An Up-Close Look at Housing Insecurity (and How to Help!)

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Five years ago, Timothy C. Acena was living – and sleeping – in his wheelchair behind a busy fast-food restaurant. At night, he’d park himself on a fresh piece of cardboard near the restaurant’s dumpster and clip together a makeshift awning of eight umbrellas to protect him and the five backpacks full of his belongings from the elements. During the … Read More

The Popsicle Place Program in Seattle Helps Families in Need

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It’s tough to afford housing in many cities across the U.S., but in Seattle, it’s a particularly competitive market . Living in an urban area with such a high cost of living can break a family when emergencies arise, but luckily for the people of Seattle, Mary’s Place has been relieving housing burdens since 1999. Initially established as a women’s … Read More

Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered

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Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you’ve probably got questions. Here’s a quick guide to get you and your fire started this fall . How do I use a wood-burning fireplace? If a cave man can start a fire, so can you. 1. Prepare the fireplace Clean out any old … Read More

9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness

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As fall continues and the days become shorter, it’s too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year. Perhaps it’s a bit overdone to talk about the art of hygge , that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content. The thing is, … Read More

The Truth About Toxic Mold (and How to Get Rid of It)

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Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden. Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet? A little bit of mold … Read More

10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Slugs and Snails

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Despite their destructive habits and overall “ick” factor, snails and slugs are anything but formidable. In fact, there are so many creative ways to repel or kill them that you might have a hard time choosing just one. Commercial snail and slug killers work, but they’re dangerous and can harm the “good” creatures in your garden. Save money with one of … Read More

How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains

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A water stain on a ceiling is a foreboding sight. Not only is it ugly, but it also often means that something is actively leaking, and more damage may be hidden. But don’t panic – fixing a water stain is pretty straightforward. If you follow this simple guide, you’ll be ready to deal with any discoloration you find on your … Read More

What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?

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Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at Rentokil Pest Control . When you know how to recognize and prevent an infestation, you can keep unwanted visitors at bay. The first step is learning … Read More

How to Remove Stains From an Area Rug

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If you own an area rug, just accept that it won’t remain pristine forever. Eventually someone will spill on it or a pet will relieve itself on it – and you’ll need to clean it. Instead of running out and hiring a professional carpet cleaner right away, you can try to handle that stain yourself using this short guide. Warning! … Read More