Household Hints

9 Tips for Recouping the Hour Lost to Daylight Savings Time

March 10, 2011

Daylight savings time is fast approaching. For spring 2011, Daylight Savings Time officially starts on Sunday, March 13 — so that’s when we’ll have to turn our clocks forward an hour if we want to stay on the same schedule as the rest of the country. I’ve always hated Daylight Savings Time – because frankly, [...]

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How to Prepare for a Snow Storm

January 11, 2011
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As the first blizzard of 2011 hits, I’d like to mention a few ways to prepare for a snow storm that may make things a bit easier. Prior to the storm hitting, make a list of any “vitals” you may need–then go get them. Remember that the closer the impending storm gets, the more crowded [...]

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7 Things to Consider when Warming Up the Car in Cold Weather

January 9, 2011
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In some states, it is against the law to idle your vehicle–Maryland, and Washington D.C., included. Idling includes warming the vehicle up in cold weather. For many who are accustomed to warming up their cars before setting out in cold weather, this takes more than a little getting used to–and presents certain problems. I have [...]

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How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

December 16, 2010
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According to an article published on The New York Times website, The National Weather Service is strongly recommending that property owners and builders “clear rooftops, awnings, and overhangs of snow ASAP, to avoid potential collapses” before an impending ice storm hits New York early on Tuesday. I first learned about how to prepare for a [...]

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How to NOT Melt Your Shoes in the Dryer

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Does it sound weird to talk about shoes melting in the dryer? I would have thought so, too–if, Monday morning, that isn’t exactly what happened. It rained Sunday. A cold, brisk rain that says fall has definitely arrived. It was 7 p.m. when my son indicated his willingness to walk with me up and down [...]

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