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February 3, 2017

Big Game? Tiny Home! The Ultimate in Tailgating.

As an Englishman living in the States, I can equate the fervor of the “Big Game” to a similar big game in the UK, the FA Cup Final, a pinnacle of British football, um soccer.

Given the history of (the real) football as a game for working class folks, and as a public transport-driven culture, it’s rare that any football stadium is too far removed from residential areas, nor too far from a Tube stop (in London) or bus stop anywhere else in the country.

The thought of renting a ‘tiny house’ close to an event stadium to watch the pre-game show on TVs within your tiny home, is therefore somewhat alien to this Brit, until you add in the normal [...]

 
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February 1, 2017

Spare Phone Chargers and Other Essentials for Today’s Houseguest

Having guests staying at your house during any upcoming holidays? Get your home ready for your guests with this checklist of must-have essentials.
 
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January 31, 2017

Ask Anna: The Best Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Happy 2017! I am so excited for this year and I’m especially excited for the new series that I’m going to be sharing with you. For the next few months I’m going to pick a room in the house and share my best cleaning tips, cleaning hacks, etc. to help you clean your house faster and better. Today I’m going to start with the bathrooms, so let’s put on our cleaning gloves and get going! The first thing you need to do is stock up on the best cleaners. I am very picky about what I clean my bathrooms with because my goal is to kill all the germs. Here’s a list of what I use, and recommend:

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, with Bleach Pyoure Hydrogen [...]
 
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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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November 22, 2016

House Rules for the Holidays

My first Christmas away from home was in a ten-bedroom log cabin style hunting lodge in rural Idaho. Some of the “guest bedrooms” had 4-6 beds per room, others had bunk beds, and one or two had a single king-sized bed with private bathroom. I can’t remember how many bathrooms, half-baths, sitting rooms and fireplaces there were. It was the family home of a college roommate of mine and was well over 100-years old, situated at the base of a mountain, only a few hundred feet from a river. During hunting season, the family rented rooms to hunters, and as remote as the place seemed to be, it was never empty.

After a verbal invite from my friend I received a [...]

 
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November 7, 2016

How to Host Sustainably this Holiday Season

During the Holidays, you want to enjoy your blessings with the people you love. That warm, fuzzy feeling is even better when you do what you can to help the environment.
 
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October 21, 2016

Spooktacular Treats: What to Bring to Your Halloween Gathering

Soon, ghouls, ghosts, and other ghastly creatures will roam the land of the living, and you’d better make some snacks to appease them.
 
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October 19, 2016

How To Take Your Gaming Experience To The Next Level

Up the Stakes for Your Next Gaming Session

There’s nothing like getting deeply immersed in a good video game. Today’s games are nothing short of amazing in their graphic capabilities, story engines, sound, player responsiveness, and realism. But let’s face it: if you’re playing in your brightly lit living room on a 24-inch screen, it kind of dilutes the experience of taking down an enemy battalion or calling lightning from the sky to make the world safe for mutantkind.

Your surroundings are as important as your game system’s capabilities when it comes to the video game experience. That’s why, with a little preparation, you can turn the gaming room in your home into an [...]

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