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January 20, 2017

Introducing Homesopoly!

A family get-together is nothing without a board game, and we have one in mind…

You’ve already fought over who gets to be the boot, the top hat, and the Scottie dog. Someone has bought all the greens, and the first hotel has been put down whilst you’re in jail. Cue the arguments, the tantrums, and the eventual flipping of the board in an angry rage. Love it or hate it, Monopoly is a game we’ve all played.

But what if instead of buying the usual properties, you competed for your favorite TV show homes?

Introducing… Homesopoly!

Start with the cheapest — Frank Gallagher’s house from Shameless for $60. Maybe move to a red and secure the [...]

 
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January 9, 2017

Take A Walk Through Our Interactive First Time Home Buyers Guide

Buying a new house in 2017, but overwhelmed by household budgeting, cost of moving, mortgages, appraisals, etc? Look no further.

We know that when buying your first home all the different factors can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to figure out where to turn to for the right advice. We feel your pain and that’s why we did something about it!

Introducing… Our Interactive First Time Home Buyer’s Guide.

If you want to know how a credit score is calculated, how mortgages are approved, or even what you need to take with you to get your mortgage approved, it’s all here. We will walk you through the steps it takes to buy a house in an easy to [...]

 
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December 1, 2016

What Time Does America Go To Bed?

The United States is a big old place with a lot of diverse lifestyles. Vastly different regions have different problems, solutions, worries, and habits. But at the end of the day everyone needs a good night’s sleep, right?

This made us wonder: are there certain areas in America where people struggle to sleep more than others? Are the ‘night owls‘ confined to certain states, and the ‘larks’ found elsewhere?

To begin, we gathered some of the most up-to-the-minute data we could find on America’s sleep patterns and what they mean for people from different areas. We looked at reports from the CDC and cross-referenced it with some [...]

 
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November 23, 2016

Ask Anna: How To Be An Organized Hostess This Holiday Season

The holidays are my favorite time of year! I love the colors, the decorations, even the smell of the air, and I also love having people over and hosting big dinners. However, I know that a lot of people aren’t like me, and the thought of hosting friends and/or family for the holidays can seem quite daunting. Don’t worry! I’m here to give you some great tips for how to be an organized hostess this holiday season, and I can promise that they work because I’ve used them for years!

1. Be YOU

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The most important thing to remember when hosting is to be YOU. Your house [...]

 
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October 12, 2016

Grace Not Perfection: An Interview With Emily Ley

Photo Credit: Gina Zeidler

Emily Ley, founder and creative director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts, is here with us on the blog today to share about her home-building process, as well as her upcoming book, Grace Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy. Emily’s boutique lifestyle brand started with her Simplified Planner, a daily agenda for what matters most, but has expanded to include organizational tools, office necessities, stationery, and family-centric gifts. Launched in 2008, her brand quickly grew and is now carried in retail outlets across the United States and around the world. Emily lives with her husband and three kids in [...]

 
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September 29, 2016

7 US Cities Where Mutant Activity Has Been Known To Occur

Maybe You Don’t Want to Live Around Mutants… Or Do You?

Across the U.S. several cities are known for stories of bogeymen, demons, aliens, or monsters that have been lurking the shadows or at the edges of town. Locals will sometimes claim these mysterious creatures are the work of witchcraft, or possibly due to a curse. But what if the answer is actually more scientific than that?

Some of these so-called monsters may just be mutants – genetic variants of humans – with extra body hair, superhuman stature, or leathery wings, for example. Here’s a list of American cities that have laid claim to some of these so-called monsters, who may really be more like you and me than you [...]

 
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July 20, 2016

Getting Your Home Ready for the Big Snowstorm

Storm Prep Saves You Time, Hassle, Dollars, and Serious Inconvenience

As we settle in for what may or may not be the snowstorm of the century (again), it makes perfect sense to review the basics of how to prepare for a blizzard. There are several things you can do to get yourself, your family, and your home ready to ride out the storm itself, and any inconveniences that may follow. As we all know, the big issues with major winter storms are the snow and ice that trap you in your home and bring down trees, impacting the local utility’s ability to deliver electricity, and the temperatures that can freeze and rupture pipes, causing flooding. Here is a quick list of how to prepare [...]

 
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July 13, 2016

Preparing for Floods

When my husband and I first moved into our condo we had heard that the area was prone to flooding, but we didn’t worry about it too much. After the first major rain storm that we weathered in our new home, though, we definitely realized that flooding isn’t something to gloss over. As I stood on our porch and looked out over the park turned pond across from us, I was somewhat stunned–we had unknowingly bought a waterfront property. While we are lucky to be on the second floor of our building, some of our friends who owned houses with basements were not so lucky.

Floods can be particularly scary as a homeowner as they happen fast and can cause major damage, which can [...]

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