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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Your Place: What Your Shower May Be Trying to Tell You

(TNS)—Each morning about 7 o’clock, my shower and I share a relationship lasting no more than a couple minutes—an effort to keep the water bill to a reasonable monthly payment. ...


Is It Smart to Buy A Fixer-Upper as Your First Home?

Buying your first home can be very exciting. Among all the decisions you'll have to make when you seek that home is whether you want to buy one that's ready to move into and live in as is, or one that needs a ...


Growing Beyond Hostas: Planting Ideas to Enliven Your Shade Garden

(TNS)—Hostas are the workhorses of the shade garden. Once they’re established, they’re pretty much low-maintenance plants. They tolerate periods of drought, and they are reliably hardy in areas that freeze during winter. They often sport big beefy leaves with interesting textures and colors ...


A Bounty of Special Features: 1894 Grocery Becomes Modern Living Space

[caption id="attachment_100910" align="alignleft" width="265"] Photo: Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette[/caption] ...


Two-Car Garage Most Common in New Homes

A majority of new homes that started construction in 2014 included two-car garages, according to NAHB analysis of Census Survey of Construction data. ...


Financial Safety Tips to College Students

Fall starts soon, and college students are making new friends and finding a sea of opportunities. And while many of those opportunities will lead to bright futures, there are some that college students should remain vigilant of—especially when it ...


Top 10 Friendliest College Towns in America

This month thousands of college students across the country headed back to campus. Skout, a global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, recently reviewed 12 months of data among 18-24 year olds using its app to uncover the ...


How to Use Airbnb Safely

(TNS)—The well-publicized Airbnb horror story of a young man who says he was held captive by his host in Spain this past July raises the question of how to use the popular site safely. ...


Great Spaces: Live It Up on Kiawah Island

Looking for a little island living? How about a lot of island living? This South Carolina home offers 200 feet of stunning ocean frontage, classic architecture and every bell and whistle imaginable. ...


How to Protect Retirement Assets from Stock Market Volatility

(TNS)—You’ve been through volatile markets before. You know not to sell in a panic. ...


Surge in Hiring Lifts Outlook for U.S. Workers, but Overall Job Satisfaction Remains Below 50 Percent

Buoyed by a rapidly tightening labor market, job satisfaction among American workers rose slightly for the fourth consecutive year in 2014, and now stands at the highest level since 2008, according to a report released by The Conference Board. Nevertheless, satisfaction remains stubbornly ...


Ready Your Home for Fall with These Late Summer Tips

As we march swiftly into fall, homeowners should prepare for the eventual chills and precipitation that winter will bring. According to diynetwork.com, the most beneficial - and in most cases - easiest maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring your home ...


No Matter How Tech-Savvy You Are, You Have to Get Along with People

(TNS)—Automation and self-service have replaced a lot of jobs. Computer programming and technology skills are requirements for others. But the ability to interact well, person-to-person, remains vital for career success. ...


The Dark Side of Decorating: Touch of Black Adds Allure to Decor

(TNS)—You know what a little black dress does for a woman? ...


Living Smart: What’s Wrong with My Refrigerator?

(TNS)—Suffering through any sort of appliance malfunction is an inconvenience, but you can survive. ...


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