Category: Life at home

Once you close on your new home, the fun can begin! We’re sharing recipes, holiday ideas and more to help you get the most out of your living space.

  • Get Inspired by Our Thanksgiving Tablescape

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Set the stage for a memorable holiday (and that tasty turkey with all the trimmings!) with this natural, autumn-inspired tablescape. Layering is key when dressing up any dinner table. Start with a tablecloth or—in this case, placemats—and work your way to an eye-catching centerpiece. The following elements help transform…

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  • Toddler Trick-or-Treating Tips

    Holidays like Halloween can build a sense of community and help break the ice with new neighbors, especially if children are involved! Here are a few tips to help make your toddler trick-or-treating a spooktacular success for everyone: Possess the right costume Your costume choice might be the difference between a howling good time and…

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  • Travel Tips: What’s in Your Suitcase?

    In order to appreciate life in your new home, you may need to get away on occasion. While traveling can be a lot of fun, planning for a trip can be stressful. These packing guidelines can help ease the stress of deciding what to bring with you on vacation. Make a List Staring into your…

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  • Best Patio Meals and Grilling Ideas

    Summer is in full swing, and the warm weather simply begs for fresh fruit, crisp, cool salads and mouthwatering BBQ—served al fresco, of course. If you’re searching for flavorful patio meal recipes and grilling ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Fire up your grill because we’re about to share some of our favorite apps,…

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  • Fourth of July Crafts

    Celebrate Independence Day with these easy red, white and blue craft ideas: Use festive, homemade stars-and-stripes paper lanterns to decorate your backyard BBQ. Enjoy making fun firework t-shirts with the kids. Add patriotic flair to the dinner table with easy decorative candles in red, white and blue. Have a safe and happy July 4th! Continue to…

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  • Planning the Perfect Staycation

    You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a relaxing vacation. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home. Following are some tips to help you unwind from your everyday routine, right under your very own roof—without having to crack open a suitcase! Get ready to plan the perfect staycation:…

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  • Books to Enjoy This Season

    These excellent books are sure to help you get lost in a story, learn something or both! Little Bee by Chris Cleave Little Bee is no beach read. The novel encourages readers to evaluate the true distinction between right and wrong. The two main characters are a Nigerian orphan and British tourist who have nothing…

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  • Mother’s Day Recipes

    Mother’s Day is the busiest restaurant day of the year. This year, why not stand out from the crowd and cook for mom? These recipes are sure to impress: Breakfast: Heart Pancakes: Show your love with this cute and delicious breakfast. It only has a few ingredients and is sure to make the whole family…

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  • 5 Outdoor Spaces We Love

    Outdoor spaces, such as courtyards, backyards, balconies and terraces, can greatly enhance a home—and the lives of its residents. Here we’ve identified five open-air gathering places that give new meaning to the term “outdoor oasis.” This captivating courtyard in San Marcos, California Abundant greenery, elegant brick pavers, sleek iron balusters and a trio of eye-catching…

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  • 4 Nursery Room Themes for 2017

    We’ve got you covered, baby! Your baby will spend a lot of time in his or her nursery—and so will you. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that the space is equal parts comfort, function and beauty. Here, we’ve identified four nursery room themes for 2017 to help you design a kid-and-parent-friendly space that’s…

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  • Spring Cleaning: Tackle the Garage

    Spring is a popular time for cleaning drawers, closets and shelves. Expanding spring cleaning to include the garage is simple with these tips. Purge. Giving away possessions can be difficult. Luckily, items stored in the garage generally have less sentimental value than objects in the rest of the home. It can be helpful to decide…

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  • Pet-proofing your home

    So you want a furry bundle of joy but have doubts whether your home is suited for the task? We’re here to lend a helping paw. Use the following checklist to sniff out potential hazards and raise the woof on pet home safety. While it may not cover every danger, we’re pawsitive it’ll set you…

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