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The past year has brought a flurry of changes for many people. Maybe you’ve embraced online shopping and want to start to incorporate meal planning into that experience. Perhaps you’ve gotten into selling things from the comfort of your home or you’re now working remotely with people around …

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Support the environment and the local community. Between January 3 and January 14, Just Sprinklers will pick up and recycle your Christmas tree for free. And you don’t have to haul it anywhere. Simply schedule a pick-up on their website, and have your tree on the curb — along with at least o…

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Surprisingly, even though we live in the southwest, many homeowners do not like southwest-style landscapes. I can see their point; the “southwest look” is not for everyone.

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Got plastic packaging that’s a pain to get open? Use your can opener. Run it around the sides to break into your packages. It works!

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“Not every home maintenance project has to be a large undertaking or one that takes up all of your free time,” said Christopher O’Rourke, Mercury Insurance vice president of property claims. “There are small weekend projects that can save you time, worry and money in the long run.”

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If you’re considering sprucing up your hardwood floors, you may want to pay close attention to the environmental impact of your plans. It’s important to factor in the processes and products that will optimize your family’s health and wellness instead of exposing them to potentially harmful c…

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Experts say that with mortgage rates beginning to rise, refinancing your home now might be your last best chance to lower your monthly mortgage payment, as rates remain near all-time lows.

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We all want to feel safe and protected in our own homes. And Action Security Iron understands the dual desires for home security and ornamentation. Owned by brothers Ryan, Scott and Dale Bogue, who were born and raised in Albuquerque, Action Security Iron designs, fabricates and installs sec…

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Lambert Construction’s motto, “Our solid family values and beliefs are the foundation of our business,” expresses the collaborative relationship between spouses Matt and Tina Lambert. As Tina puts it, “Being on the same page is huge. Being in the same company is even better!” Married for 25 …

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I do my best to create landscapes that are easy to maintain, but in the spirit of the Grinch I thought that it would be fun to create an exhausting, very expensive and high-maintenance “landscape from hell.”

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Keep your jeans or other denim items from fading by soaking them in a solution of cold water and salt (2 tablespoons to a gallon) for about an hour before washing.

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Whether you’re keeping up with ever-changing trends or your space simply needs a refresh, updating your bathroom can be time consuming and expensive — but it doesn’t have to be. With just a few minor tweaks, you can add style and function to your space without a total overhaul.

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If you’re familiar with popular “unboxing” videos on social media, you can probably imagine that’s exactly how this holiday season will look — on repeat. With everyone ordering more items online than ever before, unboxings will be a daily — if not hourly — activity.

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Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is best known for his sculpture mobiles, although he also did paintings, jewelry and large outdoor statues. He was the first artist to make a new type of statue of wire and metal that was assembled so it moved with each gust of wind. His creations sell for thousa…

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The camaraderie and cooperation of Sandia Marble’s team allows the business to operate as a family. And, after your showroom or in-home appointment, you’ll feel confident that they will expertly realize your kitchen and bathroom remodel dreams, treating you as a member of that family.

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Founded in 2017, Over the Top Garage Doors is a company built on friendship. That’s why they continue to go above and beyond to ensure their customers get exactly what they need with the best service and expertise possible.

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If cooler weather has you re-evaluating your home’s heating needs, you may desire a more beautiful and efficient solution to keep your family warm this season. Where can you go for excellent customer service and superior knowledge of the hearth industry?

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Holiday gatherings are just around the corner. As you’re preparing to break out the seldom-used pots, utensils and bake-ware to prepare the feast for family and friends, why not add some fun flair? Check out the retro aprons at Chelle Summer. Each is hand-made by local Michelle Rusk, with mo…

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ArtsThrive, a program of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, has bloomed into a national juried exhibition and fundraiser featuring the work of over 100 artists from Albuquerque and beyond. Geared toward art enthusiasts of all kinds — from first time buyers to long-time collectors — ArtsThriv…

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In a recent conversation with a friend she said that, as a side hustle, she has a small home decluttering service and it inspired me to write this article about decluttering the landscape.

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Now’s the time to install weatherstripping or caulk for fall and winter. To find drafts, try this trick: Light a taper candle and run it very slowly along the cracks of your windows. When you see the flame flicker, that’s where you have a draft leak.

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It’s that time of year: pumpkin spice is here and so are shorter days and cooler nights. Before nightfall comes too early, take advantage of the milder temps to prepare your home for winter. Here are a few easy, DIY tasks to check off your list.

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November 15 is America Recycles Day and it is a good time to take stock of what you’re doing to reduce your environmental impact. Every effort counts and that goes down to the tiniest recyclable items such as contacts lenses.

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Many of us have used an antique egg cup to hold a boiled breakfast egg, but few have ever seen an egg cup frame with six egg cups and spoons made of sterling silver over 200 years ago. New Orleans Auctions had many unusual serving pieces in an auction, and the rare 7-inch-high by 8-inch-wide…

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Do you pull into your driveway at the end of the workday, sighing as you notice your home’s cracked, peeling and faded stucco? If you’re searching for a quality stucco company to thoroughly restore your home’s exterior to a beautiful finish, there has never been a better time to call Profess…

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Since the doors opened with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling, raising the bar for the standard of customer care has been of the utmost importance. Giving the Albuquerque community the kind of service not seen in quite some time has always been incredibly important to the owners and…

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Granite Passion’s dynamic family team of Sharon, Nicole, Dustin and Fernando is still at it — offering unique stone options and amazing craftsmanship for your home. Their happy customers continue to enjoy the best prices and selection for quality imported granite across New Mexico, all while…

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Landscape designs are a balance between expense, maintenance and the overall look. Most of my designs are what I call “Southwest Perennial Gardens.” They are relatively low cost by eliminating unneeded masonry projects, low water use, and low maintenance by eliminating large grass areas. Wha…

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Fresh versus frozen in the seafood aisle: Unless you’re at the docks, most seafood in the grocer’s fresh fish case is thawed from frozen. Always ask. It’s much cheaper to buy frozen and thaw it yourself.

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So, you’ve created the backyard of your dreams and love everything about it — except that seeing your surroundings can sometimes be a challenge once the sun’s gone down. As the days grow shorter and we head into fall, it’s one of the best times of year to enhance your backyard life at night.

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Weekends are made for families, and fall is all about the changing color palette of the great outdoors. Put them together, and you have the potential for awesome adventures in your neighborhood and beyond. When you get home, keep the memory alive with these two hands-on activities using foun…

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At least five famous mid-century modern designers made chairs that looked like large hard-boiled eggs with a cutout for seating space: Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), Milo Baughman (1923-2003), Peter Ghyczy (1940-) and Charles Eames (1907-1978) are four of them. But the fifth and most famous was …

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For more than two decades, the HVAC industry professionals at First Rate Plumbing, Heating and Cooling have been helping homeowners across Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding areas stay cool in the spring and summer and warm in the fall and winter, as well as providing much-needed suppor…

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Many New Mexicans transformed their spaces during the last several months to increase safety and convenience, regulate natural light and complement their unique décor — and they did it with window furnishings. “During COVID, there were a large number of people who realized that their home wa…

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In the haste to break free from your pandemic routine, you may find your new schedule overwhelming and hectic. And with that, comes the inconvenience of misplacing commonly used items. According to a survey conducted by Bluetooth tracking company Pixie, Americans spend an average of 2.5 days…

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Water catchment systems are as old as time. Ancient cultures spent thousands of man-hours and untold amounts of money to accomplish these engineering wonders. “Modern” systems simply store water from the roof in rain barrels. These newer systems are very trendy and, in my opinion, are offere…

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Berries are in season, and there’s no greater time to stock up. But don’t feel like you have to make jam out of all the berries. Freeze in a single layer and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Later they can be popped into muffins and quick breads, as well as eaten straight out of …

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In case you missed it, wallpaper has made a comeback in the interior design world. This is for good reason. Today, there are literally millions of designs from which to choose. Not only that, new types of wallpaper can make application and removal easier than ever.

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When you start thinking about how to achieve financial security, a few basic things probably come to mind: insurance for your car and home; disability insurance in case you’re injured and can’t work; life insurance to protect your family in case something happens to you. But there’s one impo…

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“Figural bottles” are just what you would imagine — bottles shaped like living creatures or familiar objects. The earliest American clear glass figurals were made in the 1860s. In 1866, Dr. Fisch packaged his bitters medicine in, what else, a fish-shaped bottle. Brown’s Celebrated Indian Her…

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Calling all plant lovers! Bring your cuttings, seedlings, pups and roots and swap with other plant lovers. Share your green thumb with the community. This event is presented by Food is Free Albuquerque, and will be held at the FIFABQ Community Space at Cottonwood Mall, Saturday August 7, fro…

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From the onset, Ubaldo Munoz and J. Dave Hickman of Jeebs and Zuzu, Albuquerque’s premiere architectural design group, wanted the name of the company to convey the highest ideals of personal service to their clients. Known for their full range of services, from the design and construction of…

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Why would a business owner specialize in installation and replacement of residential HVAC systems instead of doing service calls and commercial jobs? Mario LoPrinzi, owner of Axiom Home Services, believes in the performance and durability of the products he installs and the superior installa…

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Shade structures — whether we call them covered patios, ramadas, verandas or pergolas — are an often-requested part of the landscape. The location of a shade structure is as important as the structure itself. Here’s why.

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Honey has amazing properties, and one of them is its antiseptic powers. You can even use it on pimples. Just a tiny dab will help keep bacteria responsible for breakouts from taking over.

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Updating the flooring can help infuse new life into tired, outdated bathrooms. For an upscale, polished look that doesn’t have to break the bank, consider installing tile flooring. Before you get started, you’ll want to make some decisions about the look and feel of your flooring:

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Although good nutrition is essential for human life, food production has a significant impact on the environment. Taking a more sustainable approach to sustaining your body can help protect the Earth and its climate.

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Vintage but modern-looking plastic radios are popular with collectors today. The art deco design was popular when Bakelite was introduced as the first molded plastic used for radio cases, in 1933. But Bakelite was either brown or black, sometimes with a marbleized look, and customers wanted …

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Have your dreams of transforming your yard into a beautiful oasis failed to come true? Are you frustrated that no matter how many gallons of water or hours of sweat you pour into your lawn, it still has weeds and bare patches instead of being the lush lawn you imagined? Do you wish for a ple…

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The team at Sunshine Plumbing & Heating knows that the months of July and August will be pushing air conditioning systems to their limits. That’s why they are urging homeowners across the Albuquerque metro area to make sure that their cooling systems are in excellent working order before…