Leisure & Lifestyle

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May

Three ways to begin settling a loved one’s affairs


While going through a love one’s items can cause pain, it can also bring back memories of happier times. (courtesy of Getty Images)

Following the loss of a parent, the list of to-dos can feel overwhelming. Not only are you adjusting to life without a loved one, you may be facing a seemingly insurmountable list of tasks.

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28
Apr

How to make the outdoors another room of your house


There are plenty of options for outdoor spaces and plenty of combinations. It really comes down to what you want to use the space for. (courtesy of Rochester Concrete Products)

Minnesotans only have a handful of months in which to enjoy their backyards. 

By creating outdoor living spaces, you can get the most enjoyment and relaxation out of those months.

Thu
28
Apr

Call of the wild


A good starting feeder is a hopper. It allows for both large and small birds to use the same feeder.

Bird feeding is an easy way to get back to nature

Ever wonder how to get wildlife, especially birds, to come into your yard? Well, maybe it’s time you give bird feeders a try.

Kraig Kelsey, owner of Kelsey’s Wild Bird Store, says bird feeding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country. 

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28
Apr

Maybe it’s time to consider a remodel


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How can you know if it is time to remodel your home? Do you need a whole-house remodel or just an update of a room that looks like it is stuck in the ‘80s. 

Thu
28
Apr

Add some color to your backyard


Begonias are annual flowers that do well in partial sun and in some cases full sun. They are great for both gardens and containers

For some, gardening is a lifestyle. For others it’s a casual summer activity. And then there are those folks who have tried gardening once or twice and ended up feeling like they will never have a green thumb. 

Wed
06
Apr

What to consider when choosing a hospital


Views of nature can reduce patient stress. (courtesy of Eckenhoff Saunders Architects)

Few experiences are more difficult than having to endure a hospital stay. But unlike in years past, you can now educate yourself on both healthcare providers and facilities, much like you would for any product or service.

Sun
03
Apr

Four tips to live better in retirement


Retirement can healthy and productive learn how to make these years the best golden years. (Pressmaster — Fotolia.com)

The conceptions and realities of retirement have changed a great deal over the past several decades, giving many seniors misgivings about the future. But your golden years can be happy, healthy and productive, say experts.

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09
Mar

Tips to make spring cleaning safer and easier

If you love the results of spring cleaning, but not the process, it could be that the methods and tools you’re using to get the job done are making the work harder than it needs to be.

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06
Mar

Home design tips for Baby Boomers


A walk-in tub, pedestal sink, and raised-height toilet are key bathroom safety features. (courtesy of StatePoint)

There are about 76.4 million Baby Boomers in the US, according to the Population Reference Bureau. As this population ages, it will become important that features on their houses promote safety, are easy-to-maintain, and last a long time.

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31
Jan

Tips to prevent and treat cold sores this winter

There are things you can do to prevent this common winter virus. (Piotr Marcinski - Fotolia.com)
There are things you can do to prevent this common winter virus. (Piotr Marcinski - Fotolia.com)

Did you know that the cold sore virus is very common? In fact, eight out of 10 people have it. If you’ve ever had one, you already know that an outbreak can be painful and unpleasant.

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