ZOZI Article, Fitness

Written and published on ZOZI.com
(C) Kathy Murdock

Moisture-wicking, polypropylene, elastane, Wick. Q technology – decoding the meaning of
words commonly found on fitness labels can be as difficult as deciphering a foreign language.
No worries! We’re here to tell you what these words mean and why they matter when it comes
to fitness wear; and we’re even going to share with you a few of our favorite picks.

Technical Fabric: A Brief History

Browse photos of marathon runners from the 1970s and you’ll find them dressed in a basic
cotton tee. (Did we just hear a collective gasp!) Then, in 1984 with the help of a NASA scientist,
an aluminum-coated uniform was created for the US Olympic team. (ref:
heavy_to_tight_and_dimpled_a_visual_history_of_olympic_sprinting_attire.html) This fabric
promoted moisture wicking during physical activity.

Today the majority of fitness wear is designed with some type of technical fabric, and most
athletes avoid cotton fabric like it’s a contagious disease. Why this shun of cotton when it’s time to break a sweat? That comfy shirt you love to sleep in soaks through when wet, retaining
moisture like a sponge and trapping it next to your skin. Imagine hiking the Pacific Trail in
colder temps and a light rain. One mile in and you’re wet from the inside out and cold all over –
not to mention ready to hang up your hiking boots for a spot inside by a fire.

Yet if you swap out that cotton garb for tech clothes, the wicking material will pull perspiration
away from your skin as you sweat, keeping your core temperature regulated. Your outfit will dry
faster than its cotton competitor, and, despite the wet conditions, you’ll feel toasty, dry and
ready to hike for miles.

Fabrics designed with wicking material are also thinner and lighter than cotton, which means
you won’t have to layer up so much that you resemble the Marshmallow Man when you leave
your house; unless, of course, you want to resemble him. (We won’t judge.)

Just What Are Tech Clothes Made Of?

Most technical clothing is constructed of polyester or polypropylene. Both materials s

Fabulessly Frugal Article

Written for website Fabulessly Frugal
(C) Kathy Murdock

The presents – unwrapped. The tree – just a few remaining needles the vacuum cleaner didn’t catch. A new calendar hangs on the kitchen wall, and the last thing you probably want to do is head out the door to a department store for Yet. More. Shopping.
But you should.
Though the frenzied days (and nights!) of Black Friday and holiday gift hunting may have left you shopping-shy, the month of January is full of deals that make it worth another go-around. Below we’ve gathered together four of the top purchases that can save you money as the New Year rolls in.
Holiday Decorations
Keep out one tub of Christmas ornaments so you can store away the new bargains on holiday
decorations that you will find this month. Stores need to empty their shelves of Santas and elves so they can fill them up with hearts and roses: This means you can score big on next year’s holiday decorations, like inflatables for the lawn and lights for the tree.
Peruse the shelves at your local Walgreens and CVS for small gift ideas at discounts of up to 70% off or more, or stop in at Lowes and Walmart if you’re hunting for a new artificial tree, stand, or oversized . . .

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Style Chicago

Style Chicago

Originally Published in Style Chicago, Magazine
Interviewed Christopher Lowell (HGTV), Monica Pedersen (HGTV), Sarah Bernhard (Designer)
(C) Kathy Murdock

Cramped for Space? Creative Decorating Can Visually Extend Even the Smallest of Rooms

Kathy Murdock

Urban condo dwellers and those whose small rooms are literally cramping their style may be under the decorating misconception that white wall paint and kid’s sized furniture create the illusion of a larger room. In reality these design tactics make for a more claustrophobic environment. Furniture size and placement, color choices, good use of storage and adequate lighting play a key role in making a small room seem bigger. When used properly these design elements will warm up even the coolest of rooms while giving small spaces a more spacious feel. (INSERT PHOTO LOWELL ART)

Size Matters

Colors Choices


Additional Tips and Techniques

One of the biggest misconceptions of decorating for a small space is that people should use smaller scaled furniture to give the illusion that the room is larger. Christopher Lowell (www.christopherlowell.com), author of numerous decorating books including Christopher Lowell’s You Can Do It! Small Spaces and host of Discovery’s The Christopher Lowell Show says that using smaller furniture will actually “. . . amplify the fact that the room is tiny.”

Instead, choose normal sized pieces and, if in doubt says Christopher, “Go bigger.” Placing an oversized coffee table and one or two large club chairs into a cozy seating arrangement will visually anchor a grouping area. Follow the designs of elegant hotel lobbies by clustering just a few large pieces together rather than scattering several smaller items. Sarah Barnard of Sarah Barnard Design in Los Angeles uses a regular-sized club chair angled outward from the corner of this tiny living room. (INSERT PHOTO BARNARD LIVING ROOM).

Color choices

If you’ve been shying away from color in your modest-sized room for fear that it would draw the walls inward you’ll be happy to know that when used properly, some colors can actually define, heighten or lengthen a space.

Janet Davidsen of Details in Design, Inc., a Wheaton, Illinois design firm, says that the use of rich wall color can add warmth to any room. “A room only becomes dark when there is not enough light in a space.” Yvette Piaggio, owner of Piaggio’s Loft (www.piaggiosloft.com) and a featured guest on HGTV’S design show “Curb Appeal” agrees. “It’s not that you can’t use dark color in small spaces, but you have to take the characteristics of the space into consideration.”

White walls will amplify the fact that the space is small while painting the walls and the ceiling a richer color will bring the eyes to the color instead of to the corners in the room.

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Stanek Windows/Great Day Improvements

Stanek Windows/Great Day Improvements

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Exterior Home Renovations in Philadelphia PA, Overview
(C) Kathy Murdock

If the exterior of your home is starting to age gracelessly, it may be time to consider a
renovation. Exterior home renovations can offer a great return on investment (ROI) for
homeowners interested in selling; and for those who plan to stay put, sprucing up the
outside can make turning into your driveway the highlight of each day. In this article we

Types of Philadelphia homes

5 home exterior renovation projects

Ways to tell when it’s time to renovate your home’s exterior

Exterior Home Renovation Projects in Philadelphia

Philadelphia: home to the Liberty Bell, great food, and beautiful residential architecture.
This city, resplendent with various residential architectural styles, offers something for
everyone. Row homes, which appeared following the fire of 1666, still line the city’s
streets, outnumbering all other housing types
http://www.phila.gov/CityPlanning/Initiatives/pdf/rowhousemanual.pdf. Brownstones,
designed using sandstone found in quarries along the east coast, have become a city
statement piece as well. (The terms brownstone and row homes are often used interchangeably, but brownstones were constructed with a sandstone facade.)

Georgian and Federal style homes were also popular building styles of the past. If they
appear comparable in looks, there’s a reason: The Federal evolved from the Georgian.
Philadelphians also enjoy a wide variety of ‘newer’ homes, making this a city that offers
all residents an opportunity to find the house most suited to their tastes.

Regardless of the type of home you choose – row home or Georgian, post or pre-war
construction – the passage of time coupled with Philadelphia’s harsh winters can take a
toll on your biggest investment. Below we have noted five exterior home renovations
projects you can undertake to change the way you – and the world – sees your home.

Renovation 1: Enter Here. Create a grand entrance, and an even grander statement,
by replacing your front door. This simple swap offers a whopping 98% return on
investment as noted in the “Cost vs. Value Report”. Additional