Leisure & Lifestyle

Sun
24
Nov

Protect your pet

Freezing temperatures can prove deadly for our four-legged friends, and Animal Humane Society urges pet owners to think twice when letting pets outside during the winter. Temperatures below freezing along with wind chill can prove deadly for our domesticated pets.

Sun
24
May

What’s your dream kitchen look like­—outdoors?

A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)
A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

Sun
24
May

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Or a hirer?

Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)
Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)

Should you save money by doing the job yourself?

Tue
12
May

Getting set to sell: which home upgrades matter most?

Changing out your bathroom faucets is a small upgrade that can increase your home’s value and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. (submitted photo)
Changing out your bathroom faucets is a small upgrade that can increase your home’s value and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. (submitted photo)

Whether you're preparing to sell, or just looking to increase your home's value, it's important to think about strategic upgrades — and not just how; but where to remodel.

Tue
12
May

Smart ways to spruce up a small space

With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)
With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)

Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

Sun
10
May

Pick it up, pot it, and sit back and enjoy

The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)
The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)

Why are more and more garden centers stocking specific types and small sizes of “container plants” as compared to in-the-ground varieties?
It’s probably the three Ms.

Sun
03
May

Simple tips to lose weight and improve your health

While a healthy lifestyle can certainly help you get the body you always wanted, the benefits extend well beyond your appearance, experts say.

Sun
03
May

Are you reaching for the right pain medication?

The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you’re actually treating.  (Courtesy of Khamkula - Fotolia.com)
The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you’re actually treating. (Courtesy of Khamkula - Fotolia.com)

The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States -- more than any other drug.

Wed
29
Apr

Add quality and comfort to every room

With homeowners staying in their homes longer due to the economy, renovations should focus on usability and personal style.

Wed
29
Apr

Cheryl Blackford fulfills her dream with ‘Hungry Coyote’

Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)
Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)

North Oaks author's book to be released May 1

On one of her many walks through the woods near her North Oaks home, author Cheryl Blackford saw a "lone coyote trotting across the frozen lake" and wondered how it lived successfully so close to an urban area.

Blackford says she walks outside almost every day, regardless of the weather. It's her thinking time for writing stories, including imagining the setting for her newly published children's picture book, "Hungry Coyote," a story about a year in the life of an urban coyote.

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