How to Install Your Home Security Cameras in 5 Easy Steps

Home security is important — only 17% of homeowners have a home security system, and the other 83% are three times more likely to be victims of a burglary. However, professional installation of a home security system can be expensive. DIY-installing video cameras in your home can be an effective way to deter and detect intruders, and the added security can help parents keep an eye on their children from another location. If you live in a large home, you’ll want security cameras to cover all potential access points. If you live in a smaller home or apartment, you likely need only a portable all-in-one device. The great thing about a do-it-yourself security system is that you can customize it to best meet your needs. Below, we show you how simple it is to set up your own DIY security … [Read more...]

Vintage Decor Defined

When it comes to home decor, everything can be charted on a historical timeline with labels like contemporary, antique, vintage or retro.  However since nothing is ever certified with a date, the actual period of a piece can often be open to interpretation.  Add to that confusion about what these terms mean and creating a vintage inspired space, can become a real challenge. According to Merriam-Webster, the term vintage relates primarily to wine and is the modified form of the French word vendage, meaning "the grapes picked during a season." Perhaps a more helpful explanation comes from Ruby Lane, noting that "an item described as 'vintage' should speak of the era in which it was produced. Vintage can mean an item is of a certain period of time, as in "vintage 1950's" but it can also … [Read more...]

Community Gardening – Summer Maintenance and Harvest of a Square Foot Garden

Hurry up and wait.  That’s what this first month of the garden has been.  After planning and building and filling the raised bed, there was plant purchases and reading and actual planting.   Now we wait.  Planting in late May, we chose to skip seeding for the most part and chose organic plants to transplant into the bed. The good news – almost all of them have taken hold.  We did lose the cilantro almost immediately – this wasn’t much of a surprise as I’ve never had much luck with cilantro even in containers on the back porch.   We built a trellis for the cucumbers and staked the tomatoes. With tomatoes, you ultimately have 2 varieties – determinate and indeterminate.  Basically – those are plants that will either produce one time a set amount (determinate) or continue to produce … [Read more...]

Take Fireworks Photos that SPARKLE

On July 4, 1776 America declared her independence.  That means that this year is our nation's 240th birthday.  That also means that in the coming days hundreds of thousands of folks in America are going to gather to watch a glorious display of pyrotechnics in the sky.  {I'd sure love for someone to blast some fireworks into the sky for MY birthday each year!} {photo credit} Photographing fireworks is sometimes tricky. The night time conditions aren't ideal for photography, to begin with. Add in getting a crisp focus on a bursting ball of sparkles and it almost seems impossible. Using these few steps YOU can capture beautiful photos of any fireworks show. Don't forget the tripod.  You'll be taking photos in the dark so you're going to want complete stillness in your camera's … [Read more...]

Decor Elements to Easily Create FarmHouse Style

Farmhouse style has evolved over the years, from a lifestyle of necessity to a chic way of living that focuses on simplicity and heritage.  Recycling, upcycling and renovating are all a part of Farmhouse style.  But you don't have to live in a fabulous old farmhouse to create a country feel in your space.  I've pulled together some of my favorite ways to help you create a space with rustic elements and a nod to the past. I don't think there is anything more quintessentially farmhouse than a farmhouse sink.  Big and deep, the just the thing to wash produce, bath children and anything else!  One of my favorite farmhouse style sinks is the Blanco Fireclay Sinks featuring Blanco Cerana, the perfect blend of durability and versatility, perfect for your traditional or contemporary … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Printables and Quotes

For Father's Day this year, we thought it would be fun to offer you a couple of special things, printables and quotes. You see, holidays don't have to be about expensive, store bought gifts or even fancy, elaborate meals. They can be simple and fun. They can involve the kids. They can be handmade. Use the printable questionnaire below to ask the kids questions about their dad. The younger the child, the sillier the answer. Like this, "My dad weighs 82 pounds." Dad hasn't weighed 82 pounds since grade school! Come back each year to print one out and see how the answers change with age and a smidge more {childlike} wisdom. {Image credit, Becca Paro of Jumping Jax Designs}   Does Dad do all of the grilling? You could frame this one and set it out for him or hang it next to his … [Read more...]