Natural Easter Egg Dyes

If you’d like to enjoy your Easter Eggs without the chemicals in the store bought kits there are alternatives found in nature. Choose your favorite colors, follow the instructions below and safely enjoy the eggs for yourself and your family.  Happy Easter!!

Purple = 1½ cup shredded red beetsPurple-Beets

Rust = 7 yellow onion skins

Yellow = 3 tablespoons ground turmeric or cumin
Orange = 3 tablespoons chili powder
Sky Blue = 1½ cups shredded red cabbage or 2 cups of grape juice

Royal Blue = 2 cups of blueberry juice

Green = 2 cups spinach

Brown = 2 cups brewed coffee (do not dilute with water)

Instructions:

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add coloring agent.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or longer for the deepest color.
  4. Strain liquid into a large mason jar, and allow to cool to room temperature, 2-3 hours.
  5. Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.
  6. Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.
  7. Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish (optional).easter egg dye

 

2019 Vision Board

Better late than never, with the third generation of EcoLiving Property home from school for Martin Luther King Day we made our 2019 vision board a priority to do this morning.  MLK said it best with “Faith is taking the first step when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

The intention behind doing a vision board is to put that intention into the universe and begin to manifest the things we are going to see through.  Even when we haven’t figuredimg_9890 out all of the action steps (this is the next part of the process) we begin to dream what we are going to create for the next 12 months.

It was important for me to include my eight year old in this process and help guide her in an important life lesson.  I had been noticing how negative her train of thought had become very recently and felt she may need some fun lessons to reinforce thinking positively.   As we cut our pictures for our collage and dreamed of our adventures in the next year we talked about the charge in our thoughts.  Our thoughts are powerful enough that when we think positive, we generate positive energy and the same is true for the opposite.

We added a couple of big goals and a few habits we will improve on, we surrounded our pictures with powerful words and hung it in a place where it will be a daily reminder of the vision we are creating for 2019.  This is going to be our best year yet!

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Planting Seeds

At the inception of EcoLiving Property, we aimed to have a positive impact on the properties we touched and the communities surrounding them.  We wanted to inspire others to follow our influence and see how homes can be renovated in a mindful way which reduces harm to the environment.  We knew with every project we would find ways to improve our own system; increase the sustainable ideas and decreasing the waste.  We knew we would face challenges and that others would doubt our ability to accomplish our goals.

What I failed to realize is the positive impact we would have within our own house and with the next generation EcoLiving home rehabber.  My daughter has absorbed so much of the business from how we preview a property and estimate repairs, to what products we use in our projects and how we market.  She can recite many of the things I tell to real estate agents, contractors and fellow investors about our business.  And she is excited about some day being responsible for her own project.  Now if she could differentiate between colors/patterns of her own preference and the preferences of the majority of buyers I would say she is about ready.

This knowledge and experience will give her financial security early in life by recognizing the value of real estate and understanding the business.  Even better, she identifies the desire to protect the environment.  I have no doubt my daughter will continue to improve our processes and share the positive influence until the environment will no longer need protection.  I’m just grateful to be planting the seeds.

The Party House (828)

We purchased “The Party House” and got started working on demo in February of this year.  Even when we stripped it of it’s dance floor, 8 track shelf, castle-like entrance and bar; the name remained and the ‘fun’ of the party continued.  We had quite a few hurdles to overcome working on this property and felt triumphant to get it to a state we are proud of.  Beyond the success of a beautiful transformation and quick sale, we also had another priceless event to make this flip even more memorable.

The property is a ranch style house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs plus a full basement with an additional bathroom and two rooms which could be used as bedrooms.  It was a massive project to take on with some major obstacles not typical of every redevelopment project.  We wanted to keep some of the features the last owner had spent so much time and energy to personalize the home and add some of our own re-purposed materials.  One of the biggest challenges was managing how to change the not so functional spiral staircase into something unique to fit the character of the home.  Now the house is clean, warm and ready for the next owners to tailor to suit their needs.

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The new basement is bright and inviting, we had to use a few barrels from the old bar just for staging and the memory of how far this basement has come.  *Still a fun place for a party.*

After a rush of showings and a few offers within the first 48 hours on the market, our realtor called to say she had been contacted by one of the people who used to live in the house.  I was put in touch with Liz, the daughter of the former owners, who expressed her gratitude for someone buying and fixing up the home she loved so dearly.  We agreed to meet and show them how the house looks now.  Liz and her niece Jessica, who was also raised in the home, came to walk though last weekend.  It was an emotional trip down memory lane for them to see the changes and to appreciate seeing the house “brought back to life,” as Liz put it.

Liz recalled when her family moved from across the street in the 70’s and how important this neighborhood was to introduce both her and her sister to their husbands.  She FullSizeRender (1)remembered carrying bricks between the houses to construct the patio, how her dad put a giant freezer in the storage area and then built walls around it, and the hours spent on the pool table and entertaining in the basement.  She talked about where the original stairway to the basement was and how her dad “got a wild hair” to put in the spiral staircase in the middle of the entryway.  And she is looking forward to bringing home whiskey barrels from the bar as her own memento, as she remembered her dad’s dedication to making wine that everyone said tasted awful.  Jessica also had fond memories of the home and especially the bedroom in the corner where her name remained on the wall when we bought the house.  We had been calling the pink room “Jessica’s Room” all along.  She reported unfortunate memories of taking a few tumbles down the stairs when she was young.  And remembered dancing with her cousins on the dance floor and mimicking a champagne celebration by shaking up sprite, loving the sound and feeling of shoes sticking on the wooden floor.

It was extra validation of a job done well to hear from people who lived in and loved this home.  They adored the improvements of opening up the main level living area, adding a laundry room upstairs and brightening up the basement with a sliding glass door and removal of dark paneling.  They appreciated the original touches remaining in the house which blend in now with the fresh space.  Liz stated she believed her mother, who wasn’t able to keep the home and has since passed, would be so pleased to see what has become of her home.  It was an honor to have Liz and Jessica visit, hear their stories and to have them feel so happy about the effort we put into this renovation.  The business of flipping houses can be profitable and it’s the impact on people’s lives which is truly priceless.