Zev won’t use the bathroom. This is a problem for Zev, but it’s a problem for me, too. Because when your four-year-old son avoids the downstairs bathroom at all costs, you’re going to end up footing the bill… eventually.
Here’s the thing: our downstairs bathroom is right off a stairwell that leads to the basement. And Zev, bless him, is afraid of that dark, spooky basement. So, although it’s obvious he needs to go — dancing feet, legs crossed, and the clearest sign of all, protesting adamantly that he DOES NOT HAVE TO GO! Continue Reading
For many of us, the next 8 weeks comprise that glorious time of year when you almost don’t need a thermostat. The days aren’t too warm, the nights aren’t too cool. Life is good. And if you let that lull you into a complacent delusion that you’ll never need a thermostat, well, you are just very, very wrong about that. Winter’s ending, the heat is coming, you’re going to need one again soon, and badly.
Installing an occupancy-sensor switch is a quick, easy job that can make a big difference. This week, I got a chance to try out one of Lutron’s Maestro Occupancy Sensing switches in our bathroom. Read on to see how I installed it, and to find out how to enter to win five Maestro switches for your home (a $100 value!).
First off, do you know what an occupancy sensing switch does? How about a vacancy-sensor? Yeah, I guess I was a little confused at first, too. Continue Reading
I love tools that do double-duty. This week, we’re giving away a Dremel Moto-Saw; a handheld or bench-mounted precision scroll-saw/coping-saw! It’s perfect for all sorts of detailed craft and woodworking projects, like this cool bathroom towel tree we posted about last week (keep reading to find out how to enter to win):
Here’s a bright idea: an energy-efficient light bulb that costs less than $10, looks just like your old incandescents, and lasts for 25,000 hours. No flicker (like CFLs), instant-on (unlike some other LEDs), dimmable, and produces and a warm, omni-directional light. The new Cree LED bulb does all that, and uses way less energy than a standard bulb. This week, we’re teaming up with Cree to giveaway 10 of their new energy-efficient bulbs, and throwing in a $250 Home Depot gift card as well! Continue Reading
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I know some of you are looking for a creative gift for your special person/pet/self. Well, look no further! A gallery wall of picture frames from Change of Art fits the bill perfectly; just fill it up with some family snapshots and you’re ready to go! We’ll give you two! Read on to learn more about this week’s prize, and how to win!
Change of Art frames are built to make the picture framing and hanging process easier and faster than ever. Continue Reading
And you thought you were done getting gifts this winter! This week, we’ve teamed up with Blinds.com to give away two $500 gift cards; that means two lucky winners will get five big ones to spends at Blinds.com, where you can find an awesome selection of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes. Read on to find out how to enter!
Tomorrow, we’ll show you how we worked with Blinds.com to revitalize the windows in the Curbly House. Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, we were thrilled to take part in HouseLogic.com’s Boost Your Roost contest. We received over 300 entries, and it was a real challenge to narrow it down. But after a lot of careful reading, we sent our choices along to HouseLogic, and they chose the entry from Tara Roy of Maine as our finalist. That means Tara has a chance to win a $20,000 home renovation for her and her five kids. Continue Reading
This July we’re hooking up with HouseLogic.com to give one lucky reader a $20,000 home renovation. We’re helping to choose four of the contest finalists, and all you have to do is send me an e-mail! Read on on to find out more.
Ok, first thing: you need to be a homeowner (sorry, renters), and you have to live in the United States (sorry, everyone else). If you’re in that category, and you could use $20,000 for a renovation project in your house then I have some good news. Continue Reading