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September 25, 2017

5 DIY Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Hail Storm

Extreme weather is stressful and scary for homeowners who live in high risk areas. This list can help you prepare your home for a hail storm.
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September 25, 2017

Where to Splurge and Where to Share: Which Renovations Should Take Priority This Fall

This fall, steer away from conventional home renovations. These home repairs will add value and safety to your home for the season ahead.
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September 22, 2017

What Are 8 Must-Haves for Cozy Curb Appeal?

Crisp autumn air and brilliant fall foliage create a magical atmosphere every year. While nature gives our homes a big boost in curb appeal, we should do our part too. Whether you’re not ready to retire your motivation for summer home improvement projects quite yet or you have just enough time to place a decoration or two, this list has something for everyone and every home. Here are eight decorating ideas to maximize your home’s potential for irresistibly cozy curb appeal this season.

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Warm Lantern Lighting

The end of daylight savings is perhaps the worst part about autumn. Counter [...]

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September 22, 2017

How to Start a Community Garden in Your Neighborhood

Interested in starting a community garden in your neighborhood? Read our helpful guidelines for community gardens, from
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September 18, 2017

Landscape Lighting: Tips for Easy Installation

Over the last couple of years, Scott and I have made huge strides in improving our small Chicago backyard. What was once a soggy patch of weeds and grass was ultimately turned into a relaxing retreat – our own little slice of peace and quiet in the city. Although the space has come a very long way, we weren’t quite ready to call the space ‘done,’ that is, not until we added a dose of landscape lighting! In my mind, landscape lighting is a job that would be costly, time-consuming and most importantly, confusing. Well, the good news is that it’s surprisingly simple, it only took us one afternoon to complete, and we spent less than $300 to get the job done. [...]

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September 15, 2017

Everything Instagram Taught Us About Redesigning a Home

Instagram is a great place to find interior decorating inspiration. Here's how you can use Instagram to elevate the interior design of your home.
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September 14, 2017

Where’s the Best City to Celebrate Oktoberfest?

You may have a little German heritage, or just like the sounds of accordions and trombones – either way, you’ll love some of these US cities who go all out to celebrate this traditional German beer, food, & fun festival!

Best City to Celebrate Oktoberfest Fredericksburg, Texas

Oktoberfest, October 6, 7, 8 A celebration of German heritage that includes: oompah bands, bratwurst, and lots of beer! Their Strassen Zelt (street tent) features loads of family fun & music! Cincinnati, Ohio

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, September 15 – 17 Presented by Samuel Adams, America’s largest Oktoberfest event showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio [...]

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September 13, 2017

Transitioning Your Garden Into the Fall Season

It’s almost that time of the year to clean out your garden bed and prepare for the first frost, or utilize a couple months of decently cool weather for second season crops.

Either way, it’s time to get your hands dirty again! – Whether you are taking advantage of second season gardening or just cleaning up, there are still a few ways to get back in the garden. LawnStarter Lawn Care suggests proper lawn care to prepare your lawn for the weather change, here are some ways to transition your garden into the fall season.

1. Clean out your garden bed

Depending on which vegetables or plants you currently have planted, you will want to remove any spent plants and [...]

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