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We spend a lot of time in our homes, which is why it’s important to ensure that they’re a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and our families. To help...
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Many real estate agents consider an open house a vital part of the home-selling process. An open house allows several prospective buyers to see a home in a single day....
Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, gourds, and other Halloween activities in Marin and Sonoma Counties in California?  Scroll down this page and you will see all...
Mid adult woman painting chair with paint roller with yellow color. Are you getting ready to haul that so-called junk out of your attic? Or haphazardly driving by another yard...
History of Labor Day Labor Day 2019 On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor...
Hoping to renovate or remodel a space yourself? While certain jobs should be left to the pros, there are a few you can tackle yourself, regardless of your level of...
Mother and daughter gardening together One thing helping homeowners right now is price appreciation, especially in the entry-level market. In the latest Home Price Insights report, CoreLogic reveals how home prices increased by 4%...
The HUD sponsors the Good Neighbor Next Door program to help police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and elementary school teachers buy a house. Homes that HUD has acquired through...
Whether your goal is to lose one or 100, shedding pounds is no walk in the park (pardon the pun). If you’re seeking to better your lifestyle or know someone...
A long soak in a bubble-filled tub can feel like heaven after a hard day at work—and soaking in a bath that feels like a spa can elevate that happy...
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Ugh. Moving, right? Packing, coordinating, updating contacts and everything that goes along with it is time consuming in itself. Managing to squeeze it all in when you have a full-time...
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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage process along? A: If you’re a...
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Summer weather brings backyard suppers to mind; picnic favorites, savory barbecues, chicken roasting on a spit. But it calls out for company, and entertaining can be difficult at best when...
In today’s day and age, choosing the right lighting for your space can be an overwhelming proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are three out-of-the-box ideas you can—and...
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If you’re revamping your interior design scheme, you may be considering a new color palette. Should you go with earthy hues? Vibrant jewel tones? Cool blues and grays? Below are...
How to Keep Relatives From Spoiling Your Kids
It’s natural to want to make children happy, but they also need rules and boundaries. Sometimes well-meaning relatives spoil kids in ways that parents find frustrating or unacceptable. Clearly communicating...
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If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But there are some vital things...
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For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep and what to toss can...
Do the in-laws and their brood stay at your home for the holidays? Do long-time friends drive up with their kids to visit you on occasion? Having a bunch of...
5 Ways to Protect Outdoor Wood Furniture
While wood furniture is gorgeous outside, you’ll need to protect it to lengthen its lifespan, or you could face rot and unsightly discoloration in no time. Below are several tips...

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