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5 Preventative Measures That Protect You from Unexpected Home Repairs


The worries don't immediately end for a home buyer once you're moved in. Unexpected home repairs can be a hassle to fix and a real pinch on the purse strings. While you may rely on your insurance to cover you, issues that can be addressed through early detection could fall under the cracks of your homeowners' insurance coverage. But it doesn't have to be that hard. Home repairs around these main areas of the house can be easily prevented with a little maintenance. Foundation All good … [Read more...]



10 Money Saving Uses for Your Toaster Oven

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Preparing food in your toaster oven not only saves you time it also saves on your energy bills.  The average oven takes approximately 20 minutes to preheat to 400 degrees.  The average toaster oven takes less than half that amount of time.  Because the capacity space is smaller in a toaster oven, your food will be sizzling hot and ready to serve in approximately ¾ of the amount of time it would take in a regular oven.  Over time, this saved time amounts to a good bit … [Read more...]


Flooring Options That Matches Your Household

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Like houses, flooring options come in many styles. You have your choice of everything from classics, like hardwood and carpeting to newer types of flooring, such as bamboo and eco-friendly tiles. Just browsing the many flooring options from Allen TX can be time-consuming, especially if you aren’t sure where to begin. Thankfully, the professionals at Wraps Studio have put together this guide to the various types of flooring. With it, you’ll know some important basics of each. Hardwood … [Read more...]


3 Ways Automation Can Simplify Your Everyday Life

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Wouldn't it be so nice to come home from a long day at work to a house that already knows what temperature your house should be, what rooms to light, and whether to play music or a podcast? Luckily, these features are readily available with smart devices and their accompanying services. You can make anything happen without leaving the comfort of your couch. Finances, scheduling, shopping, and many more tasks can be automated. There are a myriad of devices and appliances available with the … [Read more...]


Family Vacation Ideas

Family Vacation Ideas

It’s not always easy to decide where to go and what sort of vacation to have with your children. They will get bored looking round museums and art galleries, and if they’re on the beach they’ll want to play, not leave you in peace to soak up the sun! On the other hand, many parents would be terminally bored spending all their time at a soft play center or amusement park. How do you make sure the adults and the kids all have fun on your family vacation? Have a conversation Start … [Read more...]


Storing the Harvest: Ways You Can Preserve Your Fruits and Veggies

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It’s that time of year again. You have a bumper crop of certain fruits and vegetables in your garden, someone has shared their bumper crop or you’ve made a trip to the local farmer’s market or fruit stand. The question becomes what do you do with all of it? Here are some ideas for storing the harvest. Consider these ways you can preserve your fruits and veggies for use later in the year. Storing the Harvest: Ways You Can Preserve Your Fruits and Veggies Dehydrating This is … [Read more...]


Tips to Encourage Heart Healthy Habits In Your Child

With so many kids spending their free time indoors these days, a simple home garden can do wonders to get the family outside. A family garden teaches responsibility, curiosity, and generosity.

Heart health, is it related only to adults or elderly? Certainly no! The modern-day lifestyle today increases the threat of heart risks even in young children and early teenagers. Health disorders such as obesity and heart risks are increasingly found in the present age children because of the unhealthy and extra-sophisticated lifestyle that they are exposed to. The excessive love towards their children, sometimes, makes parents to give them high comforts which cause serious health … [Read more...]


How to Stay Comfortable All Summer With Allergies

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Summer is almost here, and with it, the seasonal allergy triggers that plague 50 million Americans every year. Sometimes, seasonal allergies seem unavoidable, but this summer, it is possible to get ahead of the game and keep your symptoms to a minimum.  Keep an Eye on Pollen Levels Technology is a wonderful thing. While once upon a time not so long ago, people had to take their chances with pollen, we can now check the pollen levels on our devices from the safety of air-conditioned … [Read more...]


4 Smart Ways to Automate Your Home

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Home automation, also known as smart home technology, is the process of controlling various home functions through either automated or remote technologies. Automating your home can be done manually or automatically through a remote control or smartphone apps. Lights and temperature are examples of home functions that can be controlled and optimized. Most smart home technologies also include built-in proximity sensors to detect issues like water leaks, smoke hazards, and doors and windows that … [Read more...]


National Summer Reading Programs

National Summer Reading Programs for Kids

There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash! Need some kids book recommendations? Check out this Kids Summer Reading Book List for lots of great ideas for the best books for kids to read this summer, including books for all ages and all reading levels.  National Summer Reading Programs Junie B Jones Reading Club - Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, … [Read more...]


Free Incredibles 2 Coloring & Activity Pages

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In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from … [Read more...]


5 Clever Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills

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Do your utility bills often cost more than you expect? The good news is there are many ways that savvy homeowners can reduce their bills. Here are five clever ways you can lower your utility bills and reduce your household expenses. Lower the Thermostat on Your Water Heater Water heaters are generally set to 140 degrees, but you can save money by lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees. It will still be warm enough to take a hot shower and to discourage bacterial growth … [Read more...]


Free SOLO: A Star Wars Story Activity Pages

Solo Star Wars Free Coloring Pages

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The … [Read more...]


How to Make Do Without an Oven While Waiting for Repairs

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There are few appliances in your home that get as much use as your oven. When you think about the meals you make, chances are high that the oven is used for the majority of them. With that said, the oven is also one of those things people don’t really think much about, that is until it stops working. An oven that isn’t working can be a true nightmare in the kitchen as you struggle to figure out how you’ll make do while you wait for the repairs to be done. Rather than resorting to a … [Read more...]


The Do’s and Don’ts to Planning a Vacation

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Once you have money saved in the bank for a vacation, all that will be left to do is book it. Yet there are some big mistakes you could make that could impact your bank balance or experience. Read the dos and don’ts to planning a vacation. Do Enjoy the Planning Process Studies have found the most enjoyable part of a vacation is the planning process, as there will be much excitement and anticipation ahead of the trip. So, if you want to extend the feelings of happiness, you should … [Read more...]


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