Leisure & Lifestyle

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12
Oct

Monsters & ogres in October

Spooky fun for the whole family! Monstrous events provide entertainment for all ages.

Sun
11
Oct

5 tips to keep your yard healthy this fall

Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)
Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)

A beautiful lawn can be the foundation to a happy, healthier life and lead to spending more time outdoors.

In fact, 86 percent of Americans consider their lawn important to their home and life.

Sun
11
Oct

Keeping the character

Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)
Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)

Renovation with original charm in mind
Not every home renovation is a complete do-over. In fact, some projects are more about preserving the character and charm of the original structure than making everything shiny and new.
A self-taught home rehabber, licensed real estate agent and designer, Nicole Curtis of Minneapolis, star of HGTV's "Rehab Addict," has made an art of introducing the comforts and conveniences of modern living while restoring homes to their former glory.

Tue
06
Oct

Improve your mental sharpness

Studies show that individuals who get involved in activities such as cards and other group games have increased brain volume in areas that stimulate memory.
Studies show that individuals who get involved in activities such as cards and other group games have increased brain volume in areas that stimulate memory.

Bridge and other activities boost brainpower
Staying active physically is important as you age. But exercising the brain can also have some important health and disease-prevention benefits.

Tue
06
Oct

Study finds cataract surgery leaves patients satisfied

Ninety-six percent of patients reported that their vision was better following cataract surgery. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Ninety-six percent of patients reported that their vision was better following cataract surgery. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

By 2030, 38 million Americans will suffer from cataracts, a number that will increase to 50 million by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Tue
22
Sep

Give your home a quick fall facelift, with fabric, paint and seasonal decor

Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)
Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)

(StatePoint) A seasonal home makeover doesn’t need to cost a fortune or be difficult to execute. Quick, easy and innovative ideas can give your home the fall flair needed to celebrate the season.

Mon
21
Sep

Plant now for a beautiful garden — for years to come

Melinda Myers
gardening expert

Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long term beauty to your garden.

Wed
09
Sep

Isolation of patients, caregivers prompts ‘Alzheimer’s Friendly Business’ campaign

Making decisions such as choosing items from a wide selection may be a challenge for those with Alzheimer’s. Employees may need the freedom and encouragement to step out from “behind the counter” to help customers find what they need. (submitted photo)
Is it in your best interests to pursue a reverse mortgage? With the help of a financial advisor, you can determine the answer. (submitted photo)

Why would a business owner or manager want to make sure a store or service  is “Alzheimer’s-friendly”? For one thing, many people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease are already their customers.

Wed
09
Sep

Three things to know about reverse mortgages

Is it in your best interests to pursue a reverse mortgage? With the help of a financial advisor, you can determine the answer. (submitted photo)
Is it in your best interests to pursue a reverse mortgage? With the help of a financial advisor, you can determine the answer. (submitted photo)

Money Management
MNCPA

One of the retirement planning resources that has gained interest in recent years is the reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage allows you to convert part of the equity in your home into cash without paying additional monthly bills. If you’re 62 or older — and want money to pay off your mortgage or pay for other expenses — you may consider a reverse mortgage.
If you decide to look for one, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these three questions to ask so you can decide if a reverse mortgage is right for you.

Wed
09
Sep

Aerate your lawn this fall for a good start next spring

Fall is a great time to aerate the lawn. Whether you do it yourself or hire a lawn care professional to do it for you, aeration at least once per year provides a number of benefits to your lawn, say experts.

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