Stories by Melissa
Soon enough, summer will be winding down, and the kids will be heading back to school. But before we all say goodbye to sunshine, swimsuits and sunblock, consider one last hurrah: Throw the ultimate summer block party and celebrate the end of summer with your neighbors. Here are some step-by-step ideas on how to throw […]
20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Complete the 20 tasks on the list below, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks. Click the plus signs next to each task and follow […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.