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2107, 2016

Spice Up Your Home With Color!

Colors have real power in our lives, especially at home. Certain colors can make rooms [...]

807, 2016

Make Moving In Easy!

While moving to a new home can be stressful for most people, there are steps [...]

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How to Take Great Photos of Your House

ou bought your new house, the furniture is arranged, and those sweet consignment-store finds are arranged just so. You want to show off your new digs on Facebook, and you want to make sure you […]

How to Negotiate with your Insurance Company

Filing an insurance claim on your house can be one of the most stressful and frustrating experiences about home ownership, or adulthood in general. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scope of the project […]

What’s the Best Cooking Show?

Cooking is getting more and more popular in this DIY era we live in. Which means more and more amateur chefs are looking for techniques and ideas to try out in their own kitchens.

As a […]

How to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

Sadly, the holidays are over — nobody really counts New Year’s do they — which means if you’re like most people, you’re now trying to figure out what you’re going to do with your sad, […]

Vegetables You Can Grow Outside in Winter

Most of us don’t think about winter as a prime gardening season. This is because it isn’t. But that doesn’t mean you can’t grow a garden this time of year. Particularly in south Texas, there […]

The Homeowner’s New Year’s Resolution List

When most people think about New Year’s Resolutions, they think about self-improvement, like losing weight or saving more money. But the new year is also a good time to change some things about […]

7 Reasons You Should Keep Rubbing Alcohol in your Home

Rubbing alcohol sounds like some kind of old-timey health product that never even worked in the first place, but in reality it’s a really inexpensive solution to a lot of minor problems you may […]

5 Old Wives Tales That Turn Out To Be True

Ah, the old wives tale, a bit of passed-down superstition that seems just weird enough it might be true. Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis, swimming on a full stomach causes cramps, shaving makes the hair […]

10 80s and 90s Commercials to Take You Back

Believe it or not, 1995 was 20 whole years ago, which means kids who were watching television in 1995 are how buying homes and raising kids and reminiscing about the 80s and 90s the same […]

7 Tricks to Save Money on your Heating Bill

Winter is upon us here in south Texas, and furnaces all over are kicking on to make toasty homes for the holidays. It’s a lovely time of year, but it can be an expensive one […]

8 Cooking Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

There are a tremendous number of myths and old wives tales that surround the home kitchen, and lots of well-meaning cooks make mistakes based on misinformation or a misunderstanding of some scientific process or another.

Here […]

Why You Should Compost, and How To Do It

If you have a garden, or need good soil for any reason whatsoever, composting is just about the most sensible thing you could possibly do. Here’s what a compost pile is: A whole bunch […]

Trust Us, Just Try this Gravy this Thanksgiving

We know, we know, we know: Grandma has a certain gravy recipe that you’ve been having at Thanksgiving as long as you can remember, and it’s not Thanksgiving without it, and if it is not […]

How to Build a Fire in Your Fireplace

Winter culture is not much of a thing in these parts, but it nonetheless is true that many south Texas homes have fireplaces. Maybe more for ambiance than anything else, but there […]

How to Make a House Seem Clean in 5 Minutes (Without Actually Cleaning Much)

This post is for a certain kind of homeowner. A homeowner that likes a clean home, sure, a homeowner that maintains their house and mows the grass and gives the whole home a nice cleaning […]

5 Things To Do For Your Lawn This Fall

Everybody wants that lush, green lawn in the spring and summertime, but not everybody realizes that a big part of having that is maintaining your lawn during the fall and winter months, when […]

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are a nuisance that can be fairly resilient if you don’t attack them aggressively.

The good news is, there is more than one way to skin a cat¬†expel a fruit fly. Here, we give […]

9 Uses for Vinegar You Never Knew About

So, Reader’s Digest is still a thing. Can you believe that? Well, it’s true. Anyway, your favorite dentist-office magazine has converted to digital now, and while we’re not avid readers, we did find on it […]

Cheese-mar Homes Tutorial: How to Make Cheddar Cheese

We’ve gone over the concept, the science, some basic practices. And now, with no further delay, we are going to make cheese.

So strap yourself in. It’s going to be a wild ride.

We could show you […]

Your Winter Home Preparedness Checklist

Winter is coming. Well, sort of. This is south Texas, after all, but that doesn’t mean we’re off the hook when it comes to preparing our homes for winter.

To get there, follow these tips, and […]

How to Have the Best Halloween House on the Block

It gets harder and harder each year, but you can still remember what it was like to be a kid, right? And Halloween? Man, only Christmas was more exciting.

The best trick-or-treat houses were the ones […]

What To Do If Your House Floods

The Houston area is expecting a lot of rain this weekend, and after what happened in Houston over Memorial Day weekend, flooding is on a lot of people’s minds.

Dealing with a flooded home is a […]

Cheese-mar Homes Tutorial: Sanitization in Cheese

Like any process that involves culturing or fermentation, sanitization is extremely important to the cheese-making process. All of your utensils, cookware and even your hands need to be as clean and bacteria-free as possible in […]

Chesmar Homes Product Review: Expandable Garden Hoses

Occasionally in this space we’ll use and review a common household consumer product, so you don’t have to. Today, we’re talking about the oh-so-slick, as-seen-on-TV, magical auto-expanding garden hoses.

You’ve seen the commercials.

The […]

Cheese-mar Homes Tutorial: The Role of Salt in Cheese

So far in this series we’ve discussed the overall concept of cheese, and we’ve tackled milk selection, and so you’re fairly well on your way to making a cheese of your own. But […]