We've Moved!

We’ve Moved!

It’s true! Last week we became our own client for a Seamless Move to our new office space in Bellevue Business Park on 124th Ave. NE in Bellevue, WA.



With an enormous amount of help from Kathleen (KT) Taylor as well as Courtney Skony, Brandon Burrowes and Ashlee Bates at Wallace Properties in Bellevue, we located the perfect office! Here are KT and Courtney toasting the new digs with with Tracy and Shelley!

Moving in

Moving in

Kameron, Tarik and Antonio of Two Men and a Truck, Seattle help us move in the heavy stuff.

Next update: We “zhoosh” up the place–Seamless style!

Cardboard triangle-shaped packing materialWe were recently introduced to a green packing material alternative, ExpandOS (and we in Western Washington are eager to protect our environment). They are triangle-shaped pieces of recyclable cardboard that make styrofoam packing peanuts obsolete.  ExpandOS create a protective cocoon around each item in your box and eliminate damage through better blocking, bracing and shock dispersion. When you’re finished with them, just toss the ExpandOS in your recycle bin and you are done!

They are made from first-quality post-industrial waste and come in 3 strengths, depending upon how much weight you need them to hold.  ExpandOS has been tested and proven a winner against the most stringent industry (ISTA and ASTM) standards and can be personalized with a company’s logo, if desired.

People often ask them what happens to all the holes they punch out to make the ExpandOS. They recycle them, of course! 

For more information, see their website at: Expandos.com.

Brown house with white holiday lightsIt’s almost Thanksgiving and you know what that means: time to decorate for the Holidays. If you don’t want to hang your holiday lights yourself, call Alan Brush at Salmon Bay and he’ll do it for you!

Salmon Bay Window and Roof Cleaning of Bellevue, WA is “Always a great catch” for window cleaning, roof cleaning and moss removal, gutter cleaning, power washing and, this time of year, hanging holiday lights.  

They have been in the business of letting more light into your home since 2000 and have great reviews on Angie’s List and Yelp.

Call Salmon Bay at 425-922-2900.



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A year ago, we posted this article about World Smile Day which is the first Friday of October. We thought we would share it again as a reminder and for those who might have missed the post.

Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the  :-) face in 1963. The State Mutual Life Assurance Company hired Harvey as a freelance artist to create a :-) face for use in improving company morale. From there, the bright and cheerful :-) grew in popularity. Its popularity grew slowly at first. Then, it exploded in the 1970′s. Ultimately, the :-) became wildly popular.

As the years passed, Harvey became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol and the way its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we should all devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The :-) face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  In 1999, he declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®.

According to the World Smile Day website, a proclamation of this day was made by the U.S. Congress. Now that should put a :-) on your face.

While World Smile Day celebrates the ever popular yellow :-), the intent of  World Smile Day is to do an act of kindness, or help one person to smile.

This Friday, October 4th, why not do both!?

We all have stuff that is no longer being used for its original purpose or the item has been replaced by newer technology. Here are a few ideas for repurposing, upcycling and reusing items we can no longer use but don’t want to part with. 

CD Holder for Bagel             Chair into Shelf/Closet      Tennis Racket Mirrors


Old Books for Shelves        Bicycle Sink Stand                     Old Piano Bookshelf

There are not too many of these old TV’s around, but Kitty sure likes this one that’s been converted to a fish aquarium!

Thanks to BoredPanda.com for the pictures and ideas!

Have you ever re-purposed or recycled an item that worked out well, or had something that didn’t work out? Please share in comments.



Rushing out the door to begin enjoying a vacation can cause people to overlook several easy ways to ensure their homes will be protected. Taking the necessary precautions to protect your home while you’re away will save you those nagging worries so you can thoroughly enjoy your trip!

Ask a Friend to Help ~ Give this person a key so that he or she can bring your mail in, feed your cat, water your plants, mow your lawn, etc. He or she should also have your contact information and a copy of your itinerary in case of emergencies. Ask them to put your trash containers out for pick-up and put them back again when they’re empty and to park their car in your driveway occasionally to give your home a more lived-in look.

Don’t tip off Criminals ~ by posting  the details of your vacation for the whole world to see. Refrain from discussing your trip on social networking sites. It’s like setting up a sign letting criminals know your house is ripe for the picking!

Pull the Plug ~ Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. Unplug the power to your automatic garage door to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote.

Remove Your Spare Key ~ If a criminal figures out you’re away on vacation, it’s likely that he or she will check your porch for a spare key.

Examine Your House from the Street ~ Make sure no valuables, like expensive electronics or artwork, are visible from the street. If a passerby can see your belongings, so can criminals. Use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Leave your curtains exactly as you usually keep them when you’re home. The more normal your home looks, the better.

DON’T Leave a Portable GPS in your Car ~ when you use long-term parking at the airport. It’ll alert thieves that you’re not home and give them a convenient map to your house.

Thanks to IndependentTraveler.com  and OneGoodThingbyJillee.com for the recommendations and photo.




The average American consumes about 3 cups of coffee a day (maybe more in Seattle!).  That’s A LOT of used coffee grounds! Before you throw them in the trash, consider some of these very useful and resourceful options:

  • Keep Ants Out of Your Kitchen ~ Ants won’t cross a line of coffee grounds, so sprinkle some around any popular ant hangout. Sprinkle coffee grounds outside the perimeter of your house in order to prevent ants from getting into your house.
  • Remove Strong Odors from Hands ~ If you’re cooking with foods like onions and fish, rub coffee grounds into your hands to remove odors.
  • Keep Slugs and Snails Out of Garden and Plants ~ Use coffee grounds as an organic repellent. To repel cats, mix used coffee grounds with orange peels and sprinkle along the boundary of your garden. Curious dogs can be fatally poisoned by coffee, however, so use with caution.
  • Use to Help Spread Seeds ~ If you are a gardener, you know how difficult it can be to spread or scatter small seeds like carrot seeds or radish seeds. To help with this, mix the small seeds into coffee grounds. Not only will this make the seeds easier to spread over the ground, but it will also help to repel pests and fertilize the soil around the seeds.
  • Beauty Uses ~ Mix a quarter-cup of used coffee grounds with an egg white for an at-home skin-tightening mask. You can also massage your face with coffee grounds for an exfoliating scrub that will leave you with a radiant glow.
  • Meat Tenderizer ~ If you have leftover coffee in the pot, use it to tenderize steak. Add fresh grounds to chocolate cake and brownie batter for bold, unique flavors.

Share your favorite tip for using leftover coffee grounds with us in the comments below.

Thanks for the inspiration  6 Surprising Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds.

Image furnished by Jeroen van Oostrom of freedigitalphotos.net.

“Travel now is not always easy and with the advent of charges for every extra little thing including checking a bag, a lot of people now travel with a carry on.  For a week-end trip this is no problem; when you are staying for a week or longer this is a challenge!  However, there is a way to make packing efficient and stress-free and still look fabulous!” says Fiona Skelly of Styling You Fabulous.

Here are a few of her tips to assist women in selecting a concise vacation or business trip wardrobe that should take you from casual to dressy and in between!

  1. Select a BASE color – Hopefully you know what neutral color works best for your skin tone, hair and eye color – it will most likely be a shade of grey, brown or black.  So select your best color and make this your base.
  2. Select your BASE pieces – Again this will come down to your personal style and the pieces that you know fit and flatter your body type and lifestyle.  Probably these will consist of a well-fitting pant or legging, an easy to wear dress that can be dressed up or down, a blazer or cardigan and a pair of jeans or shorts depending on weather at destination.
  3. Seasonal adjustments – Obviously, if you are going to a hot climate, your pieces will consist of natural, breathable fabrics – cotton, linen, silk, etc.  If you are traveling to a cold climate, think wool, cashmere, leather, etc.
  4. Layers – If you are not sure of the climate, pack for warmer weather with layers that can be added to accommodate colder spells.
  5. Shoes – The rule here is never take more pairs of shoes than days you are on vacation.  The key is to be practical – take at least one pair of comfortable walking shoes and a ‘dressy’ shoe for evenings out or more formal events.  If you are traveling to a cold weather destination, make sure to wear your boots while traveling–they take up too much space to pack!
  6. Travel outfit – This should be comfortable and stylish-yes,  it is possible to achieve both!  My ‘go to’ travel outfit is a pair of comfortable jeans, a t-shirt, cashmere sweater and blazer or cardigan.  I also always pack a pashmina in my travel tote.  Obviously, the weight of these items will vary according to the climate of your destination.  
  7. Color – You should pick 2 or 3 accent colors to add to your base pieces; again this will depend on YOU and what your most flattering colors are.  Pieces to add to your base should include: a simple but elegant t-shirt (long sleeve and short sleeve), a flirty cami style top that can turn your jeans or shorts into an evening outfit, a blouse that can be worn buttoned up for a more formal/dressy event or opened up to be worn as a jacket alternative over t-shirt or cami, and  a scarf in the colors you have selected to pull together outfits.
  8. Jewelry – I would keep this simple, a pair of hoop earrings in both silver and gold are always very useful.  If you have some fun earrings and bangles in your colors, add those into the mix. I usually try on my outfits and if there is a particular necklace or piece of jewelry that really enhances the outfit, I will take it.
  9. Outfits – This takes a little bit of time to begin with but is well worth it.  Think about your schedule and activities, write down the days of vacation and put together an outfit for each day and evening event you know about.  Make sure you are utilizing each piece several times; hopefully you will have facilities to launder between events.  If not, take a tube of travel detergent with you to launder and hang to dry in your bathroom.
  10. Travel Tote – You are allowed one carry-on case and a personal item – make sure this is a large tote.  You will have plenty of room for  your book or Kindle, iPad, cell phone, water bottle (buy this after security), wallet, Pashmina, socks (slip these on to walk through security or use for sleeping on the plane), headphones (better to take your own than use the airlines as they are often re-used!) hairbrush and your bag of cosmetics/skin care.
  11. Cross over bag – Take a small bag in your base color that you can use for all your outfits. It should be able to hold your passport, credit cards and cell  phone.
  12. Flexibility – Obviously, plans change and unexpected events can occur, but with the base pieces and color pieces you have added you really should be able to mix and match your items to ensure you are always looking fabulous!
Our thanks to photostock and freedigitalphotos.net for the photo.
For more help and advice or to find out your body type, colors and best style for you please contact

Fiona Skelly at 206-788-7718.


If you’re traveling for a business trip, to a wedding or class reunion this summer, you’ll want to look your best even though you’re away from home. How do you maximize suitcase space without wrinkling everything in the process? Martha Stewart offers these tips for foolproof wrinkle-free packing:

Suits, dresses and blouses can be stuffed with tissue paper and placed in a plastic dry-cleaning bag before going into a travel garment bag. The tissue keeps the fabrics from crushing, and the plastic reduces friction so clothes can settle into their natural shape. When folding sweaters to put in a suitcase,  lay them out flat and place a piece of tissue paper before folding. Remember, the fewer folds the better.

Layering is another way to keep clothes wrinkle-free. Layer garments over one another so each layer pads the next. For example, begin with a pair of pants folded over the bar of a hanger, then hang a sweater around it. A silk shirt can go over that, and a jacket over the shirt. Slip on a plastic dry-cleaning bag last and place the whole thing in a garment bag; or fold, and set into a suitcase.

Keep delicate clothes from wrinkling by overlapping them around cushiony items like sweaters and knit shirts. Place the top half of a pair of pants in your suitcase, for example, smooth a sweater over that, then fold the pant legs up over the sweater. Never fold clothes more times than necessary to fit them in a bag — once across the middle should be enough for most sweaters and blouses.

Tightly roll softer, wrinkle-resistant garments like T-shirts and cotton pants and place them along the base of the bag. Jeans should be rolled, too. Bonus: TSA officials can more quickly inspect the content of your suitcase if clothes are ordered in rows.

Wear your bulkier items on the plane or in the car so they don’t take up precious luggage space.

What’s your best travel packing tip?

Thanks to Stuart Miles of freedigitalphotos.net for the photo





Although many of us love to travel, very few of us love to pack. As with most things – if you have a plan things will be easier and less stressful. A good traveler’s goal is to carry the bare essentials and leave the excess at home.

A vacation packing checklist can make your whole vacation run much smoother and be more fun. You can master the art of packing what you need with this check list from Rick Steves.

Here is some more savvy advice from travel guru Rick Steves.

Packing 101:  Spread out everything you think you might need on the living-room floor. Pick up each item one at a time and scrutinize it. Ask yourself, “Will I really use this snorkel and these fins enough to justify carrying them around all summer?” Not “Will I use them?” but “Will I use them enough to feel good about hauling them around?”

Don’t pack for the worst-case scenario. Pack for the best-case scenario and simply buy yourself out of any jams. Bring layers rather than take a heavy coat. Think in terms of what you can do without — not what will be handy on your trip.

Thanks to Lissie at Hub Pages for a short list of what NOT to take with you:

  • Anything you are taking “just in case”. If you happen to get a last minute invite to the Queen’s Garden Party in England ladies will need a hat – take the opportunity to go shopping!
  • A cellphone unless you know it work at your destination and you know what the roaming charges are.
  • Anything electronic unless you are sure you can plug them in and charge them at your destination.
  • Anything you are sentimentally attached to,  particularly jewelery – you may have it stolen, but far more likely you may just misplace it or leave it behind.

One final thing to remember as you prepare for a trip: No one ever came back from vacation saying “I wish my suitcase had been heavier!”

Photo courtesy of  Stuart Miles at freedigitalphotos.net








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