RUG RULES

Dressing up your dining room, kitchen, or bedroom with an area rug? Angelo Surmelis, a professional celebrity designer in Los Angeles and owner of angelo: HOME.com, suggests buying a large rug. “You want to expose some flooring, but for the most part, go big, almost as big as the area.” Why? Placing a rug that’s too…

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DON’T FORGET YOUR COFFEE

A recent University of South Florida study has shown that coffee may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease…as long as it’s the caffeinated kind. The study showed that levels of the hormone Granulocyte colony stimulating factor are increased in individuals who drank caffeinated coffee. Higher levels of this hormone are linked with a more rapid production…

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FOODS TO FIGHT A FUNK

Every once in a while a bad mood just happens. Environmental factors, work stress and relationships can be the cause, but the fact is that everyone just wakes up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes. When this occurs, try upping your intake of folic acid-rich foods, selenium and vitamin B12 to boost your…

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COOL TOOL: THE ROOM PLANNER

The new Preferred Living Room Planner makes it easy to  re-arrange your furniture – without breaking a sweat. To find this great feature, click on the Communities link in the menu on the left, and select your home community. Click the Floorplans link at the top of that page. Look for the Floor Planner links…

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2011 IN COLUMBUS

Are you ready for the long weekend and one last tribute to summer fun before autumn festivals and activities begin? The greater Columbus area has lots of events and activities for you this weekend, including music and art festivals, block parties, shopping and more! For details, check out these links: Club Zone Young Active Professionals…

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CUBICLE SUCCESS

  If you’re one of the approximately 50 million Americans who works in a cubicle, you know the advantages – relative privacy and a customizable environment – and the disadvantages, such as frequent interruptions and a distracting noise level. To help make your cubicle life more productive and pleasant, try these tips: Focus – Have a…

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KEEPING YOUR SUITE SMELLING FRESH

Pets, garbage cans, various foods; they can all leave lingering odors. If you’d like to make your Preferred Living home smell nicer, try these suggestions. First, open the windows. Fresh air is bound to help. Use lemons to clean your kitchen sink. They leave a clean, citrus scent. Place a piece of cedar or sandalwood…

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GETTING CANDLE WAX OUT OF CARPET

Burning candles is a great way to infuse your Preferred Living space with delicious, refreshing and clean smells, but it can also lead to candle wax spills. Scraping dried Yankee Candle Cherry Berry Pie wax away from your carpet may leave red stains behind, so try this handy tip to preserve your rugs and carpets:…

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HIT THE LINKS!

August is National Golf Month! It's the perfect time to get out with your friends for a round of 18 holes. Enjoy the beautiful weather and the personal challenge of perfecting your swing. The greater Columbus area has many beautiful courses to explore. For contact information and location details, check out this golf course database. Then, reserve your…

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CONCERT FOR A CAUSE

If you like good pickin' and tight vocal harmonies, check out the area's premier bluegrass festival. It's called Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, or MACC. The four-day event runs from July 20th through the 23rd at Hoover Y-Park in nearby Lockbourne, Ohio. All the proceeds from the festival benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Some of the top names in…

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