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saving money in the kitchen

There are about a zillion and one things to think about and keep track of when you’re a grownup. And one of the things on my list for improvement is staying efficient and saving money in the kitchen.

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5 easy homemade halloween costumes

Half the fun of dressing up for Halloween is making your own costume. Don’t stress if you haven’t done this before. I’ve created quick and clever ways to create different customers using materials you already have at home.

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halloween candy for cheap

I love me some sugary candy-filled Octobers as much as the next Halloween enthusiast, but I have to admit that as an adult who is now footing the bill for a household supply of candy it can be a bit hard to chew.

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four rules for de-cluttering your kitchen

For years, my husband and I lived in a teeny tiny (450 square foot) New York City apartment where our kitchen consisted of a countertop with two cabinets and an oven the size of a postage stamp. Suffice it to say, we learned how to keep an efficient and fully functioning kitchen

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how to get the most out of your customer service call

Most of us avoid calling customer service in any business for help to fix our problems as a very last resort because, let’s face it, we’ve probably all had experiences with customer service calls that have made us feel

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5 ways to be a great neighbor

This month we celebrate Good Neighbor Day; a day that encourages us to think just little more deeply about the people with whom we share our home environment

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how to be active with your family

Being active with your family can be tricky.You have different likes, talents, abilities & ages. When wea dopted Rocco, Sam was alreadyf ive. Finding activities to do as a family was not as easy as I thought it would be. Here are five simple solutions to being Active as a Family.

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october neighborhood calendar – new orleans

Fall is well on its way and the holidays are just around the corner. The year has a tendency to speed up during this time, but that doesn’t mean you need to.

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how to make meaningful memories with your family in and out of the home

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”

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printable neighborhood round-up

We’ve reached a magical number in this series: forty! That’s right, there are now 40 different printables for you to download, print, cut, glue, and play with.

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goal tracking: finish the year with a bang!

When September rolls around it means the sweet days of summer have come to a close and it’s time to refocus. The holidays and the year’s end are upon us and this time of year always seems to move faster than most. With January right around the corner, it’s time to

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10 ways to give back on this national day of service

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and heroes through good deeds that

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say goodbye to summer

What better way to say goodbye to summer than with a Buffalo Barbecue Bash? Simply print each page in an 8×10 format & Cut out the printables. The Pin the Tail on the Buffalo can be enlarged to a 18×24 print if desired. Below you’ll find

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last fling

As summer comes to a close and school looms ominously on the horizon we find sometimes find ourselves casting about, wondering if we made the most of our summers and how we can

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september neighborhood calendar – miami

September brings countless new beginnings as the Fall season draws near. The invigorating smell of fresh, crisp Fall air. Revamping your wardrobe. The start of a new school year. Your favorite

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national senior citizens day

August 21st is National Senior Citizens day in the US (not to be confused with National Senor Citizens day…just kidding), and many of us are staring at out computer screen wondering what this holiday means for you. You may ask yourself: Do I

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summer homes fro snow-birds

Snowbirds are individuals who vacation or move to a warmer climate during cold weather.  Retirees, recreational vehicle users and business owners who can work remotely are among the most common snowbirds.  Now that fall is quickly approaching, this group is preparing to

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should children have cell phones?

My three-year-old son has his own iPhone. No, it doesn’t have cellular service. My husband turned his iPhone 4 into a “game phone” for our toddler, Levi, when he upgraded to the iPhone 5S. Levi can only use

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cell phones in the classroom

We are in the age of technology and, with that, we face certain battles. More and more children are being given cell phones at a young age. I remember not having a

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back to school – carpool time

The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end and school is right around the corner.  Getting my kids to and from school, especially with three kids in three different schools, can be overwhelming. To save time, gas, stress and my sanity I’m

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printable neighborhood – let’s go camping!

This week’s printable is a camper – one of my all time favorite pieces of rolling stock. Though in my dream of dreams this camper would be an Airstream, somehow I think all of those

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preserving summer memories

Summer will be wrapping up soon, and I know you’ve had some adventures! Hopefully you’ve spent the last couple of months eating popsicles, splashing around, and making lots of fantastic summer memories. And now that it’s coming to a close, there are some great

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august neighborhood calendar – maine

The last month of the summer is right around the corner. August is your last chance to sneak in some last minute summer adventures. Jump in the lake. Soak up the sun. Run on the beach. Make a sand castle. Venture out on a sail boat. Go hiking, fishing, biking, or rafting. Whatever it may be, make sure to

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let’s neighbor: the simple life is the best life

Focus on ways to make your life simple. Simplify things and you will find you have
more time for the important things in life like spending time with loved ones and
enjoying each day to its fullest. The simple life is truly the

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printable neighborhood – road trip!

This week’s printable features the roads you need to fill out your neighborhood and get your little cars out of town! Some of my favorite summertime memories are my family’s annual road trips to see my

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what freedom means to me

Years ago I read an interview with J.K. Rowling where she was asked what she enjoys most about the success of the Harry Potter series. She replied that it was never having to worry about

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july neighborhood calendar – new york city

July is right around the corner and what better city to represent our country’s freedom and independence than New York City. Whether setting off fireworks, grilling for your family barbecue, or sewing the words

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smarten up your dumb home

Gone are the days when hiring a house-sitter was the best way to protect your home
while on vacation, in fact, some of these old ideas are now considered

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house products you don’t need

I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to filling my house up with products I don’t need or don’t use. I’m looking at you 6-foot carnival

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supporting our military families

Here’s a quick history lesson: While the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, it wasn’t until June 14, 1777 that the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as its official flag.

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