Monday, February 8, 2010

Kay's Five - Girls Retreat, low-VOC paint & chocolate pie

In keeping with my tradition of always incorporating food references into my Five posts... ;-)

Last week, I hosted a Girls Retreat at my house. I had friends in from around town and out of town and we spent the day talking about what's going on in our lives and how we can support each other as we all work to create more balance and harmony in our lives this year. This kind of positive atmosphere--combined with my friend Celesta's decadent chocolate pie--was exactly what Make family and friends a priority is all about.

I just wish I'd taken pictures of the pie. Seriously... SO good.

In preparation for the retreat, I decided to finally finish decorating our house. We built our home several years ago and, for reasons I cannot fully comprehend, I opted to leave it sort of half decorated since. I have a habit of this, actually. We usually wait until right before we sell a house to rush around finishing all of those projects that make a house a home. And then stand there looking at the house and say, "Why didn't we do this years ago when we could actually enjoy it?"

With decorating on the agenda, I knew eco-friendly was the way to go for my Live a greener life commitment. The best thing I did was buy the same paint I've used in our last three houses: Glidden's Lifemaster 2000 paint (now called Lifemaster No VOC). It's the greatest thing ever, I'm telling you. The smell is so pure my family doesn't even know I'm painting. You have to buy it from a Glidden store (they don't sell it at home improvement centers), but it's basically the same price as the premium home improvement store paint.

When we first moved in, our local home improvement center was selling a "Low VOC" paint that I decided to try for one room. BIG mistake. It smelled so bad that we had to air out the room for two days before moving the furniture in. I've never found another paint that compares to Lifemaster. I actually heard about it from watching a This Old House episode several years ago. (And no, I don't secretly work for Glidden. LOL.)

Now technically, it's not "No VOC" once they add color dyes to it. So to keep things on the eco side, I chose a beautiful low-VOC color called Bavarian Cream that adds a lovely warmth to the walls without tons of dye additives. I'm addicted to this color, I think. I've used the same exact color in our last three houses. It just has a wonderful warm, cozy feel.

So that's what I've been doing to Live My Five. What new and exciting things have you been up to lately?


  1. I'm going to be painting soon and will def look into this one!

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