Egads, the Holidays are fast approaching! Whether you're a professional in the kitchen or just dabble at a few recipes this Holiday season, we can all use some great kitchen tools to get us through it all! So I posed the question to the DealPros: "What is your favorite kitchen tool to get you through the Holidays?"....and here's what they had to say:
Whether you work
from home full time or find yourself bringing your work home with you on
the weekends, having a dedicated office space with all the gadgets and
tools you need makes life easier. Unfortunately, it also adds to your
electricity bill and household waste. Follow these four tips to cut down
on your energy consumption and waste levels.
1. Upgrade to CFLs
you're still using traditional light bulbs in your home office, its
time to upgrade to compact fluorescent light bulbs. CLFs cost a bit more
than standard light bulbs - about $3.00 to $6.00 a piece - but they'll
reduce your electricity usage as well as the heat output from the light.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that a CFL uses 75 percent less energy on average.
This is my favorite time of year! December is a busy month full of time spent with family and friends. People go out of their way to spread a little extra holiday cheer. And homes are decorated beautifully. There are so many beautiful trees and lights.
And while some people are sad to see Christmas end, I'm always excited about the thought of the new year. 2012 is just around the corner. It's a time for fresh beginnings and new starts! It's a time to turn your dreams into realities.
This week, my husband and I will sit down and create our budget for 2012. We'll assess 2011, figure out what worked, what didn't work, and what we can do better. One of the items that is now a must in our budget is our home decor/home improvement budget.
This is one of the areas that people often overlook in their budget, especially when they have limited funds. Amazingly enough, it's one of those areas where a little money can go a long way. By setting aside a little money each month, you can transform your home into a place you love to be.
Here are some great ways to make your home look a little fresher without spending a ton of money.
Hurricane Irene struck a few days ago and some people in the Northeast are still without power and other basic services. This got me thinking about some basic emergency preparedness and how sometime the old solutions are still the best. You may get all your news on your iPhone via The HuffPo, or eat only microwave organic food normally--but most likely that's not gonna cut it after an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster.
Here are ten items you are going to want stashed away somewhere in case of emergency.
Tuesday kicked off the Savings Pledge and I'm genuinely very
excited about this. I don't know about all of you, but for me, I
often need to go public or join a game or contest to stay on track.
It's one thing to make a stupid purchase and only have to explain
it to yourself, it's quite another to have to explain to a few