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Style at Home: Add a touch of fall to your home with bittersweet

Bittersweet reminds me of my childhood. In the fall, my friends' families harvested strands of the woody vine, which grew naturally in the woods around our hometown. Their moms snipped bits from the vines, which were covered in dazzling orange berries, and used them to create beautiful fall displays throughout their homes.

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Professional cleaning services under $250

With all of life's hassles, cleanup may be the last thing you want to deal with. And hiring a professional cleaning service may sound like a luxury you can't afford. But it may cost less than you think. And when it leaves you more time to spend with your family, the benefits of hiring a professional may outweigh the costs.

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Design Recipes: Let there be light

Lighting often plays a critical role in enhancing spaces and molding moods, whether the environment is one for relaxation, sleep or work. From decorative to ambient and task lighting, many homeowners may ask: Does my home have enough light? A general rule of thumb is to try to use as much natural light as you can, whether it means adding windows or doors to a room, or making solid surfaces more transparent.

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Ask Angie’s List: How should I prepare my house for fall?

Even if the heat still beats down outside, September has arrived. This means temperatures and tree leaves will fall before you know it. Start planning your fall maintenance tasks now. You'll save time and effort by doing them ahead of schedule. You also might get a better rate and scheduling if you call in professionals before their busy season really gets underway.

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The Mortgage Professor: Retirees and the asset management challenge

Previous generations, retiring with defined-benefit pension plans provided by employers, seldom concerned themselves with the investments that secured those plans. That was the employer's problem – except when the investments turned out to be insufficient to make the required pension payments, when it would suddenly become the retirees' problem. But that was an uncommon aberration.

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On Gardening: Mountain Mints are champions for landscape, herb garden or backyard habitat

A couple of weeks ago I was walking a trail and had one of those OMG moments as I spotted a plant 20 feet away and could tell it was a champion of pollinators. At the risk of being a plant geek, I will tell you it was amazing to watch the bees, swallowtails, and hairstreaks all on a frenzy to get to the flowers. When this happens you simply have to take notice as this is not an everyday occurrence in the garden.

Avoid these 10 mistakes when preparing to put your house up for sale

Avoid these 10 mistakes and discover easy steps to make your home "fit to sell." These simple concepts can help you and your sales associate get the most on the sale of your home.