Japan Emoto Peace Project | To All People Around the World

I received this message as an email from my Feng Shui instructor here in D.C., Paul Yan. If you have not already read Dr. Masaru Emoto’s books on water, they are well worth the read! -Germaine Prayer on March 31 at 12:00 noon in each time zone Please send your prayers of love and gratitude to water at the nuclear plants in Fukushima, Japan! By the massive earthquakes of Magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis, more than 10,000 people are still missing $B!D (Beven now $B!D (B It has been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes it worse is that water at the reactors of Fukushima Nuclear Plants started to leak, and it $B!G (Bs contaminating the ocean, air and water molecule of surrounding areas. Human wisdom has not been able to do much to...

The Home Of 2015 | Smaller With A Touch of Green

With houses beginning to shrink (as this article states)- do you think this will have an impact on pricing of homes? Or just the square footage? -M. Germaine Parra Realtor, Feng Shui Consultant Licensed in DC, MD and VA Long and Foster Realtors 6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101 Office:703-873-3500 Fax:   703-873-1901 Cell:  703.650.8838 www.germaineparra.com Shrinking house sizes mean space matters even more. EcoHome Magazine shares how current trends will be extending out to 2015. So if your space is shrinking then what’s on the walls, floors, and ceilings matters more, if you are considering your next job then consider us to complement your project perfectly. Architects and builders think new homes will continue to shrink under the driving forces of...

Accelerating Recovery in Metro Area Washington, D.C. Residential Real Estate Market

With consumer confidence up in the Metro area and across the nation, recovery in the Washington, D.C. area residential real estate market is accelerating. “The average price in the close-in Metro area rose for the 10th consecutive month over last year. It is also a great sign that dollar volume of sales is up again for the third month in a row.” cites president of one local real estate company. Dollar volume of sales had previously been in decline after the end of the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit last fall. Low interest rates are also helping bolster the market. Contrary to expectations, interest rates are still at an historic low. The bond market is doing well, with the U. S. being a safe haven for investors, compared to the turmoil in the rest...

8 Ways to GREEN Your Kitchen – Sustainable Living

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”. Having a green kitchen will not only save you energy and money, but it will also contribute to the health of your family. Using energy-efficient appliances, ridding your kitchen of toxins and developing green cooking habits will all contribute to a greener kitchen. ✔ Practice energy-efficient cooking methods – The easiest way to save energy and money in the kitchen is to follow cooking tips that help you use your stove and cookware more efficiently. Below are some of the most common tips for efficient cooking: Stovetop cooking – When cooking on the stovetop, be sure to match the pot size to the burner size and cover pots and pans during cooking to keep the heat in. When buying...

How to Select Sustainable Wood for DIY Projects

When choosing wood for your project the greenest option is to use reclaimed pieces as they completely remove the need for additional logging. If you reclaim it yourself, either from furniture someone is tossing out or from a pallet a business is getting rid of, you could keep whatever it is you are using out of the landfill. Another good option is to use a domestic coniferous. These soft woods such as pine, fir and cedar are fast growing (more renewable), and if they come from the US, they are probably not in danger of being over harvested. Hardwoods such as oak and walnut are also acceptable to use, they just take longer to grow, so they are not as renewable. It is important to use a renewable wood because it reduces the use and depletion of older, slower...