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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.

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Car Maintenance Checklist

June 16th, 2017 - 3:58 PM
Car Maintenance Checklist

Perform a car checkup before a road trip

The bags are packed, the road trip playlist is ready, and the GPS coordinates are set. You’re ready to hit the road — but is your car?  Whether you’re taking a fun trip across the country or moving to a new state, it’s wise to take time to prepare your car for the drive. Complete these vehicle maintenance steps so you’ll be ready to set out on your trip with a safe, dependable vehicle.

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22 Unexpected Uses for Moving Boxes

June 9th, 2017 - 11:24 AM
22 Unexpected Uses for Moving Boxes

What to do with used moving boxes

After a move, you may find yourself swimming in a sea of cardboard. If you’ve moved a two-bedroom home, you can easily have over 50 used boxes laying around.  Or maybe you’ve ordered several things online and are looking for a way to reuse those boxes. You can go the environmentally-friendly route and recycle them, but you may want to get creative with some of them. With a few supplies, moving boxes can be repurposed into unique things that can entertain your kids, organize your home, and more!