Chris Merz's Blog Posts

You're Now Allowed to Have Chocolate for Breakfast

Chocolate-Hazelnut-and-Bacon Toastrecipe by patterson watkinsphoto by shana smithToast and bacon are part of many a delicious breakfast, but when combined with the nutty and chocolatey

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Autumn Cleaning Checklist

After a long summer, the crisp fall air is the perfect invitation you need to deep clean your house. From the kitchen pantry to the patio, this checklist will help prepare your house for the colder

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These Flowers Are Perfect For Fall

There are sunflowers for summer and tulips for spring, but don’t forget about these fall flowers that are sure to bring a smile to your face this autumn.CelosiaAs part of the amaranth family,

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Vivacious Victorian

Vivacious Victorianinterview with liliane hartwritten by alexa brickerphotography by mark roskamsNortheast-based designer Liliane Hart grew up with parents who were passionate about

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Put Some Pizzazz in Your Breakfast

Oatmeal, waffles, omelets, pancakes—when it comes to breakfast, the options are seemingly endless. And yet so many of us still don’t make time for this important meal. One possibility is

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A Fall Financial Checklist

For many, autumn is the best time of year. The return of cool breezes, comforting foods, and pumpkins can be invigorating. It’s also a bookmark of sorts, especially for your finances—a

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A Road Trip Reimagined

When you think of an ideal road trip, you probably plan it around some of the nation’s most popular destinations—there’s a reason landmarks are landmarks. But don’t forget

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Espresso Milkshake

Espresso Milkshakerecipe by patterson watkinsphoto by shana smithCoffee lovers, rejoice! This milkshake recipe has all the great flavor of your favorite coffee ice cream, only healthier

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Farmers Market Po'Boys

Farmers’ Market Po’Boysrecipe by patterson watkinsphoto by shana smithPo’boys are a staple sandwich in the American South—primarily in Louisiana, where they are

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Who doesn't love tree houses?

Out on a Limbinterview with pete nelsonwritten by matthew bradyphotography by nelson treehouse and supplyA lifelong fan of treehouses, Pete Nelson decided to turn his passion into a

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Recharge with a Routine

ith September right around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about falling back into a routine, if you haven’t already. Implement these tips so you can build a structured

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Baja Fish Taco Salad

Baja Fish Taco Saladrecipe by patterson watkinsphoto by shana smithSeafood, sun, and summer go hand in hand, and this taco salad recipe—with fresh mahi-mahi and an orange-cilantro

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Make it Right

There are things you do around the house every day that you probably don’t think too much about. From squeezing your toothpaste tube to doing your weekly load of laundry, try these hacks that

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Cinema under the stars

Movies are synonymous with summer entertainment. We all have memories of packing into a local theater to see the latest blockbuster with family and friends, and you may have even enjoyed movies on

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Farmhouse: Fashionably Functional

To some, farmhouse might feel too dated or too country—but the modern resurgence of this trend has proved it’s anything but. This style can work well in virtually any home or environment

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Recreation Revisited

The imagination of kids is fascinating, especially the way it can turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. If you adopt this mindset of seeing things in a different light, you’ll

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Mistakes to avoid in your garden

No matter how much experience you have as a gardener, mistakes happen to everyone. Some gardening mistakes are actually avoidable. Below, you’ll find some of the most common gardening mistakes

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Market update

Mortgage rates have dropped slightly this past week and are at near record lows.Home inventory continues to be below needed levels.  inventory dropped from 2% to 14% below needed levels.Homes

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