Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Learn how to make the perfect homemade double crust pie from the Williams Sonoma test kitchen experts.

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Monday, January 12th, 2015
Finding a home is a lot like finding the your true love. Love makes your heart skip a beat. Your feet immediately start to spin around the empty living room and imagine yourself entertaining grandly as you waltz through the dining room. And by the time you get to the master bedroom, well….it's love.

But if you've ever been in a bad relationship, you know it can start with that head over heels feeling. You remember that feeling. It's the one that makes you do stupid things that you regret later, like blithely overlooking flaws you wouldn't have put up with if you were in your right mind.

When you go shopping for homes, remember that you're vulnerable. Cupid may strike with his bow when you least expect it, causing you to fall in love - with the wrong house.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Painting cabinets can give a quick update to a kitchen or bathroom in no time. Before you paint, you will need to prime your cabinet. You can find a video for this at and watch "How to Prep for Painting Cabinets ". For this project you will need paint, a paint brush, 5-in-1 tool, stir sticks, tray, painters tray, painters tape, ladder, saw horses and lumber for easy painting and a roller frame. When looking for paint look for a semi gloss or high gloss finish or use a latex, durable and easy cleanup.

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Monday, January 5th, 2015
1. Get rid of the beige. It’s been replaced by gray. Really. Do it. Gray isn’t going anywhere

2. Make a big change. Knock down a wall. Change your countertops. Convert the upstairs loft to a full-blown entertainment room. If not now, when?

3. Make a bunch of small changes. Walk through your house and make a list, room by room, of little things that could be updated. Then, start tackling them one at a time. Paint the guest room and change the bedding. Swap out the old art over your fireplace with something new. Take down the unorganized family photos in the hallway and turn the space into a revitalized gallery (here are some ideas to get you started). You'll feel good about yourself for finishing projects that are probably long overdue, and you'll also feel better about your refreshed home.

4. Splurge on something you need. The giant old TV that you have to smack on the side to get the channels to turn? Dump it. It'll only cost you a couple hundred bucks to get a good size flat-screen in there instead.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Question: My wife and I have owned our house for many years. I am several years older and suspect that she will outlive me. I want to make sure that she will be able to stay in the house for the rest of her life, and have heard about a legal concept called "a life estate". Can you explain how this works?

Answer: This is a complex -- obtuse -- area of the law, but here's a general outline.