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Tips to Make Your Home More Cat-friendly

Millions of people cannot imagine life at home without their cats. Cats make wonderful pets, bringing their own unique personality into a home and providing companionship to their owners.


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Where to get home fix-it funds

That roof is starting to leak. Your basement foundation is showing some troublesome cracks. The furnace doesn’t fire up quickly when you adjust the thermostat, and your pothole-pecked driveway has seen better days. Each of these worry spots can come with a costly repair or replacement price tag. So where are you going to get the greenbacks to pay for these priorities?


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When It’s Better to Hire a Pro for the Job

As a homeowner, it’s often tempting to bite off more than you can chew. Particularly, that DIY bathroom redo that you were hoping to save money on, that sagging garage roof crying out for your magic touch or that new foyer light fixture waiting to be hung. Fact is, savvy and skilled weekend warriors can march into the home improvement battle with confidence. But the rest of us are usually better off enlisting experts for a fix-it or remodeling project.


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Signs It’s Time to Rightsize

Take a look around your home. Are the kids grown and moved out and now you have more house than you need? Maybe your elderly parents are ready to sell your childhood home and move to a senior center? It might be time to consider downsizing.


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Short on Time, Big on Clean

Sometimes it seems an insurmountable task to keep up with home maintenance. No need to worry. Take the advice of these cleaning experts, who have sketched out 10 quick-and-easy shortcuts that’ll help you fake the fact that you haven’t dusted in weeks:


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Counter Attack

To get organized in the kitchen, it's best to start on space that will have the strongest impact as it's a room that affects everyone in the house.


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Don’t ‘Sleep’ On Storage Potential

Small spaces and large spaces alike have one major thing in common – it seems there’s just never enough storage space! With the right planning, you can de-clutter and optimize an unused storage haven to create invaluable and invisible storage space – that nether region under the bed where stray socks, various clothes and dust bunnies pointlessly accumulate.


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Playful Organization

Say goodbye to tripping over toys! Our blog on playful organization has the solutions you need to get your kid's business in order today. Your child will take pride in keeping toys under control, and you'll love the clutter-free house. Discover expert tips for a seamlessly organized haven with a touch of playfulness.


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Home Improvements for the Weekend Warrior

Home improvement projects ramp up when the weather warms up, as you channel your inner weekend warrior and prepare to tackle those home to-do lists. Large-scale renovations can greatly affect a home, but smaller projects can yield impressive results and be completed over the course of a single weekend.


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Design on a Dime

Whether or not you host a holiday party, to really capture the magic of the season, you’ll want to spend some time making your home warm and cozy and get your guests into the holiday spirit. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune, or even that much time, with these tactics:


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Light It Up

Every year, holiday lighting manufacturers introduce more varieties of bulbs, strands, colors and accessories. Luckily for the seasonal lighting industry (and those who love cruising the neighborhood, looking at lit-up houses), nobody seems to be willing to forego Christmas lights altogether, no matter their financial woes.


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Reindeer games: Fun activities for the holidays

Holiday get-togethers with family, friends and even your co-workers is fun. You’re eating, drinking, and opening gifts, so how about playing some games too? Here are some ideas to get you started.


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Should You Buy an Investment Property?

Looking to make some extra money each month? There are so many ways you can, from taking on an extra job or starting a side hustle, but Devon Kennard urges you to consider investing in real estate.


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Tips for Safe, Pet-Friendly, Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are a time to spend with friends and family. Celebrating and entertaining are large components of what makes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Years festivities so enjoyable. Holiday hosts with pets must consider companion animals when planning the festivities.


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Get the Table Ready for the Holidays: Easy Centerpiece Ideas

A festively decorated holiday dining-room table can put even the Scrooges among us in a good mood. Anchoring the table: a fabulous centerpiece. Whether you’re having the whole family over for Thanksgiving or keeping the guest list cozy at Christmas, the centerpiece sets the tone for the meal. Here are some suggestions that are affordable and easy to put together:


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Holiday traditions from around the world

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are far from the only major holidays celebrated around the world once the weather gets colder and the year comes to a close. Several other days on the calendar serve as important festive celebrations for different cultures inside and outside America that are deserving of increased awareness.


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Earth-friendly Décor for the Holidays

Holidays are all about decorating, eating, opening presents and enjoying the company of your family and friends. You probably don't give too much thought to these activities impact on the environment – that's a holiday buzzkill, right?


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Sleep Tight- 7 Things to Know About the Modern Mattress

Shopping for a mattress involves more than just jumping on floor models for one that feels right. Customization, trendy fabrics, and convenient designs all contribute to your mattress experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind before buying a new one.


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The Beauty of ‘Minor Bulbs’

Every August numerous catalogs arrive from bulb companies, only to be placed into a rainy day pile that often never arrives. Part of the lackluster appeal could be the tiresome focus on Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths, plants we have repeatedly seen and planted. It is time for something new – the minor bulb!


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How to Keep Animals Safe Outdoors

What is good for human beings also may be good for pets — within reason, of course. Domestic companion animals can benefit from time in the great outdoors. It provides them new sights and sounds, opportunities to explore, and new ways to exercise. Their owners just need to take precautions to make outdoor ventures safe for domesticated animals. The good news is there are steps to make time outdoors safer for pets.


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The many benefits of using a real estate agent when house hunting

Ever tried representing yourself in a court case, climbing a steep mountain minus a guide, or coordinating a giant wedding without a professional planner? While you may not be required to have an expert for some key events in life, navigating them is a whole lot easier when you’ve got a pro on your side.


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Get a handle on a snazzier kitchen

Replace cabinetry hardware for a fresh look


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A new kitchen that breaks the rules

Why transitional design is so popular in kitchens today


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Bathed in Good Design

Teresa Tumminia of At Home Custom Interiors shows us how a well designed bathroom is a true investment in yourself and your home.


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The Beauty & Art of Collaboration

Collaboration is defined as the action of working with someone to produce or create something.


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Dogs and Water Safety

Dogs have solidified their places in many families. Nowadays, more and more dogs accompany their pet parents on trips to the store, vacations and various recreational pursuits — including trips to the beach or the backyard pool.


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Cooking Up a Backyard Treasure

While the back deck or patio has long been home to the occasional charcoal smoker or gas grill, things are changing for many homeowners. For an increasing number of U.S. grill owners, a complete outdoor kitchen – complete with food prep areas, outdoor kitchen cabinets, outdoor sink, and multiple sources of heat – is becoming a must-have.


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Dangers of DIY

Going it alone in life can have its advantages. You don’t have to depend on others who can let you down. You can set your own schedule and agenda. And you call the shots, of course. But when it comes to a home improvement project or home renovation diy, the do-it-yourself projects can sometimes backfire if you are not cautious or prepared


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Learn the risks of plants to cats and dogs

Indoor plants for the home can be beautiful additions and provide a natural way to filter interior air. Many homeowners prefer to enhance their spaces with green house plants and various flowers. Though that is a great way to design a home’s interior, pet owners must exercise caution with pet-safe indoor plants.


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Investing in a Second Home or Vacation Home: What You Need to Know

Yearning for a place to get away from the everyday? Looking for a property in a warmer climate you can flock to when Old Man Winter arrives? Want the flexibility to travel and vacation without having to find a place to rent or stay at a resort or unique hotel? If so, look closely at buying a second home or vacation home.


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Where do I start? Mapping out your home renovation plans

Before embarking on a road trip, it’s helpful to scan a map (online or on paper) so that you have proper directions, a good idea of how long it will take to arrive, and an estimate of how much your trip to the fuel pump will cost (especially nowadays).


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Top new landscaping trends for 2023

It’s never too early to give thought to your home’s curb appeal and the condition and cosmetic appeal of your yard and grounds. If you want to be prouder of the home you own and catch the eye of visitors and passersby, it pays to devote extra focus to landscaping improvements and front of house landscaping in 2023.


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Gardening without breaking the bank

You’ve always wanted a garden in your backyard with beautiful flowers to enjoy while also giving your home a boost in curb appeal. While a garden can also bring you a great deal of enjoyment, the costs of starting one from scratch can add up depending on how elaborate you want to get


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Low-Maintenance Plants to Put in Your Yard This Summer

Do you want a garden that bursts with life and color, but you don’t have time for all the fuss and muss that often attends gardening?


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A TAIL-WAGGING GARDEN

FROM FLOWERS TO VEGGIES TO MULCH, HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL, PET-FRIENDLY GARDEN


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TURNING HOMES INSIDE OUT

“Interior design” can be a misnomer. Now, more than ever, stylish, functional elements for the exterior are as equally important as those indoors.


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12 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BATHROOM SAFER

Accidents happen at home, especially in the bathroom. Water is often the culprit – people slip in the shower, tub, and in puddles on the floor and get burned by scalding temperatures.


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Planning the Home Garden – Delight or Disaster

All gardeners wrestle with the design of our home garden. The challenge comes from our familiarity with the property, making it difficult to visualize alternative designs.


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WALLPAPER WOES?

We’ve got you covered. Five Monmouth-based designers share tips for wow-worthy walls.


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Minor exterior upgrades that can help sell a home

The home improvement industry has been booming for years, but forecasters are projecting a deceleration in 2023 and perhaps beyond.


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Make your dog a better leash-walker

A leashed dog can be restrained from sniffing the waste of other animals, which may help curb the spread of diseases like distemper or parvo. Leashing also can reduce the propensity for the dog to run away from an owner and get lost.


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Mulch ado about nothing: Choosing the right mulch for your yard

Want to give your forthcoming foliage an extra boost this spring? Applying plant food and plant fertilizer can help. But don’t overlook the magical benefits of mulch, which can help your garden and grounds survive and thrive.


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How to Build a Chicken Salad Bar

Build this easy DIY chicken salad bar in your run to give your flock fresh greens even when they can't free range.


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Gardening with Chickens

Put your chickens to work for you in the garden for healthier chickens and a more bountiful garden. Gardening with chickens is a win-win.


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