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how to stay safe at public events

With the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing approaching, safety at large-scale events is in the forefront of the minds of many people. It’s tough to enjoy an event without a sense of security, but the best course of action is not to swear off public events. Instead, keep yourself aware 

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national cleaning week: go green

National Cleaning Week is March 23–29, and you can bet you’ll be finding me doing some serious spring cleaning. Recently I’ve been becoming more and more interested in finding cleaning products that will do the job but are a little kinder to the Earth

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leave your pet in good hands

A couple of years back, my husband and I offered to pet-sit a neighbor’s dog while he was out of town for a few days. We were living in New York City at the time, and while I had experience with dogs

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organize your home office day

It’s official—there’s a holiday for everything. And on Organize Home Office Day, you can give yourself the gift of an organized workspace. While it might sound like a daunting task, I actually have gotten myself

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tech to help with taxes

Wait . . . didn’t we just do taxes? Time flies in between tax seasons, and we’re back already! Here’s hoping that your finances are ship-shape and you’re all ready to file. But if you could use a little help with organization, we’re sharing some of our favorite tech

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send some e-love

Send Some E-Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Admit it—you love sending Valentines. I’ve taken to a new tradition of sending text Valentines for the last couple of years. And now, with phones that have incredible cameras and so many design apps

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get organized with apps

Are you sticking to your resolutions? It’s never too late to get organized!

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driving with solar power

Would you drive a car powered by the sun? Ford has just announced the new C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a first-of-its-kind, sun-powered concept vehicle.

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be fit and green in 2014

January is so full of potential, isn’t it? I love the clean slate, the planning, and the opportunity to set some new goals.

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automate the new year

My husband and I say it all the time: We live in the future. It’s here, guys.

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don’t be a griswold: holiday safety

Admit it. You love laughing at Clark Griswold’s misfortunes in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation as much as the next guy

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printable holiday gift tags

For me, the most stressful parts of the holidays are the tiny details. Things that you forget, like refilling the ice trays for your party or getting new tights because yours have a hole or picking up gift tags.

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12 days of neighboring

Now that the holiday season is completely under way and just about to pass us by, I think it’s the perfect time to take a few moments out of each day for simple kindness.

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quick and easy thanksgiving place cards

If you’re still looking for a super-fast, super-simple DIY to finish off your Thanksgiving table, we’ve got your back. These art deco place cards are the perfect way to dress up your dinner party, and they’ll take you all of 10 minutes to make—promise.

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black friday: the usual suspects

My sister and I used to have a tradition of going to the early morning sales on the day after Thanksgiving. We loved to go because we didn’t really have an agenda and we could kind of take it easy.

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printable thankfulness card

Thanksgiving has snuck up on me over the last few years as a new favorite holiday. There’s something very peaceful and special about it. It’s not attached to any major gift-giving or crazy yard displays or any of that hoopla. It’s simply about being together and giving thanks. I like that.

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halloween costume safety

One of my favorite Halloween costumes ever was in the 6th grade when I was Carmen Miranda. My mom sewed this gorgeous dress for me with ruffles galore, and we spent hours gluing plastic fruit onto a hat for me to wear. The only problem was that by the time we had all the fruit on the hat, it had shrunk a few sizes and gave me a splitting headache.

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diy printable halloween garland

There’s a guy in our neighborhood who goes all out when he decorates for Halloween. I’m talking animatronic skeletons, professional-level pumpkin carving, full house makeover in Halloween décor. Now I’m all about getting into the spirit, but I like to keep things a little more low-key when I get my house spruced up for this particular holiday. This year I was looking for a quick, simple DIY to decorate with, and this garland does just the trick.

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free printable halloween treat bags

Are you prepared for the flood of little cowboys and princesses to come knocking at your door looking for candy? We’ve got a spooky little download for you to help get ready for all of those trick-or-treaters. It’s also perfect for school parties or any little Halloween paper project you might be doing. Read on for the full how-to!

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stay well during flu season

Well, here we are again—the start of another flu season, and me still making excuses about why I haven’t gotten a flu shot. I don’t know why I do it. It’s quick, painless, easily accessible, and cheap (if not free!). So in honor of this little post, I hereby promise to get my flu shot this year, and you should too. And while we’re at it, a few bonus tips about staying well during flu season.

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the best tech mounts for workout equipment

I won’t lie—I’m kind of a gym rat. I’m there most days, and about half the time I’m on a cardio machine. I’ve taken to having both my phone and my tablet with me because they really help pass the time when you’re climbing up endless flights of stairs on this terrible thing. But when there’s no place to put your tech stuff, it can get a little tricky (I dropped my phone once from an elliptical trainer and just about fell over trying to save it). Enter these magical devices . . .

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what i love about my neighborhood

I’m an apartment dweller. And more and more, I’m realizing that most folks in my demographic are as well. We’re transient, we’re on the move, and apartment living just suits that sort of lifestyle. But none of that is to say that I don’t have a neighborhood. My building—the echoes in the hallways, the footsteps above my head when people are sitting on the roof deck at twilight, the elevator where I meet someone new every few weeks—all of those things make up my neighborhood. And I love it.

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ways to give back in your neighborhood

When I was young, my sister and I were in our local 4-H club. We would always take things like Arts & Crafts, Baking, and Sewing. But more than that, I remember the club teaching us how to be a part of our community and, specifically, to give back to it. It was a wonderful experience for a young person to have—I was happy because I was with friends, but we were also providing community services while we were having fun together. Completely win-win. If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community with a group of people (big or small!), here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

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seniors and technology

Somehow, my husband and I have become the designated technology support team for our families. And while sometimes explaining Facebook to my Dad for the fourth time that day can get a little trying, I’m always grateful for the many ways that technology allows us all to stay in touch and connected to each other. In our case, we watched my niece grow for her first two years via video chat while we lived across the country from family. There’s definitely something to be said for that!

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diy printable mini-card for a new teacher

Teachers are some of the hardest working people I know. I used to teach high school, and I always remember the start of a new school year being filled with excitement and a bit of apprehension at the huge task ahead. Molding young minds is no easy task! So to introduce your child to their new teacher, we have a simple little printable that will help ease the transition.

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back to school: cool supplies for all ages

I just love back-to-school time. I have such good memories of picking out a fresh binder, sharpening pencils, and making sure I have enough paper for the first few weeks. I used to love loading up and organizing my backpack, preparing for whatever my teachers might throw at me.

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digital étiquette

It’s the wild west out there in the digital world, and as a society, we are still creating boundaries regarding what’s okay and what’s not okay online. Digital etiquette, as futuristic as it may sound, is becoming crucial as we interact more and more with cell phones and computers.

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parks belong to everyone

I grew up on a farm in the country, with acres upon acres in which I could run and play. So when I grew up and moved into a city, I was kind of at a loss when it came to finding space to roam. I was so unaccustomed to the idea of parks that I didn’t even consider them. That is, until on my first summer in NYC, a friend invited me to a picnic in the Sheep’s Meadow area of Central Park. And then I understood.

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diy take-out menu organizer printable

There is a drawer in my house that always makes me nuts. It’s filled with a little bit of everything—we call it the junk drawer, and I’m sure you have one too.

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celebrate our independence

Today, I’d like to remember to stop and take a moment for all of the people who have striven to make our country great. For all of the men and women who protect our country every day, in many ways.

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