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Many things can go wrong during the gift-giving season. It’s important to consider returns with every purchase you make. Follow the tips below and make holiday returns less of a hassle. Always Ask For a Gift Receipt Most retailers readily offer gift receipts if you simply ask before the transaction is completed. While you can keep this for yourself, you can also give it to someone along with their gift. During the holidays, the more receipts the better. Read Through the Receipt Receipts are packed full of important information about returns that will help make the process easier if you…

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Fruitcake appears at Christmas every year without fail. And yet, it’s also the brunt of some serious jokes. But thankfully, fruitcake has the potential to be truly magnificent. Below are some tasty recipes you can make using your leftover fruitcake this holiday season. Fruitcake Bread Pudding Use your leftover fruitcake as the staple ingredient in a holiday bread pudding. First, break up a fruitcake into small, bite-sized chunks. Add in 3 eggs, 3 cups of whole milk, and a half of cup of sugar. Put it in a casserole dish and bake for 350 degrees for about half an hour.…

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Frozen vegetables are the unsung hero of the home cook. They make it possible for busy people to have delicious, home cooked meals every night of the week. Vegetarians and carnivores can both appreciate the benefits of frozen vegetables. Why buy frozen veggies? Convenience The number one reason people choose vegetables from the freezer section is convenience. It can be extremely frustrating to get home, start dinner preparations and realize you still have to chop and prep a few different vegetables. Frozen vegetables already come clean, prepped and ready for cooking. Buying frozen vegetables can also help you avoid multiple…

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Exhilarating crisp winds and the sweet smell of freshly fallen leaves have come again. Before it gets too cold out, it’s important to service your wood burning stoves and fireplaces, which means it’s time to attend to your fuel needs. Firewood is an excellent home-heating choice for anyone who’s ready to be energy independent from big utility companies or those who simply live too far away from a municipality to receive services. If wood is the primary heat source for your home, you don’t always have the luxury of turning to an energy company for help, that’s why storing your…

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It’s National No Beard Day, get ready to shave your beard! If you’re not a fan of shaving, or you feel like you haven’t mastered the art of getting a clean-shaven look that you’ve been eyeing, there is hope for you. With these five tips, you’ll get that cleaned up look that drives women crazy. Take the Time to Prep Your Skin Prep the skin before shaving. Prepping the skin helps you protect your skin and facial hair. It’s one of the most important steps in the entire process; it’s also the one step that most men skip. While it…

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With summer gone and autumn creeping its way in, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. That means your cherished after-work walk or jog with your canine companion will soon be done in darkness. However, with some safety tips and new gadgets, walking your dog at night can be just as fun and rewarding as those long summer nights. Walk Smart We all enjoy taking long walks with our dogs. Sometimes we even let the pooch lead the way, trusting that we can eventually find our way home. This game of exploration and wandering can be…

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Everyone has some form of clutter in their home. But, if you have an increasing amount of mess in your home and are looking to minimize it, there are steps that you can take. Follow these 12 tips below on how to declutter your home. 1. Create Goals Before you start decluttering and minimizing your home, you have to create a plan first. You can do this by setting up a few goals that you want to complete to avoid overbearing your workload. Here are few things to keep in mind before decluttering your house • Create a map Circle…

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Interior designers use your lighting systems to give your home a unique decorative interior. Decorating your home and introducing unique lighting systems does not have to be expensive. Try these simple and unique lighting ideas to make your home brighter and more beautiful. Different Lighting Systems to Consider Incandescent This lighting system is relatively cheap and provides quality light. This type of light is compatible with dimmer switches and provides users with a wide variety of colors. These lighting systems provide glows due to an electric current that heats the lights’ metal filament. The only limitation is they burn out…

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It’s that time of year again, flu season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you get the flu shot in October or November or when the flu begins to spread in your area. Over 100 varieties of the flu have been discovered with new evolutions each year, but the first and best defense against the flu is the shot. The Flu If more people get the flu shot, fewer people will actually get the flu. If people aren’t getting sick from the flu, it makes it harder for the flu to spread. Influenza is extremely unpredictable from…

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Eating seasonally is a great ways to get the best tasting and healthiest foods at peak freshness. Seasonal foods that are grown locally, also cost less money and support farmers in the community. There are plenty of ways to incorporate seasonal ingredients while sticking to a tight budget. Below are four quick and easy ways to incorporate fall ingredients without breaking the bank. Butternut Squash Frittata No matter what season you’re in, a frittata is an incredibly budget-friendly food. Frittatas are quick, filling and super customizable. First, shred butternut squash using the large side of a box grater until you…

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