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view of a snow covered evergreen tree and home with a red brick chimney.
Winter is here. And while you’ve probably fired up the furnace and stocked up on firewood already have you studied up on carbon monoxide safety? A common output of malfunctioning or improperly used appliances, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s nicknamed the “silent killer” because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it.…
Clogged Drains During the Holidays
The winter holidays are certainly a festive time for many homeowners, but they can also be a particularly tough time for your plumbing and sewer lines. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of paper waste can resulted in clogged drains and are frequent culprits of pipe-clogging…
Thinking About a Living Christmas Tree? Know How to Care for One First
Garlands, lights, wreaths and—for many families—Christmas trees are all part of setting the mood for a festive holiday season. And, in recent years, there’s been a growing trend of using live Christmas trees. Different from the fresh-cut trees found on tree lots or in home improvement centers, living Christmas trees still have their roots; people…
Enjoy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! There is nothing better than spending the day with family while enjoying a delicious meal and reflecting on all we have to be thankful for. Of course, a little planning can come in helpful when creating your ideal Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve scoured Pinterest to find boards filled with…
Turkey Frying Safety Tips
Turkey frying is an exceptional way to lock in the delicious flavor and juices of a Thanksgiving bird while offering a crisp and tasty alternative to the traditionally roasted main dish. Unfortunately, turkey frying can become very dangerous if it’s done without general fire safety knowledge. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 Home Fires…
Blinds
My almost-2-year-old son is a fabulous singer. His new favorite song is the Christmas classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” He likes to belt it out whenever we’re walking out to the car because it’s winter in Michigan and, baby, it IS cold outside. The other problem with Michigan winter is that it’s pretty darn cold…