Tips & Helpful Advice

Getting Away: Off Season in Santa Margherita and Portofino, Italy
on August 29, 2016 at 11:35 pm / in Travel tips

Getting Away: Off Season in Santa Margherita and Portofino, Italy

Next in our new “Getting Away” series, a collection of vacation ideas that go beyond the norm. This month, we visit the dramatic sea views of the Italian Riviera! The short train ride from Nice offers dramatic sea views on your way to Santa Margherita, an ideal off-season Italian Riviera town that’s literally walking distance to trendy Portofino on the […]

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Product Review: Home Cleaner without Chemicals?
on August 29, 2016 at 11:25 pm / in Health & Fitness Tips, Kitchen Ideas, Product Buying Guide & Reviews

Product Review: Home Cleaner without Chemicals?

Throw away your toxic household cleaning products. With a trio of basic ingredients found in every home, and a dose of scientific ingenuity, Force of Nature non-chemical cleaner and disinfectant rids your house of harsh chemicals while keeping it clean and disinfected. It works by electrolyzing water, an industrial process now available at home. “The process is elegant in its […]

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Getting Away: Southern California Vacation Without Stress
on May 24, 2016 at 7:21 pm / in Travel tips

Getting Away: Southern California Vacation Without Stress

    Next in our new “Getting Away” series, a collection of vacation ideas that go beyond the norm. This month, we visit the peaceful tranquility of Crystal Cove, CA. Visualize the impossible: A mellow southern California vacation where you step back in time in a secluded beachside bungalow without ever having to venture near any part of Los Angeles […]

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Tips for a Successful Yard Sale
on May 24, 2016 at 5:42 pm / in Garage Projects, Home Decorating Tips, Meeting Neighbors, Money Saving Tips, Moving Tips

Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

Whether you’re moving or simply decluttering, a garage sale, or yard sale, is an excellent way to get rid of items that have been languishing unused in your house and garage. And, of course, it’s an ideal way to put some extra money in your pocket. But, before you start taping signs around the neighborhood, consider some of these suggestions […]

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Six Tips to Help You Save Money at the Grocery Store
on May 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm / in Money Saving Tips

Six Tips to Help You Save Money at the Grocery Store

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American family spends more than $330 per month on groceries — the fourth biggest budget priority behind housing, transportation and insurance. That’s just the average, so it’s likely that many families spend even more. The good news, however, is that by tweaking your grocery shopping routine, you can cut your spending […]

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Oregano & Meyer Lemon Salmon En Papiollote
on May 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm / in Favorite Recipes, Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes

Oregano & Meyer Lemon Salmon En Papiollote

For a taste of spring, consider this elegant and deceptively easy to prepare salmon dish perfumed with fresh oregano and slightly sweet Meyer lemons. (Serves four.)             Heat oven to 450-degrees Four salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each and about 1-inch thick, remove any bones To make the oil, in a glass heatproof measuring cup, […]

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Getting Away: the storybook beaches of Chincoteague Island, Virginia
on April 1, 2016 at 10:48 pm / in Holiday Tips, Lifestyle Tips, Travel tips

Getting Away: the storybook beaches of Chincoteague Island, Virginia

The next in our new “Getting Away” series, a collection of vacation ideas that go beyond the norm. This month, we revisit the site that inspired the Marguerite Henry classic Misty of Chincoteague. As a child, if you were lucky enough to read Marguerite Henry’s classic, Misty of Chincoteague, about a herd of shaggy wild ponies living off the coast […]

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A “How-to” for Artichoke Lovers & Newbies
on April 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm / in Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Home & Garden Tips, House Warming Party, Kitchen Ideas, Tips & Helpful Advice

A “How-to” for Artichoke Lovers & Newbies

Spring means a lot of different things. The start of artichoke season is one of those things if you’re an artichoke lover.    I’m surprised whenever I hear someone say that they’ve never prepared an artichoke. I’ve even known some people who’ve never even eaten one. They’re not that mysterious, but they will hurt you. Artichokes are part of the […]

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Eight Items You Should Never place in the Microwave
on April 1, 2016 at 10:26 pm / in Food & Cooking Tips & Recipes, Health & Fitness Tips, Home & Garden Tips, Home Repair Tips, Money Saving Tips, Tips & Helpful Advice

Eight Items You Should Never place in the Microwave

Yes, of course, we love our microwaves for a variety of good reasons. But there are times when the magic box is not your friend and, if you’re not careful, it could burn down your kitchen. Some material and foods can cause sparks and even explosions. Don’t put these in your microwave: 1. Styrofoam. Don’t be tempted, even for a […]

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A Croc in the Bath
on April 1, 2016 at 10:19 pm / in Bathroom Ideas, Home & Garden Tips, Home Decorating Tips, Inside the Home, Tips & Helpful Advice

A Croc in the Bath

So, maybe it’s time to overhaul that bathroom. You’ve looked at the practical offerings at IKEA, and the traditional vanities and fixtures found at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Are you stuck? Do you need a little inspiration? A design idea you’ve never entertained, maybe? Well, here’s your answer: Crocodile leather bathroom vanities. OK, faux croc and faux leather. But it’s […]

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