June 2015

Found 10 blog entries for June 2015.

Most people appreciate a big, spacious bathroom that feels spa-like and you can retreat to. Unfortunately, if your home was built before the 1980s you probably have one of the smaller, more practical ones.

(Credit: Ehpoint/Shutterstock)

(Credit: Ehpoint/Shutterstock)

 

Don’t despair, because by using color, design, mirrors and other visual tricks, you can not only make this most necessary room look larger, but also feel roomier. Here are ten ideas to help you in your design.

1. Use Light Colors

Walls painted with soft, pale colors give the impression of more space. Save the bold, strong colors for your accessories and décor items. Painting the walls in bright colors makes the room feel like it’s closing in.

(Credit: Iriana Shiyan/Shutterstock)

(Credit: Iriana Shiyan/Shutterstock)

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You all know the drill by now. Fun, awesome, new, strange and yummy deals to enjoy over the weekend. Pick one...or all of them.

 

$31 for an Aquatic Bubble Session for Two from Hollywood Beach Bubble ($50 Value)

The Deal

Two people can enjoy a unique activity and workout session that takes place in a giant inflatable bubble floating in the water. While safely encased, each person can propel their bubble over the waves by rolling, crawling, and running inside. They can also lie down inside the bubble and relax as the waves underneath them gently massage their bodies. The bubbles are tethered with a 50-100 foot tow line.

Hollywood Beach Bubble 

Hollywood Beach Bubble bestows people with the superpower ability to walk on water.

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When the weather heats up, so do scams targeting homeowners and vacationers looking for bargains. Stay one step ahead of con artists. You can keep up on the latest scams at the Federal Trade Commission site. This season, here’s how to spot the dirty deals:

Renting someone else’s home, condo, or apartment, or swapping your house with theirs, is an appealing alternative to staying in hotels and motels. But it appeals to scammers, too, who might solicit an advance payment for an imaginary property.

Often those fakes can be found on listing sites such as Craigslist, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Or you might unwittingly rent a property in foreclosure just in time for the bank to toss you out. Sometimes the rip-off comes

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15 Best Beach Towns for Partying

Photo by iStock/Erik Mace/Yahoo

By Emily.rothkrug

Partying on the beach with the wind in your hair, free of the stifling walls of nightclubs, is something even the most crowd-averse curmudgeon should experience at least once. Many public beaches all over the United States have become increasingly strict about large gatherings, but that is no reason to rule out the beach as a location for your next party. Plus, there are always those famous beaches abroad that welcome reveling tourists. Here are some of the world’s best beaches for partying.

We’ve ranked these beaches based on public access, proximity to bars and nightlife, and amenities for on-site food preparation as well as access to street food or beachside dining. While

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Father’s Day Menus for Every Type of Dad

Illustrations by Erik Mace/Yahoo Food

Dads are a lot like snowflakes: Each one is special and unique. Some dads would think that analogy is just too darned adorable, others wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face if their child ever said it to them. You get the idea: All dads are different.

This year, rather than go with the standard lunch out at the golf club or the typical burgers on the grill, plan a day of eating that’s a nuanced reflection of your pop’s likes, dislikes, passions, and hobbies. To point you in the right direction, we’ve broken down seven different dad types and the delicacies that might send their appetites into overdrive. Feel free to mix and match as you please, because dads are fascinating and complex creatures and

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Home is where the heart is, and if you’re a pet owner, a large part of that heart is your furry family members. Just like how you should feel comfortable at home, it’s important your dog, cat or other pet do too. Not only will this relieve some of the stress of being a pet owner, namely keeping your home fur-free, but your pet will be much happier too.

Dog On Welcome Mat

So, since cats have nine lives, we’ve found nine must-have pet friendly features for your home.

Must-Have Pet Friendly Features

1. Doggy Doors

This is an oldie but a goodie. Doggy doors have stood the test of time because they make keeping a dog that much easier. You won’t have to worry about getting Fido out of the house in time for potty breaks and he can come and go as he pleases. The

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A Southern California contractor recently pled guilty to victimizing almost 12 people with home improvement projects. The company used telemarketers to get jobs, then did poor work, overbilled and in some cases did no work at all. One homeowner gave a Baton Rouge, Louisiana man $3,000 to make home repairs. Then he quit showing up to do the work and couldn’t be reached by phone. In Scott County, Indiana, four men approached several homeowners saying they’d fix their driveways. The price was set, but when the fraudsters completed the work, they demanded more money.

(Credit: thieury/Shutterstock)

(Credit: thieury/Shutterstock)

Although most contractors are ethical and above board, a significant minority just want your money. The illegitimate ones come to your home in

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It's summertime in South Florida.   Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to prepare a hurricane supplies list? Just kidding; this isn't that list. This is a list of the best places to throw back some drinks this summer. We're obviously lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. While some families around the United States are smashing their piggy banks to save up for a South Florida summer vacation, we are already here — and it's pretty awesome, so you should get out and take advantage of it.  

Don't waste a minute this summer, and check out these ten best summer bars in Broward and Palm Beach.

Aruba is a must on any Fort Lauderdale bucket list.   Aruba Beach Cafe

It's summertime in Florida, so any bar with "beach" and "cafe" in its name is already ahead of the game.

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If money were no object, would you rather …

It’s how the game normally begins. But when it comes to real estate, it’s hard to take money out of the equation. For many, it’s the deciding factor between renting and owning.

So, let’s change the rules. In this edition of “Would of Rather … ?” you pay the same amount each month — whether it’s a rent check or an estimated mortgage payment on a 30-year fixed loan.

Instead of deciding based on price, you can pick based on your lifestyle and tastes. The choice is yours!

For $1,100 a month …

Rent this

Phoenix for rent  

 Buy that

Phoenix for sale

In the Phoenix market, you could rent a 761-square-foot luxury apartment in Desert View, or you could buy a 1,880-square-foot house in Paradise Valley. Both are ready for

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"Food as design" was one of the big trends spotted at Milan Design Week last month and sure enough, very-busy furniture retailer Ikea dedicated a whole exhibit to Concept Kitchen 2025, a deep exploration of how the kitchen will change in the next decade. The project, a collaboration with design innovation firm Ideo and students from Lund University and the Eindhoven University of Technology, stems from a set of basic assumptions about the world in 2025, e.g. "Our homes will become physically smaller," "'Shopping' will mean 'home delivery'." Unlike "kitchen of the future" predictions from, say, the '50s, these prototypes are less about a magical convenience and more about practicality and the environment.

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