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you might have a dumb home if…

If you come home from a Costa Rican vacation and find vagabonds eating your marshmallow puff, your home is dumb.  Read more…

consolidate the chaos

With holidays creeping up on us faster than the speed of light, if you’re like me you’d like to organize your life so that you have time for things that really matter. 

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computer security 101

How careful are you with your home computer? Do you often leave it precariously balancing on a stack of pillows on your sofa? Did you leave the room to do something, meanwhile leaving a full glass of red wine right next it and the cat ready to jump?

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use less stuff day

They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I do have one. I am a hoarder. There. I said it. I am a hoarder, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. I carefully hide everything in a few closets out of the way. To the untrained eye, it may seem like my home is clean and organized and clutter-free. But if you were to open one of those closets? Oh me. Oh my. You’d run for the hills, and I can’t blame you!

In an effort to lead a more minimalistic lifestyle, we’ve decided to purge our home of the useless gadgets we don’t use often enough for them to make rent in our place. Do any of the items below fall on your purge list?

Toaster Oven – Oh my goodness. The amount of counter space this item takes up is ridiculous! And for toasted bread that can fit perfectly fine in a toaster? We were quick to get rid of this one. It was used maybe once a month if I had time to make a sandwich that needed toasting. And let’s be honest, as a mother of a one-year-old, there’s never any time.

Toiletries – I’m embarrassed to share that I have about 20 bottles of lotions and hair product that collect dust in my bathroom cupboards. I don’t use them. But I have kept them around for fear of not having them should the need arise. The rule of thumb when it comes to toiletries for me is, “IF YOU DON’T USE IT WEEKLY, YOU DON’T USE IT ENOUGH TO KEEP IT”.

Tech Gadgets – What about those that have an iPhone, and iPad, a tablet, a desktop, a laptop, etc. that seems a bit excessive to me. Though I don’t have an iPad or tablet, I imagine they do the same thing. So only use one for Pete’s sake! If you don’t want to toss it, sell it on Craigslist!

Kitchen Pantry – I have a food chopper, a processor, a blender, a stand mixer, a hand mixer, and a bunch of other kitchen tools that I probably don’t need. I also let the pantry stock up on random cans of soup that I purchased a while ago, but can’t think of what I was going to use it for. Make it a habit to regularly clean out the pantry to guarantee you get the most out of your ingredients!

Check with your recycling service to see the steps needed to recycle items such as old cell phones, expired medications, and large kitchen appliances. You can always donate them to goodwill or another thrift store and pick up a donation receipt to be used for tax break purposes! Everybody wins!

 

printable thanksgiving thankfulness cards

This year at your Thanksgiving table, start a new tradition. It’s a beautiful opportunity to stop, take a moment, and think about what we are all truly thankful for. Help you guests seize the opportunity by putting this simple printable card at each place setting.

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thanksgiving by the numbers

Thanksgiving is around the corner and chances are if you’re hosting friends, family and neighbors this year you probably have a lot of details—and numbers to sort through. What size turkey should you buy? How many house guests will you have? And how can I even figure out how many calories I’ve serving?

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sustainable cooking

Sustainable has become a popular word in recent years, especially in regards to food. Sustainable, by definition, means able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed and able to last or continue for a long time.

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thanksgiving for all

Thanksgiving for All

As the holidays approach and life starts to get pretty hectic, I always try to take a moment each day to reflect on how truly lucky we are.

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game day tech

The technology you have lined up on game day can make or break your sporting experience, especially if you’re hosting the party. You don’t want to be the person who has the gang over to watch the game huddled around some standard definition, 4×3 tube television do you? DO YOU??

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sharing large multimedia files

It can be tricky sharing large digital files between computers. When it comes to video, audio, and photography, the file size can get pretty large and make it extremely annoying and time consuming to get data from one person to another.

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a thank you for our veterans

Each year, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to say an extra special thank you to the men and women who give of themselves, in order to serve and protect our country.

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transferring digital files between family members

In our new house, the office is pretty far away from the living room. I immediately found it incredibly frustrating to run back and forth across the house when I needed to look something up online or use the computer.

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digital consolidation

As much as I love living in the new digital, paperless society, I find that I’m faced with the same fundamental question the old society presented: where do I keep all this stuff?

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digital photo hoarding

I noticed something last time I was at my parent’s house. There, in my mom’s basement, were about 30 file boxes full of photos from the last 40 years, unorganized and untouched.

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little acts of kindness at home

When the Thanksgiving season comes around, there’s always a great focus on showing gratitude and conveying thanks.

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how to keep your family’s schedule organized

Between my husband, our two children and myself we’re always juggling our schedules around to coordinate between two full-time jobs, three different school schedules for our kids, dance lessons, play dates and other obligations. Add to that our babysitter, whose college schedule constantly changes.

Our home works best when it’s organized and we need

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the importance of family rules

The rules at my house have always been short and simple. As much as I’d like to have a rule in place for every situation and scenario, I’ve learned I’m better off with a concise list of the most important things.

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chore time

Every week when chore time rolls around my house so do the tears, the pouts and the bad attitudes. Although I’m completely convinced that doing everything around my house and yard by myself would be much easier and cause much less drama, I know it wouldn’t be sending the right message to my kids.

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four ways to support military families in your neighborhood

When my husband was in the Air Force, we lived near the military base in Omaha, Nebraska. With the exception of a few of his Air Force buddies, we didn’t know anybody when we arrived. Neither of us grew up in the Midwest, and our immediate families lived hundreds of miles away.

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how to show appreciation to military families

As you may know, November is Military Family Appreciation Month—a month dedicated to honoring, recognizing, and remembering the women and men who serve in our military and their families.

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how to keep your home safe during trick or treating

There are plenty of safety concerns to consider while out taking kids trick-or-treating, but did you ever stop to think about the safety of your home that you leave behind? Halloween is a vulnerable time for homes

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dressing your kids for the weather on halloween

The way I see it, there’s one big problem with celebrating Halloween in October: the weather. Mother Nature usually has a bag of tricks up her sleeve. But whether it’s raining or snowing, mild or cold,

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neighborhood calendar – dallas

November is a time of family and thanks.

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halloween safety plan

Halloween can be the most mischievous and amusing of holidays. Knocking on neighbor’s doors and stuffing your tummy with candy isn’t exactly the safest of activities

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halloween tricks to get your tots and their treats safely home

There is always safety in numbers. While out with your ghouls and goblins, remember these safety tricks.

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halloween decorating safety tips

Jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, spooky displays, and more…they are all part of the spirit of Halloween. A festive home with lots of decorations makes for a frightfully fun Halloween. Although between the candy, costumes, and decorating, it’s important to remember the safety risks amidst all of the hocus-pocus.

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how to help children take medicine

My three-year-old son fights us on many things – eating his vegetables, going to bed, watching more Sesame Street

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medication safety

As we enter into the holiday season, I strongly urge you to be cautious in all your holiday endeavors! The holidays are one of the busiest times for hospitals, but there are always dangers to be had around the home. Lower your chances of a doctor visit by following a few of these best practices when it comes to medical safety

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printable emergency phone number card

When was the last time you typed a phone number into your phone from memory—not from your contacts list? When I stop to think about it, I can count all the phone numbers I have memorized on one hand.

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apps for taking daily medicine

No matter how organized we all may be, one thing that seems to be the hardest to remember is taking our daily vitamins and/or medicine.

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protection against identity theft

Identity theft is a crime that affects 1 in 25 Americans. For anyone new to the phrase, it is where someone unlawfully uses your personal information in a fraudulent way typically for financial gain.  Your personal data ­can be used by someone else to profit at your expense.

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