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Best apps for buying a home

If you are in the market for a new home, technology can help make your search a little easier.
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8 green solutions to garden bug problems

Munch! Munch! That should be the sound of you happily chowing down on organic veggies picked fresh from your home garden.  But all too often, any munching that's going on is being done by pesky insects that have gotten to your crop before you. More>>

The best A/C temperature: Stay cool and save energy

How can you find that happy medium: an A/C temperature that will keep your home comfortably cool without turning you into an energy hog? More>>

Natural fixes for hardwood floors

Stuff happens. If you have beautiful wood floors, no matter how careful you try to be, they will end up with signs of wear and tear caused by kids, pets, parties, and life in general. Fortunately, you can fix minor types of hardwood damage yourself. More>>

Bumper crop of cucumbers? Here's what to do

Cucumbers are one of the most prolific veggies, to the point where you may feel overwhelmed thinking of ways to use them up. Here are some suggestions to help you deal with nature's bounty. More>>

Eco-friendly garden flower arrangement

Summer is peak season for gorgeous fresh flowers. Just be sure to create your displays in an eco-friendly way. More>>

Transform your home without buying a thing

Are you depressed by the blah look of your personal space when you come home at the end of the day? Maybe you have a stack of old clothes, unfiled paperwork and cassette tapes un-listened to since... More>>

Curb appeal: Simple fixes to boost your homes value

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Curb appeal is that essential it factor which makes your home stand out from its neighbors in a good way. If you are looking to sell your home but lack a huge amount of time or cash to invest in... More>>

Cast iron cookware questions and answers

There's a lot to like about cast iron, but it does come with a call for some special handling. Here are the facts you're looking for. More>>

Five essential tips for designing your kitchen

Here are some less traditional ways to think about kitchen design, whether your project is outfitting a rental kitchen in a tiny walk-up, or the kind of larger-scale remodel you dream about. More>>

6 questions for your realtor

If you are like most home buyers and sellers, chances are you'll want a qualified real estate agent to help you through the process.
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8 barbecue party tips you need to know

Whether you're a first time planner, or seasoned professional, a barbecue is one of the most fun and exciting parties you can throw. More>>

Home energy audit: DIY and save money

Lower your energy bills and keep your family more comfortable. If that sounds good to you, it may well be time to perform a home energy audit.
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Great ways to enjoy your garden in the evening

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Summer's here, and hopefully your yard (or balcony) is abloom. Enjoy the colorful beauty of your flowers and plants in the sunshine, but don't forget that evenings in the garden have a special charm all their own. More>>

4 reasons to choose carpet

Wall-to-wall carpeting, once a home decor status symbol, has been overshadowed in recent years by the popularity of hardwood flooring. However, carpet can be a comfortable, affordable, green and attractive floor covering option. More>>

Home improvements that really pay off

Despite what you see on TV and what the conventional wisdom says, most of the home improvement projects with the greatest return on investment are unglamorous.
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Vertical gardens offer more than just space saving

Gardens that grow vertically rather than spreading across the landscape are all the rage these days.
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Essential spring cleaning checklist for every home

Spring is here once again and you know what that means – it’s time for spring cleaning.
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Why curb appeal matters

Curb appeal is a hot topic for anyone who is hoping to sell a property.
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Adjusting your thermostat might improve your thinking

You think best when the air temperature is at a level that makes you feel the most comfortable, new research suggests. More>>

Spring cleaning safety tips

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While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says. More>>

Does housework count as exercise?

Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up. More>>

The best flowers to plant in spring

Spring is a favorite time of year for many people. The weather is warming up after the cold winter, trees are beginning to bud and spring plants are blooming with vibrant flowers. More>>

6 nifty ways to organize your laundry room

Is it time for a laundry room overhaul? To become an organization pro, here is some advice that works like magic. More>>

Old wood stoves a costly way to keep warm

Although many people use indoor and outdoor wood heaters to save money on fuel costs, burning wood to stay warm during the cold winter months might not be cost-efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More>>

5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.
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Could turning down the thermostat help you lose weight?

Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts? More>>

Formal Valentine's Day decoration ideas for the dining room

Whether it will be a romantic meal for two, or a festive holiday banquet for a large group, Valentine's Day décor will enhance your dining room's holiday atmosphere. More>>

Ways you can beat household odors

A busy home with sealed-up windows can lead to stale, unpleasant odors. And the last thing that any host wants to hear is, "What's that smell?" More>>

Winter chores made easier - and safer

Cold weather sure does make household tasks pile up. Before you tackle your to-do list, chill out with these tips from injury-prevention experts. More>>

5 inspiring new year's resolutions you can keep

If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep. More>>

How can you recycle your Christmas tree?

Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree. More>>

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.
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How to decorate your home like a winter wonderland

Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year. More>>

Get your kitchen holiday party-ready

The most important prep step? Plan ahead.
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Streamline your holiday schedule

When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December. More>>

Etiquette tips for surviving social awkwardness

Whether you’re attending a holiday party, wedding, business event or other celebration, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation and wishing Miss Manners were by your side. More>>

Smarten up your dumb house with Z-Wave Automation

If you're even moderately interested in DIY home automation, you've likely run across the name "Z-Wave" at some point.
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Fall home makeover tips

Check out these predictions on the hottest house accessories for the season.

 
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7 ways you haven't hurricane-proofed your home yet

Do these seven things now to protect your home and family.

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Halloween decoration ideas for the office

If you find yourself spending more time at your desk than on your couch, there's no reason you can't celebrate the Halloween season in your office, and use these fun and festive décor ideas to liven up your work space. More>>

Make a small room seem bigger

Here are a few tricks that can make a small room seem more spacious More>>

7 laundry time savers

A national survey revealed that laundry ranks among our top three least favorite chores.
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Make more money at your next garage sale

How do you bring in the buyers -- and get the most money for your attic treasures? More>>

A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

Basil: The perfect summer herb

Basil is the quintessential garden plant -- equally happy to sprawl out over the expanse of a walled-in plot or flourish in a box on the window sill. More>>

3 projects to do for your dad on Father's Day

Don't buy the tie! There's no need for your standard go-to Dad's Day gift this year. Try one of these simple projects as a Father's Day present. More>>

Memorial Day games & activities for kids

Here are some active, outdoor games that are fun but simple to play; get ready to create summertime memories. More>>

5 germ hot spots you aren't cleaning

Here are five germ hot spots you're probably missing when you clean, and the most powerful tools to add to your cleaning arsenal today. More>>

Summer gardening guide

Summer is the time to freshen up the garden, pay careful attention to maintenance and enjoy the fruits of your labor. More>>

10 kitchen gadgets you probably don't need

There are many kitchen gadgets out there that claim to make your life simpler, but there might already be something in your kitchen that can do the same job. More>>

St. Patrick’s Day history, traditions & facts

It's the day when being Irish or even just attempting a lyrical brogue will make you an honorary member of the Emerald Isle. More>>

Turn your bedroom into a getaway

Your master bedroom should be your oasis from the rest of the world. And yet it's often the last room in the house to get a good makeover. More>>

De-clutter your life -- and your mind

Even for those who are not hoarders, holding on to large quantities of unnecessary stuff can raise anxiety and lower well-being. More>>

The most dangerous spiders in your home

Venomous spiders can be dangerous to those who spend time outside. These spiders occasionally find their way inside home and can present a serious risk. More>>

Are electric blankets safe?

Most safety problems related to use of an electric blanket are preventable.
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Unique gift wrapping ideas

There's a wide world of ways to wrap a present. More>>

Vintage Christmas decorations

Holiday decorating goes through fashions and styles, and the tree you remember as if it was yesterday has become today's vintage look. More>>

BPA: Is there danger in your kitchen?

The toxic chemical BPA could be contaminating your containers, cans and more. Here's what to look out for. More>>

Fun election-themed foods

This election year, try looking at the first Tuesday in November as what it truly is – the Super Bowl of politics! More>>

Living room clutter busters

You can transform this room from the messiest area in your home to the organized, relaxing family haven you desire. More>>

10 air purifying plants for the home

It turns out that houseplants aren't just a great way to spruce up a room, they can freshen the air in a room as well. More>>

What is steampunk home decor?

Part history and part imagination, steampunk creates a futuristic "past that never was," combining classic antique clocks, gears, fabric and accessories with modern, edgy touches. More>>

This election year, why not throw a political party of your own

This election year Maker's Mark is backing The Cocktail Party, but if don't want to march under their banner here are a few ways you can throw a political party of your own. More>>

24 surprising uses for coffee grounds

Coffee grounds have numerous uses around the house and in the garden. You can even use them in your beauty routine. More>>

8 ways to make your home healthier

Your house's air quality and the products you use every day can all have an effect on your health and that of your family. Here's how to make your home a safer and healthier place to live. More>>

Bluetooth device and iOS app ensure you never lose your keys again

The Kickstarter project vows that you'll never misplace your keys again by using a Bluetooth 4.0 device and iOS app to locate the lost item. More>>

How to plan a monster garage sale

A garage sale is a great way to bring in some extra cash, clear out clutter and do some good for the environment. More>>

The most dangerous animals in your backyard

Your backyard should be a safe haven for your family and pets, but there may be dangers hiding under your bushes. More>>

How to build a tire swing

A tire swing hanging from a large tree is a tradition that is as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Here's how you can make your own. More>>

10 weird plants from around the world

Flowers with unexpected animal features? Masters of camouflage? Here are 10 weird and wacky plants that can be grown by any gardener. More>>

Hidden household cat poisons

While you assume your home is a safe and happy place, you may have some surprising things around that are toxic, and even fatal, to your cat. More>>

Spring cocktail party ideas & tips

Spring cocktail parties are the perfect way to welcome the new season, enjoy the warming weather and take advantage of the newly blooming landscape. More>>

Backyard barbecue ideas for Memorial Day

Hosting a backyard BBQ for Memorial Day is a great way to enjoy the warming weather, celebrate a time-honored tradition with friends and family, and try your hand at working that new grill. More>>

Spring-cleaning special: Allergy-proof your house

These simple steps will help you breathe easier at home in no time. More>>

Junk drawer no more

This spring, make a commitment to organize your junk drawer -- or drawers! More>>

How to repair a wooden dining table

Repairing a worn or damaged wood dining table is an easy weekend project that will have you entertaining in style. More>>

Guide to buying a kitchen faucet

With a flick of the wrist or a gentle touch, it enables food preparation, cleanliness or a drink of water in your home's busiest multipurpose room. More>>

How to weather-strip your front door

If you feel a draft around your front door, chances are you're wasting energy and throwing money away through leaks around the perimeter. More>>

How to decorate with apothecary jars

There are apothecary jars for every taste and budget, so start exploring the possibilities. More>>

Need to hang your flat screen TV?

Wall-mounting a flat screen plasma, LCD or LED television is a smart and aesthetic way to update a room and make TV viewing more comfortable. More>>

7 questions to answer before buying a new vanity

Simplify your search for the perfect bathroom vanity by first considering these options. More>>

How to mount a mirror in your bathroom

What's the best way to hang a bathroom mirror? The answer depends on what kind of bathroom mirror you'd like to mount, as mirrors are either framed or frameless. More>>

What are the best scented candles for every room?

Candles quickly create a soft, romantic ambiance when placed in any room, and can be used throughout the house as both décor and lighting. More>>

Winter bedroom design ideas

If you're feeling inspired by snow covered mountains, luxurious furs and rural woods, create a warm and comfortable winter bedroom design. More>>

The essential winter cleaning checklist

Use this checklist to make sure your home is ready for cozy nights and cooler temperatures. More>>

Outdoor winter party ideas

If you have great weather all year long, or even if you don't, try throwing an outdoor winter party this year, and celebrate the season surrounded by nature. With the right decorations, lighting and accessories, your winter party is sure to rival the best of summer BBQs. More>>

Winter pruning guide: Why you should prune each year

Pruning during the winter months can help improve your plants shape, form and growth. Think of winter pruning as preventive maintenance. More>>

Easy kitchen updates under $100

If your kitchen is sorely in need of a facelift and your budget is next to nothing, don't be discouraged. Your kitchen can get a whole new look for under $100. More>>

8 space-saving tips for a compact kitchen

By equipping yourself with an environment conducive to neatness and order, you will get into the habit of keeping your space clean. Here are a few tips to help you maximize space in your kitchen. More>>

How to organize your garage

Are you asking yourself "How did my garage get this way?" Here are some specific steps to help you organize your garage. More>>

Tips to protect your home from severe weather

When people think of winterizing their homes, most often their heating bills spring to mind - along with insulation and weather stripping. The winter months bring not only high energy bills, but also an increased chance of certain kinds of damage to your home and its contents. More>>

Guide to buying a dishwasher

Today's dishwashers come with a host of features and upgrades. Click through for tips on waht to consider when you're shopping for a new model. More>>

Guide to buying a high-efficiency washing machine

If you're in the market to buy a high-efficiency (HE) washer, join the crowd.  Here are nine things to consider before you buy a HE washer. More>>

Guide to buying a range

Whether you cook frequently or just once in a while, every kitchen needs a range; it's a necessity and a focal point in the heart of every home. But with so many types and models to choose from, how do you know which range to select? More>>

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