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G is for… Green

Going “green.”

Hubs and I went to a real estate seminar this week.  We talked a lot about various dos and don’ts of buying and selling real estate, and what types of things add value to homes when buying or selling.  And I plan to dedicate more of a post to this later on.

But we eventually got into talking about added value things that come from creating a “green” property.  Things like toilets that use less water when the flush to using carpets that are made from recycled materials, or even using bamboo instead of local trees for hardwood flooring.

Although, thinking about it now I’m not surprised, but it was amazing to think of all the things people look for in homes, and that being green is important to a lot of people.

And although we just moved in, and are still trying to do the decorating and all the things that make our house OUR hose, I want to start thinking about things that we can do to make our home more green, and then eventually do them.


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A Post About My Free Knife

As if clothes shopping wasn’t bad enough, but did I really need to be distracted by the promise of a free knife?

But I totally was.  I was busy stalking a dress in Walmart when they announced that in two minutes, everyone would receive a FREE KNIFE.  And who doesn’t like free?

It ended up being a demonstration about the famous Forever Sharp knife that is guaranteed never to go dull over the life of the knife, which is supposed to be forever.  And for watching/participating in the demonstration, we got a free paring knife, for each of us.  Because who doesn’t love a paring knife?

I can’t say I wasn’t excited about watching a demonstration about a really cool knife.  I totally was.  I raised my hand and got a free “World’s Smallest Juicer.”  Which, apparently they sell in Florida for $3.  But I got it FREE!

So obviously the demonstration was to promote this really sharp knife and get you to buy it.

And guess who has a new set of knives?  Yup.  Me!  But we needed them, so it was a great deal.

So for participating, we both got a free paring knife, and I got the juicer.  The part where you had to buy something came a little later where you buy the knife which is a $33 value, and you get a second knife free.  And then they just kept adding free things.

And this is what we got.

And this is what it looks like out of the box.

Yup.  That is 3 Forever Sharp knives, a Pro-filet knife, 2 paring knives, 2 juicers, AND a set of 4 steak knives.  And this was in addition to the paring knives and juicer we already got.  Do the math.  It’s a lot of knives.  And they are really sharp.  The informercials show this knife cutting through an aluminum can.  But the demonstrator used a steel hammer a carving board and a tomato to show just how sharp this knife was.  Yup.  I was sold.

We really don’t have a need for 3 of those knives.  I wonder if we’ll ever had the need for 2.  But they give you the third knife for free with purchase so you can give it to a friend.  And every sales person or business owner out there knows that word of mouth is the best advertising is people talking.

So we have this extra knife.  And we really haven’t been out much to give it to our friends so we can tell them how awesome this really awesome knife is.   But in the meantime I had to write this post to talk about how much I love this knife.  And that I got so much for free.  And to plug their website.  And to mention that with this knife and set of knives, you will probably not need another set of knives.  Ever.  And I plan to test this fact.

Now, here’s the question: WHO WANTS A FREE KNIFE?  I have one to give away, so please let me know if you’re interested.

And check out their website for a great deal on the sets they offer.

Forever Sharp Knife Series

***I was not asked to write this post, nor am I being paid for it.  I was only asked to give a free knife to a friend and to pass along my excitement about this product.***

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The Painting Project

I need to paint.  I need to paint.  I need to paint.

Not in an artistic, finger-painty way.  No.  In a new-house-where-the-previous-owners-painted-everything-puky-brown way.  Everything.  Every.  Thing.  Is.  Brown.  Except the kitchen.  And the bathroom.  But everything else is brown, or sort of a tan-brown color.  And it’s just awful.

But what’s more is that I have no idea what OTHER colors I want to use to change the house.  I’m thinking the problem is that I can’t SEE any other colors because everything is brown.  Yes.  Even the ceiling was painted brown. It’s not the end of the world, but I feel as though I need to whitewash everything.  Clean slate.  Then I can visualize what should go where…

Oh, and there’s this funny 70’s style panelling in the guest room/spare room/music room/office.  But only on one wall.  I have no idea what to do with that.

Hubs and I talked about tearing up the carpet and having hardwood floors.  The thing is, we don’t really know what’s under the carpet just yet. And the carpet is in pretty good shape, so it would be silly to tear it up right away.  I’m hoping there’s salvageable hardwood underneath, but if there’s not, I’m thinking of throwing laminate floors down.  Or at least real wood downstairs and maybe laminate upstairs.

I guess the idea is that we should be making the house our own.  We got some new living room furniture, but there are so many other things on the wishlist, and every time we go to Lowes, there’s something new to add.

I’m looking for advice on how to tackle this whole painting project that needs to be done.  Any ideas?

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I just spent hours on the phone with the car insurance company and the cable company.  I don’t think I want to be on the phone anymore today.  I don’t understand why people don’t get the concept of good customer service, or customer service at all.  Like I NEED to be stressed out and frustrated.

To calm those nerves I spent less than an hour at the bookstore looking for a book I heard about on TV yesterday.  Exploiting My Baby, by Teresa Strasser.  There are so many clinical books out there that explain the what and the wherefore, but this seems to be a more down-to-earth look at the reality of pregnancy.  Once I let the bookstore take over, and let myself breathe for a moment, I found another book that seems equally amusing and not all that neurotic: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy, by Vicki Iovine.

Having just found out we’re having a boy, feeling his heartbeat and seeing his little body inside me, things seem more real now.  Not that they weren’t before.  It’s just the idea that there is a little nugget inside me, spending my days and nights with me, 24/7… bonding with me, just hanging out.  It’s incredible. And no, I don’t want to be one of those women who’s all, Check out my baby, he’s better than you’re baby… I’m just amazed at how connected I feel.  Yes.  I’m that sappy.

And the beautiful thing?  I was so incredibly stressed dealing with people on the phone all morning that I never want to be on the phone again, and the calming effect of the bookstore and getting books that will tell me what’s going on with the little nugget is pretty darn cool.

And the animals are actually calm.  I wonder if they can sense anything?