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Community Perks: Meeting New Neighbors

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Moving to a new home in a new community is stressful. The mere logistics of packing and loading all your stuff into a moving van and then unpacking it all in an unfamiliar home and unfamiliar neighborhood are daunting. However, once all that is finished and you are settled into that comfortable, spacious new home, things begin to look up.

Pre-Construction Conversations with Your Contractor

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Working with a contractor to build your new home is a lot different from buying an existing structure. While it requires some patience, having your home built to your specifications has many advantages. You can add features to a custom-built home that you just cannot find in an existing one.

Smart Steps as a Homeowner

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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.

The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Living

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The topic on everyone’s mind today is how to cope with climate change and its negative effects on our planet and our future. Fortunately, it has become the trend to care about this crisis and take steps in our own homes and communities to do something about it.

How to Honor Veterans

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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.

Exploring Savannah in the Winter

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The winter months are a great time to explore the wonders of Savannah, Georgia. With cooler weather and fewer crowds, the streets are easily navigated and there are no major line-ups for the various events. Leave your heavy coats, woolen hats and mittens at home. Bring your sunglasses, though, as there are many beautiful sunny days here during the winter months.

New Year’s Resolutions for the Whole Family

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New Year’s resolutions are usually about self-improvement. However, many of them last only a few weeks before they are totally forgotten – and life goes on as usual. This year, try making those New Year’s resolutions a family affair.

Practicing Authentic Gratitude

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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?

Leftover Turkey Recipes

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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 Foods and Pet Safety

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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.

How to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

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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.

Hurricane Safety on the East Coast

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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.

Oprah Loves Kingsland, and So Will You!

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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.

The Value of Multigenerational Homes

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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.

Tips to Maximize Space in a New Home

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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.

Smart Apps for Your Home

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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.

Top Tips for Moving with Kids

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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.

How to Breathe Life into an Empty Nest

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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.
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