Four Tips for a Successful Summer Party

0000000It’s springtime in the Midwest! That means unpredictable temperatures and frequent rainfalls. Every now and then, though, we get a day that reminds us just why we love summer. Frequently, summer means outdoor parties, and lots of people like to throw those parties themselves. Whether you’re a seasoned summer party host, or just trying your […]

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Let the Kids do the Decorating?

0000000Let the Kids do the Decorating? Why it’s Not Such a Bad Idea. The thought of giving your kids the paint brush and letting them attack the walls is enough to give any mother goosebumps. After all, isn’t, “Keep the color on the paper,” a mother’s mantra? Although very few people would probably encourage you […]

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Creating an Outdoor Dining Experience

0000000Eating Out While Eating In: Creating a Comfortable Outdoor Dining Experience As the spring flowers poke their heads through what remains of last year’s leaves, the great outdoors begins to look a whole lot friendlier than it did just one month ago. And the friendlier the great outdoors looks, the more you want to spend […]

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Five Steps to Washing Your Vinyl Siding

0000000From Snow Blower to Pressure Washer: Five Steps to Washing Your Vinyl Siding It’s that time of year again when the snow blowers go away and the pressure washers come out. People are ready for warm weather and the outdoor activities that go with them. And when they’re participating in outdoor activities, they don’t want […]

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Spring Cleaning the Smart Way

0000000Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and the weather is warming. It’s an exciting time of year, both for you and your kids. And although you want your kids to get some fresh air and exercise by playing outside, it can be hard to keep the spring outdoors (and off your carpets and walls) […]

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How to Hire a Home Professional

0000000How to Hire a Home Professional In Three Easy Steps If you’re a home owner, you’re eventually going to have to hire a professional to do repairs and make changes around your house. In fact, if you’ve owned a home for a year or so, odds are you’ve already had to contract with some type […]

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How to Make Spring Cleaning a Success

0000000A To-Do List You Can’t Clean Without: How to Make Spring Cleaning a Success Whether you love winter or you try to stay indoors between the months of November and February, those first few days of spring always seem to signify a new start. Making use of those feelings of newness and motivation to clean […]

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A Like-New Home May Be Just a Tax Refund Away

0000000A Like-New Home May Be Just a Tax Refund Away If you’ve been waiting for a windfall to remodel your home, spring can offer the perfect opportunity. Whether your tax refund is for $300 or $3,000, you can certainly put that money toward a number of home remodeling projects that can improve the look, value, […]

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Making Sense of the Electric Wiring Rainbow

0000000Wire Color Codes: Making Sense of the Electric Wiring Rainbow If you’re thinking about doing some wiring, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of electrical wires are multi-colored or feature multi-colored nuts. No, this isn’t just to satisfy the contractor’s creative streak. Multi-colored wires and nuts are actually an important part of electrical safety, as […]

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Three Reasons to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

0000000Curb Appeal: Three Reasons to Paint Your Home’s Exterior Because you spend more time instead your house than staring at it, you might not think that your home’s exterior is really something that needs attention. However, having curb appeal is about more than just increasing the value of your home. A re-painted home exterior can […]

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