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October 24th, 2014

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Buying a garage door? Think insulation

There are seemingly endless options through which homeowners must navigate when buying a new garage door: the style, materials and accessories, just to name a few. But perhaps the most important feature that should top the garage door consumer’s list is energy efficiency. Why? Because the garage door is generally the largest moving object in...

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Five savings resolutions for the new year

Is saving on your New Year’s resolution list this year? The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Ready.Save.Grow. campaign offers five saving strategies that will have you moving toward your long-term savings goals and toasting along the way. “A new calendar year invigorates people to start with a clean slate, so it’s a great t...

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Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration

Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks known to mankind. The fluffy kernels were a favorite pastime long before the first motion picture. In fact, it is believed the oldest ear of popping corn was over 5,000 years old. Now that’s staying power. Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year making it the nation’s favor...

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How to plan a memorable multigenerational vacation

Whether over the river or through the woods, families across the U.S. are planning to travel during the holidays. In a world of well-traveled toddlers, worldly teens and active seniors, multigenerational travel is growing and for good reason: everyone enjoys a vacation together while creating unforgettable memories. “Multigenerational family...

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The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic

Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It’s time to find out what you’ve been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today’s grilled cheese sandwiches. If that gets y...

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Experience the robust flavor of Vietnamese cinnamon

Cinnamon may be the world’s most popular baking spice, but all cinnamons are not created equal, and in the foodie world, Vietnamese cinnamon has emerged as the most prized of the bunch. The bunch, by the way, includes an array of cinnamons and cassias, all from evergreen trees of the Cinnamomum genus. Some are from Indonesia, others from Chin...

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Winter home safety: Quick steps to help protect your family

As cooler weather descends, homes heat up and so does the risk your family could experience a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the National Fire Protection Association, most home fires and CO poisonings occur in the winter. Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased cooking, candle usage and holiday d...

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Hard water: bad for your home and wallet

Nearly 90 percent of American homes have hard water – water containing high levels of calcium and magnesium, according to The U.S. Geological Survey. The hardest water is commonly found in the states that run from Kansas to Texas as well as in Southern California. Hard water on its own is bad enough, making it difficult to wash clothes and di...

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Moving this summer? Navigate the peak season like a pro

Summer is busiest time of the year for home and business moves. In fact, an estimated 65 percent of the 43 million Americans who are moving this year will do so in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. What does that mean for those with a move in the immediate future? Considering the fact that moving is ranked just behind death and divorce...

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Trusting the weakest link: What data breaches mean to you

You’ve seen it in the headlines. Hundreds of data breaches, often at large corporations, happen every year – and consumers suffer the consequences. Data breaches have become a constant reality of a connected world. Although many people choose to ignore the problem, you can take steps to defend yourself. What is a data breach? According...

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