From soil to water to the kid who just manhandled every apple at the grocery store, there are countless opportunities for fruits and vegetables to become contaminated as they make their way to your plate. As a result, nearly half of all foodborne illnesses are caused by produce, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, all it takes for you to safeguard yourself and your family is water (a kitchen faucet with a pull-down sprayer helps, too!). Whether you’re eating fruits and vegetables cooked or raw, peeled or whole, wash produce properly by remembering these do’s and don’ts. (more…)

Go ahead and paint that coffee table purple, but not before memorizing these design guidelines

Rules were meant to be broken, particularly in the design world, says Los Angeles interior designer Susan Jay Freeman, of Susan Jay Design. “Interior design is so personal. You should do what you like in your own home.” (more…)

How a Towel Bar Can Save Your Life

Thursday, 22 March 2018 by

As we age, few of us want to turn our beloved nests into institutional settings that look more “retirement village” than “home sweet home.” But if you plan to age in place—the term for living in your current home as you get older, rather than moving to a senior residence—grab bars in the shower may someday be your reality. (more…)

Chances are, you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. It’s where your family sorts the groceries, prepares meals and spends time talking about everyone’s day. The silent partners in the room, your appliances, can go relatively unnoticed—unless they emanate a foul odor.

With some routine maintenance and a little elbow grease, you can keep things smelling pleasant. Here are some basic ways to clean your most-used kitchen appliances. (more…)