Posted in improvements

Fitbit’s Versa 2 small improvements add up to big results

The Versa 2 is mostly a sidegrade from the Versa, but it all adds up to the best all-around fitness wearable for $180.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 isn’t a huge upgrade from the original — in many ways it’s just a modest “sidegrade” — but it still brings nothing but improvements. A year ago I called the original Versa “the best fitness tracker and wearable you can buy right now.” A lot has changed since then, including Apple’s dramatically improved Watch Series 4 and Series 5. But does The Fitbit Versa 2 still have what it takes?

I’ve spent the last two weeks with the Versa 2 and being a hardcore Fitbit fan and gym-goer I have some thoughts about it. Find out why despite its flaws as a true smartwatch, it’s still one of the best wearables for most people.

When the Fitbit Versa 2 launched, it started at $200.

Read More
Continue Reading Fitbit’s Versa 2 small improvements add up to big results
Posted in remodeling

Scientists track down a protein that may add to lung damage in asthma and related diseases

A step toward helping patients breathe deeply
A protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally. Credit: La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Your lungs and airways need to be stretchy, sort of like balloons. Take a big breath, and they’ll open right up.

Damaged lungs can’t open properly. Patients with asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and systemic sclerosis suffer from fibrosis and tissue remodeling, where a build-up of tissue and immune cells, and proteins that form a glue-like substance, keep the airways from expanding. As fibrosis gets worse, taking a breath feels like blowing up a balloon filled with concrete.

In a new study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) report that a protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, triggering tissue remodeling, and making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally.

“Our new study suggests that TL1A and its receptor

Read More
Continue Reading Scientists track down a protein that may add to lung damage in asthma and related diseases
Posted in kitchen remodel

These 5 ingredients add up to an easier-to-clean kitchen

A new kitchen characteristic has eased into home owners’ lists of must-haves since we all started staying home.

And “ease” has everything to do with it: easy-to-clean kitchens, that are just as easy to maintain, have won new respect.

Going back 20 years, kitchens were beautiful and required a lot of upkeep — think pristine marble countertops that were prone to staining and scratching, or stainless-steel finishes that showed every fingerprint.

But new products and materials combine beauty and performance with minimal upkeep. Here are five to consider:

1. Quartz countertops. The engineered stone consists of stone chips, pigments and resins that combine to form a surface that’s impervious to spilled wine, oven-hot dishes and sharp knives — without the need for periodic sealing. Quartz also comes in an array of beautiful designs, including faux-stone patterns, so you can have the look of marble (or granite or soapstone or concrete)

Read More
Continue Reading These 5 ingredients add up to an easier-to-clean kitchen
Posted in remodeling

Sound Off: What remodeling projects or improvements add the most value to a home?

Published


Q: “What remodeling projects or improvements add the most value to a home?“

A: There are two ways to look at this question. Is the remodeling for yourself and your enjoyment or for resale? Of course, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and a beautiful kitchen remodel will always stand out to buyers.

We recently saw a home in Walnut Creek that was almost eighty years old attract seventeen offers, because it had a beautiful, spacious and contemporary kitchen with all the bells and whistles. If you

Read More
Continue Reading Sound Off: What remodeling projects or improvements add the most value to a home?
Posted in kitchen design ideas

5 Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen, From an Interior Designer

When Atlanta-based interior designer Gina Sims learned that the owner of the kitchen shown above loved green—in particular, the varied shades of succulent plants— she went to work incorporating different tones of the hue into her renovation. Whether you want to go all in or just add a few little pops here and there, Sims has five ideas for adding color to your kitchen.



Cati Teague Photography


© Provided by EatingWell
Cati Teague Photography



Score some of the same items this interior designer used to revamp this kitchen, as well as budget-friendly lookalikes.


© Cati Teague Photography
Score some of the same items this interior designer used to revamp this kitchen, as well as budget-friendly lookalikes.

Related: See This Boston Kitchen’s Radical Before-And-After Renovation

Install a bright backsplash

It’s the showstopper in this kitchen (and both the homeowner’s and Sims’ favorite design element). “White subway tile is fine, but a colorful backsplash makes a big impact and is a great way to bring personality to a space,” Sims says. “There are so

Read More
Continue Reading 5 Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen, From an Interior Designer
Posted in kitchen ideas

Weary of cooking? Here’s how to save money and add fun

title=

A discount grocery store like Aldi is worth a trip if you’re cooking more than usual and money is tight.

File photo

One good thing that has come out of the pandemic is that more people have been flexing their culinary skills. Whether you’re making an effort to minimize your footprint in grocery stores, avoiding dine-in establishments, or working from home and have some time on your hands without a commute, you may be among the masses who have taken up the fine art of cooking. Here are a few ideas to get creative in the kitchen.

Recipe exchange

This tradition has once again risen in popularity as people look for new things to make for their families. Apps like Allrecipes or Tasty are great ways to access an online network of recipes you can share, or start one of your own with friends and family through your favorite chat

Read More
Continue Reading Weary of cooking? Here’s how to save money and add fun