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    Outdoor Summer Recreation in the Madison Area

    The Madison area is well known for its many opportunities to get active outdoors. From parks, to boating, biking, or hiking – there’s something for everyone! The City of Madison as even been recognized as the second best city for parks (2016) by Livability.com, and awarded “Platinum Level” as a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. There is no shortage of outdoor activities in the Madison area, but check out some of our favorites below. Bonus – outdoor activities are among the safest options during COVID! University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum With 1,200 acres of prairies, savannas, wetlands, and Lake Wingra shoreline, the Arboretum is a wonderful place…

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    Summer Home Maintenance Tips

    The warm summer months area here, along with heat waves, storms, insects/pests, and other nuisances that threaten the integrity of your home. Read on for helpful tips to keep your home in great shape all season long. Prioritize Energy Efficiency Summer cooling bills can climb quickly with the outdoor temperatures. Make sure your home is optimized to use the least amount of energy while keeping you and your family comfortable inside. Consider sun and UV blocking window film that applies to the inside of windows quickly and easily. There is no adhesive or mess to deal with, since they apply by “static cling”, and can easily be removed when no…

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    Kid Friendly Activities for Safer at Home and Beyond

    Even as safer at home orders start to ease in our area, summer is almost upon us and kids will have more free time on their hands. Many traditional summer activities, like overnight and day camps, have been canceled or postponed out of an abundance of caution. If you’re looking for ideas to keep your kids engaged and active this summer, here’s a list that can help get you started. Almost all of these resources are free too! American Family’s Dream Bank – Under normal circumstances the Dream Bank offers free interactive experiences for kids (and the whole family) on “Family Saturdays” each week. While in person event have been…

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    Working From Home? How to Stay Productive and Sane

    Many people find themselves working remotely from home these days. Working from home can be beneficial for some (there may be fewer distractions) but it can also present challenges. It can be hard for some employees to remain productive and happy while working in extended isolation. If you find yourself struggling, these tips can help you stay on task and keep your sanity too. Have a Dedicated Space Try to avoid working from your couch, or even worse, your bedroom. If you are not fortunate enough to have a separate home office, set aside or create a space just for work. This can be a nook in your living room,…

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    Homebound and Bored? Check Out These Resources for The Whole Family

    Many of you are probably starting to feel the effects of our safer at home order, and you can only go for so many walks each day. This is especially challenging if you’ve got children to keep engaged and entertained too. Fortunately, several companies are doing their part to help us through this unusual time with free and reduced rate services. Several more are adding virtual access to resources that are typically only available in person. From entertainment to education, the links below should have you covered! Streaming Services HBO – for FREE! HBO is making a large selection of it’s hit shows, documentaries, and movies available to stream for…

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    Spring Gardening Is Just Around The Corner

    We’re getting our first hints of warmer weather, and the first Spring rains will begin to wash away the accumulated “yuck” of Winter soon. It’s time to start thinking about Spring gardening and Lawn care again, so here are some tips to help get you ready this season. Start With a Clean Up Before you can do anything with your gardening beds and containers, you’ll need to do a thorough yard clean up. Melting snow can reveal debris that you might not have even known was there. Clean up any trash that might have made its way into your yard over the winter months, along with any fallen branches or…

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    Spring Cleaning Tips + Printable Checklist!

    As soon as you get your first hints of warmer weather, and fresh air makes its way back into your home, you’re likely to get the urge to do some spring cleaning. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when faced with the prospect of deep cleaning your home from top to bottom, so here are some tips to help you break up the work and stay on task. Have a Plan Take a look around your home to identify what areas need the most help. Are there rooms that get more use and abuse? Are there areas that you tend to skip during your routine cleaning? Prioritize and break up the…

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    Home Design With Pets In Mind

    According to recent statistics about 67% of U.S. households own a pet – that’s around 85 million homes! It’s no secret that we love our furry family members. In fact, a 2017 study found that 33% of Millennial home buyers were looking to purchase a home because they already owned a dog, or were planning to add one to their family. This outranked marriage (at 25%) and children (at 19%) as the main reason these home shoppers were looking to buy. It’s not that surprising then, that home design for pets has become a thriving industry. From numerous pet-decor themed Pinterest boards, to best selling books on “Catification”, home owners…

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    Cold Weather Home Maintenance Tips

    Winter in Southern Wisconsin seems to have arrived with a bang this year, and our homes are working overtime to shield us from the elements. Make sure you’re taking precautions to keep you and your home safe while we weather winter’s worst (and dream of Spring). Safety First Space Heaters – Make sure you have a newer model with an auto-shut off button on the bottom to prevent fires if it is tipped over by a pet or child. Keep space heaters a safe distance from furniture, drapes, or other flammable materials, and do not run them near water (like the bath tub). Never leave a running space heater unattended. Generators –…