.

New baby.

  There is nothing like the excitement of a new baby.   I’ve had two and I remember quite well how easy it was to buy furniture and smaller items without thinking about long term cost and use. My one major piece of advice for any new parent is to consider if the item they’re …

Teenage dating vs. going steady.

Teenage dating vs. going steady.

  I’m a fifties child.   I grew up during a period of great upheaval and turmoil on the social front.   Dating in the fifties quickly gave way to the sixties’ free love movement absent any commitment, then in the late seventies, the dating scene changed yet again to the ‘going steady’ concept.   It …

The many benefits of healthy crockpot cooking.

Healthy crockpot cooking.

Healthy crockpot cooking allows families to prepare their meals and trust they will be cooked and ready at dinner time with little effort.   Once all the ingredients have been combined into a slow cooker (crockpot) you can easily set the meal to cook while away at work, or out enjoying other activities. In fact, …

Tips for lowering your monthly bills.

Tips for lowering your monthly bills.

If you want to make a big difference in your budget, start by lowering your monthly bills. Since these charges recur over and over again, you’ll see major positive changes by lowering them in certain key, nonessential areas.   Fortunately, you don’t have to drastically cut all expenses and live like a miser to stretch …