Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Best Kind Of Daily Grind: How To Pick The Right Coffee Grinder

So you’re looking to quit your local coffee shop and save a few bucks. You got yourself an espresso machine or a french press, but maybe your store bought coffee isn’t brewing up so great. What you need is a coffee grinder. When you grind your beans right, and you grind them fresh, your coffee can be all it was meant to be. In this guide, we’ll take you through the features that are worth splurging on (and those that aren’t!) to turn you into your very own barista, with the quality coffee to prove it! Continue reading

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Season to Season Wedding Flower Availability

Colors and floral decorations for a wedding are hugely determined by the month in which the ceremony and reception are taking place. This isn’t only for the sake of season stereotyping, but certain flowers are only available in bulk different … Continue reading

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Give It A Shot: Save Money By Making Your Espresso At Home

If you’re looking to save a little money, but you aren’t willing to give up your morning latte, an espresso machine might be the answer to both your problems. Make thick, coffee shop quality espresso at the flip of a switch, and save with every shot. Don’t know what to look for in an espresso maker? We can help navigate between semi-automatic, automatic, and super automatic machines, and help you figure out what to look for before you buy. Continue reading

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Hot, Steamy, And Good For Your Health: The Benefits Of A (Home) Sauna

Saunas have been around for centuries, and are prized for their health benefits world wide. But just because our culture hasn’t readily embraced the public sauna doesn’t mean you can’t have one in your own home. Whether you go with a traditional hot-rock electric heater, a steam bath, or a modern infrared sauna, you can find a pre-built or pre-cut sauna to fit your bathroom or your back yard – just yourself or, if you’re feeling bold, your friends and family! Continue reading

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What Wood You Do: Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring

When choosing between hardwood and laminate flooring, for a remodel or a new build, there are a few important things to consider. Durability, cost, appearance, lifespan, and level of required maintenance all differ pretty significantly between the two, and before you make up your mind, you should figure out what’s most important to you! Continue reading

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Silk Topiaries: How To Get A Beautiful Shaped House Plant Without A Green Thumb

If you’ve ever seen a movie based on a Jane Austen novel, you’ve seen topiary, even if you don’t know it. Basically, topiary is the art of shaping plants. But, even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can buy pre-shaped silk topiaries – no-maintenance house plants that add a nice touch of elegance or whimsy to your home. Continue reading

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Wedding Makeup Practice Makes Perfect

Some brides want to be completely pampered on their wedding days, getting their hair and nails done at the salon and having a professional do their makeup. I’ll happily let someone do my nails, and even my hair, but I … Continue reading

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How The Right Vase Can Turn Your Flowers Into A Winning Arrangement

Vases are pretty and flowers are pretty, so of course they’ll be pretty together. But if you really want to get the most mileage out of both, you want to match the right size and shape of your vase to the type of flower you’re going to be putting in it. With this simple guide, I can help you match stem type and flower size and shape to just the right vase for your needs! Continue reading

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Keeping With The Time: How The Right Clock Can Make Your Decor

Sure, clocks tell time – but there’s no reason that’s all they should do! There are clocks in every design and style, every shape and size, and designed for just about every interest, so why not get one that does double duty – keeps time, and looks great! Continue reading

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Let Off Some Steam: What To Look For In An Electric Kettle For Your Morning Cup

If you’re in the market for an electric kettle, whether you’re making tea or coffee or taking up Alton Brown’s suggestion to brew a better risotto, there are a few important features you want to look for before you buy, like material, size, safety features, and temperature control features for tea drinkers. Continue reading

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