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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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October 31, 2017

Fall in Love with These 5 Autumn Cities

If you’re like me, fall doesn’t last long enough – there’s just too much to do! Between pumpkin patches, football games, corn mazes, and scenic drives through the woods, it can be difficult to do everything in just a few short months.

For the autumn-obsessed, a change of scene could be a great idea – a fall lover in Phoenix will never be fully satisfied. Instead, look for cities with a long autumn season, great fall foliage and strong pumpkin culture (yeah, I said “pumpkin culture”). If you’re always eager to don a sweater and wait all year for the return of pumpkin spice, here are five cities worth checking out.

Burlington, [...]
 
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October 30, 2017

5 Cities Where Contractors Can Build a Better Life

Construction jobs make up over 6 percent of all jobs in America – more than all mining and farming jobs combined. And while some industries like technology may be concentrated in certain metros, every city in the country needs construction workers. Whether you work on a road crew or in HVAC, you understand that construction has ebbs and flows, ups and downs. When winter or the rainy season begin cutting into your jobs, it can also start to eat away at your savings. A downturn in the local economy can have the same effect. If you’re tired of chasing a new contract every few months, check out these five cities where construction jobs are plentiful, new building is booming, [...]

 
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October 27, 2017

Improve This, Not That – 3 Smart Home Improvement Alternatives

Whether you’re considering selling your home or you just need an update for yourself, prioritizing home improvements can be a headache. For home sellers, you need to balance projects that won’t break the bank yet still add value to your home and appeal to buyers. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home in the near future, it’s still good to find projects that last and add value to your home.

If you’re dreading an upcoming project or if you don’t think you can afford it, you might be in luck. Here are three unique ways to approach home improvement projects with a big impact and low cost.

The Kitchen – Paint and a Backsplash Instead of [...]
 
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October 25, 2017

Decoration Ideas to Make Your House the Spookiest on the Block

Unpacking the same Halloween decorations year after year can feel like Groundhog Day – plant the same fake tombstones, put cobwebs on the bush, hang the witch legs in the tree.

But with more to do this season (pumpkin patches, anyone?) and shorter days in which to do it, taking the time to overhaul your decorations might not be a priority. Instead of spending an entire Saturday building a new graveyard, check out these hauntingly clever ideas that’ll scare the sheets off the neighbor kids.

Monster House – Dress Up Your House and Yard

If you aren’t incorporating your house itself to create some haunted features, you’re missing out.

 
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October 24, 2017

Helping Your Lawn Survive the Winter

You’ve worked your butt off through spring and one of the hottest summers on record to ensure your lawn is lush and green moving into the fall. So the last thing you want to see is dead, yellow grass peeking out from the melting snow next year. That’s why the next few weeks are the most important part of your annual lawn care regimen.

Check out this action plan from a fellow lawn-obsessed homeowner (me), and you can stop worrying about getting your lawn through this winter.

Know Your Grass

If you didn’t plant your lawn, you might not know what kind of grass you have. In general, there are two types – cool-weather and warm-weather grasses. Here’s [...]

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