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The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be planning room layouts! Lucky for us, we now have access to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps to help us create floor plans and …

What I wish I knew before buying a rental property

With 1,300 square feet, a few nice-sized bedrooms, and an open kitchen and living room, our first "starter home" was practically perfect for us.<p>And since we had moved there from a one-bedroom apartment with only two windows and a total of 500 square feet, it practically felt like a mansion to …

Personal Finance

20 Things My Dad Wishes Someone Had Told Him in His 20s

Your 20s is a constant battle between thinking you have it all figured out and life giving you a harsh reality check. It's a period of trial and error, but it can also be one of the most fun decades. Much of my life knowledge is from my dad, who's filled with never-ending lessons. Though he's …

8 Christmas cookie recipes you haven't tried yet, and will totally love

We love all things Christmas, but we also love all things Christmas cookies! We heart Christmas cookies not just because they’re super yummy, but …

Plant Basil With Tomatoes for a Natural Pest Repellant (and Other Garden Tricks)

Here in North America, it’s time to think about planting (if you haven’t already), and the Old World Garden Farm suggests a garden pair that makes a …

20 Home Decor Cheat Sheets That Will Have You Decorate Like a Pro

Decorating your home can sometimes become a daunting task because you can get lost in measurements, styles and other decor choices. Then you can …

9 Clever Ideas to Disguise Your TV in Home Decor

Making the TV part of home decor is easy if you get a TV stand or a cabinet that integrates one. But what if you don’t want more cabinets or stands …

Home

19 Incredibly Delicious Desserts You Can Make In A Skillet

Because it's cuter.

The hidden dangers of ‘shake it off’ parenting

By Katie Hurley<p>Recently, my son took an unexpected ball to the face during his soccer game. This is frequent in U7 (under 7) soccer, but it hurts just the same. He walked off the field with his head in his hands, fighting back tears that poured from his blue eyes the moment his head found my …

Parenting

10 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Increase Home Values

A few strategic fixes can add big value to your home.<p>A clean, well-maintained home in tiptop condition will yield maximum profit when it comes time …

Grow Fresh Green Onions Any Time of Year In a Plastic Bottle

Chilly weather or no space for a garden doesn’t have to stop you from growing your own food. A trip to the garden store for some bulbs—which you can …