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A Family Heirloom Cookbook Preserves Precious Memories

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 22, 2014

What a beautiful compliment it is when your grown-up son or daughter asks for one of your treasured recipes. And how sad if a beloved family member -- and wonderful cook -- were to...


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4 Ways Smart Homes Are Getting Smarter Than Ever

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 21, 2014

It used to be that we adults just had to worry about keeping up with our children in the smarts department. (Remember the first time you had to ask your offspring to show you how to...


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How to Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 21, 2014

"Chim chim-i-ney, chim chim-i-ney …" If you loved Walt Disney's Mary Poppins as a child, you're sure to have a soft spot for chimney sweeps. The thought of inviting a colorful...


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15 Important Items for a DIY Emergency Preparedness Kit

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 20, 2014

Hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire! We all hope that none of these disasters will ever affect us … but just in case the unthinkable happens, it's wise to be prepared....


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How to Live AND Work in a Tiny Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 20, 2014

Tiny homes are the wave of the future. After the housing bubble burst in the early 21st century, Americans became cautious about taking out mega-mortgages and committing themselves...