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Christine Brackel

A University of Michigan alumna and self-professed word nerd, Chrissy the copy editor enjoys spending 40+ hours every week polishing other people’s grammar. When she’s not at work writing and editing blogs or at home cooking drool-worthy dinners for her exceptionally adorable preschooler, she’s watching trashy reality television shows and daydreaming about being adopted by the Kardashians. Although she is a woman of many talents, Chrissy prides herself most in making the world a better place one comma splice at a time.
The Idiot's Guide to Refinishing Wood Furniture - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

How to Get the Wood Floor Look Without the Wood Floor Price

Wood floors are beautiful and versatile. Everyone wants them, but not everyone can afford them. Since I’m currently looking at flooring options to replace some low-quality laminate in my new home, I wanted to explore options that have the wood look – but not the wood price or maintenance worries. If you’re in the same boat, here are some flooring options to consider.

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Using Gift Money for Your Down Payment: What You Need to Know

Using Gift Money for Your Down Payment: What You Need to Know

You might think that you can just use whatever financial gifts your friends and family give you for your down payment, but it’s not as cut and dried as you might think. When you’re qualifying for a mortgage, the source of the funds in your bank account will matter just as much as how much money you actually have. Here’s what you need to know if someone’s given you money to put toward your down payment.

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How to Make an Air Plant Terrarium

How to Make an Air Plant Terrarium

With a fish, two cats and a child to take care of, I don’t have much time, or the skill, to take care of a garden. But I still want some plants around the house. So I did some research and found out that air plant terrariums require the least amount of gardening skill and knowledge – so of course that’s the type of terrarium I went with. If you lack green thumbs but still want to DIY a terrarium, here’s how to do it!

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Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes Longer: How to Make Living Alone Safe

Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes Longer: How to Make Living Alone Safe

I love my grandma, and while I know she can’t do everything she used to do, I also respect that living with relatives just isn’t for her. She isn’t, however, ready to make the jump to assisted living. If you’re concerned about an older friend or relative who’s in the same situation, here’s what you can do to make things safe and easy some of the worry.

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