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Dear Parents,

As the final hours ‘till Christmas count down, the North Pole has been frantically working overtime, taking additional calls and letters from parents.

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streamlining packing

Holy Holidays Batman!! Congrats and high fives to those who made it this far without having a nervous breakdown or gaining a holiday twitch. In 2009, I made the goal to not hate the Holidays. Sounds awful I know, who hates the holidays? I feel the holidays are meant to be celebrations, yet to often they end up stressing people out. Travel is a big part of our holiday schedule. With two young unpredictable boys this might seem like a bad way to keep your holidays fun and frustration free. However here are four ways to streamline Holiday Travel Packing to keep your holiday spirits high and your stress level low.

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holiday coloring contest

To me and my family, the holidays are all about home. Whether we’re actually home for the holidays, or vacationing elsewhere, being with loved ones is like being home. And what would the holidays be without tradition?  In fact, one of my favorite parts about the holidays are the fun activities that I can enjoy with my family as we celebrate together. And Vivint wants to help your holiday be filled with memories, traditions, and being together with your family, too. That’s why Vivint is hosting a Holiday Coloring Contest.

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streamlining the holidays: getting ready for people to stay with you

Tis the season for holiday visitors, out-of-town guests, and family get-togethers. If you think your house is starting to feel more like a hotel rather than a home this month, you’re not alone. Many of us host friends and family in our homes during the holidays.

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hanukkah party shortcuts

Thanks to Adam Sandler, we all know that Hanukkah is the festival of lights. And what’s a festival without a party?

Hosting a Hanukkah party can be a lot of fun – and a lot of work. Thankfully, there are some totally acceptable shortcuts that will make preparing for your Hanukkah party much easier, leaving you with more time to wrap eight nights’ worth of presents!

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streamlining hanukkah decorations

In preparation for Hanukkah this week, my mom stood precariously on a wobbly chair, retrieving assorted boxes from shelves and drawers. Inside the boxes (mostly plastic bins and shoeboxes, only some of which were labeled) were all of the Hanukkah decorations she’s been collecting since my sister and I were kids, as well as some new ones for her grandchildren to enjoy.

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gingerbread houses – tips, tricks and template

Making gingerbread houses is a cherish tradition at our house. It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Over the years, after much trial and error, I’ve collected a couple of tips and tricks to help things go smoother and more enjoyable for everyone.

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giving back this holiday season

The holiday season is about presents. Just kidding. It’s about giving back. And there are tons of ways for you to give back to your community this winter. Here are several sure-fire ways for you to have a meaningful December!

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small business saturday

Small Business Saturday, on November 29, 2014 encourages people everywhere to shop with small businesses for just one day, and learn to change the world little by little!  We have the power to change the fact that it is all too easy for small businesses to struggle and fall, even if they have superior services and products.

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black friday activities that are not shopping

I’ll just come right out with it and admit that Black Friday (Black Friday deserves to be a proper noun??) is not really my cup of tea. Don’t mind me while I admire you vigilant deal-seeking, sleep-deprived shoppers at a distance…at 10:00 am…right after I roll out of bed.

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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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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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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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neighborhood calendar – dallas

November is a time of family and thanks.

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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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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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hiking safety 101

When summertime hits, there’s just something that makes us want to head into the great outdoors! If you’re planning to get outside for a hike this summer, be sure you know your safety basics

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smart community

Being a part of a neighborhood community can be like a full-time job. There are so many things to do to keep up with neighborhood policies, social events, clean ups, etc. Stay safe and smart by being connected to your community

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printable neighborhood—your summer mansion

Summertime always brings out the dreamer in people. We make big mental lists of all the wonderful things we’ll do over the most beautiful months of the year

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june neighborhood calendar – los angeles

June is almost here and with it comes new possibilities.

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