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    December, 2010

  • The Kwanzaa Holiday: A Cultural Celebration - December 26, 2010 09:20 AM
    Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, the Kwanzaa holiday is not a religious celebration. Kwanzaa was created as a means of identifying and affirming cultural traditions and principles within the African-American community. Celebrated for seven days, from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a gathering of friends and family where stories, customs, meals and decorations are shared in honor of a common history and shared future. Use The Kwanzaa Holiday Web Guide to learn about the founding of Kwanzaa and how you can celebrate.
  • July, 2009

  • Urban Gardening - July 02, 2009 10:22 AM
    Urban gardens offer an escape from the concrete jungle you call home. Explore a range of urban garden and community garden opportunities, find advice for gardening newbies and discover useful techniques.
  • March, 2009

  • Alternative Energy - March 06, 2009 10:28 AM
    Worldwide, researchers and policymakers have focused on finding alternative energy sources to supplement conventional energy. Use the Alternative Energy Web Guide to learn more about alternative energy sources and how the United States is supporting new research.
  • October, 2008

  • Halloween: Get Wicked on the Web - October 02, 2008 10:01 AM

    It's the second largest commercial holiday in America, but your Halloween celebration can be as homemade or as far over the top with special effects as you want. On the Web, you can discover the history of this holiday, learn to plan a spooky party, find that costume you've dreamt about since last year, become an expert pumpkin carver, or find the most terrifying haunted house in your neck of the woods.

  • August, 2008

  • Recycling - August 12, 2008 11:17 AM
    Recycling is one of the most fundamental components of green living. It reduces environmental waste and helps conserve natural resources. U.S. households and businesses generate about 245 million tons of garbage annually, and much of that waste isn’t recycled. If you’re hunting for ways to improve that number, the resources recommended in this guide can get you started.
  • Tree Houses - August 01, 2008 08:28 AM
    People around the world live in, play in and enjoy tree houses. Although commonly viewed as a retreat for children, adults are turning to the trees for a little solitude, too. This Web guide helps you find the inspiration and know-how for constructing a tree house for kids or adults. (And you don’t have to be the Swiss Family Robinson to do it.)
  • July, 2008

  • Household Toxins - July 31, 2008 01:26 PM
    Making sure your home is safe to live in is a priority for any homeowner. The visible dangers, like a loose board on the porch or a broken window, obviously need to be fixed. But what about the potentials dangers you might not be able to see? This Web guide helps you learn about common household toxins and how to eliminate them from your home.
  • Green Travel - July 28, 2008 12:35 PM
    There are easy ways to make your next vacation greener. The Web resources in this guide show you how to travel in a way that benefits you, the community you’ll be visiting and the environment. Learn how to reduce your carbon emissions, find hotels and tour operators with eco-friendly policies, or discover exciting ecotourism trends and destinations. Get in on the green travel phenomenon with help from the Web.
  • May, 2008

  • Life After College: Post-College Survival Techniques - May 21, 2008 04:46 PM
    Don’t worry: Life doesn’t go completely downhill after you leave college. But the first few years after you graduate can be pretty tough. To help alleviate the burden, scour the resources in this Life After College Web Guide. You’ll learn how to get a job, avoid getting a job, search for an apartment and make new friends. We’ve even got financial tips and (spoiler alert!) advice about how soon you need to start saving for retirement. The party is just getting started.
  • April, 2008

  • Housecleaning: Tips and Tricks for Managing Daily Chores - April 29, 2008 02:57 PM
    The phrase, “It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it,” is perfectly suited to housecleaning. But housework doesn’t have to be a (completely) dirty job—and you may not even be the one who has to do it. Use this Housecleaning Web Guide to uncover hints on getting your home clean and keeping it that way. You’ll also get tips on how to find someone to clean your home for you.
  • Pest Control - April 23, 2008 10:54 AM
    It may be unpleasant to discover that you have an unwanted houseguest, but it’s certainly not uncommon. One little bug scurrying by on your kitchen floor doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got a serious problem. If it looks like an entire multilegged family is moving in, though, you might have an infestation brewing. With the help of the right Web sites, you can protect your home from the damage that insects and other pests can cause.
  • Green Living - April 17, 2008 11:36 AM
    “Going green” and adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle may be all the rage, but truly changing your lifestyle and habits can be a challenge. If you know where to look, though, the Internet can be an important part of your sustainable world. The resources in this Web guide explain how to reduce your environmental impact in ways big and small. So get started with green living, and even find out where to connect with other green people and organizations.
  • Lawn Care - April 09, 2008 11:14 AM
    If you're a homeowner, you probably know that one of the most labor-intensive areas of your home is your lawn. Keeping it beautiful takes work. During World War I, President Wilson's wife, Edith, kept a small flock of sheep on the White House Lawn to reduce the manpower required to maintain the grounds. But since we can't all have a four-legged lawn maintenance crew, the Web sites in this guide will help you become your own lawn expert.
  • Apartment Hunting - April 02, 2008 05:30 PM
    For some people, renting a home is a financially responsible alternative to the costs and demands of home ownership. For others, it's merely a temporary arrangement during college years or while searching for a home to buy. Regardless of your circumstances, the resources spotlighted in this guide will teach you how to find a great rental and avoid the pitfalls of difficult landlords, quirky roommates, noisy neighbors and other factors that can make renting a tough adjustment.
  • March, 2008

  • New York for Students and Interns - March 31, 2008 10:55 AM
    Securing your internship or getting into your summer program required a ton effort. Now comes the fun part: planning your move to New York. Even if it’s just a few months, moving to New York is equal parts challenging and thrilling. Make the hard parts easier and the fun parts more fabulous with the New York for Students and Interns Web Guide.
  • Renting to Tenants - March 21, 2008 03:44 PM
    Being a landlord isn't as simple as collecting a rent check every month. It involves familiarizing yourself with landlord tenant law, finding and screening tenants, and trying to avoid (or resolve) landlord tenant disputes. We've found some of the best resources on the Web to help you educate yourself about these issues, and make your landlord work a little easier.
  • Apartment Hunting in New York - March 21, 2008 12:24 PM
    In New York, finding an apartment is certainly more difficult than slaking your craving for fabulous pizza, but the following sites will get your move started on the right foot, whether it’s permanent or just for a semester. Get a full profile of New York neighborhoods, find the best methods and Web sites for apartment hunting and learn how to get your utilities set up once you find a place.
  • Retirement Communities - March 20, 2008 11:19 AM
    Preparing for retirement requires plenty of decisions, including how to spend your newfound free time, whether to live in a retirement community and how to make your finances last as long as possible. With the help of this Web guide, you can find a great place to retire in style and reward yourself for your years of hard work.
  • Shopping for Appliances - March 12, 2008 10:16 AM
    Few people enjoy shopping for major appliances like ovens and refrigerators, but we’ve found Web sites that can get you through the process painlessly, helping you figure out what to buy and where to buy it.
  • February, 2008

  • Selling a Home - February 29, 2008 11:03 AM
    Getting a home ready to sell takes plenty of work—of both the physical and the paper variety—and you’re bound to have plenty of questions. We’ve found Web sites with reliable answers and guidance to help you smoothly and quickly through the process, and even offer advice if you fear losing your home to foreclosure.
  • Home Building - February 26, 2008 10:37 AM
    Building your own home is an often exciting, sometimes exhausting experience. It’s also a perfect chance to have a home that’s designed the way you want it to look. But whether you’re hiring a general contractor or doing most of the work yourself, it takes a lot of forethought and planning. The sites highlighted in this Web guide can help you find inspiration to create the home of your dreams and get much-needed help to ensure you don’t miss one of the many details that accompany this endeavor.
  • Home Maintenance and Repair - February 25, 2008 04:31 PM
    Homeownership comes with a substantial degree of responsibility—not only the responsibility of paying for this considerable investment, but that of keeping it in working order. Much like your car, your home will come with its own specific set of needs and peculiarities. The Web sites we recommend in this guide can help you keep your home running properly and teach you how to fix some of the glitches that may turn up from time to time.
  • Organize Your Home - February 20, 2008 04:46 PM
    You’ve probably heard the old phrase “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” But when was the last time you could describe your home that way? Occasionally, things get out of hand, or you’re simply tired of an untidy room or cluttered closet and need a little help sorting out the mess. Whether your question is how to start organizing your home, how to know if you should keep an item or get rid of it, or how to maintain the organized home you’ve achieved, we’ve found helpful Web sites that can give you some answers.
  • January, 2008

  • Home Protection - January 01, 2008 12:19 PM
    We often rely on our homes to protect us from the perils of the outside world, but what protects our homes? Whether the threat is a natural disaster or burglars, insects, or bacteria, there are a variety of potential dangers facing our homes each day. Take charge of keeping your home (and your family) safe with the help of the excellent Web sites we've included in this guide.
  • December, 2007

  • New Year’s Eve: History and Celebration - December 31, 2007 09:20 AM
    "Auld Lang Syne," perhaps the most famous New Year’s Eve song in the English-speaking world, is also considered "the song that nobody knows.” It might be apt that few people know the words to this song, because the meaning of New Year’s Eve in the Western world has always been somewhat nebulous. Use this New Year’s Eve Web Guide to learn what New Year’s is all about, and where to find celebrations, helpful hints on fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions and New Year’s customs from around the world. 
  • Hanukkah Celebration: Understanding the Jewish Festival of Lights - December 05, 2007 11:25 AM
    For eight nights each year, Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the miracles that occurred more than 2,000 years ago when Judah and the Maccabees fought against religious persecution, rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and lit the menorah (a candelabrum) with one day’s worth of oil that, amazingly, lasted for eight. Let the Hanukkah Celebration Web Guide show you where to find information on Hanukkah customs, traditions, food, blessings, music and more.
  • November, 2007

  • Christmas Holiday: Resources for Celebrating - November 26, 2007 05:00 AM
    When the red and green lights and wreaths appear and the sounds of familiar carols echo in the streets,it’s time to celebrate the Christmas holiday again. This Christmas Holiday Web Guide presents the history of Christmas, illuminates how and why we celebrate certain customs, and reveals the best places to look for Christmas recipes, decorations and gift ideas. Whether you have a religious view of the holiday or simply enjoy the Christmas spirit, the resources below can help you make merry with your friends and family all through the season.
  • Buying a Home - November 17, 2007 09:55 AM
    Thanks to the Internet, being an informed home buyer has never been easier. No longer are buyers completely dependent upon real estate agents and mortgage lenders when it comes to gathering information. House listings are readily available online, as are interactive tools that can estimate mortgage payments and percentage rates. If you have never bought a home before, you can find step-by-step guides to the process online. Even seasoned real estate investors can turn to the Web for news and advice, as the market is constantly evolving. Whatever your needs, the Internet is an invaluable source of information for buying a house.
  • Thanksgiving: Recipes, Traditions and More - November 17, 2007 06:45 AM
    If you enjoy celebrating the fourth Thursday in November, give thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale: In 1863, she wrote to President Lincoln advocating the declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Today, the Internet offers a cornucopia of information. Use our Thanksgiving Web Guide to find Thanksgiving traditions recipes and other Thanksgiving resources. You'll also find links to the menu from the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving, learn ways to keep your guests entertained while you're doing the dishes, uncover the mystery of turkey brining and much more.
  • October, 2007

  • Landscaping - October 29, 2007 06:10 AM
    Regardless of where you live, how much space you have, and what your experience level is, you can enjoy landscape design with help from the Web. Landscaping is not only fun to plan and implement, but if done well, it can even reduce your energy costs, provide years of comfort and enjoyment, and increase the value of your home. Start planning your landscaping project on the Web by looking through photos for ideas as well as researching specific design principles, features, and types of plants. You’ll find useful blogs and forums for sharing tips and advice, and can even locate a nearby landscaper if the project seems too daunting to tackle on your own.
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