Smart Home Savvy: 6 Ways to Add Technology to Your Living Spaces

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A smart, connected home is what’s in style. In fact, since 2014, research shows smart technology has increased in priority during renovations, especially for first-time home buyers. Wondering what options are out there? Here are...

6 Home Décor Trends to Make a Style Statement

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Is your home décor starting to feel a bit stale? Spruce up your interiors with some of the hottest home design trends for 2018 -- from customized cozy to natural textures to retro touches. Here...

Planning out your vegetable garden

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Even though we’ve just finished another spell of extremely cold weather, I’m hoping you are excited about getting going on a garden. Your new year’s resolutions to exercise and eat better can both be...

Gift giving to the gardener

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Last year I wrote about some gifts for the gardener or that one who spends time outside working in the yard. As I look at the calendar and the little time left before Christmas,...

Christmas Cactus

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When I think of a potted plant for the Christmas holidays, I think of the poinsettia. We’ll buy one, then let it die, and buy another one next year. But another plant (perhaps in 2nd...

Choosing a Christmas Tree

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With Thanksgiving behind me, I can now get ready for Christmas. I will leave the radio station on when a Christmas song comes on. Houses will be decorated, cards sent out, gifts will be...

Festive Tips to Set a Holiday Mood at Home

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(StatePoint) It’s the most festive time of the year. Be sure to fill your home with the classic scents, sounds and sights of the holiday season in the following ways. 1. Start a Holiday Cookie...

Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies

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(StatePoint) It’s the gift-giving season and rather than give generic presents to everyone you love, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and hobbies more fulfilling. Travelers Travel lovers on your holiday shopping list?...

Six Ways To Bring Warmth Into Your Home This Fall

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With the shorter days and cooler nights of fall can come the urge to hibernate. But first prepare yourself and your home for the season with these cozy and warm accents that will make...

Read Outside the Box to Keep Students Learning During Summer Months, Says ISU Professor

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AMES, Iowa – It was not unusual for Emily Hayden to spend the first three or four weeks of a new school year re-acquainting her students with material they had learned the previous year. That’s typically...