A Teen’s Perspective: Cleaning my room

Cleaning my room The first mission I knew that I needed to accomplish upon returning from college between semesters was cleaning my room. For years, my room has been a disaster. I just have too much stuff. It took about a week, but I went through everything. I found papers…

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Do-It-Yourself Car Detailing

By Discount Debbie I like a really clean car. Don’t get me wrong, my car isn’t always clean, but I wish it were. This last time I wanted to get it super clean, so I started calling around to local detailing places. I was shocked at the cost. Some places…

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Perennial gardeners welcome!

I am obsessed with flowers! I draw them, plant them, pick them. Just can’t get enough. I’m desperate for making  flowers bloom all summer. Living in the northeast, need some names of perennial flowers I can plant for a spectacular summer garden.

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Make an Eco-Friendly Home and Save Money

Make your eco-friendly home and save money by reducing the amount of energy your family uses. It will require changing both your habits and your house. But with government incentives for greening your home, now is a great time to do it. Lighting Lighting accounts for 11 percent of most home…

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8 Essential Home Refreshers to Tackle This Summer

Essential home refreshers Nothing says summer like lounging by the pool, firing up the grill, and taking care of routine home maintenance. OK, so home maintenance isn’t at the top of your list. (You’re much more interested in finding the perfect bikini and firing up the margarita machine.) But bear…

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Stinky Houses

Stinky Houses Does your house stink? If it does you could be sabotaging your chances to sell or rent your home. You can test this for yourself by going outside for at least ten minutes, then re-enter with your olfactory senses on high alert. What strikes your nose first? Potential buyers and tenants make…

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A New City, A New Home

A New City, A New Home What’s the best thing about New York City so far? Friends. There were a lot of things that freaked me out about graduating college. Paying my own rent, not being able to use campus meal points when my checking account is low, and, believe it or…

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House shopping advice is in the PALM of your hand!

PALM = Price, Adaptable layout, Location, Maintained Choosing a house for your family can be daunting.  You know what your needs are now but that will change as your life and family does. Tips to streamline the decision making process are in the PALM of your hand.  In today’s real…

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Family Room Decorating Ideas

The family room is a room for many uses. Whether you are watching television, playing games, or just gathering for conversation, your family room should be a relaxing atmosphere designed as a multi-purpose room. Most family rooms are designed around a media center with a television, stereo, game systems, or…

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Runway to Color Palette: Peach Perfect

Written by Kirsten Grove Fashion knows no boundaries and neither should interior design. For most people, using peach in a space can seem too much of a good thing. I disagree! Peach has been trending like crazy so let’s embrace it in our spaces. Now, it needs to be implemented in small…

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Common Life Hacks

Who knew things could be so simple? Read these common tips and tricks- they may change your routine forever! There are tons of tips, tricks, and hacks that make life SO simple. Here are some of my all time favorite ones that I’ve found. Have your own tips to share?…

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Homemade Cleaning Agents

How many times have you set out to do domestic duties and found yourself out of the right product for the job? Don’t postpone the task. Instead, brew your own cleaning agents and cure your housework woes. By Donna Bozzo Kitchen Prescription Fight germs with your own antibacterial spray. Mix…

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Best Cleaning Tips for Every Room

By Laura Wallis SCOUR POWER Oven Tackle those charred drips and baked-on blobs.  Racks: Lay them down on newspaper or, even better, place racks inside a large plastic garbage bag and spray with a nontoxic oven cleaner. Let sit, then scrub with a scouring pad, rinse well and dry. Interior: Zap splatters…

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Short Sale – Things you should know

  Things You Should Know When Buying a Short Sale A short sale can be a way to pick up a great property at a bargain price or it might not be worth the time and trouble. New regulations, which apply to the five largest banks, make short sales quicker and somewhat…

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Housing Market Improving

 Hooray, The Housing Market is Improving! Mortgage rates have reached record lows, making home ownership more affordable than ever before.  If you are thinking about buying a home now is the time to invest in real estate.  The historically low mortgage rates are a compelling reason to jump into the real…

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Sick- need a home cooked meal delivered?

Have You Ever Wanted to Organize Meals for a Friend after a Birth, Surgery or Illness? It’s called Meal Train. One of the most interesting sites I’ve come across in a very long time. This is what a meal train is all about! In 2012, Andrea Harman discovered that she had…

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HGTV Admits House Hunters Is Partially Staged

By Amos Barshad [Explosion noise!] In a mushrooming scandal currently rocking the world of real-estate-themed reality television, HGTV (that’d be Home and Garden Television) has been forced to admit that its flagship show, House Hunters, in which home buyers are shown three prospective homes to purchase — or, if you’d rather,…

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