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Carpet Cleaning in Winter? Really?

This is the time of the year when you may wonder if it makes sense to get your carpets cleaned. Great question! But first, let’s think about this… Does it make sense to clean your wood or tile floors in the winter? Does it make sense to clean your bed linens in winter? Of course. […]

Holiday Drumcake

Ingredients: 1 (8 or 9 inch) chocolate cake layer, 1 1/2 inches tall, baked in a spring form pan with removable sides 1 (1.5 quart) carton slow-churned Peppermint Ice Cream 1 (16 ounce) container prepared vanilla frosting 24 thin candy canes or sugar sticks 12 glace (candied) cherries Chocolate decorating icing 2 long pretzel rods […]

Keep Your Water Flowing This Winter

Frozen pipes not only mean the inconvenient lack of water, they can also burst, causing expensive repair problems. Homeowners are often understandably frantic to get water pipes running again. But thawing pipes improperly can lead to more problems. Use the right method for thawing A little heat on the right pipe could get that water […]

Wishing You Joy and Peace!

It’s common these days to complain during the holidays about how commercialized the season has become. In fact, complaining about the holidays has become as much of a tradition as the holidays themselves. Let’s break that tradition this year! Call it commercial if you want, but when your family members gather around the Christmas tree, […]

Holiday Weight Gain?

Not as Bad as You Might Think! People gain weight during the holidays, but not as much as they think, according to dietitian Cynthia Sass. Sass points to a 2009 study from Texas Tech University that followed 48 men and 100 women for six weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas. On average, the subjects gained one […]


Easy ways to sell old smartphones  Americans are upgrading their smartphones at an average pace of every 32 months, according to the NPD Group. Instead of sticking the old phone into a drawer or throwing it away, however, many consumers can recoup some of the original cost by trading it in or selling it outright. […]