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Prepping: Need a New Kitchen in 2016?

For 2016, I'm introducing an ongoing series we'll call 'Prepping!' In a single segment, or series, we'll take on a subject related to your home - like 'prepping for a new kitchen' or 'prepping for ...


How to Stop Putting Things Off at Work

(TNS)—The fun of the holidays is over and most of us are back at work, hoping to focus on new goals. ...


5 Things Hackers Love to See You Share on Social Media

(TNS)—Whether you got a new job, new digs or just want to post a cool selfie, chances are you’ve shared what you’ve been up to on social media. Communication channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make sharing information fast and easy. ...


10 Disciplines to Build Wealth

Looking to build more financial stability this year? The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®) has introduced 10 key practices that Gary Acosta, NAHREP CEO and co-founder, has created as one of the initiatives for the Hispanic Wealth Project ...


5 Healthy Home Habits to Start in 2016

(TNS)—It’s the time of year when we’re inundated with articles on how to be healthy, start good-for-you habits and dump the bad ones. But, what about giving some attention to another major investment in your life—your home. ...


High-End ‘Super Dorms’ Find Home in Chicago’s Loop

(TNS)—The Spartan college dorm is out. The luxury student apartment is in. ...


Moving Motivations: What Would Make Americans Consider Uprooting?

A recent Harris Poll found Florida, California and Hawaii to be the states where Americans would most like to live (excluding where they live now), followed by Colorado and New York. But ...


Living Smart: How to Keep that Holiday Sparkle

(TNS)—We’ve spent the past several weeks (dare I say, months?) celebrating the holidays with friends and family amongst twinkling lights, glittering ornaments and beautifully wrapped packages. But now that the parties are over, how can we maintain that bright décor ...


Great Spaces: Connecticut’s Big Blue House Uses Revolutionary Building Technology

If you’re driving down Greenwich, Conn.’s, iconic Old Church Road, you might notice something strange: a very big, very blue house. Known as “The Big Blue House,” the green building project spurred by designer and real estate developer Sabine H. Schoenberg is ...


11½ Ways to be a More Congenial Air Traveler

(TNS)—Recently I travelled via airplane. As is often the case, my seatmate didn't acknowledge my existence with so much as a nod or a wan smile, but he did manage to nod off on my shoulder for 30 or so minutes before ...


Is Coming to Work Sick Really a Good Idea?

(TNS)—Too ill to work? Many people, and especially those with paid sick leave, stay home. ...


Consumers Have Confidence in 2016

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased moderately in November, improved in December. The Index now stands at 96.5 (1985=100), up from 92.6 in November. The Present Situation Index increased from 110.9 last month to 115.3 in December, while the ...


Donald Trump Voted Worst Celebrity Neighbor in 2015

Americans would most like to be neighbors with the singer-songwriter and pop sensation Taylor Swift in 2016, according to the ninth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump was named the least desirable neighbor of 2015. ...


How to Make Your Best Bucket List Ever for 2016

(TNS)—A new year is a great time to evaluate, plot, dream. Maybe it’s a resolution to become more health-conscious, planning a trip you’ve always wanted to take, starting a vegetable garden or entering a poetry slam. ...


How to Maximize Your Home’s Potential in a ‘Seller’s Market’

Planning to sell in 2016? Whether it's a pending late winter relocation or a thoughtfully planned downsizing that can occur at your own pace, it's a seller's market out there right now. But despite the advantages of a seller’s market, the folks at Ross Insurance of Holyoke, Mass. say it never hurts ...


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