easter egg coloring has long tradition
Sunday is Easter. The makers of PAAS egg-decorating equipment — based just up the road in Ocala — share these Easter egg facts:
• Thirteenth century Macedonians were the first Christians known to use colored eggs in their Easter celebrations.
• Crusaders returning from the Middle East spread the custom of coloring eggs, and Europeans began to use them to celebrate Easter and other holidays.
• On the first day of spring, starting in 3000 B.C., Persians exchanged eggs dyed red.
• It takes 24 to 26 hours for a hen to lay an egg, according to research from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
Tech touches give house updated feel
Tips for staging your home to sell (hey, these days we'll try anything), from The Nest magazine: Clean out and organize your closets so they look spacious and neat, like something out of an ad. Tech it up: Hook up your iPod to wireless speakers. Consider buying a flat-screen TV. These both give the impression this is a modernized, updated home. Play up outdoor spaces, no matter how small; they give the illusion of greater square footage.
Turn the pages, turn greener
New from National Geographic: a quarterly magazine, Greenguide, packed full of advice on how to live a green lifestyle. The first issue, on newsstands now ($4.95), includes ways to reduce your carbon footprint and how to save $60 a week by living a greener lifestyle. Plus an inside look at what Wal-Mart does with recycled plastic bags.
Say it with
a stylish sign
If you'd prefer that guests (and family!) leave their shoes (and mud!) outside, here's a way to get the message across: signs such as this one, silk-screened and hand-tarnished on copper or aluminum. See other choices at www.flopping
fish.com, a Seattle studio. Prices: $22 to $44.
Apartment picks for next generation
The next great wave of apartment renters will be "echo boomers," born between 1977 and 1994. What do they want? Urban locations, trendy design and green features. They want flexible floor plans, generous kitchens, fitness amenities and tech capability, the National Multi Housing Council reports.
Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark