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Some Facts about a Reverse Mortgage

Staying in your home in the DC metro area is expensive as you start to age.  When you retire, your income typically falls off but the expenses of owning a home do not.  You might be considering a reverse mortgage as a way to make that equity in your home work for you instead of … Continued

Paint Color of the Year 2018

Is gray finally on the way out? In 2016, Simply White and Alabaster White were the hue of the moment. Then in 2017, we saw a shift to darker neutrals, like Benjamin Moore’s Shadow, Poised Taupe and Mushroom. So what is the paint color of the year 2018? The color of the year differs from company to company but at least three big companies, … Continued

New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement

January is almost over! How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions.  I gave up on mIne years ago!  Instead of making resolutions you probably won’t keep, like losing weight, or running five miles a week, why not focus on your home and use the new year to accomplish your home’s to-do list.  Here … Continued

What’s Hot in Kitchen Design for 2018?

What is hot in kitchen design for 2018?  In mid-January Houzz released the results of its 2018 Kitchen Trends study, which revealed that homeowners are obsessed with clutter-free countertops (75 percent), ingenious storage options (66 percent) and easy recycling (49 percent).  Sixty-three percent of homeowners said adequate storage was the most important feature in a kitchen, … Continued

Capital Crescent Civic Green Is Coming to Downtown!

The Capital Crescent Civic Green is coming to downtown Bethesda as a new park and civic space!  The currently vacant land across from the Bethesda Row Cinema near the intersection of Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues will become a new park soon.  Now after dinner at Silver or a new indie movie at Bethesda Row Cinema and … Continued

Beat the Snow – Five Ways!

Even though it has been warm this fall, there will eventually be snow!  Here are five ways to beat the snow and minimize the effects of those wintery blasts that must be coming!  Cover Your Shovel in Cooking Spray As anyone living in snow can attest, there are many different types of snowfall. Some is … Continued

Creating a Supportive Environment for Elderly Parents

It’s not easy being a caregiver to elderly parents or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. I learned this watching my mother-in-law as she declined over the last few years. She no longer lives with my brother-in-law but in an assisted living program.   With so many people with elderly parents in … Continued

Hacks to Simplify the Holidays!

Hacks to simplify the holidays! There is always so much chaos during the holidays with decorating and entertaining and house guests coming and going.  These twelve hacks make so much sense that it is hard to believe you didn’t think of them first!  Be sure to let me know if any of these work for … Continued

The History of the National Christmas Tree in Washington DC

the National Christmas Tree

Not surprisingly, the history of the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree is intertwined with the history of America for the last 94 years. Through peace and war, Americans have celebrated the season in this holiday event. Grace Coolidge and the First National Christmas Tree In November, 1923,  First Lady Grace Coolidge permitted the District … Continued

The Winter Light Display 2017 in Bethesda!

Hacks that simplify the holidays

One of the best parts of the holiday season is enjoying a winter light display around Bethesda.  Whether you are looking for light shows of Rudolf and Santa or the nativity, there is winter light display around Bethesda to delight you and your family! Be sure to dress warmly some of these involve walking outside! … Continued