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printable neighborhood—your new spring home

Spring is coming, right? I swear it has to be out there somewhere! I catch myself dreaming of far-flung places only because the pictures of them include warmer weather. 

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the grass can actually be greener

Every neighborhood I’ve ever lived in, and I’m sure probably every neighborhood in the world, has that one guy and his yard. You know who I’m talking about. The guy whose lawn bursts forth in verdant splendor the minute the snow melts, while yours looks

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how to make the most of april showers

We’re all familiar with the old adage April showers bring May flowers, and even though I really do enjoy those flowers in the spring, sometimes the dark clouds, colder temperatures and wet hair can really bring a girl down. Luckily, I’ve been thinking about how to make the most of these rainy springtime days

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earth hour: the one hour annual event

Have you heard about Earth Hour? It’s a one hour annual event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature to engage people in a conversation about energy use. They do this by encouraging people all over the world to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour. This year it’s happening 

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setting up surround sound

Ever dream of setting up a home theater and watching your favorite movie—complete with surround sound? But are you not sure where to start? It can be complicated when there are so many different models and options to consider, especially if you aren’t really a tech gadget kind of person. But don’t worry—you don’t need to be! However, once you 

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how to organize business cards electronically

As an executive assistant, one of my least favorite tasks (although I was pretty quick at it) was manually typing in all of the info from each business card into my boss’s outlook contacts after he gathered hundreds at an event or conference. I thought to myself

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the canadian red cross 101

You never know when you might need the Canadian Red Cross, an important resource for all Canadians. Designed to assist people dealing with any sort of disaster recovery, the Canadian Red Cross is completely funded by public donors.

During the devastating Alberta flood last summer, the Canadian Red Cross provided immense support to the citizens in 

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color therapy

Color therapy, or chromotherapy as it is sometimes called, dates back to the year 980 when colors really meant something. I say that last sentence with

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leave your pet in good hands

A couple of years back, my husband and I offered to pet-sit a neighbor’s dog while he was out of town for a few days. We were living in New York City at the time, and while I had experience with dogs

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organize your home office day

It’s official—there’s a holiday for everything. And on Organize Home Office Day, you can give yourself the gift of an organized workspace. While it might sound like a daunting task, I actually have gotten myself

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severe weather preparedness week

This week, as you weather enthusiasts may know, is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, but I am sure you already had your calendars marked. For those of you (like me and I assume the majority) who did not know

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the pet safety kit

When I think of safety, the first thing that comes to mind is car safety. Last month I shared what’s in my car emergency kit: jumper cables, flash lights, first-aid supplies, and more. After going through my car safety kit, it got me thinking that we should have a

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caffeine awareness month

March is a special time of the year. It is a time of renewal and rebirth as winter beings to melt away and the first blooms of spring fight their way through the chilly ground. As the birds return and the days get longer, our hearts

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happy birthday yellowstone!

Time to break out your party hats and hiking boots! March 1st marks an important day in our nation’s history as good old Yellowstone Park turns 142 years old. The very first land to be designated as protected parkland

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tech to help with taxes

Wait . . . didn’t we just do taxes? Time flies in between tax seasons, and we’re back already! Here’s hoping that your finances are ship-shape and you’re all ready to file. But if you could use a little help with organization, we’re sharing some of our favorite tech

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march madness: this post could help you win 1 billion dollars

Warren Buffet, the 4th billionaire in the world who is worth more than $53 billion, is offering $1 billion to whoever can make a perfect march madness bracket. There is no entrance fee. All you need to do to 

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travel emergency kit

Whether you are piling in the car for a road trip, catching a flight to the beach, or boarding a cruise ship to Greece, it is important to be prepared for emergencies that may occur. A travel emergency is the kind of emergency that might catch

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burn awareness month

Being the mother of two small children, I am hyper-aware of all the hazards that exist both inside and outside of my home.  I try to be vigilant and take as many precautions as I can (e.g., childproof locks on my knife drawer, outlet covers and a baby gate).  However, sometimes

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changing your name in the digital age

When I got married a couple of years ago, my lovely wife wasn’t totally sure she wanted to give up her last name. So when we got our marriage license, we left her maiden name on it with the option to change at a later date.  A couple months ago,

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printable neighborhood – back to school

This week’s printable house is much more than a house—it’s an entire pint-sized school! I don’t know about you, but this time of year it seems extra hard to get my daughter out of bed and on her way each morning. We’ve also run into

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show the library some love

When it comes to reading at our house, we are a bunch of regular bookworms.  I used to fly through a few novels a week, and now my time is spent getting to know the adventures of Curious George, Dr. Seuss, and

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what’s the deal with 3d printers?

You’ve probably heard the buzz about 3D printers, right? How you can pretty much create anything you want with a simple push of a button? If you are like me,

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where’s my jetpack?

Now that we’re well into the 21st Century, it’s fun to take a look back at some of the predictions made by generations before about what life would be like for you and me.

I remember my own childhood predictions for this grand time, and I even

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inventor’s day – february 11th

Ronald Reagan proclaimed February 11th as National Inventor’s Day in 1983, and it is a lot of fun to think about all of the inventions the world has seen in the 30 years since then. That particular date was chosen

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valentine’s day card

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m sure you’ve got the hearts, chocolates, and roses ready to go for your sweetheart. But what about all those other special people in your life? While Valentine’s is traditionally

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printable neighborhood – the front porch

This week’s printable is all about the classic front porch – if I had room, I’d even add a porch swing.

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will the groundhog see his shadow?

It’s almost Ground Hog Day! That’s right, on February 2nd we will find out if there will be 6 more weeks of winter, or an early spring. The tradition dates back through the centuries! On this day the groundhog comes out of his hole to look for his shadow.

If he sees his shadow

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how to jump start a car

It’s 7:00 a.m., and you have an absolute-have-to-be-there-on-time meeting at 7:30. The regular commute is about 20 minutes, so you’ve allotted yourself just enough time to battle through the winter wonderland that is the freeway.

All is well until you go to start your car and the turn of the key only returns

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recycling gun parts

Wondering how seized bullet casings can become the next big trend in upcycled jewelry?  Meet Caliber, the company dedicated to transforming guns and bullet casings seized by law enforcement into beautiful jewelry.

Founded by Jessica Mindich, who heads up Jewelry for a Cause, Caliber has taken gun parts from Newark, New Jersey, and Pittsburg, California, and transformed them into wearable art benefiting

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studded tires vs. awd vs. chains

I live in Utah where, in case you didn’t tune in to the 2002 Olympics, it snows a lot. So driving in the snow is inevitable. I didn’t always live in the snow, however.

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