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Nov 09,2007
For all of you early risers who are looking for a morning pick-me-up, I have a botanical solution for you and it's not coffee.  A recent study by Nancy Etcoff, of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and her research team investigated the effects of flowers in the home environment on well-being. Fifty-four people, ages 25-60, were studied using a series of self-report measures allowing the research team to know where the person was, ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
As far as household chores go, the bathroom has to rank as the worst.   SCUMBUSTER - Take the work out of cleaning your bathroom by hand with Black & Decker's new ScumBuster Xtreme cordless power scrubber. CNS Photo courtesy of Black & Decker .    EXPLORE - Dora the Explorer is just one of the designs offered by Delta Children's Products' Room in a Box. CNS Photo courtesy of Delta Children's Products.    SAND AWAY - The new Mouse ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
  Creating a ‘work triangle’ in your kitchen can cut down on excess movement by centering your work space. The work triangle concept is defined by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as a triangle created between the stove, refrigerator, and the sink. [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
Q: I really like the looks of hardwood in a kitchen, but my husband thinks it's too "fragile." We do have two large dogs. Besides, I love really dark floors - we used onyx stain on the hardwood in our living room and it's smashing! Would you suggest a laminate or a tile (both dark) for our kitchen? A: Get ready to be surprised: I'm going to suggest - ta-dum! - hardwood for your kitchen. ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
Hidebound. That's what we are. When it comes to the Thanksgiving feast, most of us will automatically tick off the sacrosanct menu: turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, stuffing and maybe green bean casserole.   MENU OF MEMORIES - Tamara Santiago's Butternut Squash Gratin, a recipe she got from a friend, is always a hit at Thanksgiving. CNS Photo by Earnie Grafton.    GRATEFUL FOR GRAIN - Paul Schnaubelt shared his Rye Bread Stuffing. CNS Photo by Earnie Grafton. But what ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
Photography books continue to be a major force in the art book market and are increasingly collectible for their own sake. Here's a quartet of new releases that are particularly worthy of note, both for collectors and civilians. - "Art of the American Snapshot: 1888-1978." It's only in the past couple of decades that you would hear the words "art" and "snapshot" uttered in the same sentence, but these vernacular photos have slowly but surely ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
Q: Can you tell me anything about my "lily of the valley" vase seen in this photo? My grandmother brought it with her when she emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland around 1910. It stands about 6 inches tall and is hand painted with lily of the valley flowers, as well as several other blossoms. Since I was born in May and lilies of the valley grew wild on our property, we always used the ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
Q: I have heard of a new method of treating insects in my yard called IPM. I don't know what all is involved, except it seems to be complicated.  What can you tell me about this program? A: Well, the methods used in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) have been around for as long as gardening has existed. The term IPM was coined in the 1950s in California. The word integrated means to incorporate separate compatible ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
It's getting to be that time of year again. You've got three coats on already to save costs by keeping your thermostat down. Your utility bill arrives. You throw on another couple of coats.   KEEP OUT THE COLD - Energy Star windows by JELD-WEN will help keep the chill out of your home this winter. CNS Photo courtesy of JELD-WEN.    MR. COFFEE - Revolutionary features mark the 35th anniversary edition of the Mr. Coffee automatic drip ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
OK, ladies and gents ... get your garage ready. Add some style and protect your floor. On The Edge Marketing has introduced a nifty way to get things covered.   GET OFF THE FLOOR - Help protect your garage floor and add comfort with these colorful interlocking tiles. CNS Photo courtesy of On The Edge Marketing.    TALK TO ME - The Talking First Aid Kit comes with audio instructions for common injuries. CNS Photo courtesy of Intelligent ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
  Urethane moldings and trim pieces are made by pouring a liquid that expands and solidifies inside a mold. Although it is more expensive than wood, urethane millwork and moldings require less installation time.  [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
Q: I am getting ready to do our living room over and need some advice. The problem is my husband (don't laugh). He always has an opinion about decorating: colors, fabrics and everything. His idea of a good-looking living room would be all browns. I hate brown! But I love my husband and want to humor him if I can. But how? A: What's a 10-letter word for domestic bliss?   SPOUSE-PLEASER - A living room ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
With no sense of irony, Amy Finley said her life has changed somewhat in recent weeks, but not that much, really. The 33-year-old mom and freelance writer from La Mesa, Calif., just won her own six-episode show on The Food Network, beating out 11 other contestants for the title of The Next Food Network Star.   TASTE OF FAME - Amy Finley buys ingredients at Whole Foods in San Diego for meals for a client of ... [full story]
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