Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

How to Grow Desert-Friendly Plants

Jul 24, 2014

Gardening in the Las Vegas Valley poses the usual desert challenges: little water, salty soil, low organic matter and extreme temperatures, according to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. But these issues dont have to discourage Las Vegas locals from keeping their desert landscapes vibrant and healthy. For desert gardening newbies, GardenWeb suggests prioritizing plants native […]

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Protect Your Belongings with a Home Inventory

Jul 22, 2014

If something happened to your house — a fire, for example — do you know how much it would cost to replace all your belongings? We’re not just talking about the big-ticket items, like your TV or your refrigerator. What about all the kids’ toys, your kitchen utensils, your bath towels — everything down to […]

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Poll: What Would Be the Best Part of a ‘Greener’ Commute?

Jul 22, 2014

Whether driving a hybrid or electric car, carpooling or riding a bicycle, there are several benefits of turning to a greener daily commute, from using less gas to getting more exercise and fresh air. What do you find is the biggest perk? Of course, bicycling to work or carpooling might not be an option for […]

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8 Denver Neighborhoods to Check Out

Jul 22, 2014

Denver plays host to many hip neighborhoods. With so many options to choose from, deciding where to live can be difficult for those moving to town. Here is a primer on neighborhoods to consider in the Mile High City based on your lifestyle. Average rents are based on local listings. Baker This neighborhood is popular […]

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How Phoenix Neighborhoods Are Combating Crime

Jul 17, 2014

Homeowners associations (HOAs) and other groups are working with local police to help make neighborhoods safer with commonsense rules and strategies. For example, three years ago, Avondale’s Cashion neighborhood experienced gang fights, drive-by shootings and other crimes. Crime in the area dropped by more than 50 percent after the Avondale Police Department met with homeowner […]

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Join the Swarm: How to Become a Chicago Beekeeper

Jul 17, 2014

Chicago is buzzing with bees. Beehives seem to be everywhere, from backyards to the rooftops of apartment buildings to Chicago’s City Hall. If you’re interested in starting your own hive — and enjoying the honey that comes with it — here’s a roundup of things to know. Planning Know the laws. The City of Chicago allows […]

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How to Find a ‘Green’ Home in Atlanta

Jul 17, 2014

Atlanta’s housing market is going green. Georgia ranks seventh in the nation for sustainable construction, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). So how do you find a green home — or make your current house more green? Here’s an overview: What’s a ‘Green’ Home? Since there’s no universal definition of what constitutes a […]

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Video: The Plug-In on Electric Cars

Jul 16, 2014

Have you ever thought about buying an electric car? There are a lot of things to think about — from finding charging stations to understanding differences in the way your car works. Dave Schmeissing, an Allstate agent based in Bannockburn, Ill., drives a plug-in hybrid electric car. Watch the video below to hear about his […]

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New Kids on the Block: Why Goats are Cropping Up in Suburban Backyards

Jul 16, 2014

Just because you live in the city, or the ‘burbs, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few perks of farm living. You might harvest rain water, grow fruits and vegetables, or even raise a few chickens out back. But some homeowners are taking urban farming quite literally, and are introducing goats into their yards. Can […]

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Retiring in Phoenix? Consider These Housing Options

Jul 10, 2014

The Phoenix metro area is the nation’s fastest-growing retirement destination, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. With nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, temperatures that rarely dip below freezing and a relatively low cost of living, MarketWatch says Arizona can be an attractive retirement destination. If you’re new to the area — or are […]

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