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In 2006, the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) conducted a comprehensive study to evaluate the longevity of the components that make up a home. The life expectancies of the components of a home depend on the quality of installation, the level of maintenance, weather and climate conditions, and the intensity of use. Some components may remain functional but become obsolete due to changing styles and preferences or improvements in newer products while others may have a short life expectancy due to intensive use. The average life expectancy for some components has increased during the past 35 years because of new products and the introduction of new technologies, while the average life of others has declined. Here is what NAHB found in their

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Improvements under $100

Hire an experienced decorator/designer 
Bring an interior designer in to check out your home. They can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home and will be worth every penny spent for their time.

Hire a home inspector
Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, water damage, electrical systems — you can't fix it if you don't know about it. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don't normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home's value. Small problems can become big, expensive problems

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What do Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Aarhus, and Idaho all have in common? They were all named as one of the 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017 by Vogue Magazine. According to Vogue, "Idaho is having a moment. The capital, Boise, may not have an Ace Hotel yet, but it’s quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel, indie coffee shops, creative hubs (like the JUMP campus), distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then, of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills."

Of course, we agree with Vogue Magazine and understand that Idaho is definitely having more than "a

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Looking for a few great recipes this weekend? Try one (or all) of these delectable dishes:

10 ridiculously easy 4-ingredient ham glaze recipes from Betty Crocker

Loaded twice-baked potatoes casserole from (Boise food blogger) Mirlandra's Kitchen

Brussel sprouts with bacon, garlic, and shallots from My Recipes

Gruyere mac and cheese with leeks from Southern Living

Copycat Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits from

Deceptively simple chocolate cake from House and Home 

Crazy-good carrot cake from Happy Hooligans

If cooking isn't on the agenda, click the links below for a few excellent suggestions for eating out or for meal pickup/delivery services:



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It’s no secret that exterior or interior paint colors can make or break the sale of a home currently on the market. But how does color affect your day-to-day life? You might be surprised how color can affect mood, livability and the perception of your space. Here's what's currently trending, color theory tips, and tools to help you pick the perfect paint for your space. 
For 2017, professional designers and those in the paint industry are seeing a move to deep, rich, and complementary colors with more than one undertone. These rich colors with multiple undertones complement and balance one another. Dark colors can become exquisite when balanced with white or cream in any space and you’ll especially see this trend in new construction.

One of the biggest

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Swing is the Thing

Swing dancing in the sparkling Sapphire Room at The Riverside! Live music, a dance lesson (from Sara Lee Conners) and two hours dancing with Pamela DeMarche & friends. March 16th, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Swing dance lesson from 7 pm - 8 pm. Dancing from 8pm - 10pm. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. Click here for more information

Ski Discount Day at Bogus Basin 

Get $10 off your lift ticket all day on March 16th. More information:

Boise Spring Home Show 

Thursday, March 16th - 19th at Expo Idaho 5610 N. Glenwood St., Boise. Over 200 displays and remodeling/landscaping inspiration! Click here for admission prices and additional information.

Fly Fishing

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Bacon (a John Berryhill restaurant)

Southern Breakfast and lunch bistro with coffee, an award-winning Bloody Mary, plus five or more kinds of bacon.
915 W. Idaho St, Boise, Idaho 83702 Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:00 am-3:00 pm, Sat-Sun: 7:00 am-2:00 pm


Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar, fried chicken and cheddar waffle sliders, grilled skirt steak and eggs, and much more! 
199 N 8th St, Boise, Idaho 83702 Brunch Hours: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Cottonwood Grille 

Seasonal Northwest fare nestled in a beautiful location along the Boise river. Brunch options include quiches, crepes, salmon selections, and so much more. Full bar and a beautiful fireplace will give you ambiance and

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