The Best and Worst Places to Hide a Spare House Key

As we approach the holiday season, many people will head out of town to visit family or take vacation. Fearing a break in because the spare key you hid for your pet sitter/house sitter/friend/family member is in an obvious spot should not be a source of stress! So, if you decide to leave a spare key, you’ll need to be clever and avoid the most common hiding places that burglars are likely to check. According to home security specialist ADT, these are the best and worst places to put a spare:

Chinese Restaurants in Bethesda

One of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Bethesda just closed and I am on the hunt for a new favorite Chinese restaurant for Sunday dinners! Here are three possible winners for my favorite Chinese restaurants in Bethesda!

Tips for Organizing your Child’s Playroom

A playroom is a place where kids and imaginations should run wild, but that doesn’t mean that toys, books, stuffed animals, and other playthings should be in a constant state of disorder. It’s better for your sanity if everything is in its proper place, and your kids will learn valuable lessons on the importance of keeping their spaces neat and organized!

Look no further than the below tips for creating a tidy play space and-most importantly – keeping it tidy!

5 Tips for Cleaning out your Garage

For many of us, cleaning out our garage is no simple afternoon task. Most garages hold years of accumulated and forgotten items, and clearing them out is a serious job. Below are five tips to help you make the most of the big clean-out.

Outdoor Activities in the DC Area: Off the Beaten Path

Now that we’re well into warmer weather, I decided to write about local places that are best enjoyed outdoors–and that are slightly off the beaten path. While these spots are by no means undiscovered, they are also not tourist traps like the National Mall during summer months. As a result, you can avoid the possible spring/summer 2021 tourist rush as people desperate to travel after a year indoors descend upon DC. If the arrival of May has you itching to spend more time outside, read on for my recommendations!

Cleaning out your Linen Closet

I expect each month that decluttering and reorganizing will become simpler. I will get the hang of it and build on past successes – but it doesn’t seem to work that way. This month I pledged to myself to tackle the linen closet. We’d all love to have a linen closet worthy of a home design magazine, but despite our best intentions, these spaces often become the junk drawer equivalents for everything bed and bath-related, not to mention the extra toiletries and medicines that I don’t know where to store. This is really aspirational for me because I go into homes listed for sale and some linen closets are beautifully arranged with crisply folded sheets and towels.

But fear not — with a little resourcefulness and creativity, we can both say goodbye to teetering stacks of towels and piles of hastily folded sheets.

Here’s how to organize the linen closet of your dreams in a few simple steps.

Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream in Bethesda

Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream in Bethesda is a two year old ice cream store with locations at the Wildwood Shopping Center and at 5241 River Road. If you are looking for delicious ice cream or unusual flavors, Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream is the place to go.

The DC Area’s Most Beautiful Gardens

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd and with spring finally here, why not get yourself outdoors by visiting one of the DC area’s beautiful gardens. While some of the indoor facilities connected to the gardens are currently closed due to COVID, the outdoor spaces remain open. What better way to ease yourself back into leaving the house than walking through peaceful gardens with flowers blooming for spring! So, without further delay, read on for our list of gorgeous local gardens!

Home Office Organization

My goal for March was to declutter and organize my home office. It was difficult to get going on this task, so I turned to the internet for a few tips.

Here is what I found.

St. Patrick’s Day: A Glimpse Backwards and a Lise Howe Group Recommendation

It’s early March, which means spring is almost upon us! But before the flowers are in full bloom, people of Irish descent around the world (or people looking for a reason to imbibe) celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. While historically a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular affair in modern times, involving revelery, drinking, green clothing, and celebrating all things Irish.

So, in honor of St. Paddy’s Day, we thought we’d delve into the history of the holiday, and, for those interested in some fun, we conclude with a great spot to safely celebrate in the DC area.