Category Archives: Tips and Ideas

Does Your Outdoor Furniture need an Update?

Now that the weather is warm, and we are spending more time outside, how’s your outdoor furniture looking? Often the furniture is in good shape and may need a refresh with a good cleaning and coat of paint. The challenging part is when you want to replace cushions or pillows. If you have ever shopped for them, you will notice there is a wide variety of options, and it can be confusing, so I decided to investigate.

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How to Increase Wellness in your Home

I frequently say that all space should be beautiful. I am referring to a home that offers you peace, comfort, and beauty as we cannot control what is happening outside of our homes; we can influence what is happening inside them. In this article, I would like to discuss the wellness of your home and how you can increase it.

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Container Gardening for Beginners

Let me begin this article by saying I am not a gardener. I do love the taste and freshness of herbs when I cook, and I was interested in starting an herb garden using containers. If you have ever expressed the desire to venture out and give this project a try, now is the perfect time to start.

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2019 What Home Changes will you Make?

The New Year is an exciting time as it resonates with everyone differently, for me, it’s time to look at my home with a fresh perspective. I go through the exercise of walking my house, and I consider what I would change and what could I remove? If you go through this process, ask yourself, “What is the thing that bothers me the most?”

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Holiday Family Traditions

There are a few holiday traditions that we hold dear in the Correale household. As a parent of four kids, I saved all of their hand-made ornaments and holiday items and pulled them out each holiday to decorate the Christmas tree. Even though all my children are grown, they love to look at the crafts and remember each one of them.

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Things to Do this December and January

Do you have friends or family visiting over the upcoming holidays? I always like to come up with some activities to help keep everyone busy and happy. I did a post before Thanksgiving that included things to do in the Philadelphia area including holiday shopping, etc. that are ongoing now, click here to see that article. To help you create your activity calendar, I’ve summarized options that you can plan:

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Helpful Holiday Tips

I love all the entertaining, beautiful holiday décor, and visiting with friends and family during the holiday season. It can be challenging to keep the balance of enjoying the holidays and not stressing over things that need to be done. The to-do list seems to double or triple in some cases. This week, I am offering tips that can help reduce the stress that may occur this fun holiday season, or you find yourself over-booked.

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Things to Do Thanksgiving Week

Depending on your holiday vacation schedule and if you have family or friends visiting you this week you may want to come up with some activities to keep everyone happy. In other words, to keep you happy! There are the usual choices to go shopping at the King of Prussia Mall on Black Friday, go to the movies (buy your tickets in advance if you wish to get in), or go bowling (which can be fun if family groups become teams and compete.) For additional ideas in the Philadelphia, PA and surrounding areas:

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Transform and Use your Fireplace

Do you have an old wood-burning fireplace that you never use because of the hassles involved? I want to offer some alternatives so that you can make that space useful and transform it into a used feature in your home. There are various fireplace insert options available that can be fitted into your existing firebox and they include:  electric, pellet, and gas.

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3 Ways to Display your Kid’s Artwork

With the start of September and the start of school, it’s time to come up with a decorative way to display your kid’s artwork. As a parent of four kids, we always encouraged art projects, painting, and clay in our home. We always tried to instill self-expression through some form of art or crafts. When they were little we had a large bulletin board in our laundry room, and each child got to decide which one or two pictures they loved the most, and they hung it proudly. Through the years, I collected folders per year of their best artwork. Even though my children are in their 20’s and early 30’s they still enjoy the extraordinary paintings, papier-mâché and pottery pieces we have saved through the years. Some are beautiful, and some are hysterically bad!

One of my children, Rachel, went on to art school, and I am very blessed to have several large pieces of hers hanging in my home. The featured photo on this post displays one of my favorites!

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