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When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members...
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Summer weather brings backyard suppers to mind; picnic favorites, savory barbecues, chicken roasting on a spit. But it calls out for company, and entertaining can...
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If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But...
Whether your goal is to lose one or 100, shedding pounds is no walk in the park (pardon the pun). If you’re seeking to better...
A long soak in a bubble-filled tub can feel like heaven after a hard day at work—and soaking in a bath that feels like a...
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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage...
Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, gourds and other Halloween activities in Northwestern California?  Scroll down this page and you will see...
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The weather’s better in a neighboring state. It would be nice to be closer to the grandkids. Those are a lot of stairs to walk...
We spend a lot of time in our homes, which is why it’s important to ensure that they’re a safe and healthy environment for ourselves...
When it comes to updating an older home, you can make big style statements on a small budget, experienced decorators say. “Start with a pop...
5 Ways to Protect Outdoor Wood Furniture
While wood furniture is gorgeous outside, you’ll need to protect it to lengthen its lifespan, or you could face rot and unsightly discoloration in no...
Someone once said you can tell a lot about the nature of a man and his home by catching a glimpse of his backyard space....
Labor Day: What it Means Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social...
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For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep...
Are You Thinking About Buying a Home? The process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t need to go through...
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If you’re revamping your interior design scheme, you may be considering a new color palette. Should you go with earthy hues? Vibrant jewel tones? Cool...
In 100 words or less, readers share their poignant tales of the bond between mother and child. As borrowed from Readers Digest. In celebration of...
Hoping to renovate or remodel a space yourself? While certain jobs should be left to the pros, there are a few you can tackle yourself,...


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