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Portable Router

It seems like it should be easy to hook up one of our media players and stream movies when staying where there is high speed internet, but it hasn’t been until now with the D-Link DIR-510L Shareport Go III portable router. When on the road, staying at hotels with high speed internet, there are times I want to stream a movie on Netflix, or watch my TV shows from home (using a Slingbox, or DISH Hopper). It’s much more enjoyable to watch on a big screen TV than on my laptop. An Apple TV, Roku Box… See More

Organizing Your Email Inbox

No matter which email service you’re using on your computer— Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Express or even iCloud — inbox management is essential to keep email organized. Your email inbox is flooded daily with advertisements, newsletters, personal messages, business correspondence and spam.

To reduce inbox clutter, get organized and stay organized, consider the following inbox management tips:
1. Open your inbox daily
You can’t begin to organize your inbox until you clean your inbox. How to… See More

Tips for Packing and Moving Appliances

Whether you’re going across town or across the world, packing up and moving out can make even the most level-headed person lose his cool, especially if you’re doing it without the help of a moving company. Not only do you have to remember all the small, fragile items and make sure they won’t break during the move, you also have to figure out how to safely transport large, valuable appliances like your refrigerator and dishwasher. There’s a fine art to getting your appliances to Point B safely,… See More

10 Big Ideas to Organize One Small Laundry Room

The laundry room of your apartment or home can be tiny. It can be frustrating to store cleaning supplies, sort laundry, fold clothes or iron in such a small space. Get creative and maximize the space you do have though. When organizing your laundry room, keep in mind these tips to making the most of even the smallest space.

10. Get all major cleaning supplies off the floor and out of the way. Install a peg board on which you can organize brooms, mops and dust pans.

9. Avoid setting up a… See More

Cool Mist vs. Warm Mist Humidifiers

The first question you may ask when you’re considering a humidifier is if you need one at all. Though most people can benefit from a little extra moisture, there are some telltale signs that your home is too dry. If you consistently have static electricity, dry skin, sinus issues and/or your wooden furniture is beginning to crack, your home is suffering from a lack of humidity. If, when you wake up in the morning, your first thought is that you desperately need a glass of water, your home is too… See More

Don’t Let Tool Shopping Be a Tool

Tool shopping is personal. For woodworkers, it’s no different. Tool shopping is specific to the person, project and budget. A little research before making a purchase can go a long way. Use these tips to help you build your list of essential tools before you invest.

Keep it simple

The most used, and even most reliable, tools haven’t changed much over time. If you’re a beginner woodworker, it’s best to invest in the basics that can be used over and over for many projects instead… See More

Toss, Donate or Repurpose: What to Do After You’ve Spring-Cleaned Your Closet

You’ve spring-cleaned your closet, now what? Resist the urge to purge any of your clothing right away. Take a minute, slow down and decide what the best option is for individual pieces. Ask yourself a few questions and then decide what your next move will be.

Toss, Donate or Repurpose?

Before you go on a cleaning rampage and throw everything out or donate items that you’ve deemed unworthy, wait a day. Clear your head for 24 hours and then come back to that pile of clothing. When I’m in… See More

How to Wear the 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Now that the color of the year has had some time to sink in, we’re starting to see it pop up all over runways and red carpets. This pretty shade of purple is perfect for the spring, and showing up everywhere in stores. From makeup to shoes and everything in between, here are a few everyday ways to wear this feminine hue.

Makeup

Cheeks: Radiant orchid is a flattering blush color for the spring and summer months. Plus, it gets you away from your go-to shade. Simply apply a light layer to… See More

How to Buy a NAS Drive

If you have a growing library of movies, photos and/or music that you want to stream to your TV or smart phones and tablets, at some point you may want a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) drive. When you store media on your computer, the hard drive fills up. If others are streaming while you are working on your computer, its performance suffers. Plus, you have to leave your computer turned on to stream the media. Adding an external hard drive to your computer reduces the problem with storage, but you… See More

Homemade Pretzels and Fresh Pasta

Simple foods and their simple pleasures are making a comeback. People are reclaiming their kitchens— not as museums for their fancy pans that never get much use but as functioning shrines where the family gathers and makes and enjoys simple things. And what better incentives to gather the family and spend some quality time than tasty treats like homemade pretzels and fresh pastas? It’s easy and fun, even if you’re not the world’s greatest baker or cook. The time and effort it takes is rewarded,… See More

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