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Thinking Green: Recycled Glass

Raise a glass to Mother Nature.

When it’s as hot as it’s been outside through the region, it’s important to stay hydrated. And now you can do it while keeping things green around the home. Tap into one of the biggest trends in home decor while you raise a glass to Mother Nature. She’s worth a toast or two. That’s in this week’s Thinking Green, with…

Tech Tip Today: Amazon Echo

Alexa, eavesdropping isn't polite.

We worry about cybersecurity and what the lack thereof can do to our privacy. Our financial well-being, our personal data, our political leanings, even our whereabouts can be all too easily broken into by tech-savvy hackers. But now, the tech itself could be spying on us in our very homes. Find out whether Alexa could be invading our privacy with…

App of the Week: Long Picture

The long and the short of combining pictures and words.

It can be really useful to hang on to text messages, especially when they’re a series of exchanges you need to refer to later on. But sometimes those screen grabs can go on for pages and pages. And what about the pictures you take of objects that are just too huge to fit in a single shot? Same problem. That’s…

Ask Danny: CFL Bulbs

Are they really worth it?

We all want to save money around the house — and more than that, we want to keep our family safe in our home, too. So what’s the deal with compact fluorescent bulbs? Find out if they’re worth the money and if they’re safe in this week’s Ask Danny with Danny Lipford.

Melinda’s Garden: Hugelkultur

We're excited to try a new technique. Just don't ask us to pronounce it.

In spite of the rain we’ve been enjoying this week, it looks like we may be off to another fairly dry start to the spring season. And that means it’s time to start looking for opportunities for conserving moisture in the garden. Hugelkultur, or hill gardening, is a way to do just that. Check it out in this week’s Melinda’s…

Tech Tip Today: Keeping Your Personal Data Safe

Keep your info close at hand and out of theirs.

We invest in the latest smartphones and laptops to keep our data as up-to-date and close at hand as possible. So it seems pretty unfair that the tools we rely on can make our information within the grasp of online thieves too. Our social security numbers, our bank accounts, even our personal addresses and phone numbers can be at risk…

App of the Week: LumaFusion

Editing on the go for a lot less.

If you want to make your videos look like the fancy-pants ones that broadcasters run, you’re going to have to do some editing. And editing programs don’t come cheap. But boy, are they fun. Now you can have your fun and some cash left over in your wallet while you’re at it. Let Francie Black show you how in this…

Thinking Green: Recycling Crayons

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky...

As the immortal Louis Armstrong sang in “What a Wonderful World,” it takes all the colors of the rainbow to make this world as beautiful as it is. Still, we admit we have a favorite, and that’s the color green. Teach your kids how to take old broken crayons and turn them into something beautiful and environmentally friendly in this…

Ask Danny: Removing Water Rings

Keep yourself hydrated for marathon week without sporting water rings.

Now that the weather’s warmed up and we’re all doing more outdoor sports than ever before, you need to remember to stay hydrated. But when you’re chugging glass after glass of refreshing cool water, it’s hard not to let it condense on the furniture. That’s where Danny Lipford’s handy trick to removing water rings from wood furniture comes in, in…

Melinda’s Garden: Planting Elephant Ears

We're all ears for the perfect pop of color and height for shady spots.

Building containers and growing color interest in shady spots is a tough one. Especially when it comes to adding height in shade spots, so many plants that tower and pop with color seem to be full-sun lovers. What’s a gardener to do, other than lie in the shade and stew? Why, check out this Melinda’s Garden Moment, of course. It’ll…