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4 Popular Small Appliances

Small Appliances

The latest food trends often determine what’s hot in the small appliance category. People seeking to add more fruits and vegetables into their diets are driving demand for personal blenders, while the latest international hits on Netflix are inspiring adventurous …

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Pros and Cons of Solar Water Heaters

Solar Water Heaters

Once popular, solar water heaters are now often passed over for less expensive whole-house solar panel systems as the costs drop. According to a recent Department of Energy study conducted by Lawrence Berkeley Labs, the average-sized residential solar power system …

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Find New Products Here

national hardware show

One of the more popular sections at the National Hardware Show is New Product World, a showcase of products that are just being released to market or being launched during the show. In New Product World, NHS visitors can interact …

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Step into the Wild

Natural Landscaping

While most homeowners strive for pristine, golf course-like yards, there is a push to create more natural and wildlife-friendly landscapes in order to conserve natural resources and to encourage endangered or threatened wildlife, such as bees, butterflies and other native …

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Still Trending: Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

Are backyard chickens still on trend? The short answer is, yes. According to a 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture survey, over 13 million U.S. households (spread evenly in urban, suburban and rural locations) planned to have backyard chickens by 2018. …

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Put Your Best Game Face Forward


Tailgating is a multibillion dollar pastime, with pregame gatherings held at everything from high school rivalry games to blockbuster professional sports competitions. And, these gatherings aren’t just about good times and good food; tailgating can be in itself a huge …

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3 Home Hidey Holes for DIYers

Hidey Hole

Hidden storage for valuables or other items doesn’t have to be limited to the wall safe behind Great Uncle Alfred’s portrait. The array of hidden storage ideas ranges from slide-outs in furniture pieces and pop-out panels in cabinets or trim, …

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Living Tiny Goes Mainstream

Tiny House Living

While tiny house living has been around for decades, the trend really took off during the Great Recession as consumers looked to control costs while still living in their “dream spaces.” Now, the tiny house movement has become mainstream. Homes …

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