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March 9, 2017

City Spotlight: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s largest city has been one of America’s most iconic locations since colonial times, from playing an important role in the development of our country to serving as a center for growth and innovation in modern times. Philadelphia offers a wonderful mix of the past and future, serving as the cultural and economic center of the Delaware Valley region, an area in the Northwestern US of over 7.2 million people. Like many cities in America in the 20th century, Philadelphia had to adjust to a loss of manufacturing companies and jobs, but in the 1990s experienced a surge of revitalization and now serves as a regional hub for education, arts, culture, and [...]

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March 6, 2017

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: Pest Control

A routine for pest control is one of those things that you don’t think about until you find yourself really needing it. Particularly in warmer climates or areas with a mild winter, unwelcome visitors to your home can not only be annoying or distasteful, they can also do permanent damage to your home, furnishings, and belongings over the long-run or even the health of you and your family. A persistent pest problem can even impact the value of your home and can increase the risk of pests for neighbors, making this an issue you’ll want to get a handle on well before it develops into a full-blown problem. Keep in mind that chemical pesticides can be dangerous or lethal if [...]

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March 1, 2017

Wall to Wall Trends: Guest Room

While designing your own bedroom can be as straightforward as figuring out your personal style, guest rooms present a thornier problem, especially since they can easily take up valuable space and may sometimes end up left empty for much of the year. A guest room will also need to appeal to most people who stay in it, and you’ll also want a layout that naturally minimizes clutter and allows easy cleaning.

Your own personal bedroom offers you a chance to experiment and customize, but for your guest room, you’ll probably want to have your guest room be somewhat less eclectic. Stick to a neutral color as the base to appeal to a broader range of visitors, with only a [...]

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February 20, 2017

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: Spring Maintenance


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin

These wise words of one of our founding fathers was originally written to address fire safety, but it is an axiom that holds true for most things in life, including home maintenance. Proper and timely maintenance of your appliances, filters, structure and land can not only prevent expensive repairs in the long run, it can also reduce costs and improve performance on a day to day basis. The spring is a particularly important time to consider routine maintenance. Winters can be very hard for many parts of the nation. Some appliances and fixtures are worked overtime to keep your [...]

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February 17, 2017

How to Plant Container Gardens

Do you have a green thumb that is just itching to get in the dirt, but doesn’t have a lot of land? Maybe you are eager to use more fresh herbs and vegetables in your cooking, but your neighborhood association frowns on turning your lawn into a living garden? Or maybe you just want to get a jump-start on the growing season? If so, container gardens might be just the thing you are looking for. Growing herbs, vegetables, and fruits in various sized containers can offer a real advantage for families living in apartments or townhomes, minimizing strain on your back by not having to dig deeply, and not having to build and maintain raised beds. Container gardens are also a great idea [...]

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February 7, 2017

City Spotlight: Mesa, Arizona

The beautiful community of Mesa, Arizona is a suburb of the city of Phoenix, Arizona, located in the East Valley portion of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson, and the 38th largest city in the United States. The city is located in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. The city’s climate is overall dry, with mild winters and hot summers. Mesa is home to several nationally renowned universities and technological institutes and an award-winning K-12 public education system. The area’s rich history is celebrated in its many museums and historical locations.

Key Facts State: Arizona County: Maricopa Established: [...]
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February 3, 2017

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing your home is not just an activity limited to new parents – anyone who ever might have someone visit with crawling infants, toddlers, or young children in tow should give this subject some serious thought. And while there are very important and effective steps anyone can take to improve the safety of their home, the single most important thing one can do is to provide reliable supervision. All the cabinet locks, wall anchors, and plug proctors in the world can’t serve as a substitute for active supervision. Also plan to keep a fully-stocked first aid kit somewhere easy to get to, and familiarize yourself with how to use the contents. No matter how careful you [...]

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February 1, 2017

Wall to Wall Trends: Bedroom

When taking time to consider trends for your home, don’t forget one of the most important rooms of the entire house… your own bedroom! While designing the other rooms of your home to please your guests or family members is fun, what you do with your own room can be the most meaningful change you make for yourself. And honestly, you deserve it. So when thinking about a remodeling project, don’t forget to take care of yourself and consider making your own space a personal reflection of who you are or who you want to be.

When designing your bedroom, one of the easiest ways to start is to consider the colors you might want to use. A common choice when selecting colors is to [...]

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