Nate Berkus Inspired LG Kitchen Appliances

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Earth Day is today!  Happy Earth Day!  In keeping in the spirit of the day let’s talk about conserving our resources just a little, shall we?  We could drive more efficient cars or skip the car altogether some days.  We can swap out our light bulbs for the more efficient and much brighter LEDs.  For me, one of my favorite ways to conserve energy without having to lift a finger is to buy energy efficient appliances.  My refrigerator runs constantly so that’s an important appliance to have an energy star rating.  My washer and dryer also run constantly, or so it feels like anyway!  I love having an energy efficient washer and dryer set so I can be sure I’m saving as much money as possible there.

LG Nate Berkus Fridge

As you know, we’re about to move and when we do we’ll be needing a new fridge to call our own.  This new refrigerator from LG caught my eye, it’s called the LG Studio Line “Beauty by Design.”  It’s energy star certified!

Nate Berkus Kitchen

One look at the LG Studio Collection and it’s clear: Beauty is more than just skin deep. In any showcase kitchen, what’s on the outside matters just as much as what’s on the inside.  The line is inspired by Nate Berkus so it includes pro-style features like hefty metal knobs and flat doors.  I love it!  These appliances look like they’re both well-designed and hardworking.  What do you think?  Do you like this new line as much as I do?

An estimated 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers are currently in use in the United States.  Woo!  More than 60 million refrigerators are over 10 years old (guilty!), costing consumers $4.7 billion a year in energy costs.  By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save between $35–$300 on energy costs over its lifetime. Use the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator to find out exactly how much money you’ll save by replacing your existing refrigerator.

Right now Best Buy is offering 18 months major appliance financing or 10% rewards (increased from 5 to 10% for April!) and 10% back in grocery purchases.  Plus, free delivery on purchases $399+.  I’m all about free delivery but especially when it comes to big and heavy appliances!

A Touch Of Class: Making Your Studio Look Like A Hotel Room

Working in the city often results in you having to compromise on the size of your apartment. For example, if you live in places like Manhattan, San Francisco and L.A., the places where you can affordably stay in an be quite limited. In such cases, it is actually quite common for many people to simply live in a cramped studio apartment that is barely 24 square meters in size.

For some people, their apartments can be even smaller with some of them being barely 18 square meters. Suffice it to say, you can see that space is at a premium in such locations and it is due to this that the concept of “class” is rarely connected to the “shoe boxes” that people wind up having to live in. However, just because you live in a cramped room does not mean that you cannot bring a touch of elegance into the way you live in order to enhance your overall experience.

Getting a Bed that is Also a Cabinet

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One of the more unusual items that you can get for your home comes in the form of a cabinet bed that you can get from sites like Cabinetbed.ca. This is basically a bed that is collapsible and can be inserted into a nondescript yet elegant looking cabinet that can be placed at the side of your apartment. The advantage of choosing this type of bed over a solid mattress is the fact that it not only enables you to have more space as you move around your apartment, it also enables you to have a small mini office in your bedroom that helps you work from home without being tempted to work from your bed the entire day.

Get Soft Lighting and Lamps

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Another way of enhancing how your apartment looks based on the advice of ApartmentTherapy.com is to install soft lighting into it along with placing lamps on your side tables. While it may seem like an odd choice, soft lighting is actually rather helpful in creating a nice ambiance in your room. This is further enhanced if you were to place proper light covers on the lights in the ceiling. This helps to distribute the brightness to the extent that it helps to create a nice even setting of lighting. Aside from this, small lamps placed on side tables are an effective way of adding a touch of class to your small room since you can turn of your main lights and turn the lamps on.

Getting the Right Sort of Household Goods

Another thing that you can do is to invest in branded household goods such as the Alessi line of kitchen tools from Lumens. The unique designs really stand out when displayed in a kitchen area, and the entire line is rather durable as compared to ordinary household items that you can buy from your local mall. When displayed via hooks and open shelves in your kitchen, they really add a considerable touch of class to your tiny apartment.

Have Carpeting Installed

People tend to forget that the floor of their apartment is also a valuable element when it comes to enhancing the overall appearance of their home. However, it is normally the case that they neglect to add sufficient “enhancements” to the floor and leave things as-is. This results in people looking at the floor and seeing nothing more than drab tiling, or maybe even wood flooring that looks like it has seen better days.

Installing Carpet

In order to enhance the look of your apartment, install some plush carpeting that both matches your walls yet can be easily cleaned. While investing in carpeting may seem to be a rather expensive option, you need to take into consideration the fact that you will be the one who will make the most use out of it. Just imagine the feeling of a nice plush carpet as you walk across it. There are few feelings like it in the world and shows just how nice a carpet would be both for the sake of appearance, as well as how it would feel like on your feet.

All in all, if you implement even a few of these recommendations when redesigning your studio apartment, they’ll go a long way towards enhancing the overall look and feel of the place. Just remember, making your apartment look good is more for yourself, since a nice apartment helps to create a calming and homey feel that enables you to relax after a long day at work. In fact, Gizmodo.com states that an apartment that looks drab and tiny makes you want to avoid it rather than stay in it—and this defeats the purpose of having an apartment in the first place.

Lennox’s HVAC Smart Home Technology

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lennox but all opinions are my own.

Most of us choose our favorite season based on our temperature preference. I love the fall because it’s cool and crisp and anticipates even a cooler time. My HOT friends love the summer and the time off with their kids too (most of them enjoy that aspect). One thing irritating for us fall lovers is the fluctuating temperatures. Often times we ask ourselves what season it will be this week.

I’m a bit behind in home technology, but there are HVAC systems that help you control the temperature of your home remotely. iComfort® S30 from Lennox is a wireless-enabled touchscreen thermostat. It’ normal like other thermostats which you can control from the wall, but you can also control it from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop! It really ups the convenience aspect because the program will give you weather updates! Instead of having to figure out what your weather will be like for the day and then walk to the thermostat to adjust it, you can do it remotely. I always struggle with remembering to adjust the thermostat before I leave the house because I’m in a rush to do this and that. If I forget, no problem. I can do it from my phone. It also adds convenience because it alerts you of scheduled maintenance system problems.

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If you activate this feature, you don’t even have adjust the thermostat’s schedule to when you are home. The GPS in your phone will alert the system when you are home and set the HVAC system to your desired temperature.  The Smart Away™mode brings comfort, convenience, and efficiency together in a blended synergy.

The Feels Like™ temperature mode will let take humidity and temperature into account and adjust the system’s temperature to create your desired temperature in the house! For you HOT readers, I’m sure you would love this!!!

For those of you plagued with allergies, you’ll love this feature. The Allergen Defender monitors the amount of pollution and pollen in your area based on zip code and turns on the fan to eliminate these nasties from your home! Here’s a video that explains this feature more in detail.   

You can also find out information on Lennox’s website.

Second Chance to Win on eBay with Liberty Mutual Insurance

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Liberty Mutual Insurance for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I’ve been outbid before.  I spent time searching for that rare item and researched a good and fair price to offer.  I placed my starting bid, not too high but not too low.  Hours go by and no one bids against me.  I wait, and wait, and wait.  With only a few minutes to go I refresh the page frantically.  I have a second tab open in case I need to raise my bid.  It has my max bid typed in and ready to go.  Refresh, refresh.  I think to myself, “Yes, I’ve got this!”  With two seconds remaining someone out-bid me.  I scramble to submit my highest bid but it’s too late.  I see the “You’ve Been Outbid” notice.  Ahhh, so much time wasted!

If you’re an eBay shopper, I’m sure you’ve been there too.  It’s disappointing.  Wouldn’t it be great to get a second chance at that eBay auction you lost and have that possession you had your sights set on?  Yes, I think so!  Well, with Liberty Mutual Bid Protection Sweepstakes you can enter a sweepstakes to win an item that you were outbid on!

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Sterling Prevail Shower Door

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Along with summer’s sweat, sunscreen, and dirt comes more baths for the little ones!  Baths can be a headache for some but for us, the key to a smooth bath time has been routine!

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When we announce it’s time for a bath my daughter knows what to expect.  She knows that it’s her job to get her pjs, Dad will run the bath water, and I’ll carry my son and grab his clothes and the towels.  Then my daughter picks which towel she’ll use (her brother is still too young to care) and we begin.  We always clean the hair first because it’s their least favorite, then wash everywhere else, and then they can play.

Establishing our routine has helped cut down on meltdowns because there are no surprises and no negotiations taking place.  We have our routines for morning and bed time too.  For me, it’s critical to have a routine when they are the sleepiest.  That way there’s no debate, it’s just time for so and so.

Does your family benefit from a bath time routine?

Bath time means a lot of lifting kids into the water (thanks, hubby!) and a lot of leaning over to scrub little dirty toes. Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology are a great addition to any family’s bathtub (or shower).  It has a flexible track, which is comfortable, easy to clean, and a smart addition to any showering space.  Unlike other tracks you don’t have to worry about accidentally stepping on it or it digging into your elbows when your cleaning the kiddos.  It’s also great for washing dogs and for relaxing in the tub with your feet up – things you can’t do with a hard shower track, but the ComforTrack technology makes it possible.

The track is also extremely durable.  Its heavy-duty material withstands rigorous testing, ensuring that it will outlast day-to-day wear and tear. What’s more, the track features a low profile and sleek shape that is easy to keep clean. This innovation is truly a win-win for today’s homeowner.

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Do you have any tips for making bath time with kids easier?