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It’s a bit early to fire up the barbecue (or is it?) and open up the pool, but you can at least start planning how you’re going to spruce up your backyard patio for summer. That way, once summer finally gets here, you’ll be ready to take full advantage of that warm weather and those long days. Read on to learn how you can create the ultimate outdoor space for summer, perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

Exercise Your Green Thumb

Fresh flowers and vibrant plants are an easy and affordable way to update your backyard patio. And they aren’t just for gardens and flower beds! Arrange plants and flowers in pretty pots or baskets and group them together in different areas of your deck. Tall plants and topiaries work especially well in corners, while

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ridgewood njRidgewood, NJ is a pleasant little village in Bergen County in northeastern New Jersey. Ranked #26 on Money magazine's list of 100 "Best Places to Live in America" within the last 5 years, Ridgewood is primarily a residential community of professionals and their families. The village was also named the 12th highest-earning town in America, with a median family income of $198,122 back in 2013. The safe and friendly small-town environment and sense of community Ridgewood maintains are some of the primary reasons why its 25,000 residents are proud to call Ridgewood their home.

Around The Ridgewood, NJ Community

Many young out-of-towners from surrounding communities come to Ridgewood, NJ to go dining or shopping, or to just hang out. Most businesses are

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Due to its convenient location and size, there are always plenty of things to do in Bergen County for families. With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, you might be tempted to partake in some outdoor activities, but summer isn’t quite here yet. While you eagerly await its arrival, why not keep yourself busy with some exciting, family-friendly adventures? For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of special events taking place this spring that you (and the kids) won’t want to miss.

Easter Activities

Those looking for the Easter Bunny can find Peter Cottontail himself at various locations around Bergen County throughout late March and early April. There are also countless Easter egg hunts taking place throughout the county. One

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Saddle River, a borough in Bergen County, is located in the north-eastern region of New Jersey and it’s one of the wealthiest municipalities in the United States. Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Manhattan, this rural area offers residents a picturesque retreat from ‘big city living’. Named after the Saddle River that flows through it, this borough boasts natural beauty and luxury not found elsewhere.

Originally settled by the Lenni Lenape tribe, Saddle River saw huge growth throughout the 18th century mostly due to wealthy Dutch families buying up regions of the land. Industry and community development continued, despite Saddle River being hit hard during both the Revolutionary and Civil War. Today, the just over 3000 residents here enjoy

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baking soda usesBaking soda uses go beyond what its name implies. We should remember that for decades, household cabinets have been filled with countless products (almost indistinguishable from each other) claiming to have specific uses for specific problems. Do you have a mysterious odor emanating from the depths of your walk-in closet? Buy this! Don't like the way your favorite piece of cookware has gone through changes like a color spectrum? Buy that! Do you have a stubborn, dog-flavored stain on your carpet? Buy this, too! How much of this stuff do we actually need, or rather, how much of it can we do without?

Modern households are more about seeking healthy, responsible practices that minimize the impact to our own health and our environment. One such simple,

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Are you looking to update your kitchen this year? Or perhaps you're building your brand-new dream home, or simply adding a few simple touches to give your kitchen a fresh look. Whether you're going for a total overhaul, or working within a budget to add a few trendy updates to your kitchen, we've provided a list of five 2015 kitchen trends to give you some design and decorating inspiration.

Warm & Mixed Metallics

metallic kitchen design

Warm metallics such as gold, bronze, and copper are big this year. Adding warm metallic details to your kitchen adds a little bit of luxury to dress up the ordinary. Cabinet hardware and sink faucets are an easy way to add a bit of shine to your kitchen, and for an even more dramatic look, consider wall decor, and light fixtures. For a

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wyckoff njLocated in Bergen County, Wyckoff, NJ is a small township of about 16,000 residents. The community prides itself on it's family-oriented values and small-town charm, where the neighbors get to know one another. Wyckoff was established as a township in 1926, replacing what was originally Franklin Township. Today, it's a vibrant little community peppered with lakes and towering trees, home to shops and services, beautiful parks and nature preserves.

Wyckoff: Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

Within the beautiful community of Wyckoff are several parks, as well as a picturesque environmental center. Residents can take a stroll through town to visit a number of ponds and brooks, and neighborhoods are encompassed by tall, mature trees that paint the town in

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moving to a new neighborhoodLet's say you've found your dream home--that perfect house in a new community with just the right square footage to comfortably accommodate your growing family, with interior that fondly reminds you of the house you grew up in, with big windows that overlook your picturesque yard or colonial porch, with just the right number of bathrooms so that there are no foreseeable lineups on those hectic Monday mornings. But choosing a new home to move to is only half the battle. After all, it's not enough to love the space inside the walls of your home, the feeling of comfort and peace of mind should go with you when you step out of your doors too. 

Doing Your Community Research

If you are planning on moving to a new neighborhood, you should always do

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ridgewood nj clubsWhether you're a new member of Ridgewood, NJ community or a longtime resident, joining clubs (or groups, or societies, or organizations, or whatever you want to call them) is a great way to establish and expand your social circles. These social groups can range from general interest groups that appeal to just about everyone to fringe groups with a shared interest in the esoteric. Be it religious or secular, social or philanthrophic, plain fun or just plain strange, there's almost something for everyone to join in on. Here is a list of just a few local groups to help get you started in exploring the diverse community at Ridgewood (click on the names to be redirected to their respective sites):

Ridgewood Newcomers Club

A social group run by the YWCA

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tech trends smart homeSometimes, a home can feel a bit lacking without the right gadgets to complement your home life. Our needs never seem to know when to stop evolving, and thankfully, neither does technology. Here are a few gadgets comprising technology trends in 2015 you may find yourself shopping for:

Automating Your Home With Insteon Hub Pro

With wider adoption of smart home devices like the Insteon Hub Pro, modern home life has become more and more about control and convenience--whether or not we're actually at home. You can control lights and outlets, thermostats, sensors and detectors, cameras and more from your mobile device, regardless of where you are in the world. This automation device is perfect for families wanting a peace of mind while vacationing far

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