June 30, 2009

carriage light Looking for a quick update for lighting fixtures without buying new? If the lights still work, it is amazing the transformation you can make with a can of spray paint.

Instead of replacing the dated shiny brass light on my back porch, I bought a can of exterior spray paint made to adhere to metal. I chose Krylon’s H20 Latex in black – but there are MANY choices – even hammered finishes.

You might be wondering, as I did, if using spray paint at all can be considered a “green” choice. Here’s an article that convinced me that my project met the criteria for being both lean (reusing rather than buying something new) and green (environmentally-friendly).

krylon h20  Krylon’s H20 Latex™, the first 100 percent acrylic latex spray paint, contributes 55 percent less to smog pollution than most solvent-based spray paints. It can be safely sprayed indoors with ventilation.

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The Smart Traveler

June 19, 2009

travelling woman With airlines charging fees for checked baggage, it pays to keep what you pack for your trip to a minimum. One way to save space is to keep in mind that most hotels today offer amenities to help lighten your load. Here are a few things you likely won’t have to tuck in your suitcase:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Soap or body wash
  • Hairdryer
  • Alarm clock
  • Pool towels
  • Iron and ironing board

Some hotels also offer also offer robes, slippers, shower caps, sewing kits and shoe shine necessities.  Check with your hotel’s website before you leave to see what items they offer for their guests and you’ll likely save space, money – and have room for an extra pair of cute shoes.  : )