Leisure & Lifestyle

Tue
15
Oct

Should you buy or lease your next car? Determine what’s best for you

If you’re thinking of replacing your car, you may also be wondering if you should lease or buy the replacement vehicle. Leasing a vehicle used to be commonplace only for businesses because of the tax write-off. But now with deals like zero money down, low monthly payments or zero-percent interest, leasing has become a popular option for the general public.

Tue
15
Oct

Still time to spruce up with fall projects


Whether you’re selling or just seeing some dated or weathered facets when you look at your home, there’s still time this fall to spruce things up. Because so many Twin Cities homes have garages that open to the street, an updated garage door — especially in a rich wood finish that matches the front door — makes a big impression. (submitted photos)

They’re the projects that got pushed aside by vacation trips, summer sports and the hectic rush to enjoy the short season we had in 2013.
But there are plenty of ways to tackle your home’s exterior curb appeal, whether it’s to impress prospective buyers or to welcome guests for fall and winter holidays in style.

Tue
15
Oct

10 tips to conserve energy, money this winter

The Minnesota Commerce Department’s Division of Energy Resources encourages all Minnesotans to follow these simple household tips:

Tue
15
Oct

Five signs you need to insulate your home this year


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Homeowners prepping for winter can stop the energy waste cycle by taking a closer look at their insulation. As one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and lower bills, insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls to regulate a home’s temperature. But how do you know if your home is properly insulated?

Wed
09
Oct

Autumn's perfect fruit


Minnesota apple growers report harvesting a bumper crop of crisp, juicy apples this fall. (photos by Vonny Rohloff/Review )

Victoria Valley Orchard owner Molly Papenheim, 83, rests on her perch near the cash register. Molly and her late husband, Don, opened the Shoreview orchard 40 years ago.

Even Pepper, a family’s black dog, enjoys a visit to an apple orchard.

Approximately 800 trees produce a variety of apples at the Victoria Valley Orchard.

A large hill between the trees at Victoria Valley Orchard adds to the picturesque setting of apple trees.

The wind catches and twirls a colorful balloon designed to scare birds that like to eat apples.

For a well-balanced lunch menu, try the apple burger, an easy way to add fruit and vegetables to your meal.

Apples and fall are nearly synonymous. They go together like pumpkins and Halloween, snow and sledding, and summer and swimming.
A fall outing to one of the nearby apple orchards offers more than a bag of apples to bring home. The trip can be an event -- a fun-filled day of entertainment for the entire family.

Thu
03
Oct

Fall foliage: with containers, the show needn’t be over


Fall mums offer a dependable splash of color to perk up a container, a border or to stand on their own in almost limitless combinations.

Take a look at the flying-off-the-shelves inventories of garden centers and hardware and specialty stores for something new for fall. In this grouping: a pair of cast-iron-look classically-shaped resin planters that lend a vintage touch, contrasted with a pair of tin-bucket planters the homeowner has painted.

Heucheras make a great container plant or can light up a shady spot. The perennials come in colors from nearly black through plum, caramel, gold and bright lime.

Flowers in garden borders and containers may well be tired of blooming all summer, or perhaps -- confession time -- you’re tired of them.
All that light, cool periwinkle and white that looked so refreshing in the summer months may not look right against backgrounds of sunflowers and turning leaves, and it does feel like time to begin to embrace autumn.

Thu
03
Oct

Check it out: find home air leaks with kit from library

Xcel Energy announced recently the launch of a new pilot program called Draft Check, which enables Ramsey County library patrons to check out a device to help locate air leaks in their homes.

Thu
03
Oct

Tackling those last-minute projects? Stay safe


Doing it right means taking the extra steps necessary to stay safe. (StatePoint)

Finally fixing that loose step? Planning to use power tools? In the rush to take advantage of warm fall weather, don’t forget to take the extra time to safeguard yourself and your tools.
A stop at your neighborhood hardware store for the safety glasses you can’t find quickly or the gloves or mask that will protect you from chemicals may save you injury and cost in the long run.

Mon
30
Sep

Long-time East Side barber closes up


Cliff Gebhard, 72, sits in one of two barber chairs in his shop at the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and Stillwater Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff Gebhard’s shop is full of curiosities from bric-a-brac to an ìInformationî sign, much like the man himself. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff’s Barber Shop is one of those places that was always full of regulars, quirk and charm, and where the haircut service provided wasn’t necessarily the only reason you’d swing by.
Rather, you’d also be there to catch a story, and to chat with your neighbors.
It’s been a community of sorts for the owner, Cliff Gebhard, and his customers.

Mon
23
Sep

Tax tips for small-business owners

There are 23 million small businesses in America, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Although each business is unique, you can be sure that they have a common desire to minimize their taxes and make the most of the deductions for which they qualify. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) offers these tips on how to achieve those goals.

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