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“Thank you for choosing Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling. How can I make your day amazing?” These are the first words every customer hears, whether they need regular maintenance or have an emergency at their home.

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I deal with a lot of engineers and scientists. For the most part, they make great clients because most of them can analyze what they do well and what they don’t do well, so we get along. They do well with very detailed mathematical problems because they are “left brained.” As we all know, th…

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Need brown sugar for a recipe and suddenly realize you’re out? Save a trip to the grocery store by adding molasses to white sugar. No molasses? Use maple syrup in a pinch.

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With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table jus…

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The homeownership rate among married couples in the U.S. is 80 percent, according to recent data reported by Statista. But what if something were to happen to you or your spouse? Would the person left behind still be able to afford the mortgage?

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During the late 18th century, the very rich made a long trip to Europe to admire the architecture and art of Europe, including the ruins of past civilizations. The town of Pompeii was a major attraction. It had been covered with ash and lava in 78 A.D. and forgotten until 1748, when it block…

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With a dedicated team of professionals, it’s no wonder that Sandia Marble makes customer dreams come true. Whether it’s a new look for kitchen counters or a creative bathroom conversion, Sandia Marble carries out the process with the customer in mind. As owner Valerie Maes says, “what I real…

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Competitive woodworking in the Duke City, because why not? You’ll have three hours to transform a five-pound box of scrap wood into a stunning product of woodworking genius. Compete for prizes and bragging rights, while you make something fun. The derby occurs September 21, from 3 to 8 p.m. …

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To a landscape designer, the task is often problem solving. Often I am looking for plants that meet a certain criteria. I’m looking for plants that tolerate deep shade, rabbits, use very little water, or grow to a certain height to screen the neighbors — but not so tall as to block the view …

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Struggling with your shower cleanliness? Keep a bottle of shower sanitizer and a grout brush in the shower at all times. Use the grout brush if something pops up, and spray shower daily. This should greatly extend the time between deep cleanings.

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If you ever experience eyestrain, tired itchy eyes, blurry vision or headaches, it may be time to give your home a lighting makeover.

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Flowerpots are more than just containers for fragrant herbs, summer’s begonias or fall’s chrysanthemums. Grab a plain clay pot the next time you and your kids are at a nursery or garden center, hold it up and think of it as an artist’s canvas, waiting for your creative expression. Purchase s…

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As the popularity and availability of electric vehicles (EV) continues to grow in the U.S., a new survey suggests that many consumers still have a lot to learn about the technology.

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This Mexican chair with its leather sling seat is known as a Campeche chair. The style was inspired by a Roman magistrate’s chair, which had a similar shape and sloping seat. More recent Campeche chairs were made in the 19th century in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, the Balearic Isles …

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Teaching your kids to be financially savvy could help them to be financially confident and successful in the future. As credit card debt and low retirement savings continue to frustrate many Americans, you can help your kids steer clear of these and other financial pitfalls by talking to the…

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Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device — are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel discovered. …

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Glass candleholders can make a nice storage for bathroom items like cotton swabs and cotton balls, even small products can be organized into these pretty holders.

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Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it’s not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution.

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During the summer, the wonderful coolness of our air-conditioned homes is comforting until the whopping energy bill arrives. The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.

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A recent visit to Budget Blinds in Rio Rancho proved to be not only informative but unexpectedly fun. Owners Jared Munoz and Dale Sapp have been serving as expert consultants on window coverings and other interior dilemmas for the past 14 years. They pride themselves on having a no-pressure …

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It’s summer in Albuquerque, and there’s no better time to gather with friends and family in the beautiful evenings. To create an ideal outdoor setting for socializing, look no further than Albuquerque’s Jeebs and Zuzu, a full service architecture, design and construction firm. Recently, the …

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In Albuquerque, summertime is synonymous with sweltering temperatures. For many homeowners, the evaporative cooling systems that were commonly used for years just aren’t keeping it cool anymore. This is where Mario LoPrinzi and his team at Axiom Home Services can step in to help residents be…

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Watering grass is totally different than watering shrubs, perennials and trees. Watering new plantings versus mature plantings is very different, also.

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Of all the berries of summer, blackberries are the ones that arrive early and stay late into the season. In warm climates, this strikingly beautiful fruit begins producing in late spring, and if the weather is not too hot, will continue throughout the summer. If you’ve grown tired of strawbe…

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Almost 100 million Americans will go on a family vacation sometime this year, and nearly half of them will choose to make it a road trip, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

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The ancient Greeks figured out that Earth was round about 2,500 years ago. But the oldest surviving globe showing our planet was made in 1492 by Martin Behaim of Germany. The first globe to show the Americas was made in 1507. Early globes were made of paper glued to a sphere. The paper was c…

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Cucumbers are a go-to vegetable for salads, but there are many ways to incorporate this cool, crunchy vegetable into everything from appetizers to drinks. Cucumbers are one of the oldest cultivated crops and have more than 100 different varieties. It’s believed they were first cultivated in India.

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I spent the first few years as a landcape designer learning plants and creating a plant list to use in my designs. But I’ve spent the past couple of decades removing plants from that list.

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After four decades in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning business, family-owned and operated Sunshine Plumbing & Heating Inc. has perfected their approach to business. “We treat our customers the way we would want to be treated — with fairness and honesty,” explains owner Joseph …

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When Dan Monaghan wanted to transform his backyard into his own personal oasis, he called the company he knew would serve him best — Southwest Greens, a local turf company run by brothers Scott and Steve Forster. And Dan’s experience with the skilled crew went beyond his expectations. “It wa…

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Homeowners and sellers looking for smart solutions to beautify their homes —―especially those that won’t break the bank —―have found their solution with Get A Grip. The company is known for its quick and easy resurfacing of kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

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For many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep pets healthy.

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Many parents know that keeping kids’ rooms — and their stuff — sanitary can seem like a losing battle. Between the playdates, trips to the park and going back-and-forth from school to home, parents also worry about the amount of not just dirt, but also potentially harmful bacteria, living on…

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While most people might know that energy efficiency is an important consideration when purchasing appliances or mechanical systems for the home, you may care to consider how your interior design choices can also affect energy efficiency.

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Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years. Consumers are demanding transparency regarding what's in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.

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In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and …

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With more Americans going green than ever before, you've probably already started thinking about doing it yourself. Perhaps you've increased your recycling efforts, started using more eco-friendly appliances and light bulbs or upgraded to other greener technology options. Chances are, you al…

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Grass is a highly resilient plant, but even the healthiest lawn will require some TLC to help it keep up with the high-traffic summer recreation season. Follow these three tips for improved summer durability to make sure your yard bounces back quickly from whatever you throw at it — whether …

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Local roofing expert Clint Satterfield sits at his desk on a recent sunny morning, reflecting on a big change in his professional life — his father Bill retired after 50 years working in the roofing industry. With this retirement, Bill and Clint (BAC) Enterprises has closed as a business, an…

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After 28 years in business, Don Lovato, owner of Carpet Source, continues to help customers find the best solution to their flooring needs. Through state-of-the-art materials and techniques, Lovato and his accomplished staff can enhance any home or business for an affordable price. Carpet So…

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Finding a wall stud is often a necessary but frustrating task. If you plan to hang a heavy picture frame, a television mount or a shelf, then it is essential that you secure it to the wall with nails or screws that penetrate into not only the drywall but also a stud.

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In the process of planning or improving a landscape, homeowners often pick their favorite plants. If you’re into “green,” then the landscape can become a boring group of broadleaf evergreens like Indian hawthorn, cotoneaster, photinia and boxwood. If you’re into plants that are more interest…

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I love to cook, but when it’s 100 degrees outside my desire to turn on the stove melts away like an ice cube on a hot sidewalk. One good thing about summers in Texas, the heat seems to bring out my creativity. I’ve devised several ways to continue to enjoy my favorite meals without using my oven.

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Laundry’s one of those continuous chores, and it does more than eat into your schedule. According to Energy Star, the average household does 400 loads of laundry each year, consuming 13,500 gallons of water in the process. Those clothes need to be dried; the U.S. Department of Energy says th…

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From dogs and cats filling up social media feeds — some even with their own profiles — to true pet celebrities who command the attention of millions, animals have become a major part of the digital landscape. 

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Learning shouldn’t stop just because school is out. In fact, stepping too far away from the books can result in a learning loss. However, research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help prevent the summer slide.