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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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October 14, 2016

Basement, Living Room, Bedroom: Where Should Your Game System Live?

Where Should You Put Your Home Video Game System?

If you are a gamer, then you know the great joy of getting engrossed in a great video game. Pop in X-Men Legends on your game console, and you’re instantly transported into a world where you have a range of fantastic powers at your disposal, ready to take down whatever villains cross your path in order to protect mutant-kind, as well as humanity.

If you play video games regularly, you’re not alone. The Entertainment Software Association says that an incredible 155 million Americans play video games, with an average of two games per household, and four out of five U.S. households own a device used to play video games. So we [...]

 
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October 13, 2016

Best Sound Systems For The Action Movie Fanatic

How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Theater Sound System

There are some movies that feel like you just have to see them in the theater. Outer space starship fights, massive explosions, or the awesome mutant free-for-all battles in movies like X-Men: Apocalypse are meant to be viewed and heard in an immersive way, on giant screens with surround sound that make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

But what happens if you can’t get to the theater? If the latest movie from your favorite action movie franchise somehow has come and gone from the big screen before you had a chance to get to your closest IMAX theater to watch it? Is there any hope?

There [...]

 
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August 31, 2016

Elevate Your Home: Bar Cart Basics

What makes a home a home? Comfortable seating, cozy bedrooms and… a stylish bar cart! An expertly styled bar cart is a great addition to any office space, kitchen, or living room. Made popular by the glitz and glamour of classic Hollywood movies from the 1950s, bar carts have seen a resurgence thanks to Don Draper and Mad Men’s cocktail obsession. Check out these great bar cart buys and styling tips and you can have your very own Mad Men-esque cocktail experience!

Best Bar Cart Buys: Gold Bar Cart: This classic cart from Target is always flying off the shelves so get it while it’s hot! With a modern yet traditional look, this cart will never go out of style! Ikea Cart: [...]
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