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5 Cheap Family Vacation Destinations in Pennsylvania

Portrait of family of travelers on summer vacation

Summer is coming, which means it’s time to hit the road on a family vacation. Your vacation can be great without breaking the bank. And if you’re heading to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, well, there’s so much in store for you. Here is a list of the 5 best places to visit in PA for a family vacation that will ... Read More »

Financial Planning for Twenty Somethings

Financial planning for when you're in your 20s

Your twenties are an exciting time for many reasons. You graduate from college and enter the real world. You get your first job. You are likely on your own in an apartment for the first time. No parents. No roommates. You may develop a relationship with a significant other and get married. It’s also exciting because you set your own, ... 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

painting metal by hand as concept

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 »

10 Outdoor Items I Couldn’t Live Without

best outdoor items

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 Detect a Solid Foundation

Whether historic or new construction, recently renovated or in need of rehab — the key to a great house is a good foundation. Foundations rarely draw homeowners’ or homebuyers’ attention. A healthy foundation does its job quietly, supporting your home and freeing you to focus on other upgrades and aesthetic details. But a bad foundation affects your whole house like ... Read More »

Tips for the Everyman to Build a House

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Building a home can seem like a lofty task, especially for those with little construction knowledge. As a green builder, I’ve helped develop homes that prioritize comfort, safety and simplicity. That last word is particularly important for construction novices to recognize, since efficient planning combined with the tips below offers a home-building experience that the everyday man can undertake, enjoy ... Read More »

How to Change the Color of Hydrangeas

hydrangeas by joy us garden

We’ve invited Nell from Joy Us Garden to share her tips on changing the color of hydrangeas (Did you know you could do that?!). Watch her video below and check out this post on her blog for more details. While you’re over there on Joy Us Garden, check out the blog post I just wrote about the best flowers for peace ... Read More »

How to Select a Wood Stain to Complement Your Space

wood stain coffee table

The wooden surfaces in your home are the perfect place to play with color and enhance the ambiance of the room. Creating harmony with staining can be done in several different ways — from pairing similar hues on different types of wood, to choosing distinctly different tones to create a visually eye-catching contrast. Stains also come in different consistencies and ... Read More »

How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen

outdoor kitchen space

All homeowners want to make the most out of their space. In that spirit, many are looking to their outdoor spaces, hoping to make them more functional for entertainment and relaxation. An outdoor kitchen is a perfect solution, and it can be an ideal place for hosting parties or spending quality time with the family. After all, kitchens are the ... Read More »

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