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December 12, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas For The New Homeowner

With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably starting to scramble to find gifts for everyone on your list. If anyone on that list has recently purchased a new home, your job just got a lot easier. New homeowners — especially if they’re first-time homeowners — need a whole new set of stuff. Read on to find fun items to help spruce up your friend’s new abode.

Kitchen Wares

Cheese boards, cocktail shakers, serving bowls — they may not sound super glamorous, but with the right eye, you can find cute pieces for a new homeowner’s kitchen. They might actually get excited about slicing up some cheese for a holiday bash. More importantly, these [...]

 
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December 8, 2017

3 Popular Christmas Tree Species Across the U.S.

Christmas time is here. Soon, sleigh bells will be jingling and Santa will be making his way down chimneys. Most people are prepared for their annual visit from St. Nick, their Christmas trees are usually donned and lit soon after Thanksgiving and sometimes before then. Across the US, whether real or artificial, Christmas tree sales are skyrocketing and nothing says Christmas like a live tree! These are some popular tree varieties across the United States:

Eastern White Pine, Mid-Atlantic

The Eastern White Pine is a popular Christmas tree variety. Historically, this pine species was used to build homes and they were also used by early Colonial settlers for shipbuilding. The [...]

 
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December 8, 2017

Holiday Visitor Prep: 5 Tasks to Cross off Your To-Do List ASAP

Hosting for the holidays can be an expensive and timely endeavor, from investing in new sheets and blankets to prepping dinners and cleaning the house. At a time of year when you’re already stressed, hosting for the holidays can quickly put you over the edge — but it doesn’t have to. Here are five tasks to do before your holiday visitors arrive to reduce how much time and money you need to spend. When you get everything out of the way now, you’ll be greeting visitors with a smile on your face.

Start Borrowing Now

Borrowing from friends and family is a great way to spend less and make your visitors feel at home. It’s also something you can do early and [...]

 
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December 1, 2017

7 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with a Cultural Twist!

Everyone loves the holiday season. The weather is cold and crisp and there’s a sense of love and happiness in the air. Most people enjoy getting together with family to express their gratitude for their loved ones, while others prefer to spend time giving back to those in need. However you celebrate the holidays, America is a melting pot of traditional and non-traditional celebrations. Does your family gather around the tree and open presents on Christmas day? What about your neighborhood? Does your community host an annual celebration around the holidays?

For most Americans, holiday celebrations come a dime a dozen. From city to city, most celebrations have similar [...]

 
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November 29, 2017

How to Holiday-Proof Your Home

We’ve all heard the common holiday-proofing suggestions: water your live tree regularly, unplug lights and electric decorations when you’re not home, and don’t drink and drive. But what about some of the less common tips?

Traveling During the Holidays

Are you traveling during the holidays? Don’t announce it on Facebook or social media or tell your friends and co-workers. You can gloat after you’re back home. Tell only the people who absolutely must know you’re gone. Too many opportunistic thieves are willing to break in and steal your Christmas. They watch for deserted homes, and social media posts announcing trips and travel that tell them [...]

 
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November 28, 2017

8 Gifts Dad Will Love This Holiday Season

This holiday season, get dad something unique & memorable that he can use in daily life. This gift guide will help you find a perfect present.
 
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November 24, 2017

How to Decorate Vintage for Christmas

If you’re feeling particularly nostalgic this holiday season, decorate your home with a vintage Christmas theme. Share your favorite childhood decorations, or search for new retro-inspired items. Vintage decor is always on trend, so you can spread cheer for years to come.

Hang Up Large, Multicolored Lights

Commemorate the oversized lights of Christmas past by hanging multicolored C9 bulbs around the outside of your home. Or string them around your Christmas tree and add silver or gold tinsel for vintage flair. You can find C9 lights that blink in time to music or opt for app-controlled lights that allow you to change the bulb colors from your smartphone.

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November 23, 2017

Top 10 Most Charitable Cities in the US

As the year draws to an end and the weather gets colder, there’s no better time for giving back!

Charitable giving by Americans has rapidly increased over the past decades. In fact, it was close to seven times more in 2016 as it was 62 years earlier! While people choose to give for a multitude of reasons, charitable donations positively affects the lives’ of those in need and promotes the feeling of community. As Anne Frank once notably wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Are you a cheerful giver? According to Philanthropy.com, these are the top 10 most charitable cities in the US! With Memphis, Tennessee‘s abundance of [...]

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