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Whether you\u2019re living alone, or worry about keeping your family safe in your home at night, having a home security system can help put your mind at ease. Here are five options to help you deter home break-ins.

1) Install motion activated outdoor lighting.

Installing a motion activated security light will deter break-ins and alert you if someone is moving around your house at night. These LED lights also have a manual override function if you prefer your outdoor lighting to stay on from dusk until dawn.

Home Zone Motion Activated LED Security Light available from Amazon

Find a local electrician to help with installation.

2) Replace a lightbulb with a hidden camera.

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If you want to monitor your home or front door while you\u2019re away at work or on vacation, a wireless lightbulb camera is a great way to do so discreetly. This model has a 360-degree panoramic view, and will send you a push notification on your phone when motion detection is activated. The camera also has two way audio so you can talk or listen through the bulb.

960 IP Panoramic Network Wireless Camera, LED Bulb Light available from Amazon

3) Turn your doorbell into a security feature.

The SkyBell doorbell is connected to WiFi so you can see video of whoever is at your front door, and talk to them using a tablet or phone. The doorbell also has night vision, and alerts you to a visitor even if they don\u2019t press the bell for additional security.

SkyBell HD Silver WiFi Video Doorbell available from Amazon

Find a local electrician to help with installation.

4) Scare off intruders with an alarm system.

Burglary is often a crime of opportunity, and that opportunity turns sour the moment neighbors are alerted by an alarm system. This home security kit comes with a programmable main unit and sensors, a 140-decibel alarm, and an auto-dial function to call up to six designated numbers in case of a breach.

Fortress Home and Business Security Alarm System available from Amazon

Find a local electrician to help with installation.

5) Monitor movement with a security camera.

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Just the sight of a home security camera may be enough to deter some intruders, but the Nest security camera also has a built-in speaker and microphone to let you talk or listen through the app, in case you want to warn an intruder that you\u2019re paying attention. The camera also sends phone alerts or emails when it detects activity.

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera available from Amazon

Find a local electrician to help with installation.\u00a0

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A broken toenail is one of the more common problems encountered in dogs and seems to more prevalent as cooler temperatures prevail. Dogs with nails that aren\u2019t trimmed regularly and may be excessively long are most at risk of this painful problem.

For the pet that has just broken a nail, several issues need to be addressed as soon as possible. Here are some considerations should this happen to your dog:

1. Bleeding. A broken nail can create\u00a0a fountain of blood because of damage to the inner-most quick, or sensitive flesh under the nail. A styptic pencil or stop-bleeding powder can be applied to the area if the blood vessels are accessible. In most cases, some type of bandaging may be necessary to control hemorrhage. A few pieces of gauze with an elastic bandage -- be careful it\u2019s not too tight -- can be applied until your pet can be transported to the vet.

2. Treatment. Once at your veterinarian\u2019s office, pain management should be a priority. Oral or injectable medications to control pain are often administered immediately. For pets that may need a more involved procedure such as\u00a0trimming the damaged nail or removal, a combination of a topical or local anesthetic and, in some cases, a general anesthetic may be necessary. Your veterinarian will decide if these steps are necessary or if the injured area will simply heal on its own with protection from the environment in the next few weeks. Unless the nail bed or growth area of the nail is damaged, most nails will re-grow normally.

3. Prevention. As humidity and temperatures fall, nails seem to become more brittle and at risk of breaking. Keeping them trimmed to an appropriate length can go a long way to minimizing painful breakage.

Foot and nail care is important to your pet as fall approaches winter. Discuss proper nail trimming with your veterinarian and check paws regularly for damage or injury from cold weather, salt and exercise.

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Following are bazaars in the Quad-City area this week:

Christ Church United Methodist Women: Christmas Cookie Walk

Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Christ United Methodist Church, 2330 W. 41st St., Davenport. Cookies and candy\u00a0sold by the the pound, $6. Proceeds will benefit missions throughout the year.

Faith Lutheran Church: Cookie Walk

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to noon

Faith Lutheran Church, 1611 41st St., Moline. Cookies, candies and bars with a container provided. Pay by the pound.

Friends of the Eldridge Library: Christmas Bake and Craft Sale

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scott County Library, 200 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge. Homemade baked items and candies, Santas, snowmen, ornaments, other Christmas decor and gifts. Proceeds benefit the activites and programs at the library.

Contact: 563-285-4794

New Hope Presbyterian Church: 6th annual Cookie Walk

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9-11:30 a.m.

New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4209 W. Locust St., Davenport. Homemade cookies, bars and candies ($6 a pound). Also,\u00a0breads and snack mixes; free coffee and cookie samples.

Sarah Harding Home: Santa's Workshop Bazaar and Bake Sale

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sarah Harding Home, 308 S. Bluff Blvd., Clinton. Crafts,\u00a0crocheted, knitted and sewn items and a bake sale. Proceeds will benefit the Victory Center of Clinton.

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Looking for a great holiday gift?

Just about every cultural attraction in the Quad-Cities has a gift shop,\u00a0a\u00a0place where you can browse and pick up a memento of your visit. But these shops also can be\u00a0destinations for unusual gifts.

Not only will your gift be something different for the recipient, but it will support our community fabric. Purchasing a gift membership to the various institutions also can be welcome, opening up a world of mind-expanding exhibits.

Here is a look at what's available at\u00a0six\u00a0Quad-City museums.

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You'll find\u00a0mummy-themed puzzles that relate to the Putnam's real mummies, geodes and other rocks that link to its mineral collection, and a snow globe of polar bears that reminds one\u00a0the taxidermied polar bear in the Hall of Mammals.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["putnam","bill ding","christmas","legos","hall of mammals","shop","kite","boxed set","mummy","puzzle","kit"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"e132e688-1dbe-5286-8fd9-318218e2a12c","description":"Colorful marbles are for sale at the Putnam.","byline":"Alma Gaul photos, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1247,"hiresheight":1662,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/13/e132e688-1dbe-5286-8fd9-318218e2a12c/583fae983a8fa.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1247","height":"1662","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/13/e132e688-1dbe-5286-8fd9-318218e2a12c/583fae9839abe.image.jpg?resize=1247%2C1662"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"133","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/13/e132e688-1dbe-5286-8fd9-318218e2a12c/583fae9839abe.image.jpg?resize=100%2C133"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"400","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/13/e132e688-1dbe-5286-8fd9-318218e2a12c/583fae9839abe.image.jpg?resize=300%2C400"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1365","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/13/e132e688-1dbe-5286-8fd9-318218e2a12c/583fae9839abe.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1365"}}},{"id":"93640598-87b6-5900-a573-d473e85b4feb","description":"Kits at the Putnam allow kids the opportunity to explore the world of chemistry.","byline":"Alma Gaul, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1662,"hiresheight":1246,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/36/93640598-87b6-5900-a573-d473e85b4feb/583fae988c9da.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1246","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/36/93640598-87b6-5900-a573-d473e85b4feb/583fae988bb24.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1246"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/36/93640598-87b6-5900-a573-d473e85b4feb/583fae988bb24.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/36/93640598-87b6-5900-a573-d473e85b4feb/583fae988bb24.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/36/93640598-87b6-5900-a573-d473e85b4feb/583fae988bb24.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"fd6b2c3f-d679-5222-af87-fbc298700cb0","description":"Ty toys in many colors and species fill the shelves.","byline":"Alma Gaul, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1662,"hiresheight":1246,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d6/fd6b2c3f-d679-5222-af87-fbc298700cb0/583fae98dbacc.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1246","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d6/fd6b2c3f-d679-5222-af87-fbc298700cb0/583fae98dac21.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1246"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d6/fd6b2c3f-d679-5222-af87-fbc298700cb0/583fae98dac21.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d6/fd6b2c3f-d679-5222-af87-fbc298700cb0/583fae98dac21.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/d6/fd6b2c3f-d679-5222-af87-fbc298700cb0/583fae98dac21.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}}],"revision":7,"commentID":"4e2d00aa-eae3-544c-afc1-81180eac78d4","body":"

Like the Putnam itself, the museum store at 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, is a mix of a little bit of everything.

You'll find\u00a0mummy-themed puzzles that relate to the Putnam's real mummies, geodes and other rocks that link to its mineral collection, and a snow globe of polar bears that reminds one\u00a0the taxidermied polar bear in the Hall of Mammals.

Perhaps the shop's most distinguishing feature is its\u00a0range of kits and other educational items aimed at teaching scientific principles to older children. These include boxed sets of how to\u00a0make a doorbell, bubble gum, a tornado, a clock and \u2014 just for Christmas \u2014 \"magic snow.\" The picture on the box shows boot tracks of snow throughout a house.

Also for sale are\u00a0a telescope, microscope and kaleidoscope; boxes of \"nano blocks\" that are similar to Legos, only\u00a0smaller; Bill Ding balancing clowns; origami papers; \"dig\" kits; kites; and a\u00a0crochet set.\u00a0

A box of fossil shark teeth up to 65 million years old is available for $2.99 and a large, fill-it-yourself\u00a0bag of rocks goes for $5.99.

The store also has bins of\u00a0inexpensive items such as pencils aimed at making sure\u00a0that every child can afford to buy something after a field trip.

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That's because\u00a0more than 90 percent of\u00a0the merchandise is, in fact, from Germany. And because\u00a0the Germans have something of a lock on Christmas, with customs such as Santa, the Advent wreath, the Christmas tree and \"Silent Night\" originating there, the merchandise is very Christmas-oriented. 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Shopping the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport,\u00a0is akin to shopping a gift store in Munich, minus the expensive air fare.

That's because\u00a0more than 90 percent of\u00a0the merchandise is, in fact, from Germany.

And because\u00a0the Germans have something of a lock on Christmas, with customs such as Santa, the Advent wreath, the Christmas tree and \"Silent Night\" originating there, the merchandise is very Christmas-oriented. The store is a\u00a0little Christkindlemart, the name given to the famous Christmas market in Nuremberg.

Major items include\u00a0fine glass tree ornaments made by the Ingel-Glas company of Neustadt, and\u00a0wood nutcrackers, double arches,\u00a0pyramids and smokers hand-carved by\u00a0residents of the\u00a0Erzgebirge mining area.

\"None of these are laser-cut,\" Kelly Lao, center director, said of the wood items, traditionally carved by men who sold the figurines to augment their income.

Double arches are three-dimensional arches illuminated with small electric lights,\u00a0pyramids are a kind of carousel\u00a0that spins with the help of\u00a0candles\u00a0whose rising heat spins a propeller above, and smokers are carved characters with round mouths that emit the smoke of incense burned within.

If you want to buy something useful that doesn't simply sit on a shelf, there's a variety of food \u2014 sweets such as marzipan, Christstollen and pfeffernuse from Katy's Import Foods in Moline,\u00a0various sausages from Bavaria Sausage Co., Madison, Wisconsin, and sauerkraut, pickles and other jarred items from Kruegermann's Pickles Inc., a\u00a0Los Angeles company founded by a family who fled East Germany for the United States.

For children there are toys (pickup sticks, Jacob's ladder), books (many by Jan Brett), painted china doll dishes\u00a0and clothing for American Girl dolls.

For adults, there are steins, mugs (\"You can always tell a German, but you can't tell him much\") and\u00a0window lace.

The most expensive item currently in stock is a toymaker nutcracker for $224.

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The store at the\u00a0Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, has a new name:\u00a0Sprout, for the garden, from the garden.

And that reflects its buying mantra, Ami Jenkins, center director, said.

Merchandise includes umbrellas, birdhouses made of birch logs and gourds, trowels, matted artwork of butterflies, dragonflies and dew-jeweled spider webs, puzzles, mobiles and unusual living plants.

On the practical side, there is a box of Snickers bars at the cash register.

The most expensive item in the store is a $65 wreath hand-made of dried leaves.

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Your bedroom is the last space you see before you fall asleep at night, and the first space you see when you wake up in the morning. When your bedroom starts to feel stale, there are plenty of affordable ways to spruce up the space. Here are ten easy ideas that won\u2019t break the bank.

1) Clear up any clutter.

Cleaning and organizing your bedroom can make a big impact on a tiny budget. Store worn clothing in a decorative laundry basket, and tackle that perilous shoe pile in your closet with an over the door organizer.

Blue & White Striped Collapsible Laundry Basket available from Amazon

Clear Over The Door Shoe Organizer available from Amazon

2) Switch out your duvet cover.

Your bedding is often the largest textile in your room, so switching out your duvet cover can give your room a completely different look in just a few minutes. If you have a solid duvet, try something with a pattern. If you have a floral duvet cover, switch it out for something bold and geometric.

Chic Home 3 Piece Geometric Diamond Reversible Queen Duvet Cover Set available from Amazon

3) Throw on a new throw pillow.

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You don\u2019t need to scale a pillow mountain every time you get into bed, but a throw pillow or two can be a fun way to show off your personality. Throw pillows are also great for budget decorators, because you can switch them out with pillows in your living room every few months to make the rooms feel fresh again.

Compass and Arrow Throw Pillow Cushion Cover available from Amazon

4) Make the room come alive with living plants.

Adding a few small living plants to your bedroom will help you breathe a little easier at night by naturally cleaning the air in your room. Picking an interesting decorative planter is also an affordable way to spruce up your bedroom.

Handmade Geometric Wood Succulent Planter available from Amazon

5) Or add a fresh vase of flowers.

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If you don\u2019t have the right natural light or a green thumb to keep living plants looking lively, pick up or cut a small bouquet of fresh flowers to display in a decorative vase.

Set of 3 Decorative Crackled Vases available from Amazon

6) Upgrade your lighting.

Changing out bedside table lamps is a budget-friendly way to give your bedroom a new look, and wall sconces with adjustable arms work as perfect reading lights.

Plug-in Wall Sconce with Swing Arm available from Amazon

7) Surround yourself with soothing scents.

Placing a few scented candles around the room can turn your bedroom into a soothing sanctuary. Pick scents to help you relax in the evening, or wake up in the morning.

Paddywax Apthecary Collection Orange Zest & Bergamot Candle available from Amazon

8) Make the space feel larger with mirrors.

In small bedrooms, hanging mirrors can make the room feel larger without any renovation. Whether your style is rustic or minimalist, there are affordable mirrors to suit your taste.

Rustic River Mirror With Wood Border in Distressed White Finish available from Amazon

9) Add an area rug.

You don\u2019t have to break the bank to find an area rug for your bedroom. There are plenty of attractive options at budget-friendly prices. A rug adds warmth to hard flooring in winter, and is another way to show off your personal style.

Safavieh Adirondack Collection Ivory and Silver Vintage Style Area Rug available from Amazon

10) Hang a dramatic piece of art.

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Sprucing up your bedroom can be as simple as adding dramatic art above your bed. With a variety of affordable prints available, you don\u2019t need to blow your budget to find a fun piece.

Handmade Monstera Leaf Print available from Amazon

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