Human Interest


Home Design Tips for Generation X

Home Design Tips for Generation X


Posted By on Sep 21, 2012

Generation Xers are 30 to 45 years old.  Lifestyles for the generation vary greatly from those just settling down and starting a family to those whose children are heading off to college.  Generation X was the first generation to have a majority of families with double income.  Even with the increase of working parents, Generation X pushed to find a work-life balance.  Employers have seen a shift in loyalty.  Generation X has been willing and able to pursue better positions in other companies where previous generations would “climb the ladder” by committing years to the same company.  Many times Gen Xers will change jobs for better hours, more vacation or a better benefits/insurance package, not just for more money.  It has become clear over the years, the number one priority for Gen Xers is family, not providing financially for their family, but providing for the overall well being of their family.  What does this mean when it comex to home design?

Generation X wants to enjoy their family time in and out of their homes.  Gen Xers want homes that are efficiently organized with adequate storage and minimal wasted space and energy efficient.  Buzz words like “cozy” and “inviting” abound in this market, Generation X is looking for informal but not chaotic.  Emphasis is usually placed on kitchen design, and the ease of transition between indoor living space and outdoor living space.

In our next blog “Home Design Tips for Gen X ~ Organized Storage”, we will discuss design tips for an organized home and how to add storage.

Read More

I don’t know why, but when I blog, I feel like I need to explain my thought process.  Instead of just posting the blog, I like to go into detail and introduce why I’m blogging about a certain topic.  I think this is a quirk specific to me… I’ve read many post that are just “here’s the article.”  Maybe this quirk stems from being a fiction reader, I’m used to following a plot.  There is a beginning, a body and an ending and they all follow a path.  Blogging isn’t normally like that.  Blogging is more similar to journalism, I guess.  Anyway…

I’ve been tossing around the idea of blogging about home trends to suit specific times in our lives.  How an empty nester’s home will differ from a couple just starting out.  On the surface, it may seem that the same house would work for either of these couples.  In both cases it is just 2 people; however, their needs are very different.  After thinking some more, I came up with the idea of doing a series of blogs for each generation.  This led to research about the different generations… Did you know there is a generation between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers Generation aptly named the Silent Generation?  Or that the latest generation (born since 2000) are known as the Always-On Generation or Gen AO?

Wikipedia has a great page about the various generations.  They go into depth about personality traits of each generation and why these traits are believed to be exhibited.  Very interested read.  Click here to read more.

So to end this transitional introductory blog, that is really not necessary…  I will be blogging about home designs and trends for each generation. 😉

Read More

Home Safety Month


Posted By on Jun 6, 2011

From live well, work well a monthly newsletter from Cross Insurance:

June is Home Safety Month and it’s the perfect time for you to make sure your home is as safe as possible for you and your family.  The Home Safety Council provides the following tips to help you avoid various hazards in your home:

  • Put a non-slip mat in your shower.
  • Keep stairs clear of clutter and ensure proper lighting at the top and bottom.  Use safety gates if you have young children.
  • Make sure you have sturdy handrails on all stairs (indoors and outdoors).
  • Wipe up spills when they happen.
  • Keep the Poison Control phone number (1-800-222-1222) by each telephone and programmed into your cell phone.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and regularly check the batteries.
  • Read label of all products you use in your home.  Any that say “caution,” “warning” or something similar should be stored away from children either locked up or on a high shelf.
  • Keep all medications out of reach of children.  Make sure they are not in purses, pockets or drawers where children could easily access.
  • Keep original labels on all medications and cleaning supplies.
  • Always stay by the stove or grill when cooking.
  • Keep grills at least 10 feet away from your house, garage and any trees or bushes.  Keep children and pets away.
  • Only light candles when an adult is in the room, and never leave candles burning unattended.
  • Have a fire escape plan and hold a fire drill with your family.  Make sure all adults in the house know how and when to use a fire extinguisher.
  • If you have a pool or hot tub, install a fence around it.
  • Always watch children carefully when in the bathtub or pool, even small, child-sized pools.

For more information and tips check out the Home Safety Councils website at: http://www.homesafetycouncil.org

Read More

Spring pet care tips.


Posted By on Apr 25, 2011

Another sure sign of spring.  .  .  The dogs are starting to itch.  Time to order the flea meds.  .  .  Flea medication is not the only consideration to think about for spring pet care.  Here is a brief list of items to contemplate:

  1. Spring time nail care: dogs and cats spend less time outside during the winter months and walk on cushiony snow, this allows their nails to grow longer instead of being filed down by sidewalks, gravel, rocks, etc.  Trimming your pet’s nails is a good idea to avoid injury from getting their nails caught.
  2. Animals will be shedding their winter coats as the temperature creep up.  A good brushing, followed by a bath and another brushing will remove a lot of that excess hair and leave their coats shiny and clean.  This will also help eliminate the amount of hair and dander left on furniture, carpets, and pet beds.
  3. As you start to prepare for the upcoming growing season, take extra care in choosing your yard care products to be sure they are safe for your pets.  You should also be aware of the products you use in your home for spring cleaning, as well as any pesticides you use to eliminate ants, and bee/wasp hives.
  4. Consumer products are not the only things harmful to your pets, many plants are just as deadly as pesticides & weed control chemicals.  The ASPCA keeps a list of these toxic plants on their website: Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants
Read More

Grrr, It’s Cold Outside


Posted By on Jan 8, 2011

Here in the Northeast, natives are fully prepared with wool sweaters, long johns, ski pants, coats, hats, mittens, and scarves for the cold temps we experience during the winter months.  But we are not the only ones that brave the cold on a daily basis.  Our cats and dogs enjoy frolicking in the snow but are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia as well as other cold weather related conditions.

Did you know that dogs and cats lose the majority of their body heat through their feet, followed by their respiratory tract, then their ears?  These are three areas pet owners should pay special attention.

Feet:  Be sure to check the pads of pets feet and between their toes for packed snow/ice.  Snow and ice can be removed with a warm wash cloth.  Also, if your pets walk on surfaces treated with ice melt compounds, sand or salt, their feet should be washed daily to prevent drying and cracking from the harshness of these mixtures.

Respiratory tract: on extremely cold days, try to limit the amount of time your pet spends outside.  Even if outfitted with a sweater and pet booties, each breath they take is literally chilling them from the inside out.

Ears:  a dog’s sense of smell tells it more about their environment than what they can see or hear combined.  When the landscape is covered in a blanket of snow, scents are smothered and buried.  This makes them work harder to pick up those scents.  Dogs will walk with their heads down, sticking them in snow piles and bankings.  If you have a hound, spaniel, retriever or any variety with long ears, they will be wearing snowball ear rings in minutes.  BRRR!   Bring them in and let them thaw out or use a warm wash cloth to thaw the snow.

Our pets depend on us to take care of them.  Please take extra care during this coldest time of the year.

Read More

“Y” is for Year-End Review


Posted By on Dec 8, 2010

Most American make New Year’s Resolutions, many of us don’t verbalize these goals, but in the back of our minds we say “This year I’m going to…”  Have you ever noticed that resolutions tend to be the same or at least have a similar theme year after year?  Well, this year, I’m NOT going to have a New Year’s Resolution to start 2011.  I’m going to have a Year-End Review of 2010.

New Year’s Resolutions are about what we want to be/happen, a Year-End Review is about what is/has been.  By March most of us have lost sight of our resolution because we didn’t plan ahead and base our goals on our current reality.  By doing a Year-End Review, I am going to evaluate what really happened during the previous year, define what is important to me based on where my energy was spent in 2010, and focus my intent on the changes I want to make in my life.

Here is a brief description of how to do a Personal Year-End Review: (I have chosen 3 different areas to review based on the most common resolutions: personal time/organization, budget, weight loss/fitness)

  1. Using your calendar/date book, write down all the important events that happened in 2010.  This could include: vacations, meetings, appointments, major purchases, parties, home renovations, don’t forget recurring appointments (like gym time), etc.
  2. Review the list you’ve just created.  What are you most proud of, what do you wish you had spent more time/energy doing, number the top five events of 2010.
  3. Compare balances:  bank account balances, credit card balances, principle balances on mortgages/home equity lines, and loans.  Compared to the end of 2009 to the end of 2010, how much have you saved/paid.
  4. Compare your physical fitness:  call your doctor’s office if need be to get your health information.  Compare your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and waist measurements for 2009 to 2010.  If you don’t have this info for 2009, write down 2010’s so you have it for 2011!

Now that you have your 3 lists, look at your calendar for 2011.  It is an open slate, make it what YOU want!!

Here are some links to give you other ideas of how to do a Personal Year-End Review:

http://shiftingcareers.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/26/year-end-review-with-yourself/

http://celestinechua.com/blog/year-end-review/

http://simplelifehabits.com/life-habits/the-importance-of-a-personal-year-end-review

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2010/12/7-important-questions-to-ask-yourself.html

Read More