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June 23, 2017

Smart Home Hacks to Keep You Connected on Your Summer Vacation

Summer vacation beckons. However, you continue to cast glances back at your home. The next-door neighbor agreed to watch the place while you’re gone, but worry niggles. For a moment, you consider turning around, unlocking the house, and making sure all the appliances are turned off and windows locked.

But you don’t. You remember that your home travels with you, wherever you go, thanks to smart home technology. Your smart gadgets will notify you if something goes wrong, and you always can check on things remotely from your smartphone or tablet.

To gain that assurance and security—and even energy efficiency—on your next summer vacation, use one or more of the [...]

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June 20, 2017

Summer Fun on Mackinac Island

Known as the jewel of the Great Lakes, Mackinac Island, Michigan is America’s all-natural theme park. This beautiful island is located in Lake Huron and is a trendy destination for rental properties. The town has a rich history and is a popular tourist destination for sports fishermen, nature enthusiasts, and summer cottage getaways. In the 1890s, tourists began bringing their noisy horseless carriages (also known as cars) to the island, and local residents rebelled. The city passed a ban on cars for personal use, which still exists today! Instead of driving, you can walk, bike, or take a ride in one of the city’s horse-drawn carriages and taxis.

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May 31, 2017

Top 15 Summer Vacation Destinations

Summer vacation is a wonderful time of year to explore this great nation of ours. Pack up the family and get a neighbor to water the plants – now is the time to learn a little about the history of key cities, explore new food options, immerse yourself in the culture of other regions, and celebrate all that our country has to offer! Look through this list to get some ideas and learn about up-and-coming places to visit and live.

1. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is home to famous and family friendly world-class museums like the Boston Children’s Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Science, as well as numerous historic buildings. If you’re a [...]

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May 5, 2017

Hang Onto Your Hats – There’s More To Louisville Than The Kentucky Derby!

Betting, hats, juleps – it’s Derby weekend! The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby attracts approximately 155,000 people each year, and has even claimed the title, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” Even though the Kentucky Derby has made Louisville an exciting place for tourism, it has also become a great place to live all year round! Other than the Derby, Louisville is home to many delectable restaurants, amusement parks, and historical museums that have a one-of-a-kind southern charm. There’s no place like home… and there’s no place like Louisville, Kentucky. Here are some of [...]

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May 3, 2017

Late Spring Travel: Beat the Crowds at These 6 Underrated Destinations

Looking for some great vacation ideas for late spring? Here are six underrated vacation destinations that will be sure to satisfy.
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April 4, 2017

Creative City Index 2017

If you’re a creative person, looking for a city that ignites your creative flair, where should you live? Perhaps you dream of becoming a writer – which city will provide the muses and inspiration you need? Maybe you want to go to an art school in a city where you’re surrounded by artists in your community and not just your classes. We set ourselves the challenge of finding out what cities creatives flock to, or should flock to live.

But first, how do we define creativity? The term has been used to describe personality types, professions, fields of study, and hobbies, but it’s also used when creating something, problem-solving, and reaching that “eureka” moment. For [...]

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April 3, 2017

Doing Spring Break a Different Way: Former Schools Become Homes

Get creative and reminisce about Spring Break and going back to school when you buy one of these former schools that have become homes.
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March 23, 2017

5 Studious Cities for College Professors

For many professors, teaching college is the realization of a lifelong goal. Days filled with reading, researching, and sharing that knowledge with thirsty minds is the dream of the most studious among us. Many professors arrive at their school chasing a number of things – research, grants, or funding. But for those with the luxury to choose where they live and teach, several cities offer a plethora of benefits for college professors.

While many college towns host schools with great work environments, larger metros offer increased school choice and therefore more competitive salaries, not to mention additional big city amenities. Here are five cities college professors would [...]

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