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Six Ways to Use the List to Spice Up Your Romance in Indy

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Roses may come and go, but memories made by doing something together can last a lifetime.
Roses may come and go, but memories made by doing something together can last a lifetime.

Ranging from photography and dance lessons to fitness and cooking classes in Indy, Angie's List offers many ways for couples to rekindle their romance.

7 Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

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A fire burning in the fireplace gives off warmth and a warm feeling to prospective homebuyers in winter. (Photo courtesy of member Mark E. of Raleigh, North Carolina)

While spring may be home-buying season, sellers listing a house for sale in winter may be at an advantage, with fewer competing properties and these tips.

Five Ways the Cold Weather Can Damage Your Car

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Winter weather can can cause all sorts of problems for your car, including killing your battery and lowering your tire pressure. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

When temperatures dip below freezing, vehicle car can suffer. Highly rated auto mechanics discuss what to watch for on your car when winter hits.

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Angie's List Monthly December 2014

Want to know the latest and greatest ways to help keep out the cold and keep your home up-to-date? Check out the December 2014 issue of Angie's List Monthly!

Seal Your Ductwork and Get Some Big Returns

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Sealing ductwork like this can make a difference in your energy efficiency and costs. (Photo courtesy of member Robert G. Hendersonville, N.C.)

Leaky ductwork can waste a lot of energy, but sealing ductwork puts a stop to that. A few dollars’ worth of sealing tools can turn into lots of saved dollars.

Trotting Before the Turkey? Don't Forget To Stretch Before You Run

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Turkey trots can get you off the couch on Thanksgiving, but stretch your muscles (not just your stomach) to enjoy the run. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Turkey trots can get you off the couch on Thanksgiving, but stretch your muscles (not just your stomach) to enjoy the run. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Thanksgiving Day races can be a great way to start the day, but be sure to warm up your muscles to avoid soreness later during the holiday.

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets

The holidays bring many health hazards for your pets, including toxic plants and foods. Follow these holiday safety tips to avoid a trip to the emergency vet.

Cost of Thanksgiving Travel This Year: The Ups and Downs

Driving home for Thanksgiving will be cheaper in 2014, but flying home for the holidays or booking a hotel when you arrive may cost you more. How much more?

High-End Remodeler Shows Before, After Photos

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This $300,000 remodeling project in Marco Island, Florida, included transforming the kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Luxury Home Solutions)

Haven’t built your dream house yet? Whether you simply need some inspiration or need to hit the lottery, these high-end remodels can help you start planning.

Experts Give Pain-Free Tax Preparation Advice

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Take the "taxing" out of filing your own taxes each year by hiring a professional. (Photo by Steve M. Mitchell)
Take the "taxing" out of filing your own taxes each year by hiring a professional. (Photo by Steve M. Mitchell)

Preparing to file your taxes doesn’t need to be a painful experience. Check out this tax preparation advice from certified and highly rated professionals.

Things to Do in Indy - December 2014

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Local artist Kyle Ragsdale created paintings for the Indiana Repertory Theatre's nine shows for the 2014-15 season. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Repertory Theatre)
Local artist Kyle Ragsdale created paintings for the Indiana Repertory Theatre's nine shows for the 2014-15 season. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Repertory Theatre)

Angie's List compiled activities in Indianapolis for December, including the "A Christmas Carol" at the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Broad Ripple Lights Up!

Take an Unsafe Furnace Seriously

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A red tag on a furnace, like this one, means the heating unit’s unsafe and can’t be used. An HVAC professional dropped off space heaters for this member to use until a new two-stage furnace could be installed and a bad switch on it fixed. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Robert A. of Minneapolis)

If your heating system’s red tagged, or labeled unsafe, pay attention. Get a second opinion and, if the system is dangerous, consult a pro to get it fixed.

Bed Bugs a New Foe for Chicago Police

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A red or brown stain on your mattress is one sign of bed beg infestation.  (Photo courtesy of Eric Erikson
A red or brown stain on your mattress is one sign of bed beg infestation. (Photo courtesy of Eric Erikson

Chicago's bed bug problem is the worst in the country. Now, the Police and Fire Departments are battling their own infestations at two separate facilities.

How to Find Frozen Pipes in Your Home

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It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out something’s gone wrong with this faucet in Minnesota. It turned out to be a bad valve, and a plumber fixed it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kimberley L. of Brooklyn Park, Minn.)

One of the most common winter home problems is frozen pipes. Warming up the pipes is the easy part, but actually finding where the pipe is frozen can be hard.

Water, Winter Can Be Costly Combination

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Experts recommend homeowners leave a faucet dripping inside on nights when the temperatures could cause pipes to freeze. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Winter weather can be a bad mix with water. Utilities, experts recommend special care for pipes, plumbing and irrigation systems as cooler temperatures arrive.

Charlotte's Lake Properties Stay Hot in Cooler Months

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Properties at Lake Norman and Lake Wylie are selling well, say Charlotte-area real estate agents. (Photo courtesy of Lake Realty.)
Properties at Lake Norman and Lake Wylie are selling well, say Charlotte-area real estate agents. (Photo courtesy of Lake Realty.)

Real estate agents find homes and lots for sale in Lake Norman, Lake Wylie areas are appealing to families, retirees even after water cools.

Chicago Sculptors Turn Dying Trees into Works of Art

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Margot McMahon's "Flock" is on display in Jackson Park. The tree used in this sculpture is a 125-year-old elm. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)
Margot McMahon's "Flock" is on display in Jackson Park. The tree used in this sculpture is a 125-year-old elm. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)

As part of the Chicago Tree Project, 10 local artists have spent the year breathing new life into dead or dying trees in numerous city parks.

No More Chaos: 10 Effective Calendar Secrets

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To avoid confusion, toss invitations, fliers or appointment cards, and instead simply note the information on your calendar. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Adele E. of Seattle)
To avoid confusion, toss invitations, fliers or appointment cards, and instead simply note the information on your calendar. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Adele E. of Seattle)

Tired of losing invitations and missing appointments? These tips will help you to take control of life and manage events on your calendar to be more organized.

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