4 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home Decor

Update your home with affordable interior decorating tactics. There’s no place like home. When you finally return after a long day of work, your home should feel welcoming, inviting and relaxing. But for some people, home can feel more like … Continued

Keep Track of Car Maintenance Scheduling

Learn when to have your vehicle’s parts serviced. A car is a major investment, and you want to keep your ride running safely for a good, long time. Thanks to better technology, today’s cars can last for 200,000 and even … Continued

Are You Ready for a Roadside Emergency?

Learn how to stay safe and get help in the event of a breakdown. One of the most common fears drivers have is that their car will break down. Often, the cause for cars’ breaking down is poor vehicle maintenance. … Continued

Top 5 Auto Insurance Myths

Knowing the truth can save you time, money and unnecessary hassles. With all the information available at our fingertips, it can be difficult to weed out what is true and what is misleading. This holds true for auto insurance. Does … Continued

The 10 Items You Need in Your Medicine Cabinet

Be prepared for the most common illnesses and injuries. It is said that luck favors the prepared. So when it comes to first aid in the home—be prepared with a stocked medicine cabinet. If you do need to treat an … Continued

Should You Downsize Your Home for Retirement?

When the kids left for college, you had big dreams for their unoccupied bedrooms. Your daughter’s room had potential to become the art studio you’ve always wanted. And your son’s room? Say Namaste to your new yoga studio.

Now, as you look back, you realize those rooms have barely changed. So moving toward retirement, you’re starting to wonder if you really need all the extra space. To help you make educated decisions about your retirement options, here are four things to consider as you decide if downsizing is the right choice for you.

Back-to-School Season Safety: The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Remember the days when summer meant three solid months of warm weather and no school? Unless you’re a teacher, it’s probably been a while since your last summer break. But this is the time of year when students across the country are getting ready to head back to class. Some older teens will be driving to and from school, making this a perfect time to review the study about distracted driving and cellphones that the National Safety Council created in partnership with Nationwide.

5 Quick and Easy Cosmetic Home Updates

Want a brand-new kitchen or completely renovated bathroom, but don’t feel like emptying your wallet? Sometimes, a quick touch-up or easy fix can transform a room – without costing you hundreds of dollars. Check out five easy and quick cosmetic home updates to make everyone wonder if you hired a 15-person crew.

Buying an Investment Property? Here Are 5 Cities Where Home Values Have Increased

Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, property values have been steadily recovering across the country – but some cities are recovering faster than others. According to Kiplinger.com, a few top performers have seen double-digit property value percentage increases from 2011 to 2012. The cities each have populations of more than 500,000, and could be a good place to start looking if you’re in the market for an investment property – but keep in mind that property values can fluctuate quickly, so check real estate appraisal sites like Zillow.com for up-to-date information.