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Party Recipes – Better Homes and Gardens

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Party Recipes – Better Homes and Gardens

Summer potlucks, backyard barbecues, winter holidays, special occasions — there’s always a reason to gather with friends and family to enjoy great food! Our easy party recipes will inspire ideas for any event. Set a festive mood for your get-together with awesome appetizer recipes. Party dips, one-bite finger foods, slow cooker wings and cocktail meatballs, even healthy appetizers — we’ve got crowd-pleasing recipes for every category. For the main dish, turn to our potluck casseroles and other top dinner picks such as soups and 20-minute meals. And of course, we’d never leave out dessert.  Read...

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How to Upgrade Your Garage Workshop Without Spending a Fortune

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

How to Upgrade Your Garage Workshop Without Spending a Fortune

If you have a garage workshop, there are lots of ways to improve it without breaking the bank. The team at The Family Handyman share five of them here. A sheet metal workbench cover is one of the wisest investments you can make. It’s easy to clean (just squeegee the oil into the gutter and drain bucket), and it’s heavy duty enough to handle heavy car parts. All it takes is some measuring and sketching and a trip to a sheet metal shop or a local HVAC shop and steel yard. The whole thing assembles in less than an hour and costs less than $300. Skip the steel decking if you wish, but it does prevent the top from denting and provides a more solid work surface. I paid $180 for the top and $92 for the 11-gauge (1/8-inch) steel plate (cut to size and then whacked into thirds for easy transport). … …read...

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Blueprint Placemats Help You Engineer the World's Simplest Meals

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Blueprint Placemats Help You Engineer the World's Simplest Meals

For some people, even the lowly peanut butter and jelly sandwich represents a culinary challenge that could go disastrously wrong at every step. It’s those amateur chefs who need all the help and support they can get, and that’s what these placemats featuring detailed blueprints for incredibly simple dishes provide—well, that and a way to keep your dining table clean. A set of four will set you back just $20, and it includes detailed schematics for the aforementioned PB&J sandwich, but also s’mores, banana splits, and ants on a log—aka a fancy celery stick. To some aspiring chefs they might seem insulting, but to others they could pave the way to that first crucial culinary success … …read...

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Low-cost bathroom remodels you can complete in a weekend – Yahoo Homes

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Low-cost bathroom remodels you can complete in a weekend –    Yahoo Homes

Do you think all bathroom remodels are expensive and time consuming? Well, we have some good news for you. “Even if your budget and availability won’t allow you to completely overhaul your bathroom, there are plenty of small projects you can complete in a weekend that make a big difference,” says Kathryn Cherne, owner of Design Inside, an interior design firm in Chicago. Read on for five weekend warrior projects that won’t break the bank… Project #1 – Refacing the Bathroom Cabinets Refacing is essentially a fancy way of saying sanding and re-painting, according to Abbe Fenimore, owner and principal at Studio Ten 25, an interior design consulting firm. “If you don’t have the budget or time to rip out your bathroom cabinets, painting them is a great way to update the space. When we purchased our 1950’s ranch, the bathrooms were in serious need of an update, but we just didn’t have the budget to replace everything to suit our style,” she explains. She goes on to say that when she compared the cost of replacing the existing vanity to simply painting the cabinets and replacing the hardware, the difference in time and budget was extreme. “It would have cost us $1,800 for the costs of replacing the plumbing and cabinetry and it would have made our bathroom inoperable for 10-12 days. By refacing the cabinets ourselves, we managed to only spend $250, which included a bottle of liquid sander, two gallons of paint and new brushed nickel hardware,” says Fenimore. Cherne says there are various complexities and levels of refacing. For example, a few other options include replacing the cabinet doors entirely or re-veneering the doors. “If you plan on re-veneering the doors, that is absolutely the domain of a contractor or tradesperson. They use special heat presses to adhere the veneer,” Cherne cautions. “Depending on the level of refacing complexity, you may want to get some assistance.” Typically you can expect a project like the one outlined above to take two to three days, says Cherne. Read...

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Budgeting for Twins: Tips to Save Money – WebMD

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Budgeting for Twins: Tips to Save Money – WebMD

Your beautiful, little newborn twins might cost you a pretty penny. Here’s a financial and practical guide to bringing up twins on a budget You have almost 10 months to prepare for your twins’ arrival. Just think of all the fun things you need to buy: a stroller, cute little outfits, and toys of all shapes and sizes — not to mention diapers and formula. In the excitement of their arrival, you may want to shower your twins with the newest and best of everything. But before you spend a dime on baby expenses, stop and think about how you’ll budget. All those purchases will start to add up — fast. A little preparation now can help your budget grow to meet the needs of your growing family. Read on to find out how you can raise your little ones while keeping your wallet intact. Do a little investigating — how much will you be spending on your babies each month?  While your costs may vary depending on where you live, you can use these numbers as a guide. Day care costs can run about $1,200 a month, depending on your location. When you compare the annual cost of day care vs. the after-tax salary of one parent, two kids in day care can equal about $30,000 in annual salary. Some couples decide that it’s cheaper for one parent to work part time or stay at home full-time to care for the kids. Check with your doctor to see how many visits you can anticipate, being sure to include visits when your children are sick. Multiply that by your insurance co-pay to find out what you can expect in medical expenses Read More...

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A Stay-at-Home Dad Survival Guide

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

A Stay-at-Home Dad Survival Guide

For the second time in four years, my full-time job is a stay-at-home dad. In both instances, circumstance landed me in the unpaid position. “Circumstance” is a nicer way of saying “laid off.” It’s a surprisingly plum gig: I’m fortunate enough to spend all day with my two children–ages 3 and 7 months–while still being able to retreat to the basement at night to write part-time. Sure, I could do without the 5 a.m. feedings, library sing-a-longs, and the diaper bag that lives on my shoulder, but I get a front-row seat to my kids growing up–and that makes me a …read...

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Household Uses for Lemons – Old Farmers Almanac

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Household Uses for Lemons – Old Farmers Almanac

Lemons are a good source of Vitamin C and can add flavor to some of our favorite dishes not to mention it is used for one of my favorite summertime drinks. But did you know that lemons can be used for many other things around your home?  I knew of a few possible resourceful ways to use lemons around the house but I must admit this list blew my mind. More  ...

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12 Genius Uses for Toothpaste

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

12 Genius Uses for Toothpaste

There’s one cheap product everybody owns (or should own!) that has a bunch of clever uses around the house: toothpaste. It contains mild abrasives and detergents mixed with creamy thickening agents that keep your teeth clean and bright. We tried it and found that those same ingredients can help you MacGyver solutions to a number of messes without resorting to expensive specialized products  Read...

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