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Having backyard chickens is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, From sprawling country acres to small plots of land in cities like Chicago, the number of chicken owners is growing in the United States...
I was recently talking with a friend of mine. She was telling me about a funeral she attended in which she gave a monetary gift to the family of the deceased. She mentioned she hadn't received a thank you...
The holidays are fast approaching and while most people like to pull out all the holiday décor this time of year, there’s something I like to do before we deck the halls: purge.I know what you’re thinking…“I have enough...
There’s something about decorating for Christmas that just makes people feel happy, maybe it’s the twinkling lights, the warmth of fireplace and the nostalgia that each ornament conjures up. Whatever it is, just pulling out the boxes that keep...
With Thanksgiving happening soon I know everyone is busy planning out the final dishes they will serve, buying food, thinking about the turkey and making sure the house feels festive and warm. But there’s one spot that can be...
Halloween is quickly approaching and what better treat to give trick-or-treaters than their very own, hand-held memory?Get to know your neighbors and give the kids in your neighborhood something to remember by setting up a Halloween photo booth display...
When I was coming of age, my generation was on the cusp. Somewhere between Generation X and Millennials there is a micro generation of people. That’s me.True we’re usually lumped in with one of the others, but we lived...
When we decided we wanted to buy a new home, we did things a little backwards. We weren’t fully committed to moving unless we found the right home. We wavered between moving and renovating our current home. Instead of...
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When it comes to your family’s safety, you don’t want to compromise. At home you want to make sure you have all the systems in place that will protect them from any of life’s hazards and that those systems...
Christmas can be the most financially stressful time of the year. With gifts to buy, extra food to make and parties to either host or attend, it seems like the money goes up in smoke after Santa goes up...
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