Categories for Tools & Resources

commuter shuttle

Ditch that Car for the Alameda, Berkeley and New Richmond Ferry

Ditch the car and say goodbye to sitting in traffic – living in the East Bay just got a little easier. Check out the new and up-to-date information regarding ferry commute options from the East Bay to San Francisco. It’s exciting to know such options exist to add value to the East Bay resident’s lifestyle. Read More

Turn Your Regular Home Into a Smart One With Mesh’s DIY Kit

THE INTERNET IS everywhere, and if you’re down with using a smartphone to control everything in your life, the Internet of Things is a dream come true. The problem is living the networked Good Life generally means forking out the cash to buy connected gadgets ($67 for a lightbulb?) or being an adroit hacker. Click here to read the full article on

Friendly Ways to Update a Kitchen

“Hello there! Dawn here, from I’ve had fun offering up my suggestions for reader submitted questions (in the form of a Photoshop mockups), and I’m back at it this month with a some easy ways to update a kitchen that a reader sent in.”   Click here to read the full article on

DIY Faux Watercolor Wallpaper Wall Treatment with Paint

“I am so excited to share this project with you guys today. This was definitely the showstopper from Blake’s Boho still Boyish and Beachy Bedroom Makeover and it is one of those that looks really complicated or like you need to have a special skill in painting to get this right, but you do not, I assure you.”   Click here to see full article on

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light // Easy Lighting Update

“From dim witted recessed can lighting to bright shining modern pendant light fixture in two easy steps… true story…. This is by far one of the easiest and fastest updates I have done to date, but what a huge impact it has had.” Click here to see full article on

The Key Elements of a Great Outdoor Space

“Big or small, inexpensive or extravagant, your outdoor living space is an investment in your house as well as an investment in your peace of mind. But it doesn’t have to be overly complicated: just include fire, water and earth (and a little shade), says landscape designer Michael Glassman. Find ways in which you can use these elements to create a cozy open-air refuge made for relaxing and entertaining.”   Click here to read the full article on

8 Companies That Help You Beautifully Hack IKEA Furniture

“Even though we’re all about personalizing IKEA furniture with a little DIY savviness, we get that it can be a huge time suck. And some very smart companies understand that too — which is why they went into business to sell slipcovers, panels, and legs that will revamp customer’s existing pieces with little to no effort (genius).” Click here to read the full article on

Looking for a school in Oakland?

Looking to better understand the City of Oakland school placement and how it may relate to you? Well written article that takes some of the mystery out of the process. Read More.