You have just made a huge investment by purchasing your first home. Like all investments, it must be preserved to keep it from losing value. While you may be tempted to immediately splurge on home décor, the first thing to do is set up a budget to include utilities, insurance and property taxes. Don’t forget to include routine home maintenance, both inside and out, that you didn’t have to worry about as a renter.
We honor veterans every day for the sacrifices they have made for this country, but it should be an even more personal, genuine outpouring of support on Veterans Day. One thing we can all do is communicate in some way with veterans to get to know them better and listen to the tales they want to tell. It’s an educational experience for the listener – and lets the veteran know that someone is interested.
It’s our nature to be grateful for a multitude of reasons during the holiday season. We get to see family and friends that perhaps that we haven’t seen for a while. There is fine food, great conversation, catching up on the year’s activities and an exchange of presents. Everyone is in a jolly mood. These are events that bring out our gratitude for just being alive. What if every day could be like that?
No matter how many sacks of food you send home with guests, half of Thanksgiving dinner still remains in your refrigerator. Turkey sandwiches and turkey soups are only appealing for so long. Be innovative this year and try some of the many delicious things you can do with leftover turkey, stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce.
Holiday season is food season, when we eat the best – and most – food of the year. There are roast turkeys, hams, pies, cookies, and fruitcakes, not to mention eggnog, hot toddies, and hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Many serious environmentalists are choosing to live off the grid despite the difficulties involved in such a major departure from the usual way of life in the city, suburbs or even rural areas. You don’t have to go to such extremes, though, to do your part to help reverse the harm being done to the environment. By changing a few of your habits and processes of everyday life, you can make a meaningful change in the carbon footprint and allow the natural world to thrive.
Georgia and the Carolinas lie directly in hurricane territory. However, residents of these states shouldn’t think they must relocate; they must only accept the fact and deal with it effectively. There are many ways to survive the effects of even the most ferocious of hurricanes.
Kingsland, Georgia, is on the southeast coast 100 miles from Savannah and 77 miles from St. Augustine, Florida. The terrain features winding rivers, dense marshlands, tidal creeks and marsh grass. Among these natural splendors are wildlife and challenging golf courses. There is no end to the fascinating things to do and see for the entire family. Add to that the famous southern hospitality and delicious food, and you will understand why Oprah loves Kingsland.
Multigenerational living has been on a downslide for a while, but it is making a comeback for some very good reasons, and not just because of the economy. People have also found that extended family living has something of value for every member of the family, whether infant, grandparent or in between.
Open spaces give a home a light, airy feel and make the home more pleasant to be in as well as easier to move around. An interior decorators trick that can benefit every room is to arrange the furniture and decorative accessories around a focal point. The focal point can be as easy as a wall painted a strong color against an otherwise neutral palette or the placement of any impressive piece that draws the eye to it. Here are more ideas to maximize the space in your home.
Today’s technology allows you to use apps on your phone to make your home a smart home. Some of these apps are simple to install and some are more difficult, but all of them are easy to use and come in enough variety that just one of them may do everything you need to turn your home into an intelligent place to be.
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Every adult knows that moving to a new home in a completely new environment is way up there on the stress chart. Think of that stress level as being multiplied by a factor of at least ten when that move includes young children. There are some ways you can cope with this, so everybody winds up in the new home in a state of peace and composure.
Your children are grown and have left home for good. This is a big change in every parent’s life. It seems like you have a lot of extra space in your home, but you can make the most of it by considering carefully how your needs have changed and how to best take advantage of this newfound space.
Homeownership comes with huge tax advantages. There have been changes recently in upper limits eligible for deductions, but the caps are still high enough that the majority of homeowners can deduct up to the maximum tax rate on their property.
From time-to-time, we all look around our homes and find that the decorative touches in a room need some refreshing. There are many ways to make a room more exciting without making semi-permanent changes with paint or wallpaper.
Now that you have keys in hand to your new dwelling, the moment has arrived for you to make this house a home. Selecting window treatments for each room is a great place to start. Window treatments show your personality and express your tastes as well as add to the livability and charm of your new home.
It is difficult to determine the most difficult thing about being the military spouse of someone who is away fighting for his or her country. There is the fear that the loved one will be wounded or worse, the loneliness, and the agony of being separated for long periods of time.