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Hunting and Gathering in our New Reality @swhubbard

LUCY BURDETTE: Today I'm delighted to welcome our long-time JRW friend SW (Susan) Hubbard. We're all having to make major adjustments in our lives, and here's a peek into hers. And also, if you haven't read any of her Frank Bennett mysteries (that I adore), now's the perfect time because the first three are free and then you can binge and read all the way to the new one, ICE JIG! Welcome Susan!SW HUBBARD: I come from a long line of hunter-gatherers.My mom loved to shop. My Aunt Viola loved to shop. My Aunt Bessie raised shopping to an art form.And my daughter and I love to shop. For anything: food, clothes, household items, gifts. We hunt for it and...

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Hunting and Gathering in our New Reality @swhubbard

LUCY BURDETTE: Today I'm delighted to welcome our long-time JRW friend SW (Susan) Hubbard. We're all having to make major adjustments in our lives, and here's a peek into hers. And also, if you haven't read any of her Frank Bennett mysteries (that I adore), now's the perfect time because the first three are free and then you can binge and read all the way to the new one, ICE JIG! Welcome Susan!SW HUBBARD: I come from a long line of hunter-gatherers.My mom loved to shop. My Aunt Viola loved to shop. My Aunt Bessie raised shopping to an art form.And my daughter and I love to shop. For anything: food, clothes, household items, gifts. We hunt for it and...

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Room Remodeling 101: Your Guide to Costs, Materials, and High-Value Upgrades

Between custom cabinets, upgraded flooring, unexpected asbestos issues… the cost of room remodeling escalates quickly. Remodeled homes fetch higher prices than outdated neighbors, but without adequate planning, your remodeling costs may far exceed the returns you gain when it’s time to sell. It’s best to start your room remodeling with a solid plan. To guide you down the right road, we’ve created a room by room remodeling guide informed by research on current trends, return on investment, and buyer’s wish lists. For added expertise, we consulted Carmen Gonzalez, a top selling real estate agent in Orlando, Florida who’s sold 76% more single family homes than the average agent. Source: (Christa Grover / Unsplash) Living room: Open up your layout and...

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Room Remodeling 101: Your Guide to Costs, Materials, and High-Value Upgrades

Between custom cabinets, upgraded flooring, unexpected asbestos issues… the cost of room remodeling escalates quickly. Remodeled homes fetch higher prices than outdated neighbors, but without adequate planning, your remodeling costs may far exceed the returns you gain when it’s time to sell. It’s best to start your room remodeling with a solid plan. To guide you down the right road, we’ve created a room by room remodeling guide informed by research on current trends, return on investment, and buyer’s wish lists. For added expertise, we consulted Carmen Gonzalez, a top selling real estate agent in Orlando, Florida who’s sold 76% more single family homes than the average agent. Source: (Christa Grover / Unsplash) Living room: Open up your layout and...

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Who Are You Going to Be One Day?

Photo: Suzanne Weerts He was nine pounds when I met him. Somehow I’d squeezed all nine of those pounds out of me with no medication. “Hello you!” I said, holding him in my arms as the night nurse tried to put him in the bassinet. “You should get some rest,” she said. “No, I’ll just keep him right here by my side.” I wasn’t afraid of crushing him in my sleep like I was with his older sister. I wanted to drink him in and imprint his utter perfection alone in that peaceful hospital room. I touched his soft cheek and searched his alert eyes for a sign he recognized the unconditional love that pulsed with my every heartbeat. Later...

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