living room with yellow walls.
Regardless if you own or rent, your home is likely at the center of your universe. It’s where you eat, sleep, socialize and store all the things that matter most. So, why do you feel like it’s a little bit outdated? You might be thinking two reasons: time and money, or the lack thereof. In other words, your busy life…
Tips for Staying Safe During a Haboob
Haboob: It’s an unusual term for a rare but potentially dangerous event — an intense dust storm. Generally, haboobs occur in the deserts of North Africa or Arabia, and the term itself is Arabic for “strong wind,” but the U.S. is no stranger to this spectacular dust storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that in Arizona…
Activities to Help Put the ‘Thanks’ Back in Thanksgiving
When family and friends get together on Thanksgiving, it’s not just about the turkey and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is about being grateful for what we have and sharing that gratitude with our family and friends. On Turkey Day, many people take turns going around the table saying what they are thankful for, but there are other,…
House
Looking for a new home can be exciting — and overwhelming. In order to properly assess the quality of a house, there are some key things you should check out early on as you’re going through a showing, before you put in an offer. Download a printable checklist. Take a look at these videos featuring tips from a…
Mother Helping Child with Homework
After a long, fun summer, back-to-school time is upon us! Along with all the excitement of new friends, new teachers and new things to learn, it’s also a great time to make sure all our kids are educated about carbon monoxide (CO) safety. Print out the activities below to help your kids learn about CO to…
Baby clothes
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…
Buckhead, Atlanta
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…
How to Save Water, and Money, on Your Yard
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…
Single Big Willow Tree
Chicago residents are facing a new threat to their property this year: a beetle that has destroyed more than 10,000 ash trees in the city, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. Called the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), the pest is a green beetle native to eastern Russia and Asia, according to emeraldashborer.info,…
Cooking on the Grill.
Planning a summer soiree? With a little creativity and some things you already have around the house, you can transform your yard into a green paradise. Check out these quick tips, from grilling and decorating to conserving water and making your own Tiki torches, that will get your earth-friendly party started. Turn an Old Chest…