Ten tips to make outdoor parties unforgettable

Ten tips to make outdoor parties unforgettable

Family Features Special to Valley News Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling lights to patterned tablecloths, every detail counts when it comes to impressing family and friends. It may feel like a lot […]

How to conserve water when temperatures rise

How to conserve water when temperatures rise

TEMECULA – Spring and summer are synonymous with increased hours of sunlight, warm temperatures and, oftentimes, an increased reliance on water to feed recreational pursuits and lawn and garden needs. The Water Information Program states that 3.9 trillion gallons of water are consumed in the United States each month and the average person uses 176 […]

How to plant a tree for successful growth

How to plant a tree for successful growth

TEMECULA – More sunlight and warm temperatures frequently inspire homeowners to spend more time in the great outdoors during spring and summer. Outdoor projects often top homeowners’ to-do lists in spring and summer, with gardens and landscapes taking center stage. Planting more trees around the yard is one popular project that can improve property value […]

Is your home as safe as it can be?

Is your home as safe as it can be?

TEMECULA – Homes are supposed to serve as sanctuaries, but safety hazards may be lurking in many homes. Thousands upon thousands of people fall victim to unintentional injuries each year because of simple safety mistakes made around the house. According to the security company A Secure Life, unintentional injuries result in an average of 21 […]

Five common mistakes to avoid when cleaning natural stone surfaces

Five common mistakes to avoid when cleaning natural stone surfaces

Stephanie Vozza Special to Valley News Natural stone surfaces are a wonderful investment that deserve and require proper care. If you make a mistake or overlook maintenance, you could risk damaging your beautiful material. While it’s true that natural stone is extremely durable and made to last, it is not indestructible. “There is a chemistry […]

The basics of kitchen cabinet refacing

The basics of kitchen cabinet refacing

TEMECULA – Homeowners who want to give their kitchens a brand-new look without the expense or the hassle of a full-scale renovation often gravitate toward kitchen cabinet refacing. Cabinet refacing is less expensive and more eco-friendly than a full replacement of existing cabinets, and experts estimate refacing costs roughly two-thirds less than a complete cabinet […]

Salmonella is ‘no yolk’ when raising backyard chickens

Salmonella is ‘no yolk’ when raising backyard chickens

TEMECULA – City dwellers and suburbanites have flown the coop, so to speak. A growing interest in raising chickens has enabled coops and nesting birds to spring up in neighborhoods one would not typically associate with chickens. Sometimes dubbed “urban homesteading” or “urban farming,” these homegrown operations enable people to enjoy fresh eggs from the […]

Items to avoid when composting

TEMECULA – Composting is an eco-friendly activity that can also save homeowners money on fertilizer and pesticides. Organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow, compost reduces the amount of waste that would otherwise end up in landfills, reducing the amount of methane gas that such landfills produce. But the U.S. […]

Different ways to showcase a diploma

TEMECULA – After all the pomp and circumstance of graduation festivities, graduates are left holding a highly symbolic piece of paper that has the potential to impact the rest of their lives. Graduates can exhibit pride in their academic accomplishments by prominently displaying their diplomas in their homes. The following are some ideas about how […]

Tools of the home renovator’s trade

Home renovation projects can be both exciting and tricky. Do-it-yourselfers are inspired by designs showcased in magazines, websites and their own communities. When DIY enthusiasts see a design they like, it’s understandable that they may want to emulate these looks at home. Remodeling is one of the larger DIY undertakings, and it goes beyond simple […]

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