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Christmas Party Ideas

November 3rd, 2017 - 3:16 PM
Christmas Party Ideas

The best Christmas party ideas

‘Tis the season — to party! There’s something about the holidays that brings people together and gives you the perfect excuse to celebrate. Since social calendars fill up around Christmastime, you should start planning your party early. Whether you’re planning a get-together for friends, a gathering with your coworkers or a pajama party with the neighbors, tell them to save the date and start planning for your event. Take a look at these ideas for Christmas party themes, food and games to organize the event of the season.

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Living in an Apartment with a Dog

October 4th, 2017 - 10:06 AM
Living in an Apartment with a Dog

Adding a dog to your apartment life

According to BarkPost, evidence shows that dog ownership provides health benefits like an improved mood, lower blood pressure and a fitness routine. With these advantages, adding a pet to your family may seem like a great idea, but if you live in or are moving to an apartment, before taking that leap it’s important to make sure it’s a good fit. Small spaces can pose a challenge for breeds that require more activity and space, and some rentals have restrictions on the types of pets that are allowed. But with the right breed and a good plan, it’s possible to add a furry friend, even in an apartment. 

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Cheap Places to Live

September 18th, 2017 - 4:01 PM
Cheap Places to Live

Where are the most affordable places to live?

You may have heard of the cost of living index before, but did you know it’s a good way to choose a city to move to? Because costs for basic essentials vary across the country, this index provides a simple way to determine if your salary will adequately cover expenses. Many areas have a rising cost of living, but there are plenty of places that fall below the national average. If you’re looking for affordable real estate and the lowest cost of living, these 10 places fit the bill.

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Smart Home Technology

September 6th, 2017 - 1:38 PM
Smart Home Technology

The rise of home technology

Imagine this: You wake up in the morning and it’s unseasonably cold. Before getting out of bed, you grab your phone. From an app, you turn the heat on, start a cup of coffee brewing and open the blinds. You say out loud, “What’s the weather today?” and a speaker answers with the forecast. It’s not a house of the future, it’s a smart home. And you can do all of this today.

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Small Room Decorating Ideas

August 30th, 2017 - 10:10 AM
Small Room Decorating Ideas

How to decorate small spaces

When it comes to home decorating, size doesn’t matter.  A small space doesn’t have to be cluttered or thrown together — it can be creative and functional. With a little planning, you can maximize spaces to be efficient, comfortable and beautiful. Whether you’re dealing with a tiny apartment or a single room that’s not so big, we’ve gathered some tips to help you take advantage of the space you have.

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Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

August 9th, 2017 - 8:07 AM
Building the Perfect Treehouse for Kids

Beginner’s guide to building a treehouse

You’ve bought a house with a large backyard and finally have space to make your kids’ treehouse dreams come true. But where do you start? And how do you make sure it’s safe for them to play in? No matter your experience, making a treehouse can be done easily and safely. All you need are the right supplies, some knowledge about trees, and a little bit of imagination.

Note: Before starting construction, check city ordinances and homeowner’s association regulations for rules in your area. Some may require building permits or have height restrictions.

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State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

July 26th, 2017 - 2:32 PM
State foods, food festivals, state dishes and more

Popular foods for each state

From iconic Southern comfort food to seafood on the East Coast, every region has dishes it’s known for. Whether you’re just curious about the cuisine in a particular state, or you’re moving or traveling and wondering what local fare to try, we’ve discovered the best bites in all 50 states, along with some food festivals and local dishes to try.

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Getting rid of odors in a house

July 20th, 2017 - 2:45 PM
Getting rid of odors in a house

Eliminating odors in the home

We’ve all been there. You walk into a house and a smell hits you.  Maybe it’s the overwhelming scent of fresh paint, a musty smell from the house being closed up for too long, or even just the unpleasant odor of your pet. Either way, you think, “I’ll open the windows, and it will air out.” But, after several days of letting the breeze blow through, the smell still lingers. Now what?

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Top 10 Scenic Highways

July 5th, 2017 - 9:29 AM
Top 10 Scenic Highways

Finding the scenic route for your trip

Picture this: You’re zooming past the most gorgeous vistas you’ve ever seen.  The weather is perfect. Your family stops at an overlook to take in the beautiful coastline, and you get the perfect picture. Post that to Instagram® before getting back in the car for a leisurely drive. Then stop at a great little restaurant to try the local cuisine. For a trip like this, the journey truly is the destination.