Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/4/2016

Having a baby often makes new parents more aware of the chemicals we are exposed to every day. A natural place to start making your home as eco-friendly as possible is the baby's bedroom; here are a few ways to start creating an organic nursery: Use low- or no-VOC paints One of the first things new parents do is paint the nursery but many paints contain VOCs or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are toxic fumes that off-gas from common household items such as paint or a new vinyl shower curtain. When painting the nursery use low- or no-VOC paints. Don't use carpet Keep the baby's room carpet free. Carpets can trap mold, dust mites, and more. Because carpets need replacing they also add to landfills so they are not a good green option. If carpet is a must choose one made of natural fibers such as wool, cotton, hemp or jute. New synthetic carpets also give off-gas VOCs. Use a green mattress Where baby sleeps can be another place to go green. Many mattresses are treated with chemical fire retardants or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). That may seems like a good thing but PBDEs have been known to accumulate in our bodies and affect the endocrine and nervous systems. Look for organic cotton or natural wool mattresses. Avoid stain resistant treated products Other items that may end up in a child's nursery that have VOCs are furniture and pressed wood products with resins and glues. Look for furniture made from certified sustainable wood or reclaimed materials. You should also try to avoid plastic as it is made from petroleum. Plastic items also usually end up in a landfill. Go green with diapers Reduce the dioxin pollution by using cloth or chlorine free diapers. Dioxin is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals this is not something most parents want next to baby's sensitive skin. Choose nontoxic toys Babies put everything in their mouths, so look for toxin free toys. Look for soft organic cotton toys or toys made from wood that comes from FSC-certified forests. Toys made from PVC, contain phthalates, an ingredient in plastic that can affect reproductive and developmental health. Making these small changes for your baby are easy and healthy. It may take a a little more time and effort but you will have peace of mind you are starting your baby's life off the right way.





Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/2/2016

This Single-Family in Spencer, MA recently sold for $290,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Pamela Crawford - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


209 Paxton Rd, Spencer, MA 01562

Single-Family

$294,900
Price
$290,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Spencer/Paxton Line. Young colonial located on a scenic road in Spencer, 10 minutes commute to Worcester. House boast 3 bed 2.5 baths, 2car garage, first floor office/sitting room with French doors, first floor laundry, great room with cathedral ceilings and palladium window, and master bedroom with 2 walk-in closets, and full bath. There is a beautiful brick wood burning fireplace in great room for cozy winters, pellet stove, good size deck overlooking flat back yard, and a shed for storage. Nice clean basement, ready for finishing, that walks out to backyard. House sits on a spectacular flat, grassed lot, with plenty of room for entertainment. This is the one you have been waiting for, come take a look! Showings start at open house on 4/3/16 from 11-1.

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/1/2016

This Single-Family in Auburn, MA recently sold for $155,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Pamela Crawford - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


18 Bryn Mawr Ave, Auburn, MA 01501

Single-Family

$179,900
Price
$155,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This spacious colonial has some beautiful features. Home has been in the family for many years. Needs paint and paper, but has a great floor plan, large rooms, nice back yard and great location. First floor features large living room with fireplace and hardwood under carpet, open to bright dining room with built in china closet and hardwood floors, and a spacious cabinet packed kitchen. Second floor features large master bedroom with hardwood floors, and 2 more good sized bedroom also with hardwood floors, and a full bath. Basement is partially finished and has second fireplace. Large flat private back yard completes this package.

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 11/30/2016

This Single-Family in Southbridge, MA recently sold for $100,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Pamela Crawford - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


297 Elm St, Southbridge, MA 01550

Single-Family

$114,900
Price
$100,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
So much potential in the cute 4 room home in Southbridge. Home features one level living with a spacious living room, large kitchen, master bedroom with closet, second bedroom and large bathroom. Cute sun room leads to one car garage. Lots of updates include vinyl replacement windows, newer furnace and hot water heater, and lifetime roof. Bring your paint brush and ideas because this one is worth it.

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 11/27/2016

We all want our flowers to last forever. We want it so much that there are entire aisles in Michael's devoted to plastic flowers that will bloom for eternity. But when it comes to creating a warm atmosphere with pleasant fragrances, nothing compares to the real thing. Here's how to get the most of your potted plants and flowers.

Choose your plants wisely

All plants are different. Some flower for different lengths of time or even at completely opposite times of the year. When it comes to cut flowers, they too last varying lengths depending on the species. The time a cut flower lasts before wilting is called its vase life. The vase life is a hard life. But certain flowers withstand it better than others.
  • Chrysanthemums (25-30 days) - They're not a flashy flower, and they don't need much to survive in a vase other than fresh water each day
  • Orchids (10-30 days) - There are countless varieties of orchids available. Aside from their unique form and appearance, orchids can also be surprisingly hardy
  • Anthurium or "flamingo flower" (15-45 days) - Flamingo flowers are a rare sight, and last quite a long time if maintained properly. But pet owners beware: they're considered toxic to dogs and cats

Preparing the vase

The first thing to remember is to clean a vase thoroughly before you put flowers in it. Once clean, start to prepare your water. Plants need food too. If your flowers came with plant food this is the best option for preserving your flower. Otherwise, there are homemade recipes for plant solution that usually involve something acidic and something sugary. Lemon juice and sugar work well mixed with water. Or you can mix one part lemon-lime soda (not diet soda) with three parts water. Next, cut the flowers slightly longer than the length of the vase and pop them in.

Caring for your flower

The job's not over once you put the flowers in the vase. The real trick to making flowers last longer is caring for them once in the vase.
  • Trim a centimeter or less off of the stems every other day
  • Add water as needed and refresh the water after a few days. Be sure to add your plant food solution as well
  • The flowers themselves can be maintained as well. Most flowers benefit from being misted with water once every day or two. Others recommend spraying things like hair spray which acts as a preservative directly onto the petals. Though it seems do defeat the purpose of taking such care to keep the flowers healthy.
  • Be sure to keep the flowers in a temperate place. If the flowers or water heat up or cool down too much the flowers could wilt

The flowers are dead. Now what?

Once the flowers have wilted (hopefully after a long amount of time due to reading the aforementioned tips!) it may seem like you have no further use for them. But there are plenty of creative ways to repurpose wilted flowers on the internet such as making a wreath or even adding them to your bath. Let us know which flowers you've had the best luck with!