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Top national parks for families

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale Each year, hundreds of millions of people visit the 397 destinations that comprise the country's National Park System. Summer is the ideal time to explore many of these parks, as the kids are out of school and activities in the parks are in full swing. Here are four national parks that are worth putting on your family's life list.   Yellowstone National Park Spanning parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park tops the list. Yellowstone was the first national park, created...

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For a greener backyard, take cues from leading-edge California

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale (BPT) - From implementing stricter standards for vehicle emissions to creating a state-level agency to administer stewardship of the environment, Californians have always been at the forefront of the green movement. That commitment to the environment even extends to local backyards, where California homeowners are turning to eco-friendly materials, building practices and landscaping to create "greener" outdoor living spaces. You can bring such style into your own backyard with a few tips and tactics inspired by your California neighbors: Choose eco-friendly materials...

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Toddlers and tech: reasons to share your smartphone

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale A lot of things change when you become a parent. The shows you watch, the restaurants you go to and the concept of sleep as you once knew it all evolve when your family structure transforms from a "me" to a "we." And increasingly, personal gadgets like smartphones are following the same trend. "One day I looked at my phone and realized I had almost as many apps on it for my daughter as I did for myself," says Kat Holmes,...

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Cool your home and save cold, hard cash with air conditioning tips

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale (BPT) - Home cooling costs rise with the temperature, making many homeowners dread the arrival of their monthly electric bill during the good ol' summertime. Fortunately, with a few simple strategies, it's easy to cut down on cooling costs so you can enjoy summer, even through record-high temperatures. "Air conditioning is the main way homeowners cool their home, but it's far from a one-size-fits-all solution," says Laura Johnson, home economist for LG Electronics USA. "How you choose to cool your home...

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Home remodeling tips for baby boomers entering their golden years

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale As America's 77 million-strong baby boomers reach retirement age, one thing is absolutely clear -- they are not going to quietly retreat into their golden years. The most active generation in America's history wants homes that will support their active lifestyles, and homes that will accommodate the challenges boomers will face, from bad knees, to working from home, to taking on grandchildren. That's why building and remodeling homes for aging baby boomers represents one of the biggest trends in the home...

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Three ways to bring added entertainment to your outdoor experiences

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale The days of canvas tents and campsite boredom are long gone, thanks to tech innovations that are changing the face of outdoor experiences. For example, have you ever wanted to watch a little TV while out on the boat or at the campsite? Maybe kick back with some s'mores and a movie? Today, you truly can do it - and you'll get much more than you ever expected. There are a few ways to bring your favorite programs and movies with...

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‘Come meet your planet’ and discover the secrets of the natural world

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale If you answered "yes," you'll be excited to know that one of the world's top travel companies is partnering with the world's leading producer of award-winning natural history documentaries to make those wishes a reality. Tauck, the world-leader in guided, premium-quality land journeys and cruises, has entered into an exclusive, multi-year partnership with BBC Earth to bring the expertise and perspectives of BBC wildlife filmmakers to Tauck's itineraries exploring the natural world. -The BBC is the world's leading producer of highly...

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Five smart steps to maximize bathroom space

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale In spite of its heavy use, bathrooms are often some of the smallest areas in a home. Cross tight square footage with limited storage, and it quickly becomes cluttered and cramped - far from a pleasant place to start and end each day. Adding function doesn't require changing your bathroom's footprint. To maximize your bathroom storage and make it work best for you, consider these design and organizational tips. Tip 1: Install a floating vanity A big trend in small bathroom design...

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Hot trends for spring home improvement projects

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale Whether you're remodeling to stay put, or putting your home on the market, consider home improvement and design trends as you plan your renovation projects. Add bold, bright colors Need a color boost? Fresh color recommendations from the Pantone Color Institute include Tangerine Tango, Solar Power, Bellflower and Cabaret. Try adding a splash of these vivid hues to help alter your mood and boost vitality and enthusiasm. Repaint a wall, bookcase or front door for a bold color burst. Or sprinkle splashes of...

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Being your own boss: getting your freelance or small business off the ground

Fairfax County Real Estate – Northern Virginia Homes for Sale Today, there are many new tools to get you started on the right track, but they are still based on tried and true principles. * There's no such thing as too much networking. "Start with your immediate network," says Shawn O'Mara, senior partner at design firm ocreations, who earned his associate of applied science degree in Visual Communications from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. "Do you have an uncle who owns a pizza shop? Offer to create a new logo for...

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