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5 Tips to Keep Your Yard Clean and Tidy

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There’s no denying that landscaping increases your home’s value. In fact, it can increase the value of a home 5% to 20%. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home anytime soon, there’s still a very good probability that you selected your current home because it had a beautifully amazing yard where your children could play, entertain guests, or ... Read More »

20 Up and Coming Healthy Living Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

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As the end of the year approaches, you might start thinking about your New Year’s resolution. If you’re looking for inspiration or have plans to get fit or eat better, add these up-and-coming healthy living gurus to your Instafeed. theredheadwholifts This active redhead isn’t afraid to say she’s a rockin’ strong woman. She also lists her workouts and delicious and ... Read More »

The Undeniable Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

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When you think of fiber cement siding, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Boards dripping with wet cement? Gray, unappealing textures? Perhaps even thoughts about how it can’t possibly be environmentally friendly? None of this could be further from the truth! The fact is that fiber cement siding has tons of benefits, both wallet-friendly and environmentally favorable! ... Read More »

Finding The Best Vacuum Cleaner

Most people enjoy having clean floors in their homes. Unfortunately, finding the right vacuum cleaner that works well and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg can be a bit of a challenge. The folks at decided to master the challenge of finding the best overall vacuum cleaner for you. They put 19 of the most popular, best selling ... Read More »

What are Floating Laminate Floors?


If you want to give your home an immediate and affordable facelift within a reasonable amount of time, then a floating laminate floor may be just what you need. Laminate floors have been growing in popularity over the recent years because of their durability and the wide variety of colors and patterns in which they are available. Floating laminate floors ... Read More »

The Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best Mattress for Back Pain

I’m only in my thirties but I already have horrendous back pain. I work in construction so I’m constantly bending over and lifting heavy supplies. Over the past few years, it’s gotten progressively worse. I tried to mitigate the issue with yoga (corpse pose is my favorite), acupuncture (helped the first time…not so much after that though), and even cortisone ... Read More »

Step-by-Step Guide to Finishing Your Basement

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You’re ready to make your basement a more useable space, but you really have no idea how to get started. Should you take on the project yourself or hire some help? The answer really lies within you and your personal skill level and the time you have to complete the project, but you will likely need to hire an expert ... Read More »

Choosing Between Geothermal, Oil, Gas and Electric for Your Home

Deciding on a new — or replacement — home heating system is a difficult process. Needs and costs differ from person to person, region to region, month to month. Of the heat sources available, electric, oil, natural gas and geothermal heating remain four of the strongest contenders on the market. Each has their own fervent supporters and vicious detractors. Constantly ... Read More »

10 Outdoor Items I Couldn’t Live Without

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There’s a reason mankind invented tools. We can’t survive in the great outdoors all on our own — at least I can’t. I couldn’t survive a camping trip without a backpack containing the essentials and then a couple of comforts from home. And I have no idea how yards were maintained in the days before the lawnmower was invented. I ... Read More »

How to be Safe When Renovating Your Home

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Home renovations can be a nightmare when the contractor you’ve hired suddenly realizes that uncovering a wall also uncovered decades of dust and dirt. Or pulling up the carpet revealed more than what you were expecting to see. Contractors know the hazards in major home renovations and know how to work safely.  But when you are the one doing the ... Read More »

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