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Planning the Perfect Staycation

June 20, 2017

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: Tell friends and family you’ll be out of reach. Let loved ones know that you’ll be unreachable during your at-home hiatus. And remember to schedule out-of-office messages so business contacts…

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Summer Reading: Books to Enjoy This Season

June 6, 2017
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Nothing is better than summer reading. 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 in common on the surface. They both show their humanity when put to the test. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell If you’re seeking thought-provoking non-fiction,…

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5 Outdoor Spaces We Love

May 2, 2017

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 copper fountains… Need we say more?   This breathtaking backyard in Cave Creek, Arizona A spacious covered patio and pristine pool with adjacent built-in barbeque are perfect for lounging—and entertaining!…

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Planning a Noon Year’s Eve Party for Kids

December 28, 2016
little boy celebrating New Year's

Does your son or daughter insist on ringing in the new year, but lack the stamina to stay up until the ball drops? Not to worry! Following are some “Noon Year’s Eve” necessities to help your kiddo get a jump start on the year ahead (the celebration begins at 10 a.m., sharp, on December 31!) and party with pals like it’s 2017: Festive décor. Set the stage for celebration with colorful accessories, like streamers, hats and noisemakers. Also, follow these simple steps to welcome the…

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8 Gadgets That Make Thanksgiving Easier

November 15, 2016
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The telephone may be the gadget of choice for those who prefer to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. But if you, like many, look forward to hosting family and friends in the comfort of your home, we have identified eight must-have kitchen tools that can help simplify your holiday meal prep. Check out these gadgets to help trim the amount of time you spend in the kitchen (and your turkey!) this Thanksgiving: Oven-to-Table Entertaining Platter. This attractive, innovative, soapstone platter can be chilled or heated…

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