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Buying a home? Don’t forget a home inspection

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  You found a house that fits most, or maybe even all, of your requirements. Great, now it’s time to hire a home inspector to ensure the house is structurally sound and safe to live in.  Although not always required, a home inspection is highly recommended. The cost of a…
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Tornado Recovery and Cleanup

The recent tornadoes across the southern states impacted thousands of individuals, families and businesses, especially in Georgia and Mississippi. Returning home can be emotionally and physically challenging. The most important thing is to take care of yourself and your family. Children are especially vulnerable and will benefit from establishing a…
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Radon: The Real Scare in Halloween!

With Halloween coming around the corner there are plenty of scares around every turn. People all around the neighborhood are decorating their homes to look frightening and spooky to prepare for the holiday, but what if I told you that your house could easily be the scariest around?  What could…
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Tulip Tales

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Last spring I had the opportunity to visit Holland when the tulips were blooming. It was beautiful!  My journey began in Vienna. My husband gave me a single tulip. With the tulip along for the ride, we started our journey. The first stop was in western Austria. Not a tulip…
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Blogging Tips from UGA Bloggers

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This past week some fellow UGA  Extension bloggers and I had the opportunity to share our blogging experiences and challenges with other professionals at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) conference at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. It was fun and insightful! Extension has a long…
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House

Dana-Thomas House

A few weeks ago when I was in Springfield, Illinois for the Housing Education Research Association (HERA) conference I had the opportunity to visit the Dana-Thomas House. This is an amazing house! It was built from 1902-04 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite. She gave Wright a “blank check,”…
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Greener Valentine’s Gifts

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Saturday is Valentine’s day. Have you come up with a great gift idea?  It is a good time to remind those you love to live greener by giving them a greener gift.  Below are some are eleven gift ideas for your greener Valentine’s day. Include some information from your Cooperative Extension office…
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It’s Spring!

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Everywhere I look it is says Spring!  The trees are blooming, there are daffodils everywhere and almost everyone is sneezing.  This time of year always reminds me how important it is to treat nature well.  Earth Day is almost here. Over the next several weeks we will be posting reminders…
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A Greener Valentine’s Day

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What can you do this year to show your love for both your “Valentine” and the earth? The first thing I think of is to REDUCE consumption. Just don’t give anyone anything this Valentine’s Day.  Of course, if you choose this way to green your Valentine’s Day you may end…
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Poisons in Your Home

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Every year over 1 million people are accidentally poisoned. Many poisonings can be prevented by using and storing household products safely.   For more information on ways you can reduce chemicals in your home and make your home safer check out the UGA Extension website, where you will find helpful tips and…
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Healthy Children

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Your children are at a greater risk of exposure to environmental hazards than you.  These hazards exist where they live, learn and play.  Children engage in “riskier behaviors” than most adults.  Two big “environmental risky behaviors” children engage in are: Crawling across floors that can have a number of different…
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Got Mold?

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Rain rain go away, come again another day. Better yet, go west to where the wildfires are burning. We have enough rain here in the southeast!  As of August 18, Atlanta had received 46 inches of rain. Compare that to 25 inches at the same time last year. With all that…
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Jamaica Bay – NYC Georgia Teens As Planners

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Get ready to feel really good about young people. This video is a snapshot of Teens As Planners (TAP) a service-learning and dropout prevention programing developed and implemented by UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Through TAP youth have the opportunity to grow and become caring contributing members of…
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Recycling the European way

Recycling seems to be a part of everyday life for most Europeans.  I saw large recycling bins along the roads in Spain, France, Germany and Austria.  All of the containers I saw required people to separate their trash (i.e.  glass, paper, cans, etc.). Interestingly the university in Spain where the conference…
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Energy Vampires

Are you an “energy vampire?”   If you live in an apartment in the central part of the building you may be sucking energy from neighboring flats.  In Hungary people who live in the central apartments are referred to as energy vampires.  (In the U.S. this term has a slightly…
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Climate Change – Story of Stuff

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I just finished watching Bill Moyers’s interview of Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber. This made me stop and think about how I approach my life as an activist, my life as an educator, my life as a Change Agent. in the video Ms. Steingraber discussed how we all have…
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A new kind of sustainability

This week I participated in an informative blogging workshop taught by Tara Dunn for the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension.  She did a fantastic job of helping all of the participants develop blogs and better understand and use online communication. Blogs are a great…
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