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Diana N. Nguyen

Blog Entries by Diana N. Nguyen

House Tour: This California Home Has A Story To Tell (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 3:08 PM

When Hollie Milne and her husband Gordon first moved to their Westlake Village home six years ago, the three-bedroom, one-story house featured desert-inspired decor. But the mother of five and grandmother of 16 wanted her home to represent her life.

"Our lives are meant to be seen -- how...

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How To Clean Popsicle Stains Off Clothing... With Fruit

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 8:18 AM

We can pretend that only kids drip melting popsicles all over their clothes, but let's face it, it happens to the best of us -- usually when we're wearing white and eating ice cream of the colorful variety. (Big Stick, anyone?) As common as a popsicle stain is, it can...

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13 Swimming Pools We'd Love To Splash In (PHOTOS)

(14) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 2:16 PM

When we think about summer fun, the first things that pop into mind are refreshing drinks (read: Mojitos), vacations and swimming pools. Whether it's a residential or community pool, a dip in the water is a fabulous way to stay cool, relax and just have fun with friends and family....

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How To Clean A Fan Without A Hassle

(15) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 8:52 AM's pretty amazing how good a constant flow of air can feel on a blistering hot day. For those of us who aren't lucky enough to have air conditioners, an oscillating tabletop fan can be an affordable life-saver. Unfortunately, fans, and especially their blades, are dust magnets. Before you have...

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How To Clean Water Toys For Safe, Summer Fun

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 8:51 AM

Water toys are a timeless pleasure: whether it's an inflatable raft or a plastic beach ball, they keep both adults and children amused for hours on end. But don't let that slick surface fool you: just because they spend their days in the water doesn't mean they're clean; all that...

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CustomMade Curator: A Concrete Table That's Anything But Industrial

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 1:53 PM

We're both impressed and intrigued by this cement coffee table from CustomMade Artisan Epic Concrete. Usually a slab of concrete as furniture can look a bit cold, but this tabletop features an unexpected floral touch, making it a unique piece that is as romantic as it is modern....

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How To Clean An Awning So It's Summer-Ready

(6) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Whether you're entertaining outdoors or just lounging on the deck, the shade from an awning provides the perfect refuge from the summer heat. But before you get too comfortable, make sure to give your awnings a thorough cleaning. When left over time, debris, bird droppings, mold and mildew can quickly...

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Flavorlopes: Envelopes That Have Plenty Of Taste...Literally

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 8:47 AM

There are so many small tasks in a day that we wish were made easier, or at least more pleasant. While taking the trash out is always going to be, well, taking the trash out, sending mail gets a little more exciting with Flavorlopes, flavored envelopes that have...

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Cottage House Style: 18 Enchanting Getaways We'd Love To Visit (PHOTOS)

(16) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Growing up, we idolized Snow White...and her lovely little cottage. Which may be why, as adults, we feel a little sentimental whenever we see great cottage style. Whether it's a carefully restored '30s home or a sweet summer getaway, the appeal of the cottage is in...

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How To Remove Skunk Odor From Outdoor Furniture

(22) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 8:11 AM

It's the pungent smell we all know and fear. And now eau de skunk is permeating from your patio furniture. Now what? You'll want to remove the scent as fast as possible, since the oily spray our odor-able friend left behind can last for two to three weeks. Also, the...

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How To Clean An Outdoor Air Conditioner Without Hiring A Pro

(32) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 8:15 AM

If you're like us, you're already feeling the intense heat of (unofficial) summer. This weekend, in fact, we found sanctuary thanks to our amazing air conditioners. If you are anticipating the pangs of the soon-to-be scorching season, it's the perfect time to clean your outdoor air conditioner. Why? Because routine...

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How To Clean A Coffee Maker Using This...Fruit?

(65) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 1:59 PM

If you're a daily coffee drinker, you know that going out for a cup of joe can add up to a pricey monthly expense. Thankfully, we can cut caffeine costs by using our home or office coffee makers. Unfortunately, after so many brews, mineral deposits and even mold can grow...

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How To Organize Anything: The Best Cleaning Tips From May For Any Part Of Your Home (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 8:26 AM

Last month, we focused on spring cleaning and getting to those places that often get lost in the shuffle. And this month, while we get ready for the sweltering summer and outdoor entertaining, we didn't forget about our everyday chores that still need our attention, like organizing the linen closet...

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How To Organize: 8 Ways To Store Shoes (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Whether you have an expansive collection or a few favorite pairs, shoes scattered on the floor can turn any floor into an obstacle course. Instead, round up your footwear in one easily accessible area, like near an entryway or in a closet. You'll never go looking for a heel's matching...

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CustomMade Curator: A Table Made From Thousands Of Pieces Of Wood (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 2:23 PM

At first glance, the pattern on this sofa table from CustomMade Artisan Berenguer's Furniture appears pretty interesting. But take a closer look and you'll notice the most unique aspect of this table is that it is actually constructed from many rectangular blocks of wood. Can you guess how...

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How To Clean Earbuds And Headphones

(22) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 8:41 AM

Whether they're for working out or blocking out office noise, earbuds and headphones help us get through the day with a little help from our favorite tunes. With all that use, it's not surprising that our earphones come in contact with a fair share of sweat, wax and dust that...

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The 10 Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens Across The United States (PHOTOS)

(16) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Now that some of our favorite flowers are in full bloom, we're daydreaming about spending our days pruning the perfect garden. While growing the plot of our dreams may take awhile, in the meantime we're looking for inspiration from a few of the nation's best gardens. Botanical gardens are a...

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Memorial Day Sales 2012: Home Decor And Outdoor Furniture Sales At Macy's, Sears, Home Depot And More (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 8:06 AM

This Memorial Day, we honor the courageous men and women who serve or have served our country. Thanks to them, we feel protected and (less importantly, but exciting nonetheless) get a day off from work. And like any other holiday, there are sales a-plenty at our favorite retailers, like Macy's,...

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How To Clean And Remove Oil Stains From Concrete

(26) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 9:04 AM

We're used to seeing unattractive oil stains in parking lots across America. But when it comes to your own driveway or garage, ordinary spots become eyesores. Clean up oil spills before they soak deeper into the surface with our simple tips. There's no need for professional materials or tools --...

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How To Clean And Remove Wine Stains From Carpet With Shaving Cream

(8) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 1:59 PM

A glass of red wine may be good for your heart but it's definitely not great for your carpet. Red wine stains can be automatic eyesores, especially on light-colored carpets. Instead, tackle spills of the vino variety immediately with our easy and effective tip.

Simply apply a...

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