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April 24, 2017

Keeping Your Utility Bill Low This Summer

What’s the first thing you think when you hear the word, “summer?” Is it fireworks? Hot dogs? Vacations? Mosquitoes? If you’re anything like me, the first thing that comes to your mind when this season is mentioned is the heat. I grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, and have remained a resident of the Sunshine State ever since. That being said, I am no stranger to extreme summer heat and the consequent outrageous utility bills. Over my many years as a Floridian, I’ve learned some easy tricks to keep your electric bill from scorching your wallet, even when the temperature outside rivals that of the sun’s surface.
 
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April 17, 2017

What Would It Cost To Live Along The Boston Marathon Route?

It’s Marathon Monday, and the 121st Boston Marathon is in full swing. The race runs from Hopkinton to Boston, through the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline. The race is the oldest annual 26.2-mile race in the world, and the city around it is steeped in history. Needless to say, for the runners among us, this race is iconic. But, what about the Boston area itself? For competitive runners, being able to train along the marathon route consistently could give them a serious edge, so living in the vicinity could have huge benefits. Boston is the biggest city in Massachusetts, but the 4th most expensive in terms of real estate, behind Brookline, [...]

 
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April 4, 2017

The Dishwasher Code of Conduct

If you happen to be like me, or perhaps are looking for ways to be a little more environmentally conscious, then here are a few ways to help make your dishwasher more energy efficient...
 
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March 30, 2017

Ask Anna: The Best Laundry Room Cleaning Tips

Hi there! Over the last couple of months we’ve tackled cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, but today we’re going to talk about a room that does a lot of cleaning for us and often gets overlooked – the laundry room. When was the last time you stopped and thought, “Hmm, I should clean the laundry room?” I can’t even tell you the last time I thought that because when I’m in there I’m usually focused on cleaning our clothes! But today I’m turning over a new leaf and sharing my best tips, as well as some of the important places we need to clean in our laundry rooms.

The Washing Machine

Our washing machines do so much work for us [...]

 
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March 29, 2017

Creating A (Near) Allergen-Free Home Environment Inside & Out

The number of illnesses from germs and allergies is on the rise in America. Many people attribute these illnesses to pollution, and though pollution may be the cause of some of these conditions, a surprising number of them actually come from germs and allergens found in and around the home. Air conditioning and heating units, refrigerators and other appliances are the main culprits. Given this, why aren’t homeowners more concerned about their environment?

Why Are Germ and Allergen-Free Homes Important?

In recent years, government agencies such as the EPA and FDA have begun publicizing the issue of germs and the rise of allergies among young children and the elderly. [...]

 
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March 23, 2017

5 Studious Cities for College Professors

For many professors, teaching college is the realization of a lifelong goal. Days filled with reading, researching, and sharing that knowledge with thirsty minds is the dream of the most studious among us. Many professors arrive at their school chasing a number of things – research, grants, or funding. But for those with the luxury to choose where they live and teach, several cities offer a plethora of benefits for college professors.

While many college towns host schools with great work environments, larger metros offer increased school choice and therefore more competitive salaries, not to mention additional big city amenities. Here are five cities college professors would [...]

 
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March 21, 2017

5 Funky Cities for Artists

Artists thrive on their surroundings, which is why location is key for creatives. If art is your life, moving to a city with a vibrant art scene can certainly help you hone your craft. While big cities like New York and San Francisco offer world-class art communities, those also come with a steep cost of living. Check out these five cities that offer not just great perks for artists, but a low cost of living as well.

1. New Bedford, Massachusetts

Originally one of the whaling capitals of the world, New Bedford has traded in its heating oil for oil paints. With museums and art galleries cropping up all over the place, the art scene has flourished over the past decade, making [...]

 
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March 13, 2017

Spring Break or Staycation? How to Rejuvenate at Home this Spring

Learn how to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit at home this spring. Check out this guide to starting the year off on the right foot.
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