Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

Canning Safety 101

Aug 29, 2014

While canning your home-grown produce is a great way to enjoy the bounty of your garden year round, it is important to know how to do so in a safe manner. If canning is done improperly, there is a risk of contracting botulism poisoning from the finished product. Botulism poisoning is a serious disease caused by […]

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8 Walkable Neighborhoods in the Phoenix Area

Aug 28, 2014

Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs rank among the nation’s least-walkable neighborhoods, according to Walk Score, an organization that ranks the ease of navigating an area without a car. Despite the need for an automobile to get around the city, some areas do buck the trend. Here’s a look at some of them.

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Tips for Buying an Investor-Owned Home in Phoenix

Aug 28, 2014

Phoenix has a lot of flipped houses — homes that are bought by investors and sold within six months, usually after renovations, according to a report from RealtyTrac, a real-estate data company. In fact, Phoenix ranked second in the nation for the largest volume of “flips” during the first three months of 2014, RealtyTrac says. ‘Open the […]

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How Your House Can Star in the ‘Hollywood of the South’

Aug 21, 2014

Atlanta is quickly earning its place as the “Hollywood of the South,” FOX News reports. Dozens of film and TV projects were shot in Georgia in 2013, according to the official site of Georgia Film & Music. Many of them were filmed in the metro Atlanta area, including “The Hunger Games” sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend […]

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Houston’s Fastest-Growing Communities

Aug 21, 2014

It’s no secret the Houston area is booming. In fact, a recent study by Atlanta-area relocation firm WelcomeMat Services ranks one of the city’s ZIP codes as the fastest growing in the nation. Two others were also near the top of the list, says Brian Mattingly, CEO of WelcomeMat. Can you guess which Houston–area ZIP code was […]

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Ecard: The One Time It’s OK to Air Dirty Laundry

Aug 19, 2014

Dryers can use more energy than any other appliance in the home, and are responsible for 2 percent of our nation’s energy consumption, according to Home Energy Magazine. The simple act of hanging those baby clothes out to dry can cut your energy bills and helps the environment, too. It can also extend the life of the fabric so […]

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Ecard: Consider Biodegradable Diapers

Aug 19, 2014

Diapers are one of the largest contributors to landfills. The Real Diaper Association estimates the average baby will go through about 6,000 diapers during the first two years of life. And, in a single day, Americans throw away some 49 million diapers, according to the Clean Air Council. That’s why biodegradable diapers make so much sense – and some can even […]

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Ecard: Unplug Those Unused Chargers

Aug 19, 2014

Phone chargers continue to drain electricity if left plugged in, according to EnergyStar.gov. That’s why you’ll notice they’re still warm to the touch if you don’t disconnect them. They also advise that you keep digital cameras and other gadgets unplugged until you need them.    

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Mixed-Use Developments Bring Sense of Community to Atlanta

Aug 14, 2014

From Buckhead to Midtown to Westside, mixed-use developments are cropping up all over Atlanta, offering residents the convenience of living, working and playing all in one walkable area. For example, Midtown added 970 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail from mixed-use developments in 2013 alone, according to the Midtown Alliance. In June 2014, the […]

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How to Save Water — and Money — on Your Yard

Aug 14, 2014

Colorado residents use as much water on their yards and gardens every year as they do inside their homes, according to Colorado WaterWise, an organization dedicated to water conservation and eco-friendly landscaping tips. That’s why the group urges residents to xeriscape — a type of landscaping that uses drought-tolerant plants and grasses — which it […]

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