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May 27
young boy outside in a field of grass sneezing

Pollen 101: What It Is and Why It Makes You Sneeze

Spring is rough for a lot of us. I just travelled from the seaside, where the ocean breeze and the summer fog keep the pollen to a standstill, back home to Boulder, Colorado, where the trees are blooming like crazy, the wind carries the bright white fuzzballs everywhere, and the lack of humidity means if you have allergies, you’re in the barrel now for sneezing, watery eyes, and a generally miserable experience. So, what causes all this nonsense? […]

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May 07

How to Properly Clean Pollen Off the Outside of Your Home

You’ve probably already heard lots of stories about the country’s latest environmental challenge from the news but if you haven’t, pollen counts around the United States are at an all-time high. From sneeze-inducing levels affecting allergy sufferers in places like Arkansas and Tennessee to the fine yellow mist that has doused Washington, DC, this fine, light dust has been a real problem this year. There are many strategies to keep pollen from infiltrating your […]

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Apr 26
Close up of a hand painting the exterior of a house.

Classic, Earthly and Cheerful: Here are the Hottest Exterior Paint Colors for 2019

We’re jetting now out of the first quarter of 2019 and that means this year’s most fashionable trends for exterior paint colors for your house are starting to really fall into place now. Unfailingly, springtime has been a great time to tackle home improvement projects like painting, and mixing up the colors of your home’s exterior can be a great way not only to mix things up but to change you and your family’s mood as you […]

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Apr 10
A woman painting a wall a deep emerald green color.

Deep, Clean and Moody: Here are the Trending Paint Colors for 2019

We’re almost out of the first quarter of 2019 and that means this year’s most fashionable trends for paint colors for your abode are starting to crystalize. Perennially, Spring has been a great time to tackle home improvement projects like painting, and mixing up the colors you surround yourself with can be a great way to change your mood, clean things up a bit, and deepen how you feel about your particular surroundings. It’s a very mixed reaction this year […]

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Apr 01
A top view of a various ingredients for a natural cleaning solution: lemon, baking soda, vinegar, and sponges.

How to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Spring cleaning is upon us but the good news is that the stuff you need to spruce your house up is mostly in your house already. Everyday household items like vinegar, lemons, soft drinks, baking soda and salt can be combined to yield powerful cleaning products that don’t trigger allergies, asthma or other negative health reactions like store-bought cleaners do. Here’s a few simple ideas about how to make your own cleaning products from a […]

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Mar 13
A wall with a large crack running up it.

Is Your Foundation Cracking? Here’s How to Fix It.

Do cracks in your home’s foundation keep you up at night? While many homeowners take a while to notice a hairline crack or two, which may not be a big problem, understanding what causes foundation cracks can go a long way towards knowing just how serious your structural damage is and how to address it. What to Look For First, you might find warning signs of structural damage in the interior of your home. In addition to drywall […]

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Feb 27
Stairs leading into a basement.

Tips for Proper Basement Maintenance Over Time

Being a homeowner comes with a lot of pressure. From lawns to roofs, there’s a ton of stuff to keep running, repaired, and reasonably priced at any given time. The bad news is that your basement is no different. While it might just seem like a convenient place to put the washer/dryer or store your old stuff, basements take some attention each year to keep them in tip-top shape over time. Just like your roof, which is another place […]

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Feb 18
In a laundry room, a woman smiling at her toddler son, who sits giggling in a laundry basket.

Here are Six Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle this February

With some massive winter storms and record freezing temperatures rocking the country right now, it might not feel like spring is right around the corner but before you know it, there will be gardens to tend, exterior walls to paint, and gutters to clean. February is a great time to give your home the once-over both inside and out so you keep the place fresh and prevent problems that might require a professional to fix once they’ve gone too far. Here are […]

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Jan 30
Close up of a home's metal roof.

In This Modern World, Why Choose a Metal Roof?

A metal roof might seem like a counterintuitive choice for the literal roof over your head, but there are many compelling reasons to make that choice. A metal roof beats out conventional or traditional roofing materials in several ways. Half-Life First, properly installed, a metal roof is expected to survive longer than a roof made out of traditional wood shingles, even if they’re made out of more advanced and expectedly fireproof materials. While metal roofs can wear down due to external forces, […]

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Jan 16
A man holding his phone with a menu of different controls for his smart home.

These Smart Home Gadgets Could Change How You Get Through 2019

Well, the old year has passed and now we get to see what the future holds. In terms of everyday technology, the world is changing incredibly quickly so it’s nice to know how technology is changing before the world changes around you. One of the biggest revolutions in recent years has been the advent of smart home technology. You can think of adding smart home technology to your life as a kind of “home improvement,” but […]

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