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The Art of Serving Spring Produce

May 22, 2016

Turnips. Potatoes. Rutabagas. Pears. What do these fruits and vegetables have in common? They’re all so last season, that’s what. Trending now are produce in a rainbow of colors, such as verdant peas, asparagus, and artichokes; orangey apricots, cantaloupe, and nectarines; crimson strawberries; and dark and juicy blueberries. These peak-season picks are gorgeous unto themselves….

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Conquer Garage Clutter

April 13, 2016

The garage isn’t just a place to stow your vehicle. Whether you’re a woodworker or a gardener, it’s top tinkering territory and a blank slate for stashing tools, outdoor equipment, and household items you don’t need every day. Still, if you don’t organize items properly, your garage can easily become a dumping ground. Don’t let your stuff crowd…

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Fresh Tips For Refrigerator Reorganization

March 21, 2016

Jars of jam comingling with milk jugs. Expired lemon curd for a trifle that never got made. Languishing leftovers in plastic wrap. If your refrigerator looks anything like mine, it’s time for an intervention. Enter Gayle Goddard, who runs The Clutter Fairy, a professional organizing business in Houston. Goddard gets paid to clean out other…

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Run Your Kitchen Like a Restaurant

March 16, 2016

Nobody knows how important it is crank out delicious meals quickly more than chefs. Whether it’s a local Applebee’s or that chic little French place down the street, expediency is the key to every restaurant’s survival. As a home cook, you probably don’t have to prepare a variety of meals at once. Still, you’ve got…

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Give Your Kitchen a Mini Makeover

February 19, 2016

As a major workspace in your home, your kitchen takes a lot. But over time, it can give off subtle clues that it’s time for a makeover: Gunky grout. Saggy cabinet doors. Tired-looking appliances. Luckily, you don’t need to do a major gut job to whip your kitchen into shape. “You can transform your kitchen’s…

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8 Ways to Make Your Home a Quiet Zone

February 02, 2016

Whether your soundscape includes boisterous neighbors, traffic, or even the dishwasher, everyday noise can be downright irritating. Research shows that it can also raise levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can raise your blood pressure, suppress your immune system, and increase the risk of insulin resistance. At night, noise can also rob you of…

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Right Your Holiday Gift-Giving Wrongs

December 21, 2015

Buying great gifts for everyone on your holiday list is often a matter of what not to do. To set yourself up for shopping success, here are five rookie mistakes to avoid this season and beyond, courtesy of Lindsay Roberts, founder of The Gift Insider. Mistake #1: Thinking About What You Want, Not What They…

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Find Time to Bake for the Holidays (Here’s How)

December 06, 2015 1

Between shopping, wrapping, decorating, sending out cards, and partying, you may feel you don’t have the time or energy left to treat yourself to one of the sweetest tasks of the holidays: baking cookies. We can help! All it takes is a bit of strategizing. “I would never let a season pass without baking cookies, no…

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