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10 ways to conserve energy this winter

10 ways to conserve energy this winter

Conserving energy in the winter is a concern for many homeowners and renters. Whether your goal is to save energy and do your part for the environment or to trim a few dollars from your winter utility bills, here are 10 ways to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort this winter. Have the furnace serviced....
Steps involved with estate planning

Steps involved with estate planning

Although inevitable, death is an emotional subject that’s difficult to discuss. While estate planning can make people uncomfortable, it is an essential part of securing assets for future generations and can make a death in the family easier for loved ones to handle. Estate planning is an umbrella term that refers to a host of...
Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Do you have a Blossom uCap Sipping Cap? If you don’t, you may be missing out on one of today’s newest kitchen items. It’s a colorful, durable, silicone cap that transforms a mason jar into a beverage container with a watertight seal, explains Sanjay Dipchand, vice president of Cook’s Nook (mycooksnook.com), Norwalk. With numerous gadgets...
Home briefs: Tag sale, holiday shopping and craft vendors

Home briefs: Tag sale, holiday shopping and craft vendors

Tag sale and flea market Held at the First United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 11, 9-6 p.m., in Shelton. Vendor space is available for $20 a table. The church is located on the corner of Long Hill Avenue and Rocky Rest Road. Proceeds will benefit the ministries of the church. Information: 203-929-3537 or office@umcshelton.org. Pre-holiday...
Keep the kids’ creativity flowing with their own playrooms

Keep the kids’ creativity flowing with their own playrooms

The kids are back in school for about a month now, but that doesn’t mean that toys have to be tossed aside in place of a homework center. The playroom just needs to be organized in a way that allows room for both learning and play. Having a playroom at home that encourages creativity, independence...
Photo: Spooky home for Halloween

Photo: Spooky home for Halloween

This home on Huntington Road, Stratford, is all set for Halloween, which is coming up right around the corner. Homes throughout the area are getting decorated for the fall season. This home is right across from Bulldog Road and the Huntington Fire House.
Resources for first-time home buyers

Resources for first-time home buyers

The housing market has begun to heat up thanks to an economy on the rebound. Few people aspire to rent for life, and home ownership is a dream shared by both natives and immigrants who came to the country seeking a better life. Each year the National Association of Realtors compiles a profile of buyers...

Things to consider before downsizing your home

The decision to downsize a home is often bittersweet. Many couples who downsize their homes do so after raising a family. A home might be filled with memories, but downsizing a home helps couples save more money, and that financial flexibility often allows men and women to more fully enjoy their retirement. But in spite...
Sprucing up your Autumn garden

Sprucing up your Autumn garden

I spent about two hours recently in my garden pulling off dead leaves and stalks from the Daylilies, deadheading Chrysantamum Becky’s and staking the Echinacea. Why? I want to keep this garden looking presentable through fall without spending a small fortune in new plants. Although Labor Day has come and gone and October has rolled...
A story to make you smile: The return of the lost wallet

A story to make you smile: The return of the lost wallet

My father is getting on in age, and therefore he forgets things sometimes. Such as the fact that he might have put his wallet on top of my sister’s car Friday evening before heading to the Bridgeport Flyer Diner for a bite to eat. It didn’t take him long to notice that he didn’t have...
Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Outdoor grilling and dining are two of the best things about summertime. However, once vegetable gardens die down and the evening air feels chillier, it’s time to leave even the most lavish of outdoor rooms and seek the warmth of our indoor kitchens. So, what’s cooking indoors? The continued evolution of kitchen design has made...
Say 'welcome' with flowers

Say ‘welcome’ with flowers

Arranging flowers is such a delightfully creative art form, the perfect pursuit for those who wish to display expressions of beauty, elegance and grace throughout their home. From formal or extravagant, to sweet and simple, flower arrangements utilize the most beautiful material with a seemingly endless array of textures, shapes, and gorgeous colors. Flower arranging...