Pauline Hammerbeck

Pauline Hammerbeck

Stories by Pauline Hammerbeck

Considering a Backyard Fire Pit? Here’s What You Should Know

Oct 01, 2013

No longer will a wood deck with a barbecue do for many homeowners wanting to enjoy their back yards. These days, accessorizing means amenities like ponds, flower beds, vegetable gardens, outdoor kitchens, and, increasingly, fire pits that crackle and glow. One reason for fire pits’ appeal? According to Sacramento, Calif., landscape designer Michael Glassman, a […]

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Link Roundup: Kids’ Emergency Preparedness

Sep 18, 2013

Disasters can strike without warning. But advance planning and preparation can improve your resilience against them! In honor of National Preparedness Month, we’ve put together a roundup of links on emergency preparedness for kids. Use these resources and feel more confident that, even if an emergency hits and you’re not around – at work, or […]

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The Ultimate Moving Guide – Checklists, Printables and Tips to Help Organize Your Move

Sep 17, 2013

Moving frequently accompanies some of the biggest moments in life: Setting up your first apartment. Buying your first home. Upsizing. Downsizing. You’re opening new doors, settling into new places, moving forward – what’s not to like? Of course, there’s the, um, move itself?! That’s where this Moving Guide comes in. With its pages designed as printables (run […]

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Is a Walkable Neighborhood a ‘Must-Have’ on Your Home Buying List?

Aug 27, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new home and haven’t considered the walkability of the community you’re about to buy into, you could be overlooking a crucial point. Experts say the ability to take a stroll through the area where you live has many benefits: it can make a substantial difference in your health, safety […]

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4 Kitchen Dangers You May Have Overlooked – And How to Design Them Out!

Aug 23, 2013

Kitchens are typically a home’s chief gathering spot—a place to cook, eat, watch TV, pay bills, and entertain. But when assembling a kitchen remodeling wish list, it can be easy to put aesthetics and function on the front burner and move safety to the back. Yet, with all of the tools and cooking equipment located […]

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Social Media for Your Business in 10 Minutes a Day

Jul 24, 2013

Chances are, you opened your business because you have a passion for your product, whether it’s Italian food, accounting, interior design or anything else that might be the focus of your energies. For some business owners, though, social media marketing may fall somewhere toward the bottom of that passion list. We all know it’s useful […]

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Natural Swimming Pools Are Making a Ripple, But Are They For You?

Jul 23, 2013

When it comes to backyard swimming pools, that classic rectangular design with a deck, diving board or slide, and metal steps still holds appeal. But natural pools that resemble swimming holes or ponds have gained increasing interest in recent years, according to landscape design professionals who have been turning out versions that mimic what Mother Nature fashions […]

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How Hurricanes And Tropical Storms Are Named

Jul 16, 2013

Andrea. Barry. Chantal. No, it’s not the list of most popular baby names, but, rather, the names chosen for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. The practice of naming storms began centuries ago, as a way to keep track of them and talk about their impact. According to the World Meteorological Organization, storm names were originally derived from informal […]

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How to Communicate With Loved Ones in a Disaster

Jul 10, 2013

After a major disaster, it can often be difficult  to communicate with loved ones. Hurricanes, tornadoes and other emergencies can cause power outages and result in overwhelmed cellular services, sometimes making normal lines of communication nearly impossible. There are steps you can take to be prepared. Consider these tips on how to communicate in a […]

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What’s Hot in Kitchen and Bath Upgrades

Jul 03, 2013

As housing sales have begun to improve, architects report that they are finding more homeowners inquiring about home improvements, and especially kitchens and bathrooms. They’re the last spaces to be downsized when the economy struggles, and the first to be upgraded with new trends, products, and materials when it rebounds, according to Kermit Baker, chief […]

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