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January 14th, 2016

New Year's Outfit Savings - Look Great And Save

The ball may have already dropped to usher in 2016, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need some new outfits for the New Year.  Designers have already weighed in on what’s hot for 2016 and here are just a few of the style trends ringing in the New Year.  1. Suede—Add texture and richness to any outfit. 2. Light-weight Denim—It plays well with other wardrobe pieces.  Get a fresh take in the New Year. 3. Plaid—This homey look has gotten a high fashion upgrade. 4. Pleats-- Say no to schoolmarm and yes to high fashion 2016. 5.

by Anne Middleton

January 13th, 2016
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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones

Emily Post is not okay with re-gifting DIY Christmas gifts, so if you want to be sure the gifts you give at the holidays don’t get re-gifted, consider making, instead of purchasing holiday gifts. There are several easy, heart-warming homemade Christmas gift ideas that will help you spread joy next Christmas.  Here are just a few great Christmas gift ideas for next year. Edibles & Kitchen Projects
Edibles are always a good option for Christmas gifting.

by Anne Middleton

January 12th, 2016

Christmas Decorating For Your Home

You may be packing up the tinsel and organizing the ornament to be stowed away for next year, but it’s a perfect time to re-vamp your Christmas décor.  If your Christmas decorating lacked panache, take advantage of the deep discounts on Christmas décor now to be ready for next year. Americans spend upwards of $6 billion annually on Christmas décor, so spend wisely. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going: 1.  Focus on a color.  Was your holiday too hectic?   Opt for blue décor to create a tranquil environment next year.  Too dull?  Liven it up with a red-themed tree.

by Anne Middleton

January 11th, 2016
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Holiday Party Hosting - Tips & Tricks

If you went to a bunch of blasé parties this holiday season and thought you could do better, we’ve got all sorts of tips and tricks for merrymaking for next year.   Party planning can be a full-time job—it is for some!  However, the ins-and-outs of planning a perfect holiday soiree needn’t overwhelm your holiday season.  Give yourself time. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or working a full-time job and putting in extra hours, you’ll need time to plan your fete.  Make a checklist and budget about a month to get everything together, and perhaps budget more time if you’re particularly harried.

by Anne Middleton

January 8th, 2016
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Popular New Year’s Resolutions

As the ball drops in New York City’s Time Square to mark the beginning of 2016, just under half of all Americans will mark the occasion by making New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s resolutions can be extremely difficult to sustain. In fact, the Washington Post revealed data that showed “25% of us don't stick with it for seven measly days.” Nielsen, the prestigious American global information and measurement company, presented enlightening information on the most popular New Year’s Resolutions in the United States.

by Anne Middleton

January 8th, 2016
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The Art Of Re-Gifting

We’ve all heard of it and most of us have participated in it.  We’re talking about the ever popular activity of “re-gifting”.  This growing activity is defined as “the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift.”   Why does this phenomenon occur? According to the prestigious Wall Street Journal, sometimes you receive something that you really don’t like or can’t use, and there’s no way to return it to the store. You don’t want to offend the person who gave it to you and you don’t want to throw it away.

by Anne Middleton

January 5th, 2016
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Enchanted By A Hobbit House?

Hobbit homes are the newest craze in sustainable architecture, building on the success of earth ships and tiny houses in the market.  Nearly 48% of Americans think that the government is doing too little to protect the environment and many are looking for eco-friendly house building methods.  As the world becomes more eco-conscious, many have looked for more sustainable ways to build homes and the internet is all abuzz about this latest craze in housing, hobbit houses.

by Anne Middleton

January 4th, 2016
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How Do I Get There?

The old joke is that “men hate to ask for directions.” But now, a new study claims there might actually be some truth behind this invasive action. In a paper published in the Leadership Quarterly, researchers revealed that the reason the majority of men have an aversion to asking for directions is that they believe they are judged harshly for it. “Lost men” who ask for help are seen as being less competent, this investigation claims. “Men don’t ask for directions because they’re concerned they’re going to look bad,” stated one of the study’s authors from the prestigious Rosette College at Duke University.

by Anne Middleton

January 1st, 2016
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New Year, New You with New Balance

Ahh 2016!  The chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.  I just had a baby a month ago, so now more than ever I'm feeling the need for a fresh start. And what perfect timing too! On the first of the year the entire country is setting goals and resolving to improve themselves, so I feel a strong sense of camaraderie in my pursuit. After a self-imposed, month-long, new-baby quarantine, I'm feeling the desire to get out and breathe the fresh air, stretch my legs and feel the sunshine on my face. There’s just one problem though.

by Abbey O’Bryan

December 31st, 2015
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Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard

Have someone around you that’s dizzy?  Having trouble speaking?  Confused? Hungry or nauseous?  It may not be that they had too much egg nog.  They may be experiencing hypothermia.  From 1999 to 2011, a total of 16,911 deaths in the United States, an average of 1,301 per year, were associated with exposure to excessive natural cold.   Men are more likely to die of hypothermia than women as well. Be sure your outfitted for frigid temperatures, but also remember that seniors and infants may find having the AC too low a risk. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature plunges below 95F.

by Anne Middleton