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Planning an Edible Garden in One Day

Over the last several years. vegetable gardens are gaining in popularity as a great additional to any garden.  People are saving money by growing their own vegetables and also avoiding unhealthy pesticides by tending to their own gardens.  You can plan a vegetable garden in one day. Read more

Gardening with Herbs

Herbs are a great solution to gardening.  Herbs provide this amazing scent while also providing flavor to kitchen dishes and medicinal values to the sick.

Herb gardening can be easy if you provide your herbs with sun and good drainage.  Pesticides and fertilizers are rarely needed with herbs. Herbs also can grow in close quarters like containers. Containers are actually a very good solution for intrusive herbs that can create problems like mint and lemon verbena. Regular pinching and pruning keep plants compact and avoid the leggy looking herb which could also lose flavor. Read more

National Cleaning Week

Spring is in the air and it is National Cleaning Week.  This is a great time of year to get a fresh start and make your beautiful home shine and sparkle!  Not only will cleaning your home make it look good for you, your family and any invited guests, but getting a deep clean in your home makes it safer for you to live in it.    Take a look at some great facts offered in the following infographic from Golden Shine Cleaning.

To Dos or Projects?

Maintaining and improving your home has a wide variety of tasks required to keep things running smoothly.  Do you call these tasks “to dos” or “projects” or something else?  It doesn’t really matter what you call them, but perhaps what is more important is to categorized them to help you run your home smoothly.

To Dos are usually smaller in scope and the homeowner typically has the skill to accomplish these on their own.  They are often more related to routine annual maintenance tasks or small fix it types of tasks.  Budget, design, and product selection are also usually not relevant to to-dos around the home.  What is most important is to remember what time of the year or in what season these to dos need to get done.  It is also important to remember how often these to dos need to be completed.

To dos around the home also typically fall into regular maintenance on equipment and the home building materials and structure.  To dos are also applicable to outdoor landscaping to dos or even special non-routine cleaning tasks like vacuuming the coils on your refrigerator so it continues with a high degree of cooling efficiency.

Projects on the other hand start to get a bit more involved, even if they are relatively small projects like painting a room.  With projects, you have to start thinking about what you want and what you can afford.   Deciding on a style, design and product selections become more important with projects.

Projects can also fall into “have to” and “nice to have.”  Replacing failing equipment or building materials that cause the home to be unsafe or unhealthy become immediate projects that need to be done.  Aesthetic projects that improve the quality of life in the home become more discretionary when funds become available to move forward with these.

What ways do you categorize all the tasks around your home that either need to get done or you would like to do?

How Does HomeZada Work? [Video]

Watch the detailed video below to find out how HomeZada can help you manage your home’s inventory, maintenance checklists, owner’s manuals, spending and to dos in an easy to use online application!

The House That Inspired “The Great Gatsby” House

The Great Gatsby is widely acclaimed and known as one of the literary classics of America’s history. What most people don’t know is that there used to be a house in New York  that inspired many of the scenes from the novel. Unfortunately, that house had to be tore down, and CBS Sunday Morning did a great special on it.

Check it out – http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7363006n

How to Prep Your Lawn for Spring

Although February is not typically a month that people think about lawn care, there are some things you can do to help get it through the end of winter and give it a head start into spring. The video below gives a few tips for getting your lawn back into shape after the long and harsh winter months:

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Don’t Make These Remodeling Mistakes

Spring time is fast-approaching, and with it comes DIY projects. Just because it is cold and dreary out now doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be thinking about these upcoming projects. Take advantage of the fact that you will be indoors and do some brainstorming and prioritizing of the DIY projects you want to accomplish in 2012.

Zippy Shell recently published a blog highlighting The 4 Biggest Remodeling Mistakes that we thought was pretty insightful. Here’s what they found: Read more

The Top Tech Trends of 2011 and What to Look for in 2012 [Infographic]

2011 was an exciting year for the tech world, and 2012 is shaping up to be even better. The infographic below does a great job of highlighting some of the major trends of 2011 and even gives a couple of predictions of what’s coming in 2012.

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Interior Paint Colors and What They Mean

Whether you are building and designing your own home or whether you are renovating your existing home, choosing the interior paint colors of each room can result in an emotional roller coaster. Sure, it can be a blast picking out your favorite colors and brainstorming what colors to paint each room, but it can get down right stressful too! It’s not exactly  an easy fix if you get done painting a room and decide it’s not quite right.

With that being said, you should know what each color means and what it might portray to your visitors. We found this great list from Warm Interiors to help give you an idea:

Light blue
Lighter shades of blue are associated with cleanness and the natural flow of water. That is why there are many different places that you can put them on. One of the ideal places that you can use this paint color on is the bathroom. Read more

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