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6 Ways to Use the Color of the Year for Spring Décor

Joe Graceffa
May 7th, 2018

It's rich, it's regal, it's ultra violet. The shade of purple (officially PANTONE 18-3838) has nabbed the honor of Color of the Year for 2018. Let this majestic shade inspire your spring décor and motivate you to give the interior of your home an update.   Unlike many other jewel tones, ultra violet has not been overused in home décor. Its’ connection with some of music's most inventive artists, such as Prince and David Bowie, make it a natural choice for glamorous city dwellings. But that doesn't mean you can't use the color in a more rustic environment.

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Men's Spring Fashion Tips

Joe Graceffa
April 25th, 2018

Lots of men have winter and summer styles, but not many guys have a distinctive Spring look. So, take notice! For 2018, men’s Spring fashion will be getting a jolt of personality.   Here are some of the ways to stand out from the crowd as the sun peaks from behind the clouds, flowers start to bloom, and daylight savings time emerges.   The Proper Stripe   The vertical stripe is officially menswear’s new go-to pattern. But the size of your stripes will matter if you want to stay in fashion. The best examples from the runway for Spring 2018 are straight and narrow and tasteful.

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Spring Recipes - Lighter Fare for Springtime Meals

Joe Graceffa
April 17th, 2018

Spring is a great time to add more fresh foods to your meals and it’s also easy to do. During this time of year, fruits and vegetables are overflowing at your grocery store and farmer’s markets. So, lighten up your menu and get creative in the kitchen with some new spring recipes.   Dishing It Up at Home   Even with all the take-out and fast food options, most Americans prefer to eat at home.  In fact, data shows that over 88 percent of U.S. consumers serve home-made meals three or more times a week.   It’s no wonder so many people opt to eat at home. Spring dishes are delicious and satisfying.

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Put a Spring in Your Step – Spring 2018 Shoe Trends

Joe Graceffa
April 11th, 2018

The new Spring 2018 shoe trends are somewhat fun, appealing, and totally varied. The hottest styles range from delicate, dainty heels covered in pretty embellishments, to stompy boots, to comfy, but sexy sneakers.   There are some common overall themes you can expect for the Spring season including lighter color palettes and loud shapes, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in. 
  Spring Footwear Everyone Is Wearing   Footwear will embrace mixed prints, texture, and dangly trimmings as the weather starts to warm.

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How to Start a Garden

Joe Graceffa
April 5th, 2018

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the step toward creating your own piece of paradise by setting up dedicated space for a garden of flowers and vegetables.  You are about to join a growing number of people who enjoy getting their hands dirty.    Data shows food and flower gardening was the most popular gardening activities last year. About one out of three households participated in food gardening (36 percent) or flower gardening (34 percent).   But now you’re stumped.  How do you start a garden anyway? Follow these simple step-by-step tips and you’ll be sure to be successful.

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Get an Extra Tax Deduction While You’re On the Move

Joe Graceffa
March 28th, 2018

Time is almost up! Yes, the annual event of paying taxes has arrived. Now is the moment to get your required paperwork and forms submitted, including all your deductions so that you can receive your tax refund check.   As tax time rolls around, you've got to grab every break you can. Unfortunately, some large tax breaks are practically unknown to many taxpayers and are often overlooked.   Making a Move
In today’s society, most people will move at least once in their lifetime. And the most common items transported from place to place are household goods (73%) and computers/electronic equipment (20%).   If you were one of the 11.

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5 Creative (And Legal) Tax Deductions

Joe Graceffa
March 27th, 2018

It’s that time of year again.  The time that many Americans dread…Tax Time.   It’s the annual ritual of tracking down your receipts, bank statements, housing costs and charitable contributions. And after gathering the paperwork, we are required to record them on the government’s confusing and lengthy tax forms by the April deadline.   According to the tax preparation powerhouse company H&R Block, 20% of Americans who prepare their own taxes miss multiple benefits and lose out an average of $460 in either credits or deductions.

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Honoring Mother Earth - How to Celebrate Earth Day

Joe Graceffa
March 18th, 2018

It’s time to celebrate! On April 22, 2018, the world will mark the 38th celebration of Earth Day. This year, the focus is centered on ending plastic pollution and there are plenty of ways for you to celebrate.   An estimated 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment. This is where the plastic leaks dangerous chemicals into the soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.

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9 Super Styles for Spring

Joe Graceffa
March 18th, 2018

Spring 2018 fashion trends are upbeat, cheerful and really quite beautiful. They leave any bleakness and dreariness of winter behind and bring back cheerful looks.   Get noticed in all the right ways with these nine spring styles.   1. Loving Lavender   Whether it soft violet, pink, lemon or soft blue, expect to see an array of pastel in fashion this Spring. Make no mistake about it, these lighter hues will show that delicacy can be strong.   The 2018 Pantone color of the year is designated as violet.

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The Best Kids Activities for Rainy Days

Joe Graceffa
March 18th, 2018

You look out the window and notice that the weather has turned into one of those powerful Spring storms and the rain is pounding the side of your house. This intense rainstorm should not come as a complete surprise. From March to May, monthly precipitation ranges from a high of 5.94 inches in Hawaii to a low of 0.77 inches in Arizona.   But wherever you live, you can be sure a Spring storm will keep you and your family stuck indoors for at least a few days while Spring showers move through your neighborhood.

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