Sunday, March 15, 2009

Home ideas and eco-friendly tips

There are some tips for reducing your environmental impact in the April 2009 issue of Country Living. Tips include returning wire coat hangers to the dry cleaners, using artificial petroleum-free logs (they burn longer and emit less carbon monoxide), using bar soap instead of liquid soap (too much packaging), using cloth napkins, using a toaster oven for simple baking, using your dishwasher's air dry cycle, and shopping online.

Entertaining idea from that issue: Use small jars of honey for table place markers at weddings and parties. The labels which you make are seating markers, and the honey--or whatever you want--is a nice party favor. There are lots of other home and wedding ideas in that issue.

The March/April issue of Lowe's Creative Ideas has a number of house and garden hints. (I'm glad to see that the Formica Laminate boomerang pattern is making a comeback.) Paint colors I like include Homestead Resort Antique Lace (Valspar)--not the usual boring off-white. Eddie Bauer has some interesting colors, btw.

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