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Richard Warren

Richard Warren

Richard Warren is an author and freelance journalist and currently the Consumer Columnist for The Vegas Voice newspaper. His book Scammers, Schemers, and Dreamers, was released in June 2014. Co-written with Elisabeth Daniels, the former head of the Nevada Fight Fraud Task Force, the book explores the human toll of being victimized by fraud. Richard is also the author of A Rehabber’s Tale, the Reality of Fixing and Flipping Real Estate. In addition he teaches English Composition at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and serves on the Board of Directors for the Writers of Southern Nevada, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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Energy efficiency is important, but the more more air-tight our environments become, the lower the quality of air we breathe inside those environments. This can seriously impact our respiratory health. We spend the majority of our time indoors and although we do have concerns for outdoor air quality, it's the indoor air quality we can immediately fix.

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When you want to purchase a new puppy, it's a good idea to find a reputable dog breeder who specializes in breeding and raising the type of dog you want. The environment in which puppies are bred and nurtured can have a significant impact on their quality and temperament.

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It's important to eat a well-rounded diet throughout the week. You might buy the same foods week after week without exploring what else is out there and how they can benefit you. This article outlines 5 foods that you should try to work into your diet on a weekly basis to benefit from their nutrients.

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A juniper bonsai tree is the perfect introduction to bonsai gardening. Juniper trees are easy to grow and versatile. Covered in beautiful, evergreen leaves, juniper trees also flower in the spring, producing stunning, creamy white flower clusters.

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It may be a much repeated cliché but also a much repeated truism – your pet is one of the family. Our faithful, feline friend does not criticise or belittle, does not argue or cause upset and does not ask awkward questions or demand his food at 6pm. He gives nothing but unconditional love and asks for nothing in return except a warm knee, a kind word and, ideally, a full tummy!

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Want a beautiful garden that is also edible? There's a great variety of gorgeous, edible plants to add to your garden. Check out this list of functional, beautiful plants to light up your garden.

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Pregnancy is one thing. Tired? Hey, have a seat! People may even offer to get you a glass of ice water. But once that little bundle of joy has arrived, new moms may find themselves wondering if it’s day or night—and surely no one will offer to get a glass of ice water.

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A common ailment for cats is the emergence of ear mites. Veterinarian David Tayman of the Columbia Animal Hospital in Maryland writes that ear mites “are tiny crab-like parasites, which, if left untreated, can cause bacterial and yeast infections and, in extreme cases, rupture of the ear drum leading to seizures and deafness.

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You thought your toddler was a picky eater? Try planning a butterfly garden! Caterpillars would rather starve than eat the wrong plant, and adult butterflies will move on to tastier pastures (literally) if you don't have what they're looking for. Monarchs are the most famous picky eaters: Caterpillars eat milkweed only, thank you very much.

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As we go about our days, small cuts or scrapes can go unnoticed. However, any break in the skin can create an opportunity for irritation and infection. Considering how much we interact with appliances and other people throughout our days, we should be aware of the potential and easy spread of infection-causing germs.

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The winter months make many of us who live in colder climates painfully aware of the much-needed maintenance that our cars need. Snow, rain, and extreme temperatures often give them a hearty beating during this time of year but there are some simple things that we can do to maintain and protect our vehicles over the next few months.

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What would parties and tasty goodies be like without chocolate? And frankly, who doesn't love chocolate? When it's in sweets or just on its own, chocolate is awesome, but when it melts onto clothes or your carpet? Eek, it's positively awful. Because chocolate has such a low melting temperature and is made from milk solids and cocoa, it can get on things turning something you enjoy into a fiasco.

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Being active as a way of life is known to increase the quality of life you live. Who doesn't want a better quality of life? Is it really essential to go to the gym and pay those monthly fees when you have so many creative options in your day-to-day routines?

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With the sun making its appearance more frequently, now is the time to bring the warm light indoors! Even if it’s too cold to spend much time outside, you can draw back the curtains and open the windows for the fresh spring air.

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Pruning plants intimidates gardeners. It shouldn't. Pruning is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your garden and landscape. When you can’t wait to get started in the garden, a good task to undertake is pruning. Most trees and shrubs benefit from annual pruning.

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Many people like to make resolutions or goals for their new year so they can achieve weight-loss or incorporate healthier choices into their diet. For pet owners, it is also important to incorporate some of those changes for their pets.  Health challenges related to obesity are affecting North Americans more than ever before and, consequently, our pets are also facing obesity-related problems and diseases.

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The bathroom is often the most used room in the house and because of this the hardest to clean and keep clean. By incorporating a few time saving bathroom cleaning tips into your regular routine, you can cut your cleaning time, save money on cleaning products and enjoy a cleaner bathroom for longer periods of time.

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be caused and aggravated by a number of factors, including diet, lifestyle, weight, general health problems, and hereditary factors. Often, due to a lack of symptoms, people with high blood pressure may not even realize there is anything wrong

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It is truly amazing how many ingredients go into handy wipes we use to freshen up while traveling, wiping down surfaces around food and changing diapers. Unfortunately there are some ingredients contained in these convenient little wipes that are not good for our bodies.

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Now that the weather has changed, many people find themselves exposed to elements that can contribute to coughing and illness. It is important that while the weather continues to get colder and we face temperature extremes from indoor to outdoor environments, we take the time necessary to boost our immune systems. An annoying symptom of the body’s poor reaction to the environment is the onset of a cough.

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