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August 7, 2015

Million Dollar Listings: Life Is Good in Montecito

Montecito: you’ve probably already heard of it. Back in the 1800s, the area was an enclave of highway robbers who laid in wait in the nearby canyons, waiting for well-stocked trade caravans to pass through. Later, Italian immigrants established a community in the area, which called to mind the comforts of home. They built farms and planted gardens and vineyards. Touring the area, it’s apparent that the spirit of these Italian pioneers lives on.

When you can afford to live anywhere in the world, Montecito is likely near the top of your list. This exclusive community is home to a who’s who of Hollywood celebs, including Jeff Bridges, Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, and Drew Barrymore, [...]

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August 6, 2015

How to Make All the Rooms in Your House More Energy Efficient

It Is Easy Being Green (Especially Around the House!)

Kermit the Frog is usually a pretty credible source of information, but there’s one instance where he got it totally wrong: it actually is pretty easy being green, especially when it comes to reducing your home’s energy consumption. In this article, we’ll talk about how you can make every room in your home more energy efficient.

Improving Energy Efficiency in the Kitchen

For most homes, the kitchen is responsible for the lion’s share of the energy bill, but there are ways to make it less of an energy hog. To start, try using natural ventilation instead of running your range fan all the time. Keep your windows open while [...]

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August 5, 2015

6 States You Absolutely Do Not Want to Get Caught Speeding in and Why

Whoa There, Turbo: You Don’t Want to Get Caught Speeding Here

There are a few folks out there who never exceed the speed limit (Hi, Grandma!)

But most of us feel the need for speed every once in a while. Sometimes it’s because we’re running late; other times it just feels right to give it a little extra gas and feel the wind whip through your hair – after all, the open road will do that to a person.

But here’s the thing: there are some states where speeding will get you a slap on the wrist, and little else. In some other states, however, the law will throw the proverbial book at you if you’re caught going over the speed limit. If you’re driving through one of the 6 [...]

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August 4, 2015

Grow Your Own Living Herb Wreath

Have you ever tried growing your own herbs before? I have. And I couldn’t believe how easy it was. Here’s what my herb garden looked like on my kitchen counter a year ago. Tiny galvanized pots full of herb seedlings with chalkboard scrabble tile markers. Practicality and functionality all rolled into one project. But I wanted to try something a little different with my herb collection. Something different. Something new.

So I grew my own living herb wreath. Amazing. I know…right? Here it is in all its glory. My very own living herb wreath and it only took me an afternoon. Want to make your own?

All you need to get started is a wreath form like [...]

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