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Benefits of Using an Air Purifier in the Home

Most people think of air purifiers only as a device for allergy sufferers, something to remove contaminants from the air and stop the sneezing and watery eyes. While that is very true, air purifiers are also a discreet way to improve the quality of the air you breathe, which can have major health impacts for everyone.

Home air purifiers are a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction. Already popular with allergy and asthma sufferers, air filters are a great way to eliminate – or… See More

Find the Best Sunglasses for your Face Shape

Now that we’ve sprung forward and are getting our wardrobes ready for the spring and summer, it’s officially time to start shopping for a new pair of shades. With dozens of shapes and hundreds of styles to choose from, buying new sunnies can be overwhelming. Too often women just choose a random trendy pair of sunglasses that are either too large, too small or simply just the wrong shape.

It’s all about YOU when it comes to your sunglasses. Yes, personal style comes into play here but more… See More

What’s the Best Bathing Suit for Your Body Type?

It’s swimwear season, ladies. Pack your thick wooly sweaters in the back of your closet and bust out the bathing suits. In a society of stick-thin models and unrealistic expectations, it’s normal for any women (even the stick-thin models) to feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit. That’s why it’s important to dress in suits that flatter your figure and are comfortable for you to wear.

Knowing how to dress your body type and what looks good on you can boost your confidence level and leave you… See More

The Best Tax Apps for filing Taxes

It has never been easier to prepare and file your taxes. Apps for Android Tablets and iPads can estimate your taxes. Answers to tax questions are at your fingertips. Filling out tax forms can be as easy as taking a photo of your W-2s. Apps for filing taxes walk you through the process and fill in the information on the proper line. With a series of taps, your taxes can be completed without special knowledge. If you still feel like you need help, apps can direct you to the right local tax preparer.  … See More

4 Ways to Get Your Soil and Garden in Gear

Soil that’s hard-packed and nutrient-poor is common in suburban developments. Years of cultivation from its agricultural past mixed with rampant bulldozing has left a lot of soil lifeless. Here are 4 ways to rejuvenate your garden soil.

Raise high the beds

Combat poor soil by creating raised beds. They’re easy to build even if you’re not all that handy — and there are kits that make it simple. They look great and they give your back a break. With raised beds, you can bring in quality… See More

Refresh Your Kitchen Style

As the bleak, gray days of winter begin to fade, it’s time to wake up home living spaces with easy spring makeovers. It doesn’t take a major renovation to refresh your kitchen after a long, harsh winter. Look for cheerful colors and easy mix-and-match items as well as other simple kitchen decorating ideas.
Spring flower centerpiece
Display a bouquet of silk flowers as a table centerpiece to add color and cheer to the kitchen. Think spring and look for tulips, daffodils or brightly colored gerbera… See More

Tablet Stylus

Going digital can be challenging to start, as you miss that feeling of a pen to paper. Writing notes with your finger is just not the same. Drawing feels more like finger painting. And painting doesn’t give any of the feel of sweeping a brush across a canvas. However, using a stylus gives you a similar sensory experience that can fool your brain a little, making it easier to use your tablet and less likely to pick up a pad of paper. There are a variety of types of styli: Here are a few.

The… See More

Spring cleaning tips for a tidy home

It can be tough to get rid of things. There are fears of letting go of the past and worries about wastefulness. Once you overcome these obstacles, you’ll be amazed by how much purging and uncluttering frees up the spaces in your life — both mental and physical. With the arrival of spring comes the opportunity to refresh your surroundings. Here are some simple tips to help you rejuvenate and reclaim your surroundings.
Toss the trash
Take a look around you. Be honest: how much of the clutter… See More

Handwriting Apps to Replace Pen and Paper

A few years ago I made the choice to go paperless. Instead of jotting down notes on paper, I type notes and record conversations that I save to my iPad. Most people have switched to digital calendar calendars, and their phone’s contact lists to replace address books. But what is the digital substitute for when I need to just jot something down and possibly sketch something to go with it, like a pen to paper? I’ve tried dozens of apps for handwriting notes. To truly replace paper, an app needs… See More

How to Use your Stand Mixer

I use a stand mixer almost everyday.  I bake professionally, but regardless – I would be lost without a stand mixer.  Even at home, I use my stand mixer once a week, if not more often.  Designed to mix, whip and knead, a stand mixer is a workhorse in the kitchen.  In addition to performing basic tasks with ease, a variety of attachments available for purchase can turn any stand mixer into a valuable and time saving tool for making pasta, freezing ice cream, slicing vegetables, grinding meat… See More

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