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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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Shade is a great thing on a hot summer day. Shade can lower your utility bills and cool the house. So what is the problem with shade? The answer is color. Almost without exception, my clients have the same things on their “must-have” list. Drought tolerance, low maintenance, shade and color …

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Lemons and limes last longer in the cooler. Say that three times fast, and stick your citrus in the fridge!

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A typical American home wastes thousands of gallons of perfectly usable water down the drain annually due to lengthy wait times at hot-water outlets in the bath and kitchen. This experience is common when showering and bathing, as well as when you turn on faucets.

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Summer living can make your family’s clothing vulnerable to stains, splatters and more, even if you are spending more time at home these days. But it’s possible to restore your family’s clothing to like-new condition every time laundry day rolls around with these tips and strategies:

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Nantucket baskets have been popular purses and collectibles since the 1940s. The first baskets on Nantucket Island were made by the Wampanoag Indians, but they were not like the later Nantucket baskets.

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Never want to have to replace your roof again? Just talk to Clint Satterfield, owner of CAS Enterprises. Whether it’s improving the quality of your flat-roofed home, or you just want the work done with a brand-new room installation (with a lifetime warranty), Clint and his team are ready to help.

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Carpet Source owner, Don Lovato, has been working in the flooring industry for nearly three decades. Early in his career, while overseeing a traditional showroom, Don began to observe that it took the average customer approximately 4.7 separate trips to the store before making their final se…

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Although I recommend that all my clients irrigate their landscapes, I must admit it can be a very irritating part of gardening. Spray heads used for lawn areas along with their valves and controllers should be the biggest problem, but I think the drip sections that water shrubs, perennials a…

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If you seal your jelly jars with wax, here’s a good tip: Place a small piece of string into the wax before it hardens. Then, you’ll be able to pull on the string to remove the wax when you are ready to enjoy your homemade goodies!

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As one half of HGTV’s “The Cousins” and the founder of Lilyshea Development LLC, John Colaneri is well-versed in top design trends. Having recently purchased a 1960s-era rambler with the goal of taking it down to the studs and remaking it, Colaneri is sharing insights and ideas to help you c…

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Want to go green while practicing social distancing? Here are a few ideas to consider:

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These uncertain times are forcing more people to reexamine finances and rewrite their household budgets. According to the Pew Research Center in a survey conducted soon after the COVID-19 crisis began, 33% of Americans either lost their jobs or suffered a pay cut or reduction in work hours. …

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This elaborately decorated puzzle pitcher was made in Budapest, Hungary. In 1839, Moritz Fischer bought a factory that had been operating in Herend, Hungary, since 1826. He started making dinner sets for Hungarians because the old sets from Europe and the Far East were no longer available. T…

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David Linfoot, owner of Albuquerque’s newest Renewal by Andersen retailer, is the fresh face New Mexico has been waiting for when it comes to quality home improvement. Whether it’s having those French doors you always dreamed of finally installed or adding that bay window addition you adore,…

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Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, serving not only Albuquerque and Santa Fe but also Belen, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, the East mountain area and beyond. Owner Daniel Jaramillo started his business as a one-man operation in 2010, working out o…

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Q: I’ve been working from home for the past two weeks, and my dog and cat, “Mutt” and “Shelley,” won’t leave me alone! I tried putting them into the bedroom during conference calls, but they yowl and meow nonstop. What can I do?

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Spring is here and many of you are starting a veggie garden. Here is a new twist to make your gardening more successful and interesting. Worms are great in the garden, and raising them in quantity has three main advantages.

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For maximum effectiveness, spray, then wait, then wipe. Spray cleaners need contact time to both cut through grime and to kill germs. Give surfaces a light mist, then wait up to 10 minutes before wiping clean.

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Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are looking to start small and learn the basics of gardening.

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If you’re like many people, you feel good when you are able to toss items into the recycling bin instead of the trash. But a new report suggests that many of those “recyclable” labels on your products may be misleading, and that much of what you believe will be processed and used again is ac…

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Unfortunately, during times of hardship, families are often targeted by fraud artists attempting to take advantage of those needing assistance. The COVID-19 crisis is no exception, with many scammers pretending to extend a critical lifeline to struggling homeowners through so-called “foreclo…

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As early as the 17th century in America, members of fraternal clubs often voted at their meetings without paper ballots. Decisions often required a simple majority, but sometimes had to be unanimous: Just one “no” vote could scuttle a project. So, they used a blackball box instead of paper b…

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If you never lived in Ohio you’ve probably never heard of Mitchell & Rammelsberg furniture. It was one of the largest furniture manufacturers of its time located in the Midwest, but not in Grand Rapids, where most of the furniture was made. (Lots of lumber and goods are transported from …

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There are lots of benefits to having an organized kitchen: You know your inventory, can easily find what you need and are not overwhelmed with clutter. But getting organized can be a challenge, as family needs, storage options and other factors differ from house to house. Organization expert…

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There are many reasons why you might want a home office. Perhaps you’re growing tired of commuting to your workplace during hazardous weather days or when you’re feeling under the weather — but in both cases, you still want to get work done. Perhaps you’ve arranged for a flexible schedule at…

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Some people have large houses with many rooms. Some people have studio apartments. Some people live in RVs, yurts, villas, co-ops or even boats. But I’ll share a secret with you. We are all living in the same home, planet Earth.

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Taking steps to boost curb appeal makes good sense for any homeowner. Not only does it help make a great first impression on guests and neighbors, but certain updates can actually increase your home’s resale value when it comes time to put your property on the market.

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The weather is heating up, and now’s the time to prep your outdoor space. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply enjoy being alfresco, you won’t regret the time, effort and resources you put into revamping your patio, balcony or deck.

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Ask Scott Lardner, owner of Albuquerque’s Rocky Mountain Stone, about their business and you’ll know you’re dealing with a true professional. His knowledge and expertise run deep, reflected in how he describes his work. “The stunning beauty of what mother nature provides is revealed to us ev…

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When it comes to his profession and what he knows he can offer the community, the co-owner of 2 Vets Construction, David Hill, gets right down to it. “As a head of a family-owned company and former veteran, our drive is for our family, along with our desire to continue serving the community …

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The Rio Grande Recycling Corridor — a group comprised of recycling and solid waste agencies from Las Cruces to Santa Fe — has launched a statewide recycling education campaign geared to teach New Mexicans how to recycle right. The “Know What to Throw New Mexico” campaign aims to combat the m…

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Composting is a common subject that I find most clients are confused about. Two basic methods are used — “hot” composting and vermicomposting. The following article is reprinted with permission from Uncle Jims Worm farm. For more information or to buy worms, go to www.Unclejimswormfarm.com.

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Set a timer to remember to add softener to your load of laundry, and another for when the load is done. Buzzers can’t always be heard, and it’s best to not let your wet laundry sit.

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If someone in your home is sick, be diligent in disinfecting your home to prevent the spread of virus. As part of your everyday actions, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. Also, wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.

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Many people have found themselves working from home. Whether setting up shop at the kitchen table or creating a complete home office, here are simple hacks to make your new work environment comfortable and productive.

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Today’s outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and exterior, building materials and surroundings.

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Seeing is believing for the customers of The Natural Lighting Company, the New Mexico Premier Dealer for Solatube International, said owner Brooke Nutting. She and her husband, Donald, have operated the business now for a decade, and always encourage clients to come into their showroom and s…

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When you walk into Granite Passion’s Sawmill District showroom you can tell you’re in good hands. The dynamic family team of Sharon, Nicole, Dustin and Fernando ensures that while you’re getting the best prices and selection for quality imported granite in the state, you’re also getting atte…

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In business in New Mexico since 2001, owner Rodney Rael started A New Millennium Co. with one mission — to provide the highest quality spray-foam roof systems and building insulation, helping hundreds of home and commercial property owners save on utilities and costly roof repairs.

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Winter can be a sad time for our colorful gardens while we wait for the harbingers of spring. Crocus, daffodils, forsythia, iris, and hyacinths, along with the wonderful blooms of our fruit trees, are just beginning, but the depths of winter can be drab.

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When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall.

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Keeping your home secure is vital to the safety of yourself, your family and your belongings. Here are several simple ideas to increase your personal safety.

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Vintage clothing, while beautiful and unique, can be tricky to take care of. Below you will find simple ways to keep clothing in the top condition that it deserves:

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Medicine has come a long way since the early 1800s, when phrenology was an accepted theory of diagnosis. It was said that each bump on your head covered a part of the brain that controlled a personality trait, like self-

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With new energy-efficient regulations on the rise and regional climate changing our swamp cooler’s ability to keep our homes comfortable, quality heating and air conditioning has never been more relevant for New Mexicans. And because having a local go-to HVAC is crucial, it’s no wonder more …