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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wintering a Southern Storm

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One doesn’t normally think of snow storms in the southern part of the United States, but lately it seems that snow, wildfires and flooding can occur anywhere and anytime of the year. Even though we have mild winters here in the South, it is best to be prepared and know what to do if there is a snowstorm in the forecast.

How to Deep Clean for Company

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Holidays are not the time for procrastination, particularly if you are planning to have guests stay with you. Giving your home a top-to-bottom cleaning is not fun, so this might be a prime reason for procrastination. Don’t do it. You want to be ready for your guests when they arrive and being prepared with a clean, organized house in advance will give you more time for that last-minute shopping.

Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

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Decorations, presents and carols are all a wonderful part of the holiday season, but what really makes it special is the spirit of giving that comes out in all of us during the holidays. It is truly the season of giving. To make giving of yourself, your money or your time even more rewarding, make it a family affair.