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New Smart Objects for Your Smart Home

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas continues to add new smart objects year after year. With an increasing focus on an internet connected house, and more people embracing this market, the 2017 CES offering were strong for smart homes. Here’s some of the newest and best innovations for this year’s smart homes, with practical applications in any household. Breezi Airpulse: AC Maintenance The Breezi Airpulse touts itself to be the “check engine light” for your air conditioner and heater. As a primary interest that home buyers have when looking into houses, Breezi represents a unique opportunity to keep …

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Pantone’s Greenery and Your Home

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It’s become a tradition for the Pantone Color Institution to name a color each year that will be prominent in fashion and design. 2017 is the proud recipient of a simple green color that we all are familiar with, even if we’re not big on the trends: greenery. Described as a zesty yellow-green, this tone is regularly used to evoke the idea of freshness and life. It also has the benefit of being among the easiest to add to your home for a décor update that will appeal to you, visitors, and even potential buyers if you’re looking to sell. …

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Drive Thru Coffee

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Coffee! It should be one of the four basic food groups consumed all day.  Coffee is universal, and you can find a cup of Joe on every street corner. There’s nothing like a great cup of coffee. It tastes like a mildly roasted nut, but not burnt, tart or bitter. It has a warm smooth finish, and the smell wakes up all of your senses leaving a relaxed smile on your face. Hot brown liquid without any pretenses. Now, where to find this simple pleasure in Long Beach? Again, coffee can be found on almost every street corner. Let’s be realistic, this …

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Protect Your Skin – Homemade Sunscreen

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Homemade Sunscreen Summer is the time to be outside and enjoy the great Southern California weather, and sunscreen in part of the routine. Yet, how many times a day in the winter do you remember to put on sunscreen. This past year Long Beach had 278 days of sunshine and how many days did you protect your skin? Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology more than 2 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnoses this year and that is only in the United States. Staying out of the sun …

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Public Transportation

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Reduse your carbon foortprint and explore Long Beach’s public transportation system. It is easy to forget that Long Beach is the 7th largest city in California and the 36th largest city in the United States. It feels like a small beach town, quaint California Bungalows, restaurants on the water, and a great pier for fishing. However, the minute you are without a car you quickly realize the benefits of living in a large sophisticated city. LB Transit Bus has 34 routes and almost 2,000 stops in Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill. It runs seven days a week, connects to …

Grow Your Own Vegetables

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There Are Lots of Reasons To Grow Your Own Vegetables Cultivating a back yard vegetable garden is a great spring and summer project. There are many reasons the USDA encourages home gardens and many reasons why 43 million American households (including the White House!) are now growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs. Price One of the most obvious reasons to grown your own produce is the potential cost savings. Seriously, have you bought fresh herbs lately? A pack of herbs from the grocery store can cost between $3 and $6 for a small bunch or pack, which may take …

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Long Beach Lawn-to-Garden Turf Replacement Program

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Now that Earth Day has come and gone, it’s time to put those environmental values into practice! If you own a home in Long Beach and are looking to go green, save some green, or BOTH, check out the City of Long Beach’s Lawn-to-Garden program! You could receive a rebate of up to $3,000 just for turning your water-guzzling lawn into a beautiful variety of semi-arid plants and flowers!

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Tips for Living Green at Home

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With so many people wanting to be more environmentally conscious, we thought we’d share a few tips on living a bit greener at home: 1) In Long Beach, where the City Council recently voted to do away with plastic bags at retail establishments, and in other areas as well, plastic bags are going the way of the dinosaur. Simply take reusable bags with you when you shop. Many retailers sell their own reusable bags at the checkout counter. Trader Joe’s has some good, sturdy and inexpensive ones. These work well for farmer’s market, too! Always keep a few bags in your …