Automatically Fold Your Clothes

Do the piles of laundry around your home bug you? Most people wash at least three loads per week, and some with larger families will wash many more. Once the automatic washer and dryer are finished with the loads of laundry, then it is time to fold the clothes manually and put them away. What if you could automatically fold the clothes instead of having to fold them manually? Well, if FoldiMate has its way, you soon will have its machine do the work. FoldiMate is expected to be available for purchase later this year.   So a machine like …

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Evaluate Your Landscape and Tools

As we enter the last full month of winter, and spring is around the corner it is a good time to evaluate your landscape and tools. This year the weather is predicted to be mild in February so starting a little work in your yard on the weekend should be easy to accomplish. How does your turf look? Are there bare spots you neglected to fill? Although it is not time to plant grass yet, you can see if you will need to add a pallet of sod, or if a little seeding will do and plan accordingly. Do the …

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Valentine’s Date

Planning something special for your valentine does not have to be difficult, or expensive. If you have been with your sweetheart for a while you will learn about things they like and dislike. Do they like surprises? If not, then you should avoid them (the surprises that is). When is the last time you have taken your significant other to the place you met, proposed, or had a very special memory? If it has been a while since you have gone there that is a romantic idea that can be special for both of you. Planning something at home can …

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Triple Layer Dark Chocolate Cake & Choco-coffee Ganache

When it comes to cakes, chocolate is often a favorite for many. This month we are sharing a recipe for a special cake that is sure to please you and your valentine. Cake Time: 45 minutes Effort: Easy Serves: 4   Ingredients 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp. cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/3 cup water 1 tsp. vanilla essence 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 1 tsp. white vinegar   Directions Preheat oven to 350F, making sure the rack is in the middle of the oven. Butter and flour a 5″ x 8 1/2″ oblong …

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Google Home Hub

Are you ready to take your next step to automate your home? If you already have products like Nest, the Google Home Hub should be a good option for you. With a 7 inch screen, microphones and Google Assistant included, this device can help you control most (if not all) of the smart devices in your home. Want to turn off a smart light? Check. Want to turn down the temperature? Check. Concerned about security and want to view your cameras? Check. Not only will it help you control your devices there are many other things it can do. Working …

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Clean Up Time

2019 is here, and it is time to clean up after the holidays. If you still have decorations that need storing, clutter that needs sorting and things that need straightening now is the time to do it. Last month the suggestion was made to get plastic totes for the decorations and label them. If you did that then putting up your decorations should be easier. If you did not now would be a good time to buy some. Before putting your items in the storage area you should access the place to see if it needs cleaning or straightening. If …

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Museums to Visit

We have seen a lot of rain and dreary weather over the last month. If that trend continues through January it will be a great time to explore the indoors. Although staying at home may be welcome after the holidays, cabin fever can take over even the most relaxed family. So this month would be a great time to plan one or more trips to museums. If you rarely like museums you should really keep reading though as there are a variety of attractions you may not have thought about. We will focus on the Birmingham area for this month, …

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Super Food for the Game

Food is always a big part of the game. This month we are giving you a few tasty ideas that should help you win with your friends whether you are feeding many, or a few. Shrimp & Spicy Guacamole Time: 15 minutes Effort: Easy Serves: 2 – 4 Ingredients 12-14 large shrimp, pre-cooked & peeled with the tail left on 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 large, ripe avocado 1 medium hot red pepper, minced 1 tbsp. homemade mayonnaise or a good quality store bought kind Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste 1 tbsp. …

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Paying Off Credit Card Debt

  Now that December is over many credit card statements will arrive with higher balances owed due to increased spending. So if you find yourself with a higher than normal balance on your credit cards there are several ways to reduce the debt. One way is to pay them off completely, and if you have the excess cash to do that it is a great idea. If you do not have the cash to pay them all off, but can pay the balance off of one (or more) of them, then deciding where to apply the funds to provide the …

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New Technologies for Cashless Payments

The way things are paid for in 2019 will continue to change. New options will allow more people to bypass using cash, pin numbers and signing screens. Already most people are comfortable paying with debit cards or credit cards. Next year biometric payment options will become more widespread. Mastercard is providing a biometric card that will store the owners thumbprint characteristics on the card. When the card is used the owner’s thumb will be scanned by the card at the time of payment to verify a match with the stored thumbprint characteristics on the card. The transaction will complete when …

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