Friday, November 03, 2017 / by Brian Ness
Here are some fun facts about daylight saving time!
1. It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.”
Many people render the term’s second word in its plural form. However, since the word “saving” acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb, the singular is grammatically correct.
2. Though in favor of maximizing daylight waking hours, Benjamin Franklin did not originate the idea of moving clocks forward.
By the time he was a 78-year-old American envoy in Paris in 1784, the man who espoused the virtues of “early to bed and early to rise” was not practicing what he preached. After being unpleasantly stirred from sleep at 6 a.m. by the summer sun, the founding father penned a satirical essay in which he calculated that Parisians, simply by waking up at dawn, could save the modern-day equivalent of $200 million through “the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.” As a result of th ...
Thursday, November 02, 2017 / by Brian Ness
The holidays are coming – is your home ready for overnight guests? Follow these suggestions to create the perfect guest room for friends and family.
1. Offer reading material
A pile of recent magazines or a shelf of assorted books offers guests a way to wind down before bed.
2. Add flowers
A simple flower arrangement adds class and color to any room.
3. Provide seating
Make sure there's somewhere cozy for guests to sit if they need some alone time during holiday chaos.
4. Make wi-fi connection easy
Leave a piece of paper with your internet server's name and password on the dresser so guests can easily access your wireless connection.
5. Did they forget something?
Fill a basket with sample-sized containers of essentials, like toothpaste, mouthwash and shampoo.
6. Add a luggage stand
Put out a folding luggage stand where guests can prop their suitcases to avoid having to squat all the way down to the floor every time they need something.
7. Make the closet functi ...
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 / by Brian Ness
If you're in the middle of a move you probably don't have a lot of time to spend on an elaborate Halloween costume. Don't let that stop you from celebrating in style. Take advantage of something you probably have a lot of – moving boxes! Here are suggestions for last minute-costumes ideas using boxes.
Some red, white and blue paint and you're set to celebrate Halloween – and democracy. Add an Uncle Sam stars-and-stripes top hat and you're good to go.
2. A perfect pair
Black and white construction paper or paint can turn a couple of boxes into a pair of die, ideal for couples or siblings heading out for Halloween.
3. Get corny
Decorate a box as an old-sc ...
Monday, October 23, 2017 / by Brian Ness
Perhaps you're not feeling candy this year. Maybe you've experienced the wrath of an over-sugared six-year-old (or their parents). Maybe you can't trust yourself to sit for hours by the front door with a massive quantity of chocolate without eating most of it yourself. Or maybe you're a dentist. Don't worry, there are plenty of things you can give trick-or-treaters instead of the sweet stuff. Here are a few Halloween candy alternatives.
1. Glow sticks
Could there be a more perfect accessory for Halloween? Kids can light them up with a snap and wear them as bracelets, necklaces and crowns. Bonus: they make it easier for parents to keep their eyes on their kiddos.
Choose from the assortment of ghosts, witches and pumpkins available in stores in October or go with stickers with year- ...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 / by Brian Ness
Is the cost of furniture causing to you to debate if a kitchen table is a “want” or a “need”?
Don’t worry! There are plenty of options for you to furnish your nest without breaking the bank. Here are some good places to start:
1. Check with Craig
Craigslist.org: the 24-hour garage sale where you never need to worry about parking! Not just for used items, many furniture warehouses use the site to move merchandise. Search by style, like “modern” or “shabby chic,” or by brand, such as “IKEA” or “Pottery Barn.” Don’t forget to compare prices on the original sale site to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
2. Give fleas a chance
If you’re patient (and lucky) you can find all sorts of treasures at flea market. Many feature vendors who focus on refurbished pieces, providing a unique way to go green.
3. Antique stores
Just because an item is an antique doesn’t mean it’s not ...