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  • Cautious Candle Burning: Protect Your Home and Yourself When Lighting Up

    Dec 7, 2023

    Candles are not in short supply come the holiday season. During Chanukah, candles are an integral component of celebrating the miracle of oil that burned in the Temple for eight days. Celebrants of Kwanzaa utilize candles to represent the seven principles of the holiday. Christians light candles during Christmas services and in their homes to represent the light Jesus brought to the world. There is no denying the warmth and beauty candles can bring to a home when they are flickering delicately. But candles have open flames, so caution must...

  • Snow Blower Tips to Keep in Mind

    Dec 7, 2023

    Meteorologists are predicting an El Nino weather pattern this winter. What that spells out for particular regions of the country remains to be seen, but when snow hits certain areas hard, cleanup will be necessary. It is essential for homeowners and business owners to get outdoors promptly to remove snow from walkways for the safety of pedestrians. Shoveling snow can be back-breaking work, particularly when the snow is very wet or compacted. That's why many people have invested (or plan to...

  • Practice Fireplace Safety During The Holiday Season

    Dec 7, 2023

    Gatherings with family and friends are an integral component of the holiday season. Certain rooms in the house are on display more than others, with kitchens, dining rooms and living areas serving as popular places to congregate. Of course, fireplaces also serve as popular gathering spots in homes that feature them. Lighting a fire in the hearth can make any space more cozy, but doing so comes with some hazards. Consider these fireplace safety tips in advance of the holiday entertaining season....

  • Winter Grass Problems: How to Prevent and Address Them

    Dec 7, 2023

    As winter approaches, our once-vibrant lawns transition into a dormant landscape, sometimes hidden beneath frost and snow. While the urge to hibernate indoors is strong, it’s crucial to remember that winter brings its own set of challenges for your lawn. From soggy soil to fallen leaves, biting cold to elusive voles and winter desiccation, your winter grass faces various obstacles. Problem 1: Wet Soil Problem: In winter, lawns often struggle with soggy soil due to increased precipitation and frozen ground’s poor moisture absorption. This...

  • Modern Kitchen Features To Consider

    Dec 7, 2023

    With so much time spent in the kitchen, it’s no wonder kitchen renovations are popular. In fact, data from the National Association of Home Builders indicates kitchens are the most popular room to remodel. Whether homeowners are planning a full scale remodel or a few tweaks to update the room, the following are three popular features of modern kitchens. 1. Kitchen island A recent survey from the interior design experts at Houzz found that kitchen islands are popular for a variety of reasons. Fifty-eight percent of respondents indicated they e...

  • Organizational Tips For Bathrooms And Laundry Spaces

    Dec 7, 2023

    No two homes are exactly alike. While homes typically feature certain common amenities, even in planned communities homeowners do their best to set their homes apart from others in the development. Certain areas of a home may initially garner less attention than others. This often is the case with small washrooms, sometimes called powder rooms or guest bathrooms, as well as laundry areas. Despite their utilitarian nature, bathrooms and laundry rooms can often benefit from some better...

  • How To Create A Welcoming Entertaining Space At Home

    Dec 7, 2023

    The lasting effects of the pandemic that swept across the globe in 2020 will be studied for years to come. Though some consequences have yet to be discovered, others, including a heightened desire to entertain loved ones at home, were already apparent even before the world emerged from the darkest days of the pandemic. A 2021 study from ButcherBoxTM found that 46 percent of survey respondents were excited to host and entertain guests in their home when it was deemed safe to do so. Such...

  • Plan the Perfect Spa Bathroom Remodel

    Dec 7, 2023

    Many health and wellness regimens include treatments that promote relaxation and comfort. According to IBIS Worldwide, revenue for health and wellness spas across the United States has risen at a rate of 1.1 percent over the past five years, reaching $23.3 billion in 2023. The International Spa Association said that while spa visits fell in 2020, likely due to the global pandemic, visits rebounded a year later. The popularity of spa visits is one indicator that people enjoy being pampered and frequently make time for treatments. While visiting...

  • Furnish A Home For Comfort

    Dec 7, 2023

    The pandemic changed much about the way people live, including a propensity for spending more time at home. In 2020, people spent far less waking time, roughly an hour and a half less on average, with people outside of their own households. Though restrictions that limited social interactions have long since been lifted, spending time at home has remained popular. More than two-thirds of Americans are spending more time at home, according to the American Time Use Survey from the U.S. Department of Labor. Inflation and the looming threat of a...

  • Tips To Pick The Perfect Christmas Tree

    Dec 7, 2023

    Christmas trees are among the most recognizable symbols of the holiday season, and the popularity of trees is undeniable. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, approximately 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States each year. Christmas trees also are big business in Canada, where Statistics Canada notes cash receipts from Canadian Christmas tree producers totaled nearly $163.5 million in 2022. Annual spending on Christmas trees underscores how...

  • Holiday Wreath Dos And Don'ts

    Dec 7, 2023

    No greenery is more recognized during the holiday season than Christmas trees. However, wreaths likely take a close second to towering evergreens when it comes to green holiday decor. It is important to treat wreaths with care in order to maximize their longevity and beauty. The following tips can help ensure wreaths remain fresh and festive throughout the month of December. • Choose the right design. Select a wreath that is not too busy nor too boring. It is important to strike the right...