Summer Electricity Bills

In Utah, most people have two enormous utility bills. In the winter, it's the gas bill for heat and, in the summer, it's the electric bill for the central air conditioning. I am not sure which bill is worse, but I can tell you that I'd much rather be cold (within...

Utilities and Self-Reliance

Self-reliance is important in my neck of the woods. While we aren't fanatics about emergency preparedness and self-sufficiency, we make an effort to be reasonably ready to deal with a moderate calamity. We have a one-year supply of food and water and a 72-hour kit for...

Protect Your Designed Life

This post brought to you by Norton Small Business by Symantec. All opinions are 100% mine. Lifestyle design is all about living the life you want. For many of us, that means creating a muse and owning a business. I started my first business in 1987 and my husband...

4-Way Inspection Passed

A big milestone in the building of our custom home has been reached! Yesterday we passed the 4-way inspection. This process brings a city inspector out to the house to inspect the rough framing, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical. Our first inspection was last...

Best Home Water Conditioner

The water in Lindon, Utah, has about 15 grains per gallon, making it considered “very hard water.” Hard water is the bane of my existence. It leaves spots, ruins pipes, shortens the lives of appliances, and makes bathrooms and kitchens look terrible — on...