How To Feng Shui Your Home… Room By Room

Feng shui is a 3000 year old discipline that suggests ways to arrange various spaces so that the people living inside those spaces will prosper -- both healthwise and financially. The great thing about feng shui is that it really works! How? It teaches you how to arrange everything in your home in such a way as to have a lovely energy flow that is positive rather than negative. The effects of that are priceless. I've been using the principles of feng shui for years in my own home, and have seen … [Read more...]

GE, GE Profile & Kenmore Microwave Oven Recall

I've been writing a lot about microwaves, stoves, and other kitchen appliances lately. So I thought I'd give you a heads-up that some of the most popular microwave ovens have been recalled... 92,000 of 'em!Yesterday's recall involves microwave combo wall ovens sold under the brand names: GE GE Profile KenmoreThe units affected by the recall were sold from January 2000 to December 2003.The concern is a possible fire hazard. There are reports that about 3 dozen of these microwave ovens … [Read more...]

Tips When Shopping For A Dishwasher (Psst… Kenmore Rocks!)

My new favorite magazine is Shop Smart. It's a fairly new publication created by the ad-free, bias-free people at Consumer Reports.I've seen a few Shop Smart reps on the national morning news shows lately. They're usually running through "the best buys for gadget geeks" or "best green cleaning products" or something like that. I always find myself taking notes. I like that they've done a lot of testing in order to reach their conclusions.So here's what they said about dishwashers in their … [Read more...]

French Door Refrigerators vs Side-By-Side Refrigerators

lg, maytag, then ge profile side-by-side fridge

Who knew that refrigerators would be such a hot topic on this site?! Not me. Much like toilets (here, here and here)... you learn as you go. And I'm simply sharing what I've learned here on this site -- so maybe others can benefit from this information. One thing's for sure (if you haven't already figured this out)... any time I spend a good deal of time researching something that's house-related, I almost always share that info here on this website. I figure, if it took a lot of my time to … [Read more...]

Should We Get A Freezerless Refrigerator AND A Standalone Freezer Instead Of A Side-By-Side?

It recently dawned on me: Go freezerless!And if it weren't for the in-the-door ice & water dispenser (that we use several times a day currently), we'd probably do just that: Go with a freezerless refrigerator in the kitchen of our new log home.Because... we've been toying with the idea of including a full-size freezer in the nearby pantry anyway. The reason? We buy a lot of bulk meats, vegetables & processed foods (pizzas & tv dinners). And the pantry is just a skip away, … [Read more...]

Washers And Dryers And Refrigerators… Oh My!

I went appliance shopping the other day. ...And I took 15 pages of notes!Yep, I spent close to 3 hours at the local Home Depot and Lowe's stores trying to get some basic ideas for our kitchen and laundry appliances.I don't know where we'll eventually buy our appliances from, but I simply wanted to get some general information about the products available on the market today.As I inspected, opened, closed, turned, sized, and photographed practically every appliance that the Home Depot had … [Read more...]