August 10, 2017

[Shop the Look] College-Bound? Last Minute Dorm Essentials Every Student Needs

Sending a kid off to college this year? An empty nest doesn’t have to require an empty wallet. We’ve gathered our back-to-college picks that will turn a dull, boring dorm room into a multi-functional space for your kid to study hard or kick back and relax between classes. It can be a daunting task, packing up your life to move into a tiny dorm room with a stranger. It’s important to pack accordingly so you don’t waste space or end up with duplicate items. So, what do you need to bring to show off your style, save space and get you through until Thanksgiving? Well, check out our dorm picks from colorful area rugs and lighting to on-trend decor and pretty bedding there is something for everyone at an affordable price. Decor That Rules  The decor items below involve marble, mixed metals, organic materials, tassels and geometric patterns to keep your […]
June 26, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Better Half | An Ode to My Husband

If you’ve been following our journey online, then chances are you’ve stumbled across my husband, Sal Arena. Today (well, actually June 27th) we get to celebrate you as you enter into your 45th year of life! You’ve never wanted to be thrown into the spotlight, but as you’ve supported my goals throughout life you’ve become the networking king, life of the party and outgoing co-host — which many have come to recognize. Dear Poop, We met nearly 20 years ago and it’s been a privilege to be around you as you nurture, problem-solve and spread joy to everyone in your world. I admire your innate ability to get along with ANYONE and your outgoing personality. You’ve encouraged me to believe in people and support them, regardless of the outcome.  Today I am thankful to be your wife. I’m thankful that you chose me, and that you continue to choose me […]
June 19, 2017

15 Ways to Welcome Summer Into Your Home (Selling or Staying)

The summer solstice happens this week officially starting my favorite season in the U.S., summer, which means we’re spending more time outdoors – gardening in the yard, jumping in the pool, firing up the barbecue, dining al fresco and soaking up the summer sun. Like the change of seasons, it’s important to change your home decor to reflect the time of year and refresh the space – both outdoors and indoors to show off at a moment’s notice. Here are some ways to welcome the season into your home. Curb appeal lures homebuyers and guests inside. If you have a front yard, make sure the door stands out with a colorful coat of paint. Plant flowers with contrasting colors to create personality. Add a decorative wreath and new welcome mat as a way to greet those at the door and invite them inside. Create some entertaining space. Think summer barbecues, […]
June 12, 2017

[VIDEO] How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

We’ve been benefiting from the veggies in our garden for nearly five years now. Yes, I live in Queens, NY but my roots are from a farm back in Central Jersey — so this city girl knows a thing or two about starting a vegetable garden. The benefits of growing your own vegetables include: ingesting higher nutrients, healthier living, controlling pesticides and can save you money at the grocery store. Learn how to grow a vegetable garden in a few simple steps with minimal effort.  Choose a good location We built raised beds on the side yard near the kitchen to grow various vegetables. This location gets morning sun, allowing for just the right amount shade to not burn out the plants. Also, choose a location that’s close to your watering source and if you have wild animals venturing onto your property consider building a fence to secure your garden. […]
June 5, 2017
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Birthday Reflection: Another Year Older & Wiser by Tori Toth

It’s my birthday on Tuesday, a time to reflect (not dwell) on life’s past and cherish the moments I’ve set out to create. [You don’t have the right to complain about your life, if you’re not willing to change anything.] Words I’ve come to live by. Change is the constant in my life. If you know me at all, then you’ve come to realize I’m always up to something – whether adopting a new pet, maintaining the home, traveling, entertaining, trying new career tactics, etc… In fact, many have told me (and Sal) that I exhaust them by conquering everything set out on the daily to do list. Yes, I relax – there are days when I just veg in front of the TV, but I feel better when I’m on the move making a difference, educating or trying something new. As a Gemini, I’m my biggest critic, motivator and […]