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Meridith Dennes

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Best Budget Blenders For Smoothies

I have owned loads of blenders in the past, and although cheaper blenders will do the job you have to be more careful to add more liquid, add food in certain orders and blend for longer.  And still the smoothies are often a little bit rough in texture.Some of these blenders aren’t the cheapest, but they are the best. ...

Discover the Importance of Knowing Your Credit Score

There are a lot of milestones many of us go through in our lives. College graduation, first job, marriage, buying a house, having kids…the list is endless. As we get older, a lot of those things are associated with growing up and becoming an adult. I remember always wanting to be a grown-up and people telling me, "No, you...

Cheap Landscaping Hacks that Make a Huge Impact

Walk into any garden center and you'll find gadgets and gizmos for nearly any outdoor malady. But did you know the remedy for many backyard problems might be shelved in the garage or hiding in your garbage can? Whether your garden suffers from poor soil, dry and arid conditions, cold snaps, or more—there's a nearly-free fix almost anything that ails...

Refresh Your Old Deck with a Good Powerwasher

Depending on the type of finish you use, your climate, and how much sun your deck gets, a newly refinished deck can go about two to four years before it needs redoing. All a homeowner has to do in the meantime is sweep off leaves (they trap moisture) and routinely hose and brush off pollen and dirt.Pressure washing your...

Best Budget Grills for Summer Fun

We love Weber gas grills because they are built so well, come with great warranties, and Weber is renowned for its tech support and huge inventory of parts going back many years. But competitors are turning up the heat. Check out Broil King, Napoleon, and Saber. Broil King has found a seat at the table and is now on...

48 Hours in Washington D.C.

A must-visit city for families, Washington, DC offers virtually limitless (and free!) museums and historic sites to explore.  Prioritizing what would interest the kids most, and then planning a manageable day around those things was the key to our 48 hour visit to the nations capital. The White House, Capitol Hill, the Air & Space Museum, and the Museum of...

Ways to Avoid the Frizz Out Look this the Summer

Brazilian hair straightening. The technique relaxes hair by using a protein-filled solution on hair, then applying a hot iron to it. It's a little controversial, though, because the solution includes formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Every spring I consider my alternatives -  hair like  I stuck my finger in an electric socket vs. smooth, silky hair with a side of carcinogen. As an...

DC for Foodies on a Budget

A pitcher of beer might be the more obvious pairing for Chicago-style pizza. And yes, you can get Goose Island with your deep dish or thin crust pie at Vin & Vic's (229 Pennsylvania Aveue, SE), a Friday and Saturday pizza pop-up a Capitol Lounge.But Vin & Vic's founder Tom Madrecki is also assembling a wine list made up of bottles that aren't otherwise...

Top Budget Boutique Hotels in NYC

An insider's guide to the best boutique hotels in New York, featuring the top places to stay for cool cocktail bars, rooftop terraces, excellent restaurants, designer bedrooms and stylish interiors, in locations including SoHo, the Lower East Side, Midtown and Tribeca.Gramercy Park Hotel2 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10010$349/nightIan Schrager went all out when he partnered with artist...

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

I absolutely love this quick, easy, healthy recipe for dinner. It is both filling and flavorful. My kids don't even know they are eating quinoa. Shhhhh.INGREDIENTS:1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, minced 1 cup quinoa 1 cup vegetable broth 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 1 cup corn kernels 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon...

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