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Jump-start your holiday shopping with the best antique dealers, vintage home goods, talented artists, jewelry makers, delicious food and toe-tapping music! Vintage Market Days’ Holiday Market brings together avid collectors, pickers, artists, musicians and makers — people who share a love of…

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While all the gear, clothes and toys your kids possess are signs of a joyful childhood, keeping it all organized is essential for health, safety and even fun.

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You might be tempted to reserve your silver flatware for special occasion use, but it can be used daily. If you do so, it will be less likely to tarnish and require special cleaning and polishing. Hand wash gently — never put silver in the dishwasher — and store in drawers lined with a tarni…

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Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible.

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What’s better this fall than taking leisurely family walks to grab some fresh air and enjoy the stimulation of the outdoors? While everyone might recognize houses and neighbors, and get caught up in collecting fallen leaves along the way, this time can also draw everyone’s attention to new d…

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In ancient Egypt, a rich man would not write his own letters but would travel with a scribe who wrote his letters for him. The scribe used a crude pen that had to be dipped in ink; he carried it on a stone with a slight hollow. As more learned to write, the ink holders became fancier, and ca…

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Imagine, you’re ready for an updated, gorgeous kitchen or bathroom, and are just getting excited when the expected doubts creep in. How long will this really take? How many places will you have to visit? Who can you trust with this complex process? Fear no more. At Poulin Design Center, leav…

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If you’re a veteran and are a victim of domestic violence, the Department of Veterans Affairs can help you with housing and support services if you need to flee. If you have children, this includes them. If you are a senior veteran, elder abuse is included in the definition of domestic violence.

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Few plants are as well known and loved as Crape Myrtle. Few plants are as varied in size and colors available as Crape Myrtle, and that makes them very versatile in the landscape. They bloom in summer when many plants have finished, and that can be a bonus if you want a long-blooming season.

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Consider this your fall reminder to schedule a visit from a chimney sweep, if you haven’t already. As temperatures drop, you’ll be tempted to light up the fireplace, and you’ll want it checked for any animal intrusion, creosote buildup or mortar that needs repairing.

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As the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, it’s time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Beginning preparations early can help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components and make your property safer overall.

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Fall means family outings and spending time outdoors. Amid all the fun, it’s important to be conscious of your environmental impact. One small way you can be a force for positive change is by properly disposing of old rechargeable batteries once they no longer power devices. You probably don…

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Felting “acorns” using fluffy natural wool is a relaxing and enjoyable fall activity for all ages. It’s especially suited for young children who like to get their hands in soapy water to shape and change the structure of the soft wool into dense felted wool balls.

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Antique handmade game boards are popular as decorations in homes filled with folk art. Most are for chess or checkers, and the square boards look important in a group on the wall. But there also are game boards that are other shapes. The game “Pope Joan” was popular in the 18th century and s…

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If you want quality renovation from a family-owned, local company, look no further than Enchantment Cabinetry & Design. Owned by Sal and Lydia Lozano, the company has been making clients happy with skilled and artful remodels for the home or office for decades. Sal learned his skills at …

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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.