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5 Tips to Remedy Lawn Care Short-Comings

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2009-With record low mortgage rates, expanded FHA loans and tax credit incentives, many Americans have plunged into first-time home ownership. In fact, the National Association of Realtors reports that first-time buyers accounted for 29 percent of existing home ...


Kitchen Remodel: Consider These Top 10 Features

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2009-(MCT)-Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Here's a word of advice from designer Jim Spence: "Don't just put a bunch of cabinets on the wall." ...


Can Cutting Calories Lead to a Longer, Disease-free Life?

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-(MCT)-The secret to a long, disease-free life may be as simple as pushing yourself away from the dinner table before eating too much ... at least if you're a monkey. ...


A Weekend in Atlantic City – The Family Side of Town

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Getaways – Web Sources Can Save You Money on Vacations

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2009-(MCT)-Saving money on a summer vacation used to be a matter of personal discretion. Today, it's a science, part of a massive U.S. travel-advice industry with thousands of analysts, organizations, publications and websites. ...


Bartering Services Crop Up Amid Tight Access to Cash

RISMEDIA, July 9, 2009-(MCT)-Christopher Fuentes, a self-described "computer geek" from Massapequa Park, N.Y., first got the idea to barter his computer know-how when the stock market crashed in the fall and newly unemployed friends were asking him for lessons. ...


A Lesson to Take to the Piggy Bank

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2009-It's dinner time at the Harris house and turkey tacos are on the menu. Avery, 6, standing in a chair, is browning the meat on the stove with the help of his mom, Andee. Eden, 3, growing impatient, ...


How to Grow an Herb Garden

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-Chefs know it. The Food Network preaches it. Amateur cooks admit it: Freshly picked herbs are more delicious than anything you'll find on a spice rack. ...


Top Tips for Most Popular Outdoor Cooking Holiday of the Year

RISMEDIA, July 4, 2009-Consumers will fire it up for the Fourth of July: the most popular outdoor cooking holiday of the year. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), more than two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) will turn ...


Getaways -The Lone Star State is Crushing Grapes in Emergent Wine Country

RISMEDIA, July 3, 2009-(MCT)-At Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery, in this state's lovely and looping Hill Country, there's a recommendation for how to try the 2008 sauvignon blanc. ...


Summer Recreation Safety Tips

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2009-Summer is a time for recreation, but it is also a time that brings new hazards. PECO encourages you to take your time to make sure children and family members stay safe and have fun at the same ...


How to Celebrate with Style on July 4th

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2009-(MCT)-Fourth of July entertaining doesn't have to mean carting out the box of American flag decor and cutesy gadgets with red-white-and-blue everything. ...


The Wine’s Still Flowing, but from Cheaper Bottles

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2009-(MCT)-The recession hasn't stopped people from popping the cork off a bottle of shiraz or chardonnay. But many budget-conscious imbibers are shopping for wine more carefully, just as they are for groceries or clothes. ...


Retire, and Be Happy – The 7 Keys to a Successful Retirement

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2009-(MCT)-Dead is the new retirement. OK, that doesn't sound appealing, but working till you drop is a heck of a lot better than playing crappy golf at the country club, eating chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, and complaining ...


Pocket Savings, Not Plastic, of Loyalty Cards

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2009-(MCT)-Ever feel loyalty-card overload? It's not only groceries and drugstores that ask you to tote a loyalty card for sale prices and goodies. The free bar-coded cards are offered by retailers selling electronics, books, office supplies, sporting ...


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