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A Space Designed for Well-Being – Applying the P...

Biophilia: “Love of life or living systems,” and the positive human response toward nature. Imagine entering a room to the sight of vivid flowers and the scent of green herbs. You hear the happy melody of songbirds, feel the warmth of a crackling fire, and are soothed by the sound of flowing water. Whether it is indoors or outdoors, having such a sanctuary creates …

Affordable Winter Home Improvement Projects

  Winter is a great time to do a little work on your house. The exercise can keep you from freezing your tootsies off, for starters. Maybe you’re having Uncle Mark and Aunt Lori over for Christmas nog and want to impress. Home improvement is also more affordable in the winter months as the off-season reduces the costs of materials and labor.  If anything …

DIY Home Improvements

“If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.” -Red Green The great Canadian television personality Red Green certainly doesn’t mean to alienate anyone when he utters his famous catch phrase. He’d agree that everyone should be handy, even if they’re a lady or blessed with handsomeness. So the next time you plan on moping around the house, why …

Keep Raccoons Away!

You can’t blame the raccoon for his antics. He sees your property, with its delicious vegetable garden and trash cans, and his mind starts racing. But you would rather not deliver an all-you-can-eat buffet to the bandit-masked imp, so you want to take measures to discourage his visits. Do these things and the raccoon may just decide to maraud your neighbor’s homestead instead.   …

21 Easy Moving Tips & Tricks

  From purging household items to packing your belongings, moving an entire household isn’t a simple process. Fortunately, with the help of these smart moving tips and tricks, it’s about to get a wee bit easier. Here are 21 oh-so-easy moving tips and tricks that anyone can use when moving to a new home. Best of luck and happy moving! Find free moving boxes …

How to Make Your Backyard Look Bigger

It is hard to make your backyard actually bigger. Buying land costs a lot of money, and your nextdoor neighbor is going take issue if you encroach on his property. Fortunately there are inexpensive and legal ways to make your backyard only look bigger. Use Color Our eyes are naturally drawn to warm colors like red and yellow. If your backyard is small, you …

LIGHTEN UP! SPRING TIPS FOR FRESHENING UP YOUR HOME

Spring is around the corner and it’s the right time to think about adding a little refresh your home after the long months of being cooped up indoors.  With a few simple changes, you’ll feel like you’re in a brand new space without breaking the bank. Once the weather permits and you’re no longer relying on your heater, it’s good practice to open a …

Attract Pollinators!

The time when the Midwest goes from ice to Eden is fast approaching. All of our favorite critters will return with the spring: the duck, whose quack doesn’t echo; the Canada goose, who traumatizes overly exploratory children for life; and the mosquito, who has earned villainy even though it helps us to lose weight. The best creatures ask for a little extra invitation during …

DIY NATURAL DOG PRODUCTS

According to a study from the American Pet Products Association, consumers in the United States spend nearly $60 billion per year on their pets. This averages out to about $1,641 per dog – that’s a lot of kibble! Fortunately, there are many different pet-related DIY projects that can be made with common household goods. For a little inspiration, check out our list of paw-some DIY natural …

Dirty Duct Safari Guide

Air ducts are useful things. Without them your furnace and air conditioner would have a heck of a hard time giving you the goods, and the Midwest’s weather requires a lot of the goods indeed. But air ducts serve another, often forgotten purpose, which is to accumulate more living things in your home and its air supply. Just let your air ducts go without …

Guide to Kitchen Countertops

Your kitchen countertop must wear two very different hats. It has got to be attractive, lest your entire kitchen cease to be attractive itself, yet it has got to be tough enough to soak up a variety of abuse. Attractive and tough — sounds just like a certain guy I see whenever I look in a mirror. But this article isn’t about how great …

Prep Your Home for Winter

Old Man Winter is right around the corner, and he’s looking for houses in the Midwest to chill. He’s got a lot of tricks up his sleeve, but you can beat him if you take the right course of action. Here’s how to do it. Tune Up the Furnace Sooner or later, the HVAC guy is going to come to your home. He’s always …

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