Recent Posts

Posted in home

Two settings to achieve max smart home privacy

Some things Google Home knows about you are obvious — what music you like, how bad you are at math — because those are the things you rely on it for the most. But Google Home knows a lot more about you than you might realize. That’s because your smart home speaker is tied to your Google account, so it’s also connected to a deep well of personal information, like your email address and debit or credit card number. That means privacy and security settings are just as important with Google Home as with your Gmail account.



a close up of a stuffed toy on a table: Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home. Josh Miller/CNET


© Provided by CNET
Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home. Josh Miller/CNET



a stuffed animal sitting on a table: Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home.


© Josh Miller/CNET

Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home.


A lot of the same steps you should take to protect your Gmail account, like

Read More
Continue Reading Two settings to achieve max smart home privacy
Posted in kitchen ideas

Extension’s Cooking Basics series helps people navigate through the kitchen | Features

As restaurants closed in the beginning of the pandemic, many Americans learned just how much they had come to rely on them.

People had to start finding their way around the kitchen. That was a big task in a country where, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, people on average spend 54% of their food bills in restaurants.

Employees at the Manhattan-based K-State Research and Extension service thought they could help.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, Extension decided to do just a quick needs assessment with our clients,” said Lisa Martin, extension agent for the expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

The survey asked people what issues were the most important to them at the time — cooking and getting meals on the table hit high on the list.

“We had curriculum that we used with teaching, but we really didn’t have anything in fact sheets, and

Read More
Continue Reading Extension’s Cooking Basics series helps people navigate through the kitchen | Features
Posted in home

Need an extra PC for working or schooling from home? Here are some solutions

You’re not alone if you’ve been faced with this dilemma: The kids are now schooling from home and each need a computer to attend classes and get work done, yet budgets are tight because of a lost job or reduced hours because of the pandemic.

Teachers gear up for school year amid pandemic

UP NEXT

UP NEXT

To complicate matters further, parents may also be working from home this fall, and they, too, need a computer to get things done. And it may be your responsibility to pick one up in this B.Y.O.D. (“bring your own device”) work world we’re in today.



a person using a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: At $40, Logitech’s K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard can be wirelessly tethered to smartphones, tablets, and more.


© Logitech
At $40, Logitech’s K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard can be wirelessly tethered to smartphones, tablets, and more.

Understandably, you might not be able to afford a fancy new computer for everyone in the home. If taking turns with a desktop or laptop isn’t a viable option,

Read More
Continue Reading Need an extra PC for working or schooling from home? Here are some solutions
Posted in home improvement

Oppenheimer’s Concerns About Near-Term Future

InvestorPlace

7 Monthly Dividend Stocks To Buy Now For Safe Payouts

The stock market can be broadly separated into two groups — dividend stocks and non-dividend stocks. Among stocks that pay dividends to shareholders, most do so on a quarterly basis. But there are other directions a company can take with its capital return policy. Some companies decide to pay a dividend once per year, while others pay semi-annually. There are even monthly dividend stocks.Income investors may find monthly dividend stocks to be attractive, as they pay 12 dividends per year. Monthly dividend stocks deliver more frequent income payments than stocks with other payout schedules. * 10 Education Stocks to Buy for the Fall School Season This article will discuss our top 7 monthly dividend stocks right now.InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * Realty Income (NYSE:O) * STAG Industrial (NYSE:STAG) * Shaw Communications (NYSE:SJR) *

Read More
Continue Reading Oppenheimer’s Concerns About Near-Term Future
Posted in lowe's home improvement

Lowe’s Is Bringing New York Fashion Week From Runways to Homes

Key insight:

  • Fashion and interior design are linked by storytelling and self-expression.

With large swaths of the U.S. still hunkered down at home, Lowe’s is teaming with leading fashion designers Jason Wu, Christian Siriano and Rebecca Minkoff to bring New York Fashion Week from the catwalks into the home.

The collaboration is among chief brand and marketing officer Marisa Thalberg’s efforts to reimagine the home improvement retailer since joining in February.

“One of things I love about being at a brand of this scale is it allows you to do things in a different way,” she told Adweek.

The decision to launch the admittedly unexpected partnership—pairing a home improvement store with clothing, rather than interior, designers—was born out of the insight that the connection between style and home has never been stronger, Thalberg said.

It hinges on two ideas: that the home is central to the thinking of the fashion

Read More
Continue Reading Lowe’s Is Bringing New York Fashion Week From Runways to Homes
Posted in improvements

Business News | Stock and Share Market News


By

Read More
Continue Reading Business News | Stock and Share Market News
Posted in kitchen remodel

A farm-fresh take on rural design

It’s harvest time and farmers are busy. Meanwhile, all this talk of people quitting the city for country life may create another potential harvest for rural dwellers and home hunters with a sense of adventure. The Irish countryside is awash with barns and sheds that may no longer be in use but which could deliver cool country homes for those willing to think outside the box.

While such conversions are big business in London’s leafy commuter belt, very few of our indigenous agricultural buildings are being reimagined. It’s true we don’t have the same stock of cut-stone buildings, but take a less sniffy approach and huge potential could be unlocked in simple farm structures located in the middle of gloriously scenic spots.

Grand Designs Farmhouse
Grand Designs Farmhouse

Take Ulster man Kieran McGonigle of architectural practice McGonigle McGrath, whose tractor shed is one such property. Its elegance and sense of place so impressed

Read More
Continue Reading A farm-fresh take on rural design
Posted in remodeling

HomeAid, Moriarty Construction donate remodel work for The Women’s Home

Published

HomeAid Houston has formed a construction team to provide remodeling services to Barbara’s Place, one of several homes on the campus of The Women’s Home (TWH), a rehabilitation facility that addresses societal issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, poverty and crime. The project will provide demoing a 1,600-square-foot floor area that is a combination of wood and tile and installing new tile that has the look of rich, finished wood, and will last for years. Builder captain Matt Moriarty is working with his subcontractor Ralph Ortiz on the renovation.


“This HomeAid Care project for TWH is long overdue,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston. “HomeAid is excited to partner with Matt Moriarty and his subcontractors who will be joining the team, to provide a beautiful new floor for the main areas of the home.” HomeAid Cares projects focus

Read More
Continue Reading HomeAid, Moriarty Construction donate remodel work for The Women’s Home
Posted in home remodeling

4 Ways to Pay for a Home Remodel

As long-time DoughRoller readers may know, my husband and I went about our journey into homeownership in a slightly off-beat way. Long story short: we own a 2,400 square foot duplex in Indianapolis and have no mortgage. But we do have a significant amount of work left to do, nearly three years into the process.

Owning a fixer-upper has been a fun journey for our family, but it hasn’t always been easy. Besides not always having running water and never having central A/C, we’ve also had to figure out how to finance all the repairs our home needs.

I’m happy to say that we’re now well on our way. Soon, we’ll be closing on a mortgage that will allow us to pay contractors to finish the rest of the work on our home.

Going through this process has taught me quite a bit about options for financing a fixer-upper, too.

Read More
Continue Reading 4 Ways to Pay for a Home Remodel
Posted in renovation

Worthington mall owner plans major renovation



a large truck on a city street: The owners of the Shops at Worthington Place propose demolishing much of the mall and replacing it with offices. This rendering shows the proposed first office building, on the north side of the property. [Direct Retail Partners]


© Provided by The Columbus Dispatch
The owners of the Shops at Worthington Place propose demolishing much of the mall and replacing it with offices. This rendering shows the proposed first office building, on the north side of the property. [Direct Retail Partners]

A Texas developer plans to demolish much of the Shops at Worthington Place in an effort to save the struggling mall property by converting it into a mixed-use development called High North.

Under the plan, scheduled to go before the Worthington Planning Commission on Thursday, the north and west sides of the mall eventually would be torn down, removing about 120,000 square feet of the 138,000-square-foot building.



a group of palm trees and a building: Direct Retail Partners, the Dallas firm that owns the mall, said offices are a more economically viable option for the site, at Route 23 and Interstate 270. [Direct Retail Partners]


© Provided by The Columbus Dispatch
Direct Retail Partners, the Dallas firm that owns the mall, said offices are a more economically viable option for the site, at Route 23 and Interstate 270. [Direct Retail Partners]

The mall’s owner, the

Read More
Continue Reading Worthington mall owner plans major renovation