All the Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping Basics
Honeybee hives are typically found in the cavities of trees, the crevices of rocks and other mostly inaccessible locations. But, as more people adopt beekeeping as a hobby, hives are increasingly taking shape in boxes lined up neatly on urban rooftops and in suburban backyards. Here’s what you need to know to decide if backyard…
5 Online Tools for Small Business Efficiency
To be successful, today’s small business owners must be resourceful. They are forced to work with insufficient budgets, limited personnel and overwhelming workloads. Thanks to recent advances in technology, small businesses are able to better control daily tasks and responsibilities. Here is a list of five tools that can help small business owners operate more…
CFL
There are some easy ways to go green without much effort, and switching to energy-efficient light bulbs is one of the easiest. If you haven’t made the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) yet, consider that lighting represents about 20 percent of your home’s electricity bill,  according to EnergyStar.gov. It reports that CFL bulbs not only…
Pikes Peak or Bust: 3 Ways to Reach the Top
The 14,115-foot Pikes Peak rises loftily above the town of Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver. Although the mountain is not Colorado’s tallest “14er” — what locals call 14,000-foot-plus mountains — it is the state’s most famous, according to the City of Colorado Springs. Poet Katherine Lee Bates penned the first draft of…
Up Close with Electric Cars
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 experiences. Need…
Changing Your Name: The New Bride’s Checklist
Congratulations: You’ve tied the knot! After your honeymoon is over, and you’re at the beginning of your newlywed life, it’s time to make sure you change your name with all the appropriate organizations and institutions. Download and print the following name-change checklist to get an overview of where you should consider changing your name. Want…
Water Bottle Bowling
Save yourself a trip to the toy store. By repurposing common household items, you can save money and help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills each year. National Geographic reports that Americans consume 29 million water bottles each year, more than any other country. And for every six bottles we use, only…
Herb Garden
A blender? Boring. Knives? Dull. Finding an eco-friendly gift that stands out is easier than you think. Here are some creative and meaningful wedding presents that are perfect for the happy couple and good for the environment, too! 1. Seed Money  Make that gift of cash even greener by putting it inside a card made…
Maximize Your Colorado Boating Lifestyle
Boating is a big deal in Colorado. You’ll find jam-packed marinas and lakes even in the heart of the Denver metro area, you’ll see boat-laden trailers and kayak-topped roofs heading west on I-70 on Friday afternoons, and even in the foothills and mountain towns, you’ll spot trailered boats in driveways and yards. The numbers support…
It’s Not Too Late to Save for College: How to Get Started
Time flies when you’re a parent. One day you’re bringing a baby to day care and the next, you’re picking up a young child from preschool and listening to how he’s learned to write his own name. Perhaps you’ve started thinking about how you’re going to pay for your children’s college educations. Higher education is…