Tackle Your Yard with Safety in Mind

With the days of late summer fading out, you’re starting to police the yard and deciding what to tackle once cooler temperatures prevail. Before the first leaf falls (if you live someplace where the seasons noticeably change), you can start ridding the deck of spent potted flowers, prepping a fresh patch of ground for bulb planting, clearing yard debris, cutting back shrubs, touching up the porch paint — you get the picture.

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Keep It Green When You Clean

It’s no surprise that outdoor air pollution, be it car tail pipe or factory fumes, smog, or the ozone, can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms (not to mention allergens from grasses, trees, and the like—you get the picture). But, did you know that the air inside your home can be more contaminated than the air outside? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your home’s inside air quality and help you breathe easier.

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Find Your Balance (and Your Bliss)

Happy family choosing Christmas decoration at Christmas market. Focus on girl and manLife is a balancing act (in a three-ring circus, it can sometimes seem  – whether at home, at work, or, yes, most times, both!). The change of seasons means a flurry of new activities and schedules, plus holiday planning, entertaining and shopping bearing down.

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In Your Own Backyard, Good Times and Safety Rule

Backyard safety

Backyard barbecues and pool parties . . . lawn games and ghost stories around the fire pit . . .  Picture-perfect weather and longer days give family and friends the ideal opportunity to be active or simply relax “out back.”  But as this good-time vibe pervades, it’s still important to be vigilant where fire and water are close by (especially if children are around).
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Budgeting Basics

your savings_MoneyWhile creating a budget (and sticking with it) takes time and discipline, it can be empowering. With a budget, we become aware of how much money we’re bringing in, where it’s going and what adjustments we need to make to reach our financial goals. These tips from U.S. News and World Report and personal finance blog Wise Bread simplify the process of creating a budget.

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