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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 …

Guide to Fireplaces

It may be the perfect temperature outside right now, but true Midwesterners know that’s just Mother Nature’s trick to lull us into a sense of false security before she torments us with yet another hard winter. Now is the time to think about how you’re going to keep your tootsies toasty before it becomes too late. If you’d like to take some of the …

Energy Free Home Cooling

The Midwest may have harsh winters, but at least it has got brutally hot and humid summers to make up for them. Even a short walk around the block this time of year can have the same effect as swimming through a pressure cooker filled with blackstrap molasses. Home ought to be your refuge from the perpetual bake outside, but why feed all of …

Guide to Paint Colors

Spring is rapidly approaching, and so too is the home renovation season. For Midwesterners who are starved for colors outside of our winter’s bleak white and brown palette, now is the perfect time to imbue with hue the rooms we’ve been cooped up in for so long. Painting may be an awful chore, with all the tedious taping and recalcitrant sheets of plastic you …

Upcycle & Recycle

Upcycling is essentially refashioning items whose original function no longer serves its purpose. With so many incredible ideas on how you can reuse things, you can get really creative in this process. The best part is you can turn just about anything into something of use with some imagination. We found some cool ideas on how upcycling everyday items can turn into something magnificent. …

Want to Move? Here’s how to Turn in Your Notice

“Moving is my favorite thing to do in the world!” said no one ever. I think I’ve moved around forty times in my young life, and each time is the same as the one before. I have three weeks to get outta this place and I don’t even know where to begin packing. While I consider myself a pro at moving, I still hate it. …

Save Time & Money: Telecommute From Your Apartmen...

The idea of working from home for many people is an exhilarating thought. Visions of being able to sleep later in the morning and not deal with rush hour are a couple of the first enticing thoughts that come to mind. Believe it or not, working from home requires focus and dedication to your craft, whatever that is for you. While there are many …

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