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The Best Outdoorsy City for a Bargain Home in the South

Is "green time" the most important part of your day? If you love nature and spending time outdoors, Realtor.com has some new intel for you on the …

Real Estate

Why Denmark Scores Highest on Happiness Index (and How You Can Bring Happiness to the Office)

We could all use more happiness, for ourselves and our business. Here's how hygge works.<p>Are you happy at work?<p>Think about it.<p>On the one hand, we have no shortage of studies that explain how happiness can boost our brain to think better in business; or best practices for combating Seasonal Affective …

Eight ways to make your life more hygge

The Danes are masters at finding moments of money-can’t-buy happiness in everyday life. Here’s how you can learn from them…<p>Visit the Danish capital of Copenhagen, and you might notice something a little different compared to other big cities. It might be just as cosmopolitan, exciting and full of …

How to Build an Inexpensive Hoop-Style Greenhouse

One of the most valuable assets in my garden is my greenhouse. It has allowed me to grow plants that I normally would not be able to grow, produce …

Woodworking

Salt-and-Pepper Charred Green Beans

• Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Toss green beans, oil, and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a bowl.<br>• Add about …

The 11 Best Small Towns to Visit for Halloween

Celebrate the spookiest time of year in these quaint villages across America.<p>Head to this southeast Kansas small town for their “Neewollah” …

New England

Do You Really Need to Wash Fruit Before You Eat It?

It’s tempting to skip the quick rinse after your run. But is that setting you up for sickness?<p>Somewhere between your mom and the Food and Drug Administration, at least a few people have probably told you to always wash your fruits and vegetables so you don’t ingest germs when you eat them.<p>But …

E.coli

What Does Science Tell Us About The Key Secret To Happiness

What are your goals?<p>Become an entrepreneur. Climb the corporate ladder. Make more money.<p>It maybe to travel the world as a digital nomad.<p>But the …

Happiness

8 Home Improvement Materials That You Can Recycle

Home improvement materials are increasingly judged by their ecological impact. What do you have that could be recycled?<p>FLOR, a brand focused on …

Home Improvement

13 Home Improvement Projects That Practically Pay for Themselves

These smart upgrades pay off big in resale value and enjoyment of your home.<p>“For an immediate face-lift, update your light fixtures,” says Kim …

Home Improvement

How to Turn an Attic into a Room

Turning an attic into a room requires planning.<p>Step 1<p>Enter the attic to assess its condition and suitability for conversion. If your attic has …

Home Improvement

How to avoid life's biggest regrets, enjoy the best years: Advice from 90-year-olds

A minister who interviewed her oldest congregants was surprised by some of their answers.<p>What will you regret most at the end of a long life? Like many people, the Rev. Lydia Sohn was curious so she posed a simple question to a man in his 90s.<p>“Do you wish you had accomplished more?” she asked.<p>“No, …

United Methodist

Everything you need to know about clouds

We stare at clouds all the time, whether trying to figure out what they look like or if they're bringing rain. Yet most of us know very little about …

Wikimedia

9 Things You Should Do to Your Home Before Fall Starts

Only read this if you're interested in saving money this fall and winter.<p>I wish the only thing you needed to prep your home for fall is to light a bunch of pumpkin spice candles. While yes, that <i>is</i> a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, there are more important (and not exactly …

Home Improvement

10 Best Berries to Plant in Winter

Planting and Care<p><b>Buy</b><p>Shop for bare-root plants now. If you can’t find what you want, ask your nursery to order from a grower.<p><b>Prep</b><p>Store bare-root …

How To Prune Trees • When To Prune Trees

Lets touch base about how to prune trees, because it is one of those gardening chores that must be done at a certain time of year. If you have run …

How to Start Beekeeping

No wonder more and more folks are making a beeline for beekeeping — a single hive of these tiny, social pollinators can provide 40 to 60 pounds of …

How To Strip and Refinish Wood Furniture

You'd never know it, but this Mid-Century Modern credenza was once disguised in flat white paint. For twenty bucks, it was really hard to resist …

The Best Way To Crack An Egg

Cracking an egg is one of the most basic things you do when baking. It may also be a task that entices a child’s interest in cooking; there are not …

Breakfast

How to Build a Solar Water Heater - Green Homes

The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook, (<i>Storey Publishing, 2013) provides practical advice and working plans for reducing or eliminating your dependence on</i> …

Off-grid

15 Ideas To Have Fun With A Frugal Lifestyle

There are many ways a frugal budget can helpwith your financial difficulties. Believe it or not, a frugal lifestyle is something that you constantly …

Personal Finance

400 free online courses with credits that can count towards your degree

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science …

Online Education

DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.<p>Can you believe Summer is just about over? Pretty soon it will be Fall, …

Cleaning

How to Stop the Walls From Sweating in an Old House

Walls can appear to sweat from too much humidity inside your home.<p>Step 1<p>Place a dehumidifier in the areas with the most wall condensation. If you …

Home Improvement

Over-50s ‘need more support’ as they work longer

<b>Almost half of older workers feel unsupported by their employers, despite the fact that millions are working longer, research has claimed.</b><p>Insurance firm Aviva found almost two thirds of over-50s in work, 6.4 million people, were planning to retire later than they expected to 10 years ago.<p>Aviva …

Retirement

Never underestimate the power of a good thank-you note

The bottom drawer of my desk contains two things: stationery to write letters, and notes from others that I've received in the past few years. On top …

New Jersey

These 75 Low-Carb Recipes Will (Almost) Make You Forget Bread and Pasta Even Exist

Whether you're avoiding bread and grains to prevent belly bloat or you're going full-on keto to lose weight, cutting carbs will be so easy with these recipes. For 20 grams or less, you can feast on tofu scramble, cauliflower-crust pizza, and cookie dough fudge . . . and you won't miss carbs one bit.

Healthy Eating

How to Build a Backyard Pond Waterfall

Backyard pond waterfall<p>Step 1<p>Measure the length of hose you will need to travel from the top of your waterfall down into the bottom of your pond. …

Selling

The Smartest Laundry Tool You're Not Currently Using

When I first moved to Chicago, the cold, winter shock of a shared basement laundry room was there to greet me. I had to go outside and up and down …

Laundry Rooms

Breakfast Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe

These open face strawberry shortcakes are made from buttermilk biscuits, fresh fruit, and yes, some whipped cream. Still breakfast in my book.<p>Note: I did sweeten up the biscuit because as breakfast, I like my pastry to be sweet. If you'd like, decrease the sugar to 1 teaspoon.<p><b>Read more: Wake and</b> …