Entertaining Children at the Holidays

Here are a few ideas to keep children entertained through the holiday season: • Holiday place mats—Have the kids make place mats and place cards for everyone. You provide supplies such as construction paper, glue, scissors, and crayons, and let the kids create. • Scavenger hunt—Divide the kids into teams …

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Take Stock of Your Possessions

In the event of a catastrophe such as a fire or tornado, an inventory of all your possessions will make the job of putting your life back together much easier. To complete an inventory, • Use a camera or video recorder to go through each room and closet (including the …

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Let There Be Light!

Most of us take lighting for granted. When we need some light, we flip a switch, and we don’t give it much thought beyond that. But lighting can dramatically change the feeling in a room, making it seem inviting or stark, stimulating or intimate. And compared to other remodeling options, …

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Ten Reasons to Plant Trees

1. Trees modify local temperatures, reducing heating and cooling costs. 2. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen. 3. Trees smooth out the harsh and straight lines of buildings. 4. Trees shade parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, vehicles and other heat islands. 5. Trees buffer urban …

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Quick and Easy Kitchen Updates

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to involve tons of drywall dust and cost thousands of dollars. Here are some ideas for relatively small changes that can make a big difference: Paint. Think shine and texture in addition to color. Spray paint cabinets with a very glossy white or hand paint …

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