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Pretty up Your Plants: Garden "Jewelry" to Find or Make

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 13, 2016

My mother could be described as the "garden angel" of her neighborhood. Not only does she keep her own yard full of colorful flowers surrounded by a delicate hand-crafted twig fence,...


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Will You Need New Air Conditioning This Year?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 09, 2016

As the days get longer and (we hope) a little milder, thoughts start naturally turning to the warm weather ahead. The approach of summer means vacations, picnics, sunshine ... hurray!...


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Women and Home Improvement: Recommended Resources

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 08, 2016

"I am woman, hear me roar ..." went the 1970s hit song by Helen Reddy, whose iconic lyrics encouraged the empowerment of the female half of the population. Nowadays, that message could...


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The Problem with Painting a Brick House

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 07, 2016

Thinking about painting your brick house? Think again ... and even a third time. While coating brick walls with a shade of sunny yellow or crisp white will certainly brighten the appearance...


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7 Home Maintenance Troublespots to Take Care of Today

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 06, 2016

Okay, okay, I admit it. I didn't follow my own advice. The signs of potential trouble were there, yet I chose not to take them seriously. For quite a while, I'd been finding it more...