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Aug 04th


Get your deck ready for spring and summer

Get your deck ready for spring and summerAs the days get longer, there's nothing like barbequing and entertaining friends on your deck. But before you pass out those invitations, make sure your deck has weathered the winter and is ready for its seasonal duty.

The abuse a deck surface takes from the weather, foot traffic, barbeques, and food and drink spills can create both surface and structural problems.

Make your garden the envy of the neighborhood

Make your garden the envy of the neighborhood Gardens are a source of beauty. They are also a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Something as simple as hearing songbirds in the morning can help you start your day on the right note.

While your neighbors spend the season trying to grow a uniform lawn, why not elicit their envy by creating your very own Garden of Eden? A little pruning and some wildlife-friendly additions will make your garden stand out for neighbors as well as native birds and butterflies.

Hmong American Partnership participates in the 13th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

Hmong American Partnership participates in the 13th Annual National Consumer Protection WeekHmong American Partnership (HAP) along with federal, state, and local government agencies and national organizations celebrated the 13th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 6–12, 2011.

During NCPW, groups nationwide shared tips and information that help consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, and avoid frauds and scams.  Unfortunately, this year an estimated 4 million households nationwide are expected to face the risk of foreclosure. Millions of homeowners will try to reduce their mortgage payments with a loan modification. The scammers know this.

Good Communication = Happy Marriage + $$ Saved

Good Communication = Happy Marriage + $$ SavedThis past weekend my husband and I benefited from some sound marriage advice (Hold on before you go spreading rumors about our troubled relationship and impending divorce.). We attended our church’s quarterly Marriage Enrichment Seminar. Its purpose was to help strengthen marriages by equipping couples with practical tools that help make their relationships’ foundation stronger. The discussion was centered on communication and finance—two issues in marriage that are often cited as top reasons for divorce. The good news is that if you work on the goal of having more effective communication, improvements in your financial situation will most likely follow. One key lies in learning to speak your spouse’s language.

Spring style

Spring styleIt’s almost that time of year to put away those snow boots and tights and pull out those espadrilles and shorts and we have a few tips to help you bring Spring in with style. The trends to look out for this spring season are nautical, neutrals, and patterns. These looks are easy to incorporate into your closet and can be achieved by any person no matter your shape or size.

The nautical look gives you reminisce of a day on the yacht, highlighting the colors of the American flag. This look can be achieved with horizontal stripes, big buttons and navy. Neutrals can be picked up with nude and pastel colored blouses, skirts, and dresses in flowy materials. The look can also be achieved with shoes. In neutrals you are guaranteed to feel flirty and feminine. Patterns can cover a wide range of looks, the bigger the print, the better.

Socializing at the Guthrie Theater

Socializing at the Guthrie TheaterWhile checking my phone messages a few weeks ago, a familiar voice begin to speak. It was my girl Nicole, inviting me to join her and about 15 of her favorite friends for a Sunday matinee play at the Guthrie Theater The play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” (A Production of Penumbra Theatre Company) written by the late August Wilson, explores art, race, religion, and exploitation of African American recording artists in the 1920s. I quickly called Nicole back to accept the invitation for three main reasons: 1. I always welcome an opportunity to socialize with dynamic, inspiring women. 2. It’s always a treat being at the beautiful Guthrie Theater-one of my favorite places in Minneapolis, and 3. Because of the size of our group, we got discounted tickets and I just seem to have more fun if I know I’m getting a good deal. If you have never been to the Guthrie, promise yourself-and promise me-that you’ll go before summer’s end. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your experience.

Summer academic enrichment program

Summer academic enrichment programLast week, my husband and I were discussing summer plans for our three children. We want them to have opportunities to work their brains and their bodies all year round. Last summer their brains got a workout with daily reading assignments --regular math worksheets and writing tasks were on the list as well. To help with healthy bodies, we got them involved with a summer track team-although not the fastest children on the track, they each enjoyed some aspect of the experience.
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