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Christmas is the time of year people enjoy decorating their homes with tons of lights and glittery baubles. Some people go all out decorating the inside of their home while only minimally decorating the outside. Allow your creativity to flow from the interior to the exterior with some of these outdoor decorating ideas. Wreaths Wreaths can be minimalistic, reducing adornments to a single bow. They can also be ornate, (decorated with miniature ornaments, ribbon, garland, and lights.) Hang wreaths on doors and front windows. They can also be hung on handmade crafts and vintage items such as reclaimed wood signs…

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The holidays are coming up fast and if you’ve got a surplus of Mason jars around the house, you’re in luck. These containers aren’t just good for canning fruit and vegetables, they make an excellent base for tons of winter projects. From gift giving to holiday decor, here are ten great Mason jar Christmas crafts that are easy, elegant, and fun to make. Fun-size Gift Capsules Why mess around with messy paper filler and trying to fill an oversized basket? The standard Mason jar is a great size for making small gift packages. This is an easy project for little…

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Holiday shopping can be a huge stressor. With online shopping becoming more and more popular, it’s no secret that we can save tons of time by browsing the online stores and having our gifts delivered right to our door. Unfortunately, there are still a few things that can go wrong. What do you do if it’s been a few weeks, your party is approaching and your package hasn’t arrived yet? It’s even scarier if you check the tracking and you see “delivered” as the status. If you are having gifts delivered this year, no matter how safe your neighborhood, you…

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A Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your home during the holiday season. There are several different tree options and there are many factors that go into picking and maintaining a tree. Here are some helpful fresh Christmas tree care tips to make your Christmas tree last throughout the holidays. Measure Measure the distance between the floor and ceiling and subtract the height of the stand and the tree topper from your total. Consider the size of the room and how much space your tree will take up. Check the Needles and Freshness There are several ways to tell if…

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s time to start planning family events, parties, and all the things that make the holidays enjoyable this time of year. The holidays can become stressful if you don’t get a head start on all you need to do, which is why your holiday cleaning checklist is the most important list you’ll make all year aside from the one you’re compiling for Santa. You will want to do all you can to make sure your house or apartment is presentable for picky in laws who might criticize you if your cleanliness isn’t up to…

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After spending all that time cooking, the meal is enjoyed, but then there are the leftovers. That’s Ok! Thanksgiving dinner is the meal that keeps on giving. Some folks look forward to the leftover meals as much as the holiday meal. Here are some recipe suggestions you will enjoy. Loaded Turkey Stew Ingredients Chicken Broth Turkey Pieces Chopped Green Beans Chopped Carrots Real Bacon Bits Chopped White Potatoes Corn Kernels Parsnips Chopped Mushrooms Spring Onions Minced Garlic Italian Seasoning Salt Pepper Optional-Hot Peppers Directions 1) Pour chicken broth into a Dutch oven pot and place on a stovetop burner. 2)…

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Turkey is the star dish on the Thanksgiving table, so it’s important to make sure its cooked to perfection. Also, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and are worried about carving the turkey, below is an easy step-by-step guide on how to carve the bird. Carving Tools • A carving board • A cutting board • Chef’s knife or a slicing knife • Paper towels • A serving platter • A boning knife or any other long, flexible knife • Quality tongs Now that you have all the necessary hardware, here is everything you need to do to turn a whole…

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The first celebration to honor veterans, originally called Armistice Day, was held one year after the official end of World War I. The name of this holiday designed to honor all United States veterans was changed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. From 1971 until 1975, the holiday was held on the fourth Monday of October, but President Gerald Ford returned the date to November 11 in 1975. Here are some ways that you may want to honor the military on Veterans Day. Help Decorate a Cemetery There are many veterans buried in the approximately 10,500 cemeteries in the…

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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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There is nothing better than spending the day with dear old dad on Father’s Day. For those who don’t live close enough to gather for the occasion, it can leave a big empty hole in your dad’s heart. Family time is precious, and that is why you need to make sure you make an effort to make this day special. Giving and receiving love doesn’t cost a thing. Regardless of your budget, you don’t have to go broke to show the most important man in your life how much you care. Invite your siblings and their kids, it’s going to…

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