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The DASH Diet: Speedy Trip to Weight Loss?

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A caprese-style treat of crostini topped with low-fat, part-skim mozzarella, tomato, basil and olive oil fits well into the DASH diet. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thom C. of Indianapolis)

The DASH diet aims to lower blood pressure with healthy food choices. It also may help you lose weight and improve your overall health. What's DASH all about?

Winter is the Best Time for Basement Organization

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Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)
Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)

Many homeowners who plan to clean a cluttered basement come spring never get around to it. These five steps can help you to organize your basement this winter.

Do Your Teeth Hurt When You Run or Exercise?

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When you run you are increasing blood flow in the body, which can contribute to gum inflammation. (Photo courtesy of Body3 Fitness Center)
When you run you are increasing blood flow in the body, which can contribute to gum inflammation. (Photo courtesy of Body3 Fitness Center)

Tooth pain while running or exercising can be triggered by trauma or an infection. Even temperature can set off dental pain. A dentist can determine the cause.

Turn Your Master Bedroom into Your Sanctuary

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Turn your master bedroom into a master suite by adding a comfortable sitting area. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )
Turn your master bedroom into a master suite by adding a comfortable sitting area. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )

Whether it boasts a cozy reading nook, custom closets or master bathroom with clawfoot tub, a designer can help you to create the master bedroom of your dreams.

Protect Your Move with an Insurance Policy

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If hiring a mover, investigate your various insurance options to protect your belongings. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Deborah C. of Chapin, S.C.)

A professional mover offers tips on what to consider when evaluating various moving insurance policy options available to protect your belongings.

Creating a Filing System You Can Live with

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There are many different ways to set up and maintain a filing system. The important thing is to be consistent. (Photo courtesy of Simplified Living Solutions)
There are many different ways to set up and maintain a filing system. The important thing is to be consistent. (Photo courtesy of Simplified Living Solutions)

Creating an easy-to-use filing system to organize your paperwork is all about keeping it simple. The most common filing mistake: not getting rid of old items.

Solar Energy Powers D.C. Suburb's Co-op

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Maryland residents seek a solar cooperative to bargain for discounts on solar panels. (Photo by Angie's List member Clint T.)
Maryland residents seek a solar cooperative to bargain for discounts on solar panels. (Photo by Angie's List member Clint T.)

Residents of one Maryland city have formed a solar cooperative aimed at using its collective buying power to get discounted prices for solar panels and systems.

Learn These Easy Habits to Get Organized in 2015

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Putting items back in their homes is extremely important for living an organized lifestyle, says Nelson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth S. of New Orleans)
Putting items back in their homes is extremely important for living an organized lifestyle, says Nelson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth S. of New Orleans)

Are you geared up to get organized this year? Making some changes in your everyday routine can make organization a habit instead of an unattainable goal.

How to Meet Your Personal Fitness Goals in 2015

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A personal trainer can help you create a custom made personal fitness plan that meets your needs, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)
A personal trainer can help you create a custom made personal fitness plan that meets your needs, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Jason Hodge of Medical Fitness Pros about how to meet your personal fitness goals in 2015 and beyond.

Chicago-Area Snow Plow Thefts Pile Up

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Thieves are targeting snow plow blades in the Chicago area and selling them online.  (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Thieves are targeting snow plow blades in the Chicago area and selling them online. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Thieves in the Chicago suburbs of Northwest Indiana are stealing expensive snow plows, stripping the blades off the trucks and selling them online.

Illinois Car Accident Totals Increase While Fatalities Decline

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The number of auto accidents in Illinois rose 4 percent in 2013 from 2012. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela W.)
The number of auto accidents in Illinois rose 4 percent in 2013 from 2012. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela W.)

As annual overall auto deaths in Illinois continue their decline, Cook and suburban DuPage counties ranked the worst for accidents in the state for 2013.

How to Stop an IRS Tax Levy

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Consider hiring a professional tax consultant if you face an IRS levy, so you can review your options and get your financial records in order. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

Learn from a tax expert the various ways you can halt an IRS tax levy. After you evaluate your options, consider hiring an accountant to help.

Can Your Infant Hear You? Don't Wait to Find Out

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Almost half of the infants who are diagnosed with a hearing impairment aren’t getting the necessary care when they are babies, the CDC has found. (Photo by Ascent Audiology & Hearing)
Almost half of the infants who are diagnosed with a hearing impairment aren’t getting the necessary care when they are babies, the CDC has found. (Photo by Ascent Audiology & Hearing)

The earlier your child's hearing loss is detected, the sooner you can avoid developmental delays. Testing can reveal hearing problems soon after a baby's birth.

Pets and Service Techs: How to Keep the Peace

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With a little preparation and communication, a homeowner can keep their pet's stress level to a minimum during a service call. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert S. of Las Vegas)
With a little preparation and communication, a homeowner can keep their pet's stress level to a minimum during a service call. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert S. of Las Vegas)

Your dog may think he’s defending his pack when he goes after the plumber, but that won't get your faucet fixed. Learn how to keep pets and service techs safe.

5 Steps to Planting a Happy Tree

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Do your research before planting a tree to ensure proper placement. You want the tree to thrive without hurting your existing landscaping or property. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Do your research before buying and planting a new tree to make sure it will thrive in its new home and not damage existing landscape elements or your property.

Family Holiday Stress Puts D.C. Pets at Risk

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Local animal shelters often see a spike in drop-offs during the holidays. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Local animal shelters often see a spike in drop-offs during the holidays. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The family pet often can pay the price for a family's holiday stress. D.C. animal shelters report a traditional spike in drop-offs during the month of December.

Christmas in Hawaii? Talk to a Travel Agent

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Next Christmas you may consider a tropical getaway. It works for the Obama family. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kevin W.)
Next Christmas you may consider a tropical getaway. It works for the Obama family. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kevin W.)

President Obama and his family spent Christmas in Hawaii. Sound good? You could do the same in 2015. Start talking to your travel agent now for the best deals.

A Record-Setting New Year’s Resolution in Charlotte

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A reasonable diet and fitness plan can make 2015 your healthiest year yet. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
A reasonable diet and fitness plan can make 2015 your healthiest year yet. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Get a healthy start on your 2015 fitness goals with people in Charlotte, Concord and Matthews aiming to set a record for the world's largest group workout.

Energetic Service for Electrical Wiring Job

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Amped Electrical wired this storage building with outlets, switches and lights. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member William R.)

Amped Electrical employees completed wiring in customer's storage building, not knowing they were working for an electrical engineer. Would sparks fly over service?

Want to Rent Out Your D.C. House? You Need a License for That

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Renting out your condo or house in D.C. requires you to have a business license. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Renting out your condo or house in D.C. requires you to have a business license. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

A business license is needed from the D.C. government before you rent out your single-family house or condo. It's going to cost close to $200 in various fees.

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