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15 Surprising Uses for Toilet Paper Tubes

When you finish a roll of toilet paper or paper towels, do you toss the cardboard tube into the recycle bin? Check out these awesome ways to reuse them instead! The average American family uses aro…

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Jeans Designed by Lions, Tigers & Bears

Distressed jeans have been in fashion for years, but now you can actually cover your tush in a pair playfully torn apart by lions, tigers or bears. A volunteer group called the Mineko Club came up wit…

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Why the Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case Matters

We're going to get a little bit political up in here today. Let's talk a bit about the Hobby Lobby birth control case and what it means. As consumers, we vote with our wallets. When we spend money…

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6 Green & Gorgeous Tiles For Your Home

There are two strong trends in tile these days. The first is the use of new technology and out-of-the-box thinking to create handsome styles that appeal to the senses, while the second is an increas…

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Why Buy Organic Cotton?

Cotton has really great marketing behind it, but conventional cotton has some dirty secrets. I'm sure you guys have all seen those "Fabric of Our Lives" ad campaigns, featuring happy people snugglin…

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12 Reclaimed Wood Problems & How to Fix Them

Reclaimed wood is a hot trend in household décor nowadays. And with good reason. This unique building material glows with a special aged patina. Wood cut from fully mature trees, as was the practice…

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Energy-Smart Ways to Cool Your Home? Look to the Past

On days when the mercury hits 90 degrees and keeps rising, it’s almost instinctive to reach for the HVAC control. Most folks in the US, especially in warm, humid states, can’t imagine life without …

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14 Surprising Uses for Old Picture Frames

Got some empty frames but no photos to fill them? Check out these surprising uses for old picture frames! Old picture frames that are missing the glass, have gotten scratched or dinged, or that are…

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No Joke: This House Can Be Built With A Screwdriver!

As the passive house trend spreads globally, architecture firms are getting seriously creative when it comes to building environmentally-friendly homes. The latest iteration of the passive house ma…

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The Best Window Shades & Curtains for Saving Energy

The first thing I tend to do when I move into a new home is hang up some window treatments. I like my privacy, thank you very much, and I also like to filter and control light levels for maximu…

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