Living

Living

Lend a Hand

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way, 209-524-1307, or email volunteer@uwaystan.org.

Vital Statistics

Stanislaus County birth announcements (07/25/16)

The Bee publishes birth information from Kaiser Modesto Medical Center and Emanuel Medical Center. Other hospitals, including Doctors Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center, do not provide the information. Families can place special announcements in our weekly Celebrations section. For information, call 209-578-2326.

Travel

Into the Wild(woods) of New Jersey

Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you'd normally steer clear of on a regular weekday. Take roller coasters. I hadn't been on one in years, ever since a wild ride on the Phantom's Revenge at a Kennywood school picnic left me dizzy for weeks.

Home & Garden

How two dreams became one Seattle dream home

SEATTLE - You work and work, imagine and plan, launch your son into adulthood and then ... It Is Time. Time to build your very own grown-up Dream Home. Pavel Lobanov and Mila Lobanova were there: They had a divine high-up site in View Ridge (which did not earn its name accidentally). They had a highly recommended architect (design principal Rick Mohler of Mohler + Ghillino Architects). And they had a budget for building (though it was tight).

Home & Garden

Ask Angie: Best siding choice for golf course homes

Dear Angie: We live on a golf course and golf balls always hit our house. We need to replace the siding, but it doesn't make sense to do it with the same product that'll get damaged over and over again. Is there a product that won't crack or show damage when hit by a golf ball?

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: 10 space-saving tips for kids' bedrooms

From toys to clothing, finding a home for everything a child may need is often a challenge. Preserving space is often at the top of the must-dos list in addition to proper organization. With many Americans choosing to downsize, rooms have gotten smaller, but the good news is there are perhaps more design options on the market than ever to help maximize space.

Home & Garden

12 tips for beautiful organization

When it comes to our favorite part of beautifying a home, storage and organization rarely rank high. And rightly so; we often consider cleaning a chore, brushing it aside as an annoyance or time-zapping task to deal with later. But here's the thing: Science suggests that your messy home is more than just an eyesore. Researchers from UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families found that women who live in a cluttered home have higher levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. In other words, those strewn dirty clothes could take a serious toll on your health, as well as the look of your home. Convinced that it's time to tidy up? Follow these timeless storage hacks to update your home - and bid stress bye-bye.

Home & Garden

Plumber: A leaky shower mystery

Q: Dear Ed: I am a semi-retired finish carpenter. My second floor shower stall is unusable as water leaks on to the ceiling below when used. All my friends have said it's the old tile shower pan. Before I start ripping out the entire shower stall, do you have any ideas on how I can find out what exactly is causing the leak?

Videos

How the pros make fresh pasta

Hawks Public House is known for its terrific house-made pasta. Chef Justin Green walks us through the steps to make pasta using an extruder.
Blair Anthony Robertson The Sacramento Bee
How the pros make fresh pasta 5:57

How the pros make fresh pasta

How to butcher a whole chicken 4:06

How to butcher a whole chicken

How to pick the best top-water lure 2:06

How to pick the best top-water lure

Meet Gwendolyn, the chocolate-chip cookie eating pet alligator 2:06

Meet Gwendolyn, the chocolate-chip cookie eating pet alligator