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SUMMERFASHION It might be tempting to just stay in your bathing suit all summer long, but it’s more likely you’ll need to get dressed at some point. Fashion experts are calling for electrifying colours this season – think tomato red, emerald green and canary yellow. Other current trends? Checked patterns, feathers and – believe it or not – 1980s style puffed sleeves. Come to think of it… staying in your bathing suit may be a better idea! HOWTOBOOSTTHEVALUEOFYOURHOME There are plenty of reasons to tackle a few home improvements this summer. Whether you’re planning on selling or looking to upgrade for the comfort of your own family, there are a lot of good reasons to up your property’s game. Here are five potential upgrades – from cosmetic to complete overhaul. 1. Redecorate. Fresh paint, new curtains and throw pillows, a piece of welcoming artwork – these simple changes will refresh any space and appeal to both homeowner and potential buyer. 2. Kitchen makeover. There’s a reason it’s called the heart of the home. From painting the cabinets to a total gut job, a kitchen facelift almost always adds value to a home. Just make sure you don’t spend too much creating your dream kitchen – high-end kitchen renos cost upwards of $50,000! 3. Upgrade a bathroom. Whether it’s the master, guest, powder room or all three, a bathroom upgrade is another home improvement that can bump up your home’s selling price. Smaller jobs include re-grouting and replacing faucets and showerheads, while bigger jobs mean new fixtures, new tile – perhaps a new bathroom entirely! 4. Outdoor appeal. Summer is the perfect time to make sure your outdoor spaces match the allure of your indoors. Paint or change out the front door, add plants, shrubs and trees and create an outdoor entertaining space sure to rival your living room for coziness. 5. Go green. Eco-friendly features are an attraction for potential buyers. Consider replacing current bulbs with LED, existing appliances with Energy Star rated ones and investing in other energy saving improvements such as a programmable thermostat. Go even further for the environment by looking into alternative energy sources such as solar panels or geothermal heating.
HOW TO: Some letters of the alphabet are missing from the circle. Can you use the missing letters to find an animal?
BRAIN TEASERS - Find the Letters
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