Life at Home

Healthy After-school Snack Ideas (Part 1)

August 13, 2012
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If you’re like many parents, that little stretch of time after school and before dinner is your busiest time of day. Who has time to fix healthy snacks between soccer practice, cello lessons and every other errand on your plate? With a few tips, you do! As you get into back-to-school mode this year, try a few of these simple snack ideas and see what works for you. Make fresh fruits and veggies an easy option. As soon as you’ve finished putting the groceries away…

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Buying a Home

From the FAQ File: Deluxe Bath

August 6, 2012

Gourmet kitchens aren’t the only thing piquing our readers’ curiosity. In today’s issue of our multi-part FAQ series, we shed some light on another popular upgrade.  Q: What is a deluxe bath? Are all deluxe baths located in the master suite? A: A deluxe bath may vary by market, but typically includes a separate tub and shower, a water closet and double sinks. Some homes and communities may also include a jetted, oval or garden tub, a walk-in shower and upgraded surfaces, like granite countertops…

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Life at Home

How to Organize Your Closet in One Saturday

July 30, 2012

  6:00 a.m.: you hit snooze. 6:15 a.m.: shower.  7:00 a.m.: bagel and the morning news.  7:30 a.m.: in pursuit of your favorite belt, you’re toppled by a tower of sweaters.  7:40 a.m.: you spend 10 minutes looking for your other brown shoe.  Familiar scenario? Ironing the snags out of your morning routine is easier when your closet is in order. Luckily, just one lazy Saturday devoted to organizing your closet can make all the difference. And we’ve made it easy! Win the wardrobe war…

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Buying a Home

Buying a House After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale

July 24, 2012

If you’ve been through a short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have been in your shoes, and many have moved on to become homeowners again. You can, too. Buying a home may be a little more challenging this time, but it can still be a part of your family’s future. In fact, you could be a homeowner again sooner than you think. Typical waiting periods After a major credit event, you may have to wait to apply for a new…

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Packing & Moving

Tips for Creating (and Placing) Garage Sale Signs

July 19, 2012
garage sale sign

Between Craigslist browsers and active garage sale shoppers, you might think your garage sale advertising work is done. But, wait! Signs are still important. Even in this age of GPS and Google Maps, signs are a valuable part of your garage sale advertising mix. They can draw in casual, impulse shoppers as well helping ad respondents find you. Signs can be especially useful if you’re in a rural area, or if you just happen to be the only person with a garage sale in your…

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