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Posted on 10/04/2021
This Italian Pasta Salad Is a Potluck Classic
Pasta salad is an old standby regarding potluck recipes. Most recipes take less than an hour to make and involve inexpensive ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. However, since pasta salad is such a diverse dish, there is an overwhelming amount of different recipes available. If you’re not sure where to start, here is a simple...
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Posted on 10/03/2021
Genuine Vintage Tins Make Great Flower Containers
Photo by Sabine van Erp via Pixabay There's a certain nostalgia associated with genuine vintage tins -- not the replicas you find at today's one-dollar stores. Genuine vintage tins had real purpose, usually multiple ones, in fact. They did double duty as tubs to wash both children and laundry. Or, sometimes, they held both lunch food and school...
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Posted on 10/01/2021
4 Common Environmental Allergens
Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels The number of people who suffer from environmental allergies is astounding. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million people in the country suffer from allergies, and allergies have become one of the leading causes for chronic disease in the country. Environmental allergies are very common, and...
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Posted on 09/29/2021
How to Buffet the Safe Way: Health Tips for Your Next Gathering
Buffets are a convenient way to serve a group of people. They can be especially helpful when there are many food items and a lot of guests. Even for small gatherings, a serve-yourself buffet is usually the easiest setup. Unfortunately, health concerns make buffet-style food service risky. Sharing the same serving utensils and congregating in a small space...
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Posted on 09/27/2021
5 DIY Shelf Ideas for Simple Storage
If you need more shelves but want to build them yourself rather than buy, you can use a variety of methods and materials. Building your own shelves can be complex or simple depending on the look and function you want. Luckily, there are plenty of clever options for DIY beginners to start with. We’ll go over some easy...
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Posted on 09/26/2021
Saving Up to Buy a Home: Best Practices for First-Time Homebuyers
Image by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay Everyone talks about preparing financially to purchase and own a home. However, it’s not always exactly clear how to prepare. Rather than get overwhelmed by details, there are some basic things you can start with in order to get your finances ready for home ownership. Here we will go over...
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Posted on 09/24/2021
Try These Easy-Install Smart Home Devices
Adding smart home technology doesn’t have to be a complicated task. No matter your tech skill level, there is an upgrade project for your home that you can install on your own. If you’re wanting to add some smart technology to your home without the hassle, here are some easy-install ideas: Smart Speakers If you’re wanting to invest...
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Posted on 09/24/2021
Falls Church, VA Real Estate Market Update 9/24/2021
Click here to view Falls Church, VA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 09/22/2021
Safe Ways To Keep A Spare House Key
You may keep a spare house key hidden somewhere around your home just in case you lose or forget your main set of keys. How does your hiding place measure up? Is it too obvious that anyone including thieves can find it? You can still have a spare key easily accessible to you without sacrificing the security of your...
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Posted on 09/20/2021
Understanding Home Prices: Key Factors to Consider
Housing prices are constantly changing, which can make both buying and selling a home more complicated. While it’s difficult to predict future changes, it’s important to understand the key factors that affect the housing market and home prices. Here are the five major things that affect housing prices: Economic Change The overall health of the economy is a...
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Posted on 09/19/2021
Embracing the Power of the Smart Hub
Photo by John Tekeridis from Pexels Home automation technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. And you can now control almost every system in your house through an app on your smartphone, tablet or computer. But if you want to control all those systems in one place using voice commands, then you need a smart...
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Posted on 09/17/2021
Green Design: Materials for Sustainable Construction
Photo by Kelly Lacy from Pexels Eco-friendly homes are becoming much more common due to the benefits they provide, including significant energy savings and less of an impact on the environment. New construction homes can be green right from the start with the materials used to build them. These green building materials are often natural materials or renewable...
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