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August 11, 2017

Where are the Nation’s Top Magnet Schools?

Proximity to good schools is one of the most important factors influencing home buying. The quality of local schools influences the neighborhood choice of “one out of four buyers” and “half of all buyers who have children younger than 18 years old,” according to a 2016 profile of home buyers and sellers.

Good schools not only make a lasting difference in a child’s quality of life; they also have a direct impact on home values. A recent RealtyTrac study found that in zip codes with at least one good school, the average estimated home value was “77 percent higher” than in other zip codes. Homes bought in zip codes with good schools [...]

 
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August 10, 2017

5 Cities for Fitness Buffs

Staying in shape can be difficult in even the best of circumstances, but living in certain places can definitely make it harder. Without fresh, healthy food (food desert) or access to places where you can exercise, keeping fit becomes a serious challenge.

There are countless ways to keep yourself fit, but whether you’re into walking, running, climbing, or biking, you still need somewhere to do it. So if your body is your temple and you want to take care of it, here are a few places where staying fit is a lot easier.

Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is known for a lot of things, but fitness isn’t typically one of them. Nevertheless, Washington, [...]

 
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August 7, 2017

The Best Cities for Music Festivals

Obsessed with music festivals? If you count down the days to the next show, then here are some of the best cities in the U.S. to move to or visit.
 
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July 27, 2017

6 Reasons Why City-Dwelling Dogs Need Green Space

Being a pet owner in a house, even one with a tiny yard, usually means access to “green space,” in a front, back or side yard. But what if you live in an apartment, condominium, high-rise or even on a boat? If you’re not in a dog friendly area, your dog still needs green space, even if they’re walked daily on a sidewalk.

1. Pets Need Exercise

A stroll around the block on a leash a couple of times a day is not exercise, at least not for your pet. “Animals need to run daily, if not multiple times a day,” said Dr. Ernie Ward. Ward suggests pet owners should commit to taking their dog to a dog park every day, or as often as possible, even if you [...]

 
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July 21, 2017

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes in Jacksonville, Florida

Florida is a beautiful place to live with hundreds of miles of lovely beaches, dozens of fun attractions for the whole family, warm winters, rich cultural experiences, and friendly locals ready to welcome new homeowners to the area. Unfortunately, one other group is also ready to welcome new visitors and residents – individuals of the genus Aedes, the ever pesky mosquito. There are currently around 80 different species of mosquito that have been identified in Florida, and while less than half of them bother humans or domestic animals, none of them are a wanted guest around your garden and picnics.

The good news is that mosquito problems, no matter where you live, are [...]

 
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July 10, 2017

America’s Most Vegan Friendly Cities, and Why We Love Them

Eating vegan in a city can be difficult, but not after you read our list of the top 5 vegan cities in the U.S. with restaurant suggestions.
 
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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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June 21, 2017

5 Wonderfilet Delicious Cities for Seafood Lovers

It’s summer, which means… great seafood! But for some people, waiting around for their favorite fish to come into season just isn’t enough. If you’re a seafood aficionado, you’re in luck – the U.S. enjoys some of the widest variety of fish options in the world–from the blue oceans of Hawaii to the lobster traps of Maine, there’s something for just about everyone. So pack your bib and butter, these five cities offer great seafood options, along with amazing fishing for anyone who likes to catch their own dinner.

1. Portland, Maine

Nothing says shellfish like New England. Portland may be famous for its lobster and clam, but the [...]

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