Month: August 2012

Tips for a sustainable school year

Many of us are trying to live more sustainable lifestyles by wasting less, recycling more, and purchasing products made with recycled materials. What about our kids at school? Does back-to-school shopping - which doesn’t really end when the kids ...

Improving the health of your lawn

(HIB) - Let’s face it: When you live in the suburbs, a healthy, well-kept lawn is a must. Before anyone even steps into your house, it’s your front lawn that makes the first impression of your home. So what’s something that can help k...

How to create the perfect outdoor space

(HIB) - Comfortable spaces don’t need to be constrained by four walls, and an outdoor entertaining area can quickly become the most important “room” of your home. You aren’t alone if your porch or patio looks outdated and drab. ...

Six time-saving kitchen tools

(HIB) – Our lives are busier today than ever before. Trying to balance the demands of work and home life is no easy feat. At home, day-to-day chores like cooking and cleaning easily chip away at precious time that could be better spent on a littl...

How to tackle household chores quickly this fall

(HIB) - As fall approaches, the daylight hours are dwindling, kids are headed back to school, and the lazy days of summer will soon be long forgotten. As you establish new routines, it seems like there are 10 additional tasks to handle each day, and cl...

Working home organization back into the routine

(HIB) - The start of fall means lots of things: changing colors, football season and, for families across the country, back-to-school time. After a summer of carefree living, long days and relaxation, changing gears from fun and sun to homework and spo...

Tips and ideas for a hot autumn vacation

(HIB) - With summer again fading into fall, all around you people are prepping for the back-to-school season and even gearing up for the coming winter holidays. But who says you have to give up all the fun of summer just yet? Fall is a great time to in...

Give your kitchen a fresh face this fall

(HIB) - As the season changes, many of us will get the itch to tackle any number of home improvement projects before winter. For some, a complete remodel is in the works. For others, just a few quick fixes are needed to make the home a more enjoyable s...

Fall bug prevention basics

(HIB) - The cooler weather signals squirrels to store away nuts, birds to fly south and leaves to fall from trees, but cooler weather also means that bugs will be looking for a comfy, cozy place to spend the winter. Unfortunately, your house fits that ...

Ten scenic drives sure to leave you breathless

(HIB) - With more than 100 scenic byways throughout America, there is plenty to see and do on the road no matter the time of year. So, as the seasons roll by, jump in the car and take in fall's vibrant leaves, winter's snowy wonderland, spring's wildfl...

Refreshing garden drinks

(HIB) - With warmer than average temperatures the norm for much of the country, people are looking for new ways to cool off. Nothing is more cool and refreshing than sipping on an ice-cold drink while enjoying a meal made on the grill or resting in the...