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How to Install Bathroom Tile Like a Pro

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HOME & GARDEN — Updating the flooring can help infuse new life into tired, outdated bathrooms. For an upscale, polished look that doesn’t have to break the bank, consider installing tile flooring. Before you get started, you’ll want to make some decisions about the look and feel of your flooring: Ceramic or stone? Weigh factors such as porosity, how slippery ...

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5 Tips to Help Your Kids Move to a New House

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FAMILY & CHILDCARE — As difficult as moving can be for adults, it can be even harder for children. Some are simply too young to realize all their favorite toys will be coming along with them while older kids understand a move might mean giving up friendships, sports teams and schools they enjoy. 1. Keep Kids in the Loop Communicate ...

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Recipes of the Week: Lobster Rolls & Chilled Lobster Salad

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Recipes courtesy of Erin Lynch. FOOD & DRINK — The arrival of summer means favorites like fresh seafood are back on the menu for many families. This year, as you explore new and inventive ways to add variety to weeknight dinners and backyard barbecues, consider including lobster as a versatile, indulgent ingredient. Throughout the summer months, lobstermen up and down ...

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7 On-Trend Ideas for Installing or Updating Your Deck

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HOME & GARDEN — Installing or updating a deck can transform your outdoor living area. If you’re planning a deck build or renovation in 2022, consider incorporating one or more of these design trends. 1. Creativity in Design While decking design features used to be reserved for luxury upgrades, creative flair is increasingly mainstream. Some options for incorporating greater depth ...

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Recipe of the Week: Tuna Romesco Salad Board

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FOOD & DRINK — Over the past two years, home chefs have had time to explore new recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques, which is why it is no surprise dinner parties are, at long last, a way to celebrate together in 2022. Now is the perfect time to share your newfound skills with family and friends. It can be easy ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Plant-a-Row Season Begins

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MARIPOSA — Last spring, the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County (MG) took on the Mariposa County Plant-a-Row program. Since then, the program has been successful in partnering with local entities that work toward solving food insecurity struggles in the county. Last year Plant-a-Row members participated in the weekly Mariposa Farmers’ Market and collected produce from several of the vendors ...

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Easy Ways You Can Make Your Home Safer for Babies

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FAMILY & CHILDCARE — Your little one’s on-the-go adventures mark a huge milestone for his or her development and your family. Here are some easy ways you can baby-proof your home. Prepare Before the Birth First-time parents are likely to embark upon a new life filled with late nights, sleep deprivation and a world of stresses they’ve never experienced or ...

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5 Practical Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Value

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HOME & GARDEN — Whether you’ve purchased a new house or are just looking to invest in what is likely your largest asset, home improvements can make your living space more comfortable, functional and stylish. Homebuyers are looking for practical home amenities that allow them to live, work and play – such as dedicated home offices, backyard retreats, home gyms ...

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CAL FIRE Says Prepare Homes Now for Wildfire Season

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — As California’s weather has already increased fire danger across the state, CAL FIRE is urging Californians to ensure they prepare their homes and property for wildfire. CAL FIRE officials are providing tips to residents to ensure they prepare for wildfire by focusing on Defensible Space and Home Hardening retrofits. “Recent wildfires and research have highlighted how the ...

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Recipe of the Week: Southwest Steaks with Peppercorn Sauce

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Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose FOOD & DRINK — Celebrating summer with sizzling meals starts with tender, juicy cuts of meat that take center stage when dining on the patio or firing up the grill. Steak enthusiasts can show off their summer cooking skills with this recipe for Southwest Steaks with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce and Parmesan-Herb Fries. ...

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