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The Best home security systems

Looking for a great home security system? Home security systems differ quite a bit in terms of what’s offered. Some old school systems like ADT might …

Home Security

Here's the US interstate highway system drawn as a subway map

<i>View the high-resolution infographic to see the most legible version.</i><p>Transit style maps are sort of a "rite of passage" for any upstart information designer.<p>People tend to be obsessed with them, and for good reason. What the maps lack in attention to fine details, they make up in their sheer ease …

Urban Design

Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas for Privacy Screens

A privacy screen is one of our favorite garden hacks. Fixed or portable, partitions with slats, grids, lattices, and translucent fabrics will block …

Drip Irrigation: Emergency Repair Kit Essentials

If you’re reading this post you likely have a drip irrigation system, which means I am grateful that you’ve chosen to install a very smart and …

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.)<p>Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the …

Smart Homes

12 low-maintenance flowers you can't kill

(Unless you try very hard.)<p>Sometimes you just want a guarantee. You don't have the money or time for that picture-perfect garden that you know …

Gardening

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Electrical switches typically have 110-volt power connected directly from the circuit panel. The switch will pass the electricity from the panel to a light or ceiling fan whenever the light switch is turned on, and break the power connection when the switch is turned off. If you need to provide …

Arduino

30 Delicious Things You Never Knew You Could Make With A Crock-Pot

Think *outside* the stew.

Cooking

NodOn Makes Z-Wave Smart Homes Easier Than Ever to Control

The stupidest thing about most smart homes is that you have to fire up your smartphone any time you want to do something as simple as remotely …

Smart Homes

15 Super Smart Ways to Use the IKEA Kallax Bookcase

The IKEA Expedit (lately reborn as the Kallax) has, like a lot of classics, an incredibly simple design. And like a lot of IKEA pieces, it lends …

Living Rooms

How to Sew: Six Basic Hand Stitches

Hand stitching is sometimes seen as a lost art, and while that may be true, it’s not entirely accurate. Hand stitches are as useful and pertinent …

7 Burning Questions About Whiskey, Answered

Fire water, water of life, juice—whatever you call it, whiskey (also spelled “whisky”) is having a moment. But with so many different whiskeys …

Whiskey

How to Start Investing With Just a Little Bit of Savings | Investopedia

How does a person start investing? Most people invest by using mutual funds. A mutual fund is a portfolio (or collection) of stocks, bonds, real …

9 Easy-to-Use Budget Templates

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Whether you're single, part of a couple, or even head of a large family, creating a budget is a great way to track expenses and income to keep you on track toward your financial goals. Although a simple home budget worksheet can be scribbled out with plain pencil, paper, …

The One Monthly Payment Killing Your Wealth

All across the nation, families are struggling to get ahead. For some, the rising costs of healthcare chip away at their gains. For others, stagnating wages and college bills are a real problem.<p>Then there are those who claim raising kids makes it impossible to grow wealth.<p>No matter where you go, …

Personal Finance

Easy Ottolenghi: eight main course recipes for autumn

<b>Butternut, goat’s cheese and rosemary tatin</b><p>Serve with a crisp green salad in a lemony dressing. Serves eight as a starter, four as a main course.<p><b>1 small butternut squash, peeled, ends trimmed</b><b><br>1 tbsp olive oil</b><b><br>1 tsp finely chopped rosemary leaves, plus 1 whole sprig</b> <b><br>2 garlic cloves, peeled and</b> …

Onions

Tired of Ironing Shirts? DIY This Wrinkle Release Spray

Next time you've got a wrinkly shirt, mix up this quick and easy chemical-free wrinkle release spray instead of reaching for your iron. We put this …

Housekeeping

A British headmaster’s back-to-school letter to teachers is also brilliant parenting advice

The internet is awash in advice on how to make the school year ahead better for students and parents.<p>One teacher banned homework, to the delight of kids. An anonymous headmaster wrote a missive to parents, reminding them that they play a critical role in shaping their children’s attitudes toward …

Parenting

10 Best Houseplants for Low Light

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)<p>Both its toughness and handsome foliage account for <i>Aglaonema</i>’s popularity. Its graceful, oblong leaves grow from a …

I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device

I have a confession to make. Despite all the fantastic routers we cover here on BGR that offer cutting-edge technology and long range, I have used …

Hopsy Hometap Beer Dispenser

Enjoying cold, draft beer from a great brewery at home is easier than ever thanks to the Hopsy Hometap Beer Dispenser. Developed by Krups — the same …

Coffeemakers

Top 10 Home Addition Ideas, Plus their Costs: PV Solar Power Systems, In-ground Swimming Pools, Dormers, Kitchen Extensions More!

Are you in the process of planning a home addition or major remodeling project for your home? If so, it’s imperative to know ahead of time just how …

21 Parenting Books About Raising Mighty Girls

A Mighty Girl's top picks of books for parents on raising a Mighty Girl from the toddler through the teen years.Parenting is always an adventure, but …

Parenting

15 Creative Ideas For Room Dividers

Open spaces are great for a number of reasons. In offices they facilitate collaboration and communication, and in homes it keeps things flowing and …

Interior Design

Investment 101: how to invest your first $1000

As a matter of course, a good rule of thumb would be to keep your brokerage to under 1 per cent of your investment amount – meaning with brokerage …

Investing

Find the Opportunity Cost of Buying a Car With This Buy or Lease Calculator

There are a number of factors that go into your decision to buy or lease a car. Opportunity cost is one factor that might get overlooked, though. …

Personal Finance

Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden - Quiet Corner

DIY Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden<p>With winter now firmly behind us, some homeowners are busy tending to their revitalized garden and …

Best Office Chair Under $200

Best Office Chair Under $200 Gadget Review - Your lifestyle gadget siteIf you purchase a chair that doesn’t fit your body you could end up with pain …

Ergonomics

Leonardo DiCaprio Jokes About Viral Lady Gaga Golden Globes Reaction: It Was ‘Funny’

Leo laughed it up!<p><b>Leonardo DiCaprio</b> and <b>Lady Gaga</b> joked about the actor's humorous Golden Globes moment — just hours after it went viral. The <i>Revenant</i> …

Celebrity News

How to use VLC to watch any video on Apple TV

So you’ve got a fourth-generation Apple TV (the one with Siri Remote and all the apps) and you’ve just downloaded VLC, the “play everything” video app that was just ported to tvOS.<p>The last few versions of Apple TV haven’t included any storage for video files, and the same is true of the latest …