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January 30, 2018

How to Keep Your Plants and Lawn Alive Through the Winter

After cleaning up your yard and garden, it can feel like a tall order to winterize all your plant life, but you’ll thank yourself for putting in the extra work next spring. There are a number of simple steps you can follow both before and during winter to ensure your lawn, potted plants, and garden plants all come back strong and lush in the spring.

A Clean Lawn is a Happy Lawn

The best way to ensure your lawn comes back strong in the spring is to give it a fighting chance starting in the fall. Apply winterizing fertilizer in the late fall – pellets work great and will slowly release supplements as the lawn absorbs moisture through the winter. But don’t just lay [...]

 
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January 22, 2018

5 Cities Gamers Will Love to Play (and Live) In

Twenty years ago, the idea of moving somewhere to pursue your love of video games just wouldn’t make sense – mostly because there wasn’t anywhere to move to. But as gaming has become a massive multi-billion dollar industry, many cities have become hubs of gaming and game development.

Here are just a few of the towns where gamers will find themselves right at home, both in their careers and their pastime.

1. San Francisco, California

Video game development lives and thrives in and around San Francisco. The city proper is home to 280 video game developers, not to mention studios like EA, which is headquartered in nearby Redwood City, CA. Beyond developers, [...]

 
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January 3, 2018

What to Know Before You Blow Your Snow

It only took one winter of clearing snow with a shovel for me to know that I needed a snow blower. Beyond taking way less time, snow blowing has saved me from my annual tradition of throwing out my back after the first snowstorm of the year. But only after I began shopping for a snow blower did I realize that I knew nothing about snow blowers.

To save you the headache of digging around online and pestering Home Depot employees with questions, here’s everything you need to know about buying a snow blower of your own.

Buy Before the First Snow Hits

You’ll want to begin shopping for a snow blower before the first snow starts to fall. Most stores will see a run [...]

 
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December 29, 2017

What to Know About Buying a Hot Tub

As the mercury plummets and snow drifts pile up in your yard, many people turn to a hot tub to weather the winter. If you’re considering joining them and buying a tub of your own, be aware – purchasing a hot tub should not be taken lightly.

A faulty or improperly installed tub can lead to serious headaches for homeowners – flooded basements, frozen pipes, cracked pavement. But not to fear! We’ve broken down all the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a hot tub, along with some tips to get you started on your search.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Hot Tub

Before you walk into your first hot tub dealer, there are a few [...]

 
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December 25, 2017

12 Things You Need to Know About Winterizing Your Home

In many parts of the country, winter has already come. However, record heat in the western and central US has delayed winter’s onslaught, which means if you procrastinated winterizing your home, you’re in luck.

In areas that see hard freezes, winterizing is an essential part of taking care of your home. Pipes can burst, energy bills can spike, and ice can seriously damage homes that aren’t properly buttoned up before the first frost hits. So for the “I’ll do it next weekend” crowd, here are the most important things to lock down this winter.

Fill in Gaps

Drafty homes are expensive homes. Finding and filling in gaps keeps cold winter [...]

 
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December 19, 2017

5 Pure Breed Cities For Equestrians

Although the horse evolved in North America, it was likely extinct on the continent before humans ever arrived. This probably explains why escaped Spanish horses took to the land so quickly, establishing large herds of wild horses. Although Americans got a slow start, horse culture soon became essential to the founding and expansion of the United States. That tradition is still going strong today, with the U.S. boasting an estimated 9.2 million horses and 7.1 million horse industry workers. So whether you’re an industry veteran or a newly minted horse enthusiast, here are a few cities where you and your hooved friends will be right at home.

Ocala, Florida

This small [...]

 
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December 11, 2017

What to Know Before Buying an Electric Fireplace

You come in after a long day of stringing Christmas lights, kick off your boots, and warm your toes in by the dancing fireplace. You curl up in front of the flames on a cold, blistery evening and read a good book. You warm your hands in front of the fire after a snowball fight.

A fireplace is the perfect addition to any winter, but for some homeowners, installing a wood- or gas-burning fireplace is too expensive and invasive. Luckily, electric fireplaces allow you to enjoy all the warmth and comfort of a regular fireplace, with none of the installation costs, maintenance, or hassle. Here’s what you need to know before you invest in an electric fireplace.

A Different Type [...]
 
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December 5, 2017

7 Ways to Maximize Storage in Your Small Kitchen

I love my small kitchen. It’s cozy, everything is within arm’s reach, and it’s easy to clean up. The one thing I do struggle with is finding places to store all my stuff. I never realized just how many kitchen tools and appliances I owned until I moved into a house with a small kitchen. If you too suffer from small kitchen syndrome, don’t fret. Here are 7 helpful kitchen storage tips that will make sure you get the most out of your kitchenette.

Go Cart it up

If you have a small kitchen, there’s a good chance you don’t have enough floor space for a kitchen island. However, most kitchens have enough room for a kitchen cart. Spare space at the end [...]

 
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November 27, 2017

Here’s 5 Cities Where Hockey Fans Can Hang Their Skates

Ice hockey is a uniquely regional sport. Whereas most sports enjoy a relatively even distribution of their fans across the country, ice hockey fans are concentrated in just a few cities. Or, more accurately, just one part of the country. The northeastern U.S. (and southeastern Canada) is the epicenter for ice hockey and its biggest fans. The region is home to the “Original Six” – six teams that comprised the NHL from 1942 to 1967 – and still boasts the best teams, talent, and hockey culture in the country.

If you’re already sharpening your skates and waxing your hockey stick this year, consider these five cities where you’ll be right at home with other [...]

 
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November 15, 2017

Easy DIY Projects to Make Your Home Cozier This Winter

If this year’s winter is anywhere near as harsh as this year’s summer, we’re in for a doozy. And when brutal weather hits you never want to find yourself without a warm, cozy home to turn to. But what if you can’t afford new energy efficient windows or a fancy smart thermostat?

Your mom would probably tell you to “put on a sweater,” but I have a few more ideas. Check out these quick, do-it-yourself projects that will make your home much more delightful when the weather gets frightful.

Stop the Leaks

The most energy efficient doors and windows in the world aren’t worth anything if they have bad seals. Seals and caulking on [...]

 
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November 2, 2017

5 Cities for Snow Lovers

Some people are skiers and others are snowboarders. Some like to go tubing while others prefer snowmobiling. And there’s even the few odd ducks that enjoy snow blowing their driveways. But what if you love all of it – bundling up for snowy days, putting chains on your car tires, drinking hot cocoa in a lodge after a long ski day?

If you identify with the Starks of Winterfell and look forward to winter every year because of the fluffy white goodness it brings, you know full well how disappointing the holiday season is without snow. Here are five awesome cities where snow lovers can get their fix and where every Christmas is white.

Minneapolis, [...]
 
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November 1, 2017

Why Anchorage, Alaska May Just Be the Perfect City for You

You’ve probably never considered moving to Alaska. Who would leave the comfort of their hometown for a freezing cold, isolated wasteland that’s dark 30 days out of the year?

Anchorage, Alaska is none of those things. In fact, if you love winter, the outdoors, and a small town feel without sacrificing the convenience of a big city, Anchorage may be a place worth considering for a move. Here are a few reasons why this subarctic city could be right up your alley.

Like the Outdoors? Get Ready to Be Overwhelmed

Perhaps no city in America offers better outdoor recreation than Anchorage. Indeed, the majority of the city consists of a half-million-acre park and [...]

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