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14 To-Dos to Make the Most of Summer

Having an agenda can be a very good thing — like when it involves hammocks, outdoor games and farm-fresh fruit



Making a summer want-to-do list is a great way to be sure you make time for everything you want to do before the season slips by. You can probably think of plenty of items to add to your list that involve outings, like spending the day at the beach, going to a baseball game, jumping in a lake or eating a lobster roll at your favorite clam shack — but what about fun things you can do without leaving home? Consider adding these 14 ideas to your list.
1. Photograph your house. Years from now, whether you still live in your home or have moved on to another place, it can be rewarding to have a few mementos of your home life as it is today. Take a few shots of the exterior from across the street and each room inside, plus any special details, like your children's height marks on a door frame or the view from your favorite window. Read More...
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To-Dos: Your July Home Checklist

Crank up the ice cream maker, hang up the hammock and raise the outdoor umbrella. Summer's in full swing this month


-Houzz Contributor.

With Independence Day kicking off the month here in the States, kids in the throes of school break and the days (and evenings) luxuriously long, July is a month to celebrate summer in all its glory. So make a summer bucket list, swing in a hammock, invite some friends over and stay cool — these to-dos are as much about fun as they are about smart home maintenance and safety.

Summer Living: How to Welcome Weekend Guests

Thoughtful touches and smart planning make summer visitors
feel right at home.


Being a good host is something of a lost art. Balancing the roles of tour guide, innkeeper, cook and friend (while still managing to have fun yourself) can be challenging, to say the least.

Make visiting friends and family feel at home, and ease the burden on yourself, this summer with a little extra preparation. Read on for a dozen ways to welcome guests, and make weekend visits more fun.
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8 Bad Habits That Could Burn Your House Down
Your everyday routine could be putting your family at risk.

From: Good Housekeeping



Fire safety is a hot-button topic (pun intended) — and rightly so. During a recent five-year study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to 1,000 home fires every day, on average. That's 42 every hour, causing roughly $228 in damage each second.

"The majority of home fires can be prevented by taking some very simple steps," says Lorraine Carli of the NFPA. Start today by considering all of the little things you do that can put you at big risk. Read More...

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Important Guide To Protect Your Home From Burglaries

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Your home is the one place that you should always feel safe. Unfortunately the cold hard truth is that with countless burglaries taking place each year, this isn’t always the case.

This infographic is designed with the sole purpose of helping you to take the necessary steps to deter burglars and give you the peace of mind of knowing that your home is as safe and secure as possible.

CCTV systems can go a long way to deterring burglars, but there are also countless other measures that you can take to enhance the security within your home. Read More