Holiday meals are often the highlights of the season, as nothing beats making memories with friends and family over delicious food and good wine. However, planning the perfect get-together can be difficult and even stressful. To help you get through this holiday season seamlessly, Tom Colicchio, chef/owner of Craft Restaurants and head judge on Top Chef is sharing his tips for planning an effortless holiday meal that will knock your guests' socks off.
Fun and creative kids' activities just in time for fall
Each year autumn marks a time for change - leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp and parents everywhere prepare for their children to return to school. The new season brings with it a shift in rhythms and patterns, including a new weekly routine for families as children go back to school.
What to do if your child is accused of being a bully
It's a phone call that most parents can't imagine receiving. Your school's principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying. While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the country. More than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, according to DoSomething.org, a social issues advocacy group. Every day, nearly 160,000 children miss school because they are scared of being bullied, notes the National Education Association. What's more, many incidents of bullying go unreported because kids are afraid to report them.
Five fun and affordable fall activities your family will love
Crisp air, changing leaves and cozy knit sweaters signify the return of autumn. Fall can be a busy time for most families, juggling back-to-school routines, carpools, homework, after school events and sports practice. Now is a great time to slow down, bring the whole family together and enjoy all of the exciting activities fall has to offer.
New year, new you, new boat: Insider tips for shopping a local boat show
A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating - an activity that can accomplish all of the above.
No tricks here: Treat guests to a hair-raising Halloween experience
Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block.
Fall fashion magazines can easily top 500 pages of skirts, tops, pants, coats and accessories; all deemed "must-haves" for the chilly weather ahead. The choices and trends can be staggering, but just because temperatures are falling doesn't mean you need to drop a small fortune on a new wardrobe. Fashion experts from share six of the top trends for fall and how you can use them to make the most of the pieces already in your closet.
Reclaimed wood flooring: How to design with eclectic affordability
Breathing new life into your home with weathered touches, aged accents and historical character is holding true to the popular belief of "what's old is new." Sparked from the sustainable living trend, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed wood floors have become one of the hottest green design and remodeling trends.
Tips to ensure your shower upgrade doesn't turn into a leaky mess
Bathrooms are certainly among the busiest rooms in any home. But a bathroom can be so much more than just the place where you get ready during your hurried morning routine. One of the hottest trends in home decorating and remodeling is creating a bathroom that serves as a spa-like retreat.
It's rare to find a person who hasn't been affected by heart disease in some way. As the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease - and how to avoid it - should be top of mind, especially for baby boomers. Beyond scary statistics, heart health is about being able to live life to the fullest for as long as possible.
With fall's arrival, many people change out their wardrobe, meals and turn up the thermostat, but often forget that just a few simple changes can get their home and other parts of their life ready for autumn. Renowned designer David Bromstad offers his quick and simple tips to transition and transform your interior spaces for the season, no matter your budget or style.
If you're a new parent, the idea of a full night's sleep probably seems like just a dream. Your world is full of late-night feeds, diaper changes and snuggles in the rocking chair. If this sounds like you, you can take some comfort in knowing you aren't the only one out there dealing with sleepless nights.
Many triggers can affect our moods. From sights to sounds to smells - it's a sensory experience that we don't seem to have much control over. Or so we used to think. But with more research being done on exactly how these elements might affect our stress or happiness levels, we now have better insight on how to enhance our mood. This is good news for those looking to make home improvements.
Expert tips for adding top home design trends to your holiday decor
From decking the halls to trimming the tree, everyone loves the tradition of decorating their home for the holiday season. It's a time to pull out heirloom pieces and blend them with modern elements to make your home truly one of a kind. This year, refresh your holiday motif with a few top decor trends for a look guaranteed to impress.
Home improvement: Faux wood tile leads hot new trends in tile
Fake and faux are far apart. Fake is meant to deceive, but faux is intended as a tribute or a toast to something great or beautiful. Faux wood tile is one of the hottest trends in home remodeling and home decorating.
Best business investment for 2014: Fueling employee engagement
Do your employees feel personally connected to the organization they work for? Would they recommend your workplace to others? If the answer to any of those questions is "no," you're far from alone. Employee engagement is way down, so low that a recent study found that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce is not fully engaged. Here's what every manager should know about engagement and how to make a difference with his or her employees.
'Tis the season of wonderful company and delicious food! It's also that time of year to bring friends and family together, but preparing for holiday gatherings along with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often be stressful and time consuming. In fact, Thanksgiving is the most stressful holiday for home cooks as more than one in three Millennials plans to host a gathering at their home and 57 percent have noted feeling pressure when preparing a holiday meal, according to the Allrecipes' 2013 Annual Holiday Survey. Following are a few easy tips to simplify your holiday planning so you can spend more time with loved ones.
Protect your credit while shopping this holiday season
The holiday season is a great time for merriment - finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and gathering with friends and family to celebrate the season. However, the holidays can cause a strain on your credit if you don't take certain precautions. Don't let this year's celebration leave you with the credit blues come January.
Do you buckle up your kids? New research shows one in four parents don't
Most parents know that kids are safest in a car when buckled up. But there are situations when families decide to take a risk by not buckling up their children on every ride. A new survey reveals one in four parents admits to not buckling up their child in the car.
Five reasons why scent is important for home decorating
Cooler temperatures, dwindling daylight that makes you crave a mood boost, and the approach of the holidays - at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. But while you're breaking out the holiday decorations or looking for just the right shade of yellow to make your kitchen look brighter on short winter days, don't overlook another powerful decorator's trick - scent.
The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe: classic style elements that never go out of fashion. Here's what you need to know about carriage houses and how they can be a great addition to a home.
How to boost energy efficiency in your home and live green
It's now easier than ever for homeowners to transform their homes into models of green living thanks to the growing availability of affordable, energy-smart building products and materials. From replacing incandescent light bulbs to reviewing the energy rating on new appliances, more homeowners are making informed decisions on how to cut energy consumption and boost efficiency.
Quick tips on preparing your home for the holidays in a flash
The holidays are an exciting time of year, but it may seem like you never have enough time to get ready. From preparing meals, buying presents and cleaning your home before friends and family arrive, time seems to always run short. So wouldn't it be nice if you could save time on even one of those monumental tasks? With the right tools, and a few helpful ideas, you'll be spending your time celebrating the season instead of fretting about the cleaning.
Fall is a great time to try new recipes. Why? Because the markets are bursting with bounty of the harvest season. Included in that bounty is the fall harvest of grapes, which are in fine fresh supply through January. Besides their long season, grapes are amazingly versatile as an ingredient.
Simple steps to keep your family safe outdoors this year
Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family - from building that perfect fort to playing catch with your furry friend in the snow. It's a place to escape, but remember accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and just like you childproof your house, you need to ensure your backyard is safe as well.
Makeup and skin care tips for looking good during chemotherapy
Last year, 232,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and many were told they would need chemotherapy. With October designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important that women diagnosed with the disease and their caregivers feel empowered to take charge of their cancer journey. For the many women undergoing chemotherapy, getting better is the top priority, but the side effects of treatment, such as hair loss and skin changes, also weigh heavily on their minds.
Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and resources to help you start a conversation that could lead to positive changes.
New Resource Introduced for Families Living with ADHD
Many families relish summer, weekends and holidays as opportunities to reconnect with each other through vacations, special events and relaxed schedules. But changes in schedule and travel can often be disruptive for children and make it difficult to get back in the swing of things for school, particularly children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), who typically need routine and structure.
Laws to legalize pot for recreational use continue to grow
Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of "Reefer Madness," the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately - madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013 Gallup poll.
Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey
The holidays are approaching and before you know it, you'll be thinking about that daunting task of cooking a turkey. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives by conducting a dress rehearsal for your turkey.
Simple designer tricks for creating a stunning master bedroom
It's the place where you wake each day, rest your head each night, and go to when you need to escape the stress of daily life. If there's one room in the house that should be a personalized retreat for homeowners, it's the master bedroom. And with a few simple tips from design experts, you can easily take your master bedroom from boring to beautiful and add to your home's overall value.
Who doesn't love the smell of a warm kitchen during the holidays? They're designed around food and bringing family, old friends and new friends together. However, holidays can also be a detriment to your healthy lifestyle and cause you to lose your focus through the end of the year. Follow these tips to avoid holiday weight gain.
The holidays are known for eliciting cheer, thanks and a sense of community as families come together to share some of their most treasured traditions, whether that's gathering for a special meal, organizing an activity or finding a way to give back to those less fortunate.
Geothermal systems provide energy independence for more homeowners
For years Dwight Nadig and his wife suffered through the cold winters in their York, Pa., ranch-style home, originally built in 1979. Nadig started to investigate geothermal (or ground-source) heat pump systems to help them stay warm in the winter - without paying a lot of money on their oil bill.
Entertaining with family and friends is one part of the holiday season that we all look forward to. But holiday hosting can sometimes be harried. To keep you and your guests merry this season, consider hosting a wine party that shines.
Online programs key to career advancement in a tough economy
Employers are looking for employees who possess the proper education and training, but are having trouble finding qualified candidates. If you are trying to get ahead in your career, you've likely realized the skills gap exists and you know the benefits a new position or promotion could mean to you and your family.
Quick and easy meal solutions for holiday entertaining
The hectic holidays can mean hurried cooks, frantic trips to the grocery store and chaotic menu planning. But it doesn't have to - with some tried and true solutions for easy entertaining, you can reduce your stress and set up a holiday party guaranteed to impress guests from near or far.
Your go-to guide for elevator and escalator safety during the holidays
November and December are arguably the busiest months of the year for traveling and shopping. Millions of people descend on the nation's airports and shopping centers looking to create that perfect holiday memory. With all the excitement surrounding this time of year, the last thing Americans should worry about is escalator and elevator safety while navigating through the crowds. But while you may be more focused on your holiday to-do's, you need to remember some important safety tips about the elevators and escalators you are using.
Tips for keeping your house warm without burning a hole in your pocket
The winter months mean celebrating the holidays, reconnecting with family and friends and planning your resolutions for the New Year. They can also mean a sharp increase to your monthly heating bill in order to stay warm and comfortable. If you're interested in controlling your energy expenses while maintaining comfort, the tips below will help you make sure more of your money is put towards presents than power.
The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic
Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It's time to find out what you've been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today's grilled cheese sandwiches. If that gets your stomach grumbling, try out these delicious recipes and see if they don't inspire your creativity to create a unique grilled cheese of your own.
Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year making it the nation's favorite snack food by volume. Naturally rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, low calorie air-popped popcorn has more iron than eggs and more fiber than traditional salty snacks. In addition to being healthy, it's wallet-friendly. For about 25 cents, you can pop enough kernels to satisfy a family of four. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, what makes popcorn the greatest snack is its ability to adapt to consumers' ever-changing palettes.
Figuring out the best ways to save a few extra dollars can be difficult. But, a few simple strategies can go a long way in helping you and your family pay down debt and be better prepared for financial emergencies, college expenses and retirement. Some take a few minutes, others may require discipline - but all are easy moves to stretch your dollars and improve your financial situation.
How to plan a memorable multigenerational vacation
Whether over the river or through the woods, families across the U.S. are planning to travel during the holidays. In a world of well-traveled toddlers, worldly teens and active seniors, multigenerational travel is growing and for good reason: everyone enjoys a vacation together while creating unforgettable memories.Follow these tips to a memorable multigenerational vacation.
Adding in, not just cutting out, is key to better eating habits
When you think of eating right, does your mind immediately turn to what you should cut out of your diet? The list of things you might consider giving up can be long and daunting. As important as it might be to cut out some foods, don't overlook the importance of the things you should add in, such as quality ingredients, appealing flavors and textures, and satisfying portions.
Looking for a great space to chill out and hang with the dudes? Call it the basement, the garage, a home bar, or just a room dedicated to enjoying the game - it's your man cave. This year, take your space to the next level with these important game day essentials. If you're lucky - it'll become a known game day spot for seasons to come.
Auto shows are full of flashy new cars and concept cars that offer an exciting look into the future of technology and design. If you are in the market for a new car, your local auto show can be the perfect place to start shopping. Here are a few simple tips that can narrow down which cars to take on a test drive.
From cookies to cupcakes, the holidays just aren't complete without freshly-baked treats to gift, serve and enjoy. But baking isn't always a piece of cake, whether you're an expert or novice baker. So this year, as you preheat your oven and prepare to whip up dozens of your favorite recipes, check out these five helpful tips to ensure your holiday cookies don't crumble.
Protect your new purchases over the holiday season
Let the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season begin. Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9 percent over last year to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. However, with holiday purchases comes the risk of theft.
Eight efficient organization tips for your busy life
If you run a small business or you manage your family's household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can't create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient?
Tips to secure your future despite an unsure economy
Despite the recent deal to re-open the government and gains in the economy, the business community is still somewhat skeptical about the economy's stability. While many employers acknowledge that overall business conditions are improving, respondents generally feel the present recovery is fragile and the health care changes might potentially slow the recovery down.
As the sun begins to set on the last stretch of summer, it's time to start prepping for the final road trip of the season. Millions of drivers hit the road during the summer months, but the weekend leading up to the start of September marks the last hurrah of vacation season, one of the busiest weekends of the year for motorists across the country.
No matter what time of year it is, the kitchen is always the busiest room in the home. That's especially the case during the holiday season. With the added stress of planning the perfect menu and creating the ideal holiday atmosphere for your guests, it's no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed with the planning process.
Life after stroke: Advice for physical and emotional recovery
Did you know a stroke occurs every 40 seconds on average? About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Stroke Association. If you or a loved one has survived a stroke, recovery depends largely on the severity of the brain damage. With love, support and patience, the journey toward a new normal can begin.
To tip or not to tip: that is the holiday question
When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What's supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more. Here is the ultimate guide to holiday tipping from etiquette experts.
With the holiday party season right around the corner, a growing camp of entertaining experts suggests approaching things a little less like Martha Stewart, and a little more like Steven Spielberg. Whether it's a Thanksgiving potluck, or an elegant Christmas dinner, entertaining pros know that "setting the scene" for a memorable event can make a significantly greater impact than debuting the next ambitious dessert recipe.
Doing your own taxes? Here's what you need to know
More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the year before, according to the IRS. In addition to being more affordable than a storefront or accountant, online and mobile solutions have made doing your own taxes exceptionally easy and fast.
Five simple steps to a more stylish outdoor living space
It's not too late in the season to create your dream deck - or to give your existing outdoor living space a fresh new look. Design a backyard retreat that's ideal for entertaining family and friends as the weather grows more temperate with a few tips from the experts.
With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individual touches that will truly make it your own.
A single mom's million-dollar idea to kill lice with salt
For Wendy Langley, a nightmare ordeal with head lice has turned into a multimillion dollar dream. With sheer determination and passion, the Oregon mother has turned the head lice industry on its head with a product that kills lice with, of all things, salt. And it's all because she was trying to protect her child, and millions more just like her.
Smart 'green' options that help homeowners save green
With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government's Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier for homeowners to create an energy efficient and greener home.
Food is an integral part of many celebrations, and whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a family get-together, chances are there's a baked good in attendance. Perhaps you're thinking of trying your hand at some family recipes you've never made before, or want to experiment with favorites from other holiday traditions. Whatever dish you make this holiday season, these baking basics help ensure success.
Woman with rare disease overcomes adversity one mountain at a time
For most of her life, 44-year-old Tanya Howell was considered unreliable. She missed many days of work, even lost jobs and would frequently cancel on her friends and family at the last minute. She was particularly devastated when she needed to cancel on group outings, because she loves exploring and conquering the outdoors. The reason for her "flakiness," a term many of Tanya's friends used to describe her, was because she was suffering from unexplained, debilitating swelling attacks that would come on quickly and cause swelling in different parts of her body at any given time.
Memo to job seekers: It's not the economy, it could be you
Job seekers are growing increasingly pessimistic about their ability to gain employment. Nearly two in five job seekers lack confidence that the job market will improve next year. Hiring managers, however, disagree. Here's what you need to know.
Each day across the United States homeowners are taking on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Whether you're a first-time or long-time homeowner, DIY enhancements can have positive results - emotionally, esthetically and financially. By tackling DIY projects, you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment from improving or customizing your home.
If you shudder at the thought of shivering through another frigid winter, building industry experts say now is the time to consider winterizing your home. Several simple and cost-effective measures can yield both immediate and long-term benefits.
Giving yourself a professional-looking beauty makeover can be as simple as looking around your house. Whether it's in your bathroom or your laundry room, all sorts of products already in your home can be re-purposed to easily and quickly help you create this season's on-trend looks from head to toe. Here are some tips to get you started.
Planning ahead is key to throwing a memorable party
There's nothing more chic than entertaining with ease and seamlessly bringing family and friends together over a great meal at a fashionable table. If you want to be known as an unforgettable host, follow these tips for entertaining in style to impress guests at your next event.
Fun or fantasy? How to know if a video game is right for your child
If you are like most Americans, you have computer and video game fans in your home. However, as a parent, it is not always easy to decide if a popular video game is right for your child. That is where ratings and parental controls can help. Here's what you need to know.
The days are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change colors and team banners are starting to appear on front porches everywhere. It can only mean one thing - football season is back. With it comes more than 32 million fantasy football players and a whole lot of weekend game-watching festivities.
Gracious etiquette tips to survive holiday gatherings
Whether you are hosting a fantastic holiday gathering or you're the gracious guest, ask yourself this question: Are you comfortable with your knowledge of etiquette? Are you confident in your table manners or do you admit you take your cue by watching those around you?
Girls' night: Tips to take you from primp to party
Girls' night out is a rite of passage, a time to celebrate friendships and embrace life. Preparing for a big night on the town is often as much fun as the actual outing. Creating the perfect environment for primping is an essential piece of the plan - whether hitting the hottest club or checking out the trendiest new restaurant, a girl knows she has to look good and be in the right mood. Follow these tips for the perfect primping party.
With diabetes and obesity cases at alarmingly high levels in the U.S., people are starting to take small steps toward leading healthier lifestyles to try to prevent these issues.Eating healthy and incorporating regular exercise into your lifestyle are some commonly known good first steps, but another great step is "reducing sugar in your diet as a way of reducing glucose and caloric intake," says Dr. Luis Pacheco an Emmy award-winning family physician and professor of medicine at the University of Texas.
With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year's end, there's no better time than the present to start. Here are 10 year-end contributions to help you start 2014 on the right financial path.
As farmers begin harvest and approach the end of 2013 production, many are assessing the year and looking forward to 2014. For row-crop farmers, the 2013 harvest is expected to be a good one. However, prices are lower than last year, and some are delaying their decision to go to market in hopes that the price will improve early next year. Low commodity prices may also persuade farmers to consider prepaying for at least some of next season's inputs before the end of the year. Here's what you need to know for now and the future.
With temperatures dropping, odds are your energy bills will be doing just the opposite. In fact, heating (and cooling) account for approximately 54 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, according to the Department of Energy, representing the largest energy expense for most homeowners. One of the most effective ways to manage a home's climate, comfort and energy costs is by ensuring that it is properly insulated.
How to keep your valuables safe this holiday season - and beyond
The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, and the National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales to rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion. That's a lot of money spent on valuables - making homes a prime target for theft during the holiday season. If you have jewelry, electronics or other big ticket items on your wish list this year, it's important to make sure you're protected long after the gift wrap and ornaments are put away.
Give back while moving from one community to another
Moving from one home, one city and even one state to another is a great opportunity to clean house and start fresh. Instead of packing all belongings - even those that haven't been used in years - moving gives families a chance to reduce their material goods so that what ends up being unpacked in the new house is immediately used.
The top home decorating trend: Infusing natural elements into the decor
Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it's more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant - and often calming - result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.
Finding the perfect gift for mom and dad or grandma and grandpa often seems impossible. If they're like a lot of seniors, they're fairly well settled and don't have long wish lists. Plus, it seems that many of the hottest gift ideas are tech devices, certainly not something that would be of interest, right? Think again.
Remodeling the kitchen. When you decide to tackle this daunting undertaking, you want to do it right. And, you're not alone. Forty-nine percent of homeowners plan to completely gut their existing kitchen and start with a clean state, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. Regardless of the scope of your project, if you're itchin' to update your kitchen, follow these five steps to design the space you've been dreaming about.
There are seemingly endless options through which homeowners must navigate when buying a new garage door: the style, materials and accessories, just to name a few. But perhaps the most important feature that should top the garage door consumer's list is energy efficiency.
Staying productive and getting things done at work and on the go
The always on, always connected way of life has benefits and drawbacks - our to-do list never seems to stop growing while the time never seems to stop shrinking. Technology makes freedom possible, but balancing personal and professional responsibilities requires more than the ability to work from anywhere, it's about what you are able to get done from where you are that matters.
Winter home safety: Quick steps to help protect your family
As cooler weather descends, homes heat up and so does the risk your family could experience a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the National Fire Protection Association, most home fires and CO poisonings occur in the winter. Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased cooking, candle usage and holiday decorations all add to the risk. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that each year winter fires claim an average of 945 lives, injure 3,825 people and cause more than $1.7 billion in property loss.
The holiday season is all about celebrating with family and friends, which means more merry-making, staying organized and enjoying the time spent shopping for the perfect gifts. A smart shopper is able to access and keep organized great deals and discounts, reduce time with online shopping and check for last-minute opinions if absolutely necessary.
Alexis Tkachuk, a healthy 34-year-old, was overjoyed when she became pregnant with her first child. After 32 weeks of an uncomplicated pregnancy, Alexis' doctor cleared her for travel, and she and her husband decided to enjoy a relaxing trip. During the flight, however, Alexis began feeling discomfort, and upon checking into a local hospital, discovered she was in labor - eight weeks early! Only four pushes later, Alexis gave birth to her four-pound baby boy, Jack.
Nearly 90 percent of American homes have hard water - water containing high levels of calcium and magnesium, according to The U.S. Geological Survey. Hard water on its own is bad enough, making it difficult to wash clothes and dishes and leaving scaling on your pipes and showerheads as well as nasty brown rings in your sinks and toilets. However, it is also costing you money. Here's what you need to know.
Whether you are woodworking at your workbench or staining a piece of furniture in the garage, these tips can help you make the most of your DIY weekend projects while also feeling comfortable enough to successfully finish them.
Three astoundingly simple solutions for big renovation challenges
Virtually every renovation challenge is solvable, and sometimes the answers are surprisingly simple and cost-effective. Here are three common issues you may encounter while renovating, and the astoundingly simple ways to overcome the obstacles
Taking the fright out of creating your perfect costume
Halloween is the perfect time of year to let loose and embrace your inner kid. You have the option to be anything you want, so get creative this year! Save yourself time and money by looking for fun costume-worthy items at a vintage store. You may be surprised at the wide variety of creative costumes available for a reasonable cost.