How-To Guide

HOW-TO HAVE… FUN WITH YOUR FAVORITE FROZEN CONFECTIONS

Life is cool!” at Pinocchio’s. Owners Donna and Tom Puma have elevated Italian ice cream to an art in Sanibel and Fort Myers. The Pumas are the intellectual guardians of the 42-year-old brand’s proprietary hand-crafted recipes offering 200-plus flavors with palate-pleasing combinations like ginger pear, ricotta honey, and strawberry balsamic gelato as well as limited-edition flavors throughout the year inspired […]

HOW-TO CHOOSE… THE RIGHT SENIOR LIVING OPTION FOR YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES

Americans are living longer. According to the Social Security Administration, a third of today’s 65-year-olds will hit age 90, and 1 in 7 will live beyond age 95. While that might mean more time for the activities you enjoy, such as travel or other hobbies, it also means you need to be well prepared for your health care and living […]

HOW-TO KNOW… THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU HIRE A HOME REMODELER

Let’s face it: Hiring a reliable, reputable contractor in Southwest Florida can be a tricky business. As Tony Leeber Jr., vice president of Cornerstone Builders, says, “Unfortunately, there are a lot of fly-by-night contractors who pop up in this area and take advantage of people. They take large deposits and then they disappear. You see it on the news all […]

HOW-TO MAXIMIZE… YOUR LIVING SPACE TO EVOKE A SENSE OF CALM

Carrie Bradshaw was all about the closet. So, too, was California Closets… until customers realized the company’s expertise as organizers of purses and pants, blouses, belts and baubles, shoes and such easily translated to areas outside the closet. Today, people are more likely to ask for storage solutions that round up clutter and maximize storage throughout the entire home, says […]

HOW-TO PLAN… FOR YOUR POOL RENOVATION

When one invests in a pool and wants to enhance its beauty, the way to do that is with the proper pool finish. The place to do that is with an experienced professional in the field, a company with standing and tradition that attest to its reliability and quality of work. Family-owned and operated Siesta Pebble fits that description. The […]

HOW-TO CHOOSE… A CLEANING COMPANY

Let’s face it: Housecleaning is the last thing you want to be doing right now. Scrubbing toilets is downright yucky, mopping is just as bad, and you can’t help but wonder why the dog or the cat isn’t bald, given the amount of hair on the floor, the couch, your bed. You clean, the house is spick and span but […]

HOW-TO LIQUIDATE… YOUR FAMILY VALUABLES

Has the time come where you are thinking about liquidating your family heirlooms? You might be thinking about what the jewelry you have not worn in years is worth, and what you could do with that money. Maybe it’s time to find out what Grandma and Grandpa’s crystal, china, sterling, coins, furs, fine art, old furniture or household contents are […]

HOW-TO STAY NEAR… AND GO FAR IN YOUR CAREER

Oh, the places you’ll go! The popular children’s book by Dr. Suess sums up the opportunities awaiting students who can qualify for a better-paying job in as little as six weeks at Hodges University. Degree and professional certification programs at the Fort Myers school are helping minimum wage earners and others fast-track new careers and land promotions — especially important […]

HOW-TO CHOOSE… AND CARE FOR ORCHIDS

Orchids beckon with their striking beauty, simple elegance and the exotic touch they can add to your surroundings. Better yet, subtropical Southwest Florida is the perfect place to grow them. But the sheer array of varieties can be overwhelming. How to choose what’s best for inside your home, your backyard, your lanai or office? That’s where Jacki Garland comes in. […]


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