An award-winning print journalist, Lisa is terribly shy. Her days are filled with caring for “The Kids,” which are her collection of blank-faced porcelain dolls kept in a cold room. She enjoys fluorescent clothing, windbreakers and a good IPA. In an alternate universe, Lisa would’ve become a five-star chef specializing in meatloaf and candied carrots. Lisa is known for her large teeth and cutting wit.
Recent Posts by Lisa C.
During months of downpours, managing where water goes is of utmost importance. Gutters, sump pumps and French drains are the unsung heroes of Northwest winters, protecting homes from flooding and foundation damage. These basic methods are a good place to start when it comes to keeping your home healthy and habitable for years to come.Read More
Post-holiday cleaning can be pretty darned meditative—the inner peace that comes with zoning out and literally washing last year away. Reclaim your home for the New Year with higher air quality, fresher water and a sparkling clean domicile, to boot.
If you appreciate trees so fresh y’all might share a zip code, and want the most beautiful tree for your buck, read on. You’re in luck—and out of the woods!—with our Christmas Tree Guide. Our freshly cut Christmas trees look and smell spectacular—stop in and get yours today!
At your next summer gathering, party like it’s 1399 with these five (really) old-school games. Predating Jesus of Nazareth, these backyard sports will have you channeling ancient Olympians in an attempt to “Be Like Mikkos.”
Well, it’s here. December. Sure did sneak up on us this year, eh? I present to you a well-timed buffet of nifty gifts for all the folks. With more than 60,000 items on our shelves—including McLendon’s gift cards in any amount—count on us to have what you’re looking for.
House fires are “America’s biggest disaster threat,” according to the American Red Cross. With cooler weather, furnaces, heaters and candles are back in use, just in time for Fire Prevention Month.
You may only have two minutes—just 120 seconds—to escape a house fire. Here are three basics to help you make it out alive, from of the American Red Cross.
It’s the third and final installation of our three-part Puget Sound house painting blog! After covering lead testing and proper exterior preparation, it’s time to prime, caulk and paint.
These are the least-labor intensive steps of exterior house painting—and the priciest. Quality primer, paint and caulk cost more but deliver the longest-lasting finish that saves you time and money in the long run.
“I had the best weekend painting my house!” said no one, ever. Painting is hard work.
A few days of pre-paint prep will add years to the life of a paint job. Properly prep surfaces for lasting, professional results and rest easy knowing you won’t have to paint again for a decade.
Summer is great for DIY projects like painting, repairing and renovating. But if your home was built before 1978, it likely contains lead-based paint.
Here’s what you need to know about DIY projects and preventing lead-based paint exposure.
Well-loved mowers can last upwards of two decades, and a lot changes in 20 years. Check out McLendon’s top mower types and learn three questions to help you choose the right machine for your yard.
Cooking with fire is as old as human civilization. Today, meat masters and grill goddesses wear aprons in place of our ancestors’ animal-pelt loincloths, but their quest remains the same: Flame-crafting all things edible.
May is National Barbecue Month, a fortuitous time to consider a smokin’ hot new barbie. Find the grill of your dreams with McLendon’s Barbecue Buying Guide.
Sometimes late-night handstands go sideways and become a D-I-Y drywall patching project. That's the story behind this tale of gypsum board replacement, as explained by DIY Guy. This project took him about five hours and cost less than $50. Read on to discover drywall repair how-to.
I was doing laundry when my nose detected an ominous odor: hot, burning and electrical. An ozone scent was wafting from my dryer. I could smell my D-I-Y destiny as I unplugged my dryer’s melted, charred plug. And the outlet? It was a dangerous, corroded mess just waiting to start a house fire.
Nine-InGREENdient spring cleaning: THE HOMESTEAD EDITION
In our final installation of this three-part green-cleaning blog, we’re taking on the rest of the home. Learn to concoct floor cleaner, window wash, an antimicrobial food-safe spray and more!
Nine-InGREENdient spring cleaning: THE LAUNDRY EDITION
This week, our green-cleaning recipes are tackling the laundry pile! Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, taking a toll on mind, body and wallet. With Earth Day approaching, here’s a project that’s just good, clean fun: DIY cleaning recipes made from nine gentle, nature-based ingredients. In this three-part series, you’ll learn room-by-room recipes that really clean, sans chemicals.
Nine-InGREENdient spring cleaning: THE KITCHEN EDITION
Tackling spring cleaning can be overwhelming, taking a toll on mind, body and wallet. With Earth Day approaching, here’s a project that’s just good, clean fun: DIY cleaning recipes made from nine gentle, nature-based ingredients. In this three-part series, you’ll learn room-by-room recipes that really clean, sans chemicals.
Growing up, I admired my mom’s MacGyver-esque ability to independently repair anything around the house. If something went sideways, she’d grab her toolbox and put it to rights.
When I moved out and left for college, her parting gift to me was a rite of passage: A stocked toolbox.
When insect pests attack prized plants, pesticide-pulling trigger fingers can gobsmack even the most granola among us.
In her 42 years of gardening, Sharon Collman says she hasn’t had to use a pesticide. How does she encourage a naturally balanced, eco-friendly garden?
Winter is loosening its uncomfortable, damp grip on the Pacific Northwest, and that means it’s time to show your lawn some love. Prep your yard by giving moss and invasive grasses the smack down before spring has sprung. And if you play your prep right, you can keep your lawn mower mothballed for a few weeks.
Despite their name, mason bees aren’t part of the Illuminati and don’t want to rule the world—they just want to pollinate it.
“Honeybees are terrific pollen gatherers, but mason bees are phenomenal pollinators,” said Dave Hunter, founder of Crown Bees in Woodinville. “Honeybees make honey, but mason bees make food.”
Not making a mountain out of a molehill sounds reasonable, unless that molehill is in your yard. You’ve probably tried every trick in the book. From home remedies to commercial products or tools, it seems no singular definitive fix exists.Read More
Incandescent light bulbs and Google+ have something in common: They’re nearing oblivion.
For 130 years, American homes reveled in watts of glowing, warm light from incandescent bulbs. With lifespans rivaling that of a dragonfly, bulbs burned out. So we’d just shake them, listen for the tink of broken filament, trash the old bulb and screw in a new one. Cheap. Easy.
Let’s get real: Cold houses are awful. Walking into a frigid home is about as welcoming as a greeting from a herd of feral cats. That is to say, yucky. If you get home and have the urge to leave your winter parka on, you’re not alone. Here’s a short list of ways to prep your home for battle with the annual arrival of Old Man Winter.Read More
Holiday harbingers start early these days. It began with ho-ho-home decor and small forests of artificial trees. Now it's snowballed into a full-on festive overload. And yet, your shopping isn’t done. Maybe you haven’t started. Take a deep breath; it’s going to be okay. We’ve assembled a crack team of elves who’ve scoured our shelves for awesome objects worth giving – and getting.Read More