5 Covetable DIY Backyard BBQ Islands

With all the options available out there, you should have no trouble creating a one-of-a-kind DIY grill island that’ll make you the envy of the neighborhood — and the hottest dinner ticket in town.

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5 Tips to Getting the Most Out of Your Dishwasher

Ever open the dishwasher and the dishes were still dirty? This could be happening because you've forgotten preloading steps or haven't performed basic maintenance. Here are 5 great tips on how to get clean dishes on the first run of your dishwasher.

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Mildew vs. Mold: Do You Know the Difference?

When it comes to mildew vs. mold, homeowners often have trouble identifying the differences between these two fungi. Knowing their different characteristics will help you when preparing for the battle against these household culprits.

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Creating an A+ Study Space

If you don’t have an established study space in your home, summer is a great time to create one. Here are some smart ideas to consider for your star student.

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Smith's Smart Home Part II: Sprinkler Controller Installation

In part 2 of this home automation series, AHS CIO Jamie Smith shows us how he upgraded his sprinkler system in just a few easy steps.

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Get the Most Out of Compost

Composting isn't just for the people living off the grid anymore. Organic recycling can benefit any household, regardless of whether you're in a brownstone or barn. Still not convinced? We reached out to Jennie Lyon of Sweet Greens for even more advice.

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Old Tricks To Saving On New Appliances

Big, fancy appliances don’t have to cost you a pretty penny. There are plenty of ways to avoid emptying your wallet for a new washer, refrigerator, etc. You just need to know the tips and tricks to the process. Here are some that can help you save.

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7 Incredibly Easy Kitchen Projects for the Weekend

Kitchen renovations don’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or stressful. In fact, some can happen in just a weekend. And there are a lot of projects you tackle for a fraction of the cost to remodel, too.

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Smith’s Smart Home Part I: Installing a WiFi Thermostat

AHS CIO Jamie Smith isn’t afraid to tackle DIY installation projects at home. In Smith’s Smart Home, Jamie will be sharing some of his recent efforts to make his home as smart as possible.

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8 Thrifty Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Did you know that your home’s garbage disposal needs to be cleaned regularly? During use, food particles and residue can be left behind and cause the unit to have an unpleasant odor.

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3 Ways to Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

Making room is hard, especially in the kitchen. With so many different appliances being used in such a small space, it’s no wonder kitchens are one of the most cluttered rooms in the house.

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7 Healthy Habits You Should Start Today

Being healthier doesn’t mean spending long hours at the gym. Sometimes a few simple changes to your lifestyle are all it takes. Starting from the moment you get into bed at night, here are seven habits you can start today that will last a lifetime.

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Yes, There’s a Proper Way to Load Your Dishwasher

It may seem like a simple, everyday task, but when it comes to loading your dishwasher, taking small steps to do it properly can save you both time and money. Below are a few tips on how to improve the efficiency of your next load.

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Steps to Install A Learning Thermostat and Save on Energy

Learn more about one of the newest trending technologies and how it can save you money.

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Which A/C Unit is Best for You?

Not all air conditioning units are created equal. There are a number of unit types that are made specifically for different situations. To get the most out of your next investment, it’s important to understand which one is best for your home.

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High-Tech Innovations to Make Your Pool Safer

Modern technology doesn't stop at fancy new smart watches or thermostats. There are lots of really cool, innovative technologies available to help keep you and your family safe in your backyard pool.

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Summer Gardening for On-the-Go Families

Summer seems to be the busiest season: weekend trips, play dates, and more - yet you do not have the time to spend in your home garden. To achieve that green landscape with limited time, here are some tips that will give you time to maintain your garden.

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Simple and Quick Curb Appeal Tips

If you want to spruce up your front lawn appeal, but find the idea too overwhelming to undertake, or if you’re simply short on time or funds, here are some quick tips to boost your home’s curb appeal.

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Maintenance & repairs

How To Get a Backyard Makeover on a Budget

An attractive outdoor living space doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many budget-friendly ways to make your backyard appealing and ready for summertime entertaining.

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cost savers

How to Stretch Your Grocery Budget

Food costs eat up a big part of your family’s budget each month. We have five easy ways to help stretch your dollar and take a bite out of that expense.

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Repair & Maintenance

4 Tips to Keep Your Freezer in Great Condition All Summer Long

With the ridiculous heat and crazy schedules of summer you’re probably going to be relying on your freezer a lot more. You need to make sure that it’s always there running efficiently and providing you with quick dinners and cooling frozen treats.

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4 Easy Summer Recipes for Kids

It's summer, and kids are home for the season. Whether they're headed to the pool or lounging at home, it can be hard to provide healthy, delicious foods that they'll actually eat. Keep the pickest eaters fueled all summer with these kid-friendly bites.

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Chill Out with Ceiling Fans

Air conditioning accounts for more than 15 percent of the energy use of the average home. Using ceiling fans can conserve energy and save money.

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