March 29, 2018

The Benefits of Childhood Chores — Real Parents Weigh In

Keeping a property tidy is hard enough, let alone when you have one or more children living with you. (Maybe that’s why I stick to fur babies!) Picking up spills, clothes and toys becomes a never-ending chore, that’s found to be an irresponsible practice when paired with shielding children from chores. Do you believe kids should do chores? Or should they just be kids? One of my favorite chores to do as a kid was dusting and vacuuming the house. My Mom always believed in giving us weekly chores to help not only, teach us responsibility, but show us how to care for “the items” we own. I recently posted this video on my Facebook Page by Parenting Today, which shows the chore debate. The video also highlighted a 2014 Braun Research survey that found while 82-percent of Americans report have regular chores growing up, only 28-percent of parents today […]
March 22, 2018

PETS: Bird Proof a Home or Else | The Tragic Tale of Whitey

As a homeowner we do our best to keep our home safe not only for loved ones, but for guests and pets too. There are many dangers within the confines of your property that can be harmful, some deadly– I found that out the hard way this weekend… With the touch of a button, the home environment that I take pride in became a toxic chamber for my bird, Whitey. The convenience of having a self-cleaning oven triggered respiratory failure and ultimately Whitey’s untimely death. [IMPORTANT: This is a hard post to write, I’m heartbroken, but the outpouring of support that admittedly agree they too were unaware of this safety issue, prompted me to write this post. Please take a moment and share this information to raise awareness and prevent another bird to suffer like Whitey. See responses below.] Meet Whitey (aka Coo-da), a white owl pigeon we rescued in […]
March 15, 2018

Tori’s 2018 Spring Home Goals

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting cabin fever here in New York City, you know when you feel you’re just a few weeks away from full blooms, warmer weather and sandals, but the temperature outside is only flirting with 40 degrees. (Ahhhhh!) So, whenever I feel like this — I like to pull out my home planner to brainstorm my spring home goals and projects to conquer before the summer fun starts. Over the weekend Sal and I sat down to prioritize which projects to research, plan, and actually complete. I highly recommend sitting down and creating a home to-do list of your own and if you don’t know where to start grab our new home planner, which highlights common seasonal projects and gives you a place to store all your home ideas. Let me just say, it feels amazing to have a plan so I can turn off the mental […]
March 10, 2018

Daylight Saving Time: 6 Home Projects to Embrace the Spring Season

As I watch the snow melt on the ground in my backyard, I can’t help but feel excited to hear we’re springing ahead this weekend– which means spring time is quickly approaching. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, daylight saving time begins setting the clocks forward by one hour, throughout much of the United States. While mornings will stay darker longer for a while, we’ll start enjoying more daylight in the evenings. (Yippie!) Besides setting your clocks forward by an hour, now is the perfect time to wash away old man winter and refresh your home both inside and out. It’s a transitional season of new beginnings. Spring symbolizes the start of new projects, sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth comes to life again after the thaw. I don’t know about you, but when I see the trees finally bloom […]
March 1, 2018

Decorating Mindset: Right Brain Thinking Helps Style a Home

Do you have the right decorating mindset to style a home? No matter where you are in the homeownership process it’s important to focus your perceptions so your home is the most appealing on the block. Every homeowner, especially those selling, must become successful at creating first impressions. This step allows you to develop a good sense of what your audience (buyer or guest) wants, and what it takes to ensure that you stand out in their minds well after visiting your property.  Think of your open house or dinner party as if it’s opening night for your favorite show. The stars would be walking the red carpet, dressed to impress, promoting the show and creating excitement and buzz—that’s what staging does to your home when selling (or staying). The Decorating Mindset A buyer’s gut reaction never goes away, so make sure to critique each area of your home or […]