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August 22, 2017

Do You Have the Personality It Takes to Be a House Flipper?

You’ve seen the reality shows, and probably thought you have what it takes to quit your day job and start flipping houses, but do you? Companies throughout the housing industry, including Home Depot, along with mortgage companies and lenders say they’re seeing an uptick in millennials buying fixer-uppers for themselves or to flip. It’s a healthy trend with the potential for huge profits, but it’s not without its risks.

via Matthew Hurst

Brian Augsberger, a Rehab Financial lender who provides rehab loans in fifteen states across the US, said “not everyone is cut out to be a [...]

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August 21, 2017

How Many Almonds Would It Take To Buy A Home? (The Answer’s Nutty!)

We know… it’s not easy saving for a home, in fact, it’s somewhat nutty what a down payment can look like with home prices in the most expensive areas today.

Because we *are* a little nutty, and because our partners over at The Nut Job 2 thought it might be cool, we thought it would be great to see how many almonds would be the equivalent of the average U.S. home price, and compare that to other nice things to have – and horrible things to avoid!

We’re not ones to tease, so the actual answer to “how many almond nuts would it take to buy a house?” is over 37,000,000. Yes… that’s 37 MILLION! And that’s a lot of [...]

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August 9, 2017

Nutty Cities

The team went nuts finding several street names and locations that are so nutty, Surly and his friends (from The Nut Job 2) may reconsider relocating to one of these tasty-sounding towns. You may *think* we're nuts, but how about the folks living in Nuttsville, Virginia, or the defenders of Nutter Fort, West Virginia? With almost 20,000 cities, towns and villages in the US, you'd expect a little bit of nuttiness to creep into some of those locations' names.
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August 8, 2017

Critical Habitats (and Squirrels) Near Your Home

Who Runs The World? Squirrels – Or at Least They Help to Run It

Although you may see squirrels scrambling around every day in your backyard and neighborhood, some types of squirrels are actually on the endangered species list. Pretty nutty, huh?

You probably didn’t realize it, but there are over 200 species of squirrels in the world and although some of these species are ubiquitous, there are some that are in danger of extinction.

Why should you be concerned? Squirrels play an important role in nature, working as seed and spore distributors; During the autumn months, they stockpile seeds, nuts, spores, and plants; but they don’t always remember where these [...]

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August 7, 2017

10 Household Uses for Nuts

How Can I use nuts around the house?

Everyone knows that nuts are a great source of protein (they’re also a great story line for the movie The Nut Job 2!) but did you know that you can add almond butter to your smoothies, use them in everyday cooking, and they even work as a substitute for eggs and dairy (ever had vegan cashew ice cream?) You did? But you may not have realized that nuts are also extremely versatile for a variety of simple household repairs.

Holy macadamia! 1) Use Soap Nuts as Detergent

Soap nuts are made from a naturally occurring soap within a berry shell from a plant in the Himalayas. The natural soap is called saponin, which forms a lather when [...]

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August 4, 2017

Wildlife Nuts in Your Backyard: Squirrel Finder

Don’t Be Squirrely About Squirrels!

Do you have squirrels in your neighborhood of all different shapes, colors and sizes? Many people don’t realize that there isn’t actually a single animal called a squirrel – in fact, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System, there are actually over 200 different species of squirrels!

Every one of these 300 types is classified into three categories: ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels. Holy macadamia, that’s a lot of squirrels! Here, you will find an interactive list of squirrels mapped onto their geographic habitat in the U.S. Have fun learning about the squirrels in your [...]

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July 4, 2017

Save the Bees: Best Plants for Pollinators Native to Sacramento

Why all the buzz about bees? Bees are one of the natural world’s most industrious pollinators. Honey bees are responsible for around 80 percent of pollination worldwide, and various other species like bumblebees and carpenter bees handle much of the rest. Bees are a gardener’s best friend, ensuring that flowers will continue blooming every year and pollinating garden crops – especially fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Native flowers especially rely on the native bees they evolved alongside. Unfortunately, honey bee populations worldwide are crashing, and many native bees are struggling, due in part to habitat loss, pesticides, nutrition deficiencies, and more. [...]

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July 4, 2017

How to Create a Sacred Space in Your Home

Pat Cheeks considers the pen around her hen house, where a handful of Wyandotte chickens roam and hunt for bugs and grain, part of her sacred space. Beyond the carefully mowed lawn and large garden are woods, a small footpath, and a hammock slung between two towering walnut trees. That’s a part of her sacred space too. While most homeowners are familiar with “man caves, man spaces” or “she sheds” or “she spaces” for women, a sacred space, by whatever name, is a place where we can retreat, relax, dream and be with ourselves. What that space is and how it looks, is up to you to define.

Cheeks is a wife, mother to two grown children, a [...]

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