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  • Fresh Facts About Water

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    This basic fact is well known: water is an essential component of human health. But why do we need it, how much is enough, and how can we ensure we’re getting the right amount? What about other liquids, like cola or wine? Can they substitute for water? And is there such a thing as drinking too much water? Benefits The hydrating effect of water is essential for the body’s day-to-day function – no surprise, given that two-thirds of our physical selves are composed of H2O. In particular, water plays an important role in the digestive processes – from the moment you first swallow a bite of food, aided by saliva, through to the natural consequence -- normal functioning of the bowels.

  • 7 FAQs about Whole House Water Filtration Systems

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Do you know what’s in the water in your home? Depending on where you live, that clear liquid may well contain all kinds of nasties which are dangerous for humans to drink or even inhale. A whole house water filter might be advisable to provide your household with cleaner, healthier, and better-tasting H2O. Here we answer frequently asked questions about whole house water filtration systems and what they can do for you. 1. Q. What is a whole house water filtration system? A. A whole house water filter is a system connected to your home’s main water supply. All water used in your house, whether for drinking, cooking, washing, or bathing, will go through the central filter. This will eliminate the need to install individual

  • Community briefs

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Community briefs

  • 11 Unexpected Results of Joining a CSA

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is a great way to eat fresh, cheap, and local. The way it works is simple: You sign up for a share in the produce – predominately vegetables, but also fruit and possibly honey and eggs – of a particular farm. This paid-in-advance subscription entitles you to a box of healthy goodies weekly for a set period of time, usually 6 to 12 weeks. Besides entitling you to a lot of good eating, CSA membership carries with it some unexpected fringe benefits. Here’s what you’ll be able to do: 1. Channel your inner hippie. What goes around comes around and while most folks laughed at the hippies with their brown rice and organic veggies a few decades ago, nowadays boomers can brag a

  • The NEC and Your Home Remodel

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Getting ready to remodel your home involves a great deal of planning – deciding how best to use the space, clarifying your budget, designing the project, and (the fun part!) choosing colors and materials. In the midst of all these preparations, remember to give adequate attention to revamping your electrical system. Planning and installing electric wiring and equipment is a complex business. It must be carefully done to protect the safety of both the building and its occupants. The National Electric Code has set the standard for electrical safety in the US for over a century, helping to shape state and local building codes. When you are planning to remodel, work with a licensed electrical contractor who is expert in all the ins and out

  • Keeping Your PC, Smartphone or Tablet Clean

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    PCs, Smartphones, and handheld tablets are essentials of daily life. However, these conveniences need some basic maintenance to stay in top working order. Obviously you can’t just scrub them with good old soap and water. So what do you do instead? Learn how to clean your electronic devices in the following easy, natural ways. PREVENTION Hopefully you are reading this because you just purchased a new electronic device and want cleaning info on hand for future reference. If so, there are plenty of preventive steps you can take to protect your device against dirt, streaks, dust, and even scratches. Seal your display screen – this does not interfere with visibility. A Smartphone or tablet can be carried in a protective case.

  • Chess players invited to Myriad Gardens on Saturdays in Oklahoma City

    By Tommy Hay, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    An OKC Challengers Chess Club member is hosting chess games on Saturdays at the Meinders Garden Terrace at Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Does this bracelet boost my curb appeal?

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    To giving your house jewelry an affordable makeover, a product marketing manager offers hardware refresh tips

  • Rodd Moesel : Enjoy our best summer in years

    By Rodd Moesel | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    It has been a long time since we have enjoyed such lush green trees, shrubs and grass across Oklahoma in the outdoor oven that is August on the Plains.

  • Landfill note digs up lots of memories in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Richard Mize, real estate editor for The Oklahoman, and his readers share memories of trips to “the dump.”

  • Listing of the Week: 2804 SE 39, Moore

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    The 1,824-square-foot house has three bedrooms, two baths, one living room, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Wake-up call on title insurance?

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Under federal law you are free to shop for title and other services. Your realty firm may recommend an affiliated company as the best around, but you are free — and wise — to test that proposition by checking out the competition.

  • Improving Your Home: Periodic flushing helps water heater health

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Sediment buildup can potentially decrease the amount of hot water the tank can hold, or it can clog the drain valve.

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for Aug. 16

  • Designs with two master suites gain popularity in upscale homes in Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Home designs with two master suites have grown in popularity and will continue to do so, especially in higher-end homes, some Oklahoma homebuilders and Realtors say.

  • Prince George gets wooden rocking horse from Oklahoma

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, purchased a one-of-a-kind wooden rocking horse made by Oklahoman Jackie Wilson. The horse is on display at Buckingham Palace.

  • Tiny Home Repair

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The tiny home movement of the last decade and a half is going strong. It holds a particular appeal for folks who want to reduce their environmental footprint, are interested in saving money, and have a generous dose of the pioneering spirit. There’s been a lot written recently on how to design, furnish, and live your daily life in a small-to-tiny abode. Most reports from tiny home dwellers are extremely positive, mentioning convenience and a feeling of freedom from physical and emotional clutter.

  • New exemption to benefit property owners in Oklahoma

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Attorney Stephen Schuller, of GableGotwals discusses new property tax exemption for expenditures for repairs of damage from storms, tornadoes, fires and other disasters.

  • 8 Green Solutions to Garden Bug Problems

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Munch! Munch! That should be the sound of you happily chowing down on organic veggies picked fresh from your home garden. But all too often, any munching that’s going on is being done by pesky little – or not so little – insects that’ve gotten to your crop before you. Here's how to get rid of these garden pests without spraying poison on your plants or putting your family and pets at risk. 1. DIY Organic spray. You can use herbs and spices from your garden (or your local market) to keep common crop-eating insects at bay. Experiment with infusions of chopped mint, catnip, sage, or thyme combined with garlic, cloves, or cayenne. Adding some castile soap will boost the mixture’s insect repellent powers.

  • Adaptor, Converter or Transformer? Which Do You Need?

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Even though today’s instant communication has made the globe seem smaller, there are still differences among various parts of the world. One difference you’ll notice when traveling is that not all countries have the same electrical system as the United States. Wall outlets may be unfamiliar sizes, while plugs might remind you of something from outer space. Whatever small appliances you tote along on your trip – or buy abroad and bring home – will need to be adapted to the appropriate electric system.