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This Google Home feature hiding in plain sight is one of the best — here’s how to use it

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Yes, it’s smart, but a Google Home Mini or Nest Mini can also act as a basic Bluetooth speaker.


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One of the Google Home ($130 at QVC) features I use the most is also among the simplest. Yes, Google Home devices are great at calculating math problems, reporting the weather and serving up fun games. But they’re also bona fide Bluetooth speakers that let you beam whatever music, podcast or audiobook you want from your phone or tablet. 

Why does that matter? Well, maybe you listen to a service Google Home doesn’t support, like Apple Music or Audible. (Full disclosure: I have both.) Or when friends come over and one wants to DJ the party. Sometimes I simply prefer to control what’s playing on my speakers with my phone and not my voice.

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Lowe’s Reports Earnings Today. Here’s What to Expect.

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The company has been one of the winners during the pandemic.


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Lowe’s

has seen big gains in 2020, but it has a high bar to cross when it reports second-quarter earnings on Wednesday.

Lowe’s shares (ticker: LOW) are up nearly 33% year to date, compared with 30.5% for

Home Depot

(HD), and less than 5% for the

S&P 500.

Yet with those big gains come big expectations, especially after Home Depot reported a pretty robust quarter on Tuesday.

That isn’t to say that Lowe’s isn’t up to the task. The company has been one of the winners during the pandemic, as people spend more time at home and those that haven’t been financially hurt are redirecting their spending toward home improvement and furnishings. It has also been slowly working to close the operational gap with Home Depot, a trend some are hoping is getting a

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Google Home’s unsolicited advice can get annoying. Here’s how to politely ask it to stop

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Google Home smart speakers sometimes bug you to try suggested commands, which many find annoying.


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Every once in a while, I’ll ask my Google Home ($130 at QVC) for something — the weather forecastsetting a timerhow to spell “antidisestablishmentarianism” — and it answers right away. But then, sometimes, it adds a tip I didn’t ask for, such as, “If you ever want to know what time it is, just ask.” Or, “By the way, if you’d ever like to hear a summary of your day, just say, ‘good morning.'” One tip it’s never had for me, however, is how to keep it from repeating the same descriptions of its features that I’ve already chosen to ignore time and again.

I wish the Google Home had a “brief mode” like the Amazon Echo, which you can set to simply ding when executing certain commands. Instead,

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Home Sales Are Down in 2020. Here’s What That Means for Buyers

Lower inventory means higher prices for buyers, and less selection.

Mortgage rates are historically low this year — but so is housing inventory. In June 2020, there were 18.2% fewer homes available for purchase than there were in June 2019. And the number of home sales in June 2020 was 11.3% lower than it was the year before, according to new research by The Ascent into average house prices by state. This is actually very bad news for buyers for a number of reasons.

Why declining home sales spell trouble for buyers

You’d think that a drop in home sales might work to the advantage of home buyers. After all, low sales volume would seem to indicate, at least at first glance, that buyers aren’t biting. In this case, sellers might be desperate enough to lower their asking prices.

But when we dig deeper, that’s not what’s happening here at

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Here’s How to Design the Home Office of Your Dreams

For our September 2020 issue, Good Housekeeping teamed up with Chatbooks, an app-based photo-book company, to scour the U.S. and Canada for the smartest and most beautiful home office setups. What we found, done by both apartment dwellers and homeowners, just may inspire you to take your own work-from-home space to the next level.



a kitchen with a sink and a window: We partnered with Chatbooks to find the best home office photos in the U.S. and Canada. Get inspired by the decorating ideas in thesecreative work-from-home spaces.


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We partnered with Chatbooks to find the best home office photos in the U.S. and Canada. Get inspired by the decorating ideas in thesecreative work-from-home spaces.

Add a Cozy Sofa

Kari Bancroft, a stay-at-home mom in South Jordan, UT, decided to think beyond hard, uncomfortable chairs in her home office. Instead, she outfitted the space with a plush emerald green sofa that pairs well with her beloved animal prints and global-inspired pottery. The sofa works for her lifestyle too: She is mom to eight kids, ages 4 to 20, and uses her

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Here’s How Much They Charge to Organize

Move over, Marie Kondo! There’s a new Netflix show about cleaning and organizing that is sparking joy in everyone’s hearts (but Marie Kondo is still a literal treasure, and we love her so, so much). It’s called Get Organized With The Home Edit and it may be exactly what you need to finally tackle your messy closet/kitchen cupboards/life.

However, after watching even just one episode of the show (Season 1 of which is now available to stream on Netflix, BTW), you may be wondering: How much do services from The Home Edit cost? Here’s what we know.

How much does it cost to hire The Home Edit?

It doesn’t take long to realize that the services provided by Joanna and Clea of The Home Edit are absolutely worth investing in. On the one hand, you could certainly achieve a lot of what they do yourself, but they come to

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Home Depot Reports Earnings Tomorrow. Here’s What to Expect.

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People aren’t spending money on travel, entertainment and dining, and have redirected that money to making their homes more enjoyable.


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As the pandemic has kept everyone in their houses, many of us have become Tim “The Toolman” Taylor. Home Improvement is suddenly everyone’s favorite hobby, and that has helped

Home Depot.

Investors will see just how much when the retailer reports earnings Tuesday morning.

Home Depot stock (ticker: HD) has climbed more than 30% in 2020, more than six times the

S&P 500’s

gains in the same period.

It isn’t hard to see why. Those who have been lucky enough to stay employed during the pandemic aren’t spending money on travel, entertainment and dining, and thus have redirected those funds to making their homes more enjoyable as they hunker down to spend more time there.

In addition, Home Depot’s status as an essential retailer

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

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

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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

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Mold is an expensive and dangerous problem. Here’s how to get ahead of it.

Chris McLaughlin, sales manager for JES Foundation Repair, a company that works on foundations, crawl spaces and basements in the D.C. area, says that musty, dank smell is usually the first clue that you have a mold problem.

“The thing is, most people don’t even realize there is a problem. They grew up with a moldy smell in their basement or closets, and they never really knew what it was or thought to do anything about it,” McLaughlin says. “But one day, someone comes in to do some work, and they start opening up drywall and they find mold all over the place.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that if you smell or see mold, you need to remove it as soon as possible — there are numerous varieties, but it’s not necessary to test it to see what kind it is — as it can pose

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