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DIY Holiday Decor

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, many homeowners begin the task of decorating for the holidays. This probably means dragging boxes and bags from the attic, basement, or garage only to find that the lights don’t work or Santa’s head is slung at an odd angle from a year’s worth of rest. It can be expensive to invest in completely ... Read More »

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Fun Facts About Poinsettias

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Do you like trivia, or at least learning more about the top-selling holiday plant? If so, perhaps you will be interested in a dozen fun facts about the poinsettia plants you buy and see everywhere each December. Fact 1: Did you know that the poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers, but ... Read More »

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Turkey: Deep Fried or Roasted?

Last year the battle was between two different holiday meats: turkey and ham. Both had their pros and cons, and if your family is like mine, both kinds show up at all the holiday gatherings regardless. This year we’re keeping it to turkey, but debating whether deep fried is better than roasted—or the other way around. Below is a list ... Read More »

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The Face of Halloween: Jack-o-lanterns

It’s that time of year again for costumes, candy—which the candy is for us just as much as it’s for the trick-or-treaters, if we’re being honest—and pumpkins. Homes are transformed into haunted attractions, complete with spider webs, graveyards, and fog machines. Already, candle lit faces are gazing eerily from front porches after pumpkin patches were raided to find the perfect ... Read More »

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Celebrating the 4th of July

I lived in the little town of Harrisburg, North Carolina, for about 16 years. For as long as I can remember, every summer I looked forward to the annual 4th of July parade that took over one side of the street through town. I would get up early on a Saturday morning, put my red, white, and blue beads around ... Read More »

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Gift Ideas for Dad this Father’s Day

Talking to my mother the other night, I mentioned that my sister and I would probably be coming home for Father’s Day. I told her it was only fair since we came home to celebrate Mother’s Day. She responded playfully, “Oh, he’ll think he’s special!” And of course, dad is special! So, with Father’s Day this weekend, perhaps it is ... Read More »

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Remembering on Memorial Day

The next holiday on our calendars is Memorial Day, so big plans for the weekend are a must. In Charlotte, North Carolina, people are gearing up for the Coca-Cola 600, the big May race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Race fans from all over have pitched their tents or are camping out in RVs anxiously waiting to cheer on their favorite ... Read More »

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Great Gift Ideas for Mom on Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day this weekend, children of all ages are running around trying to figure out the perfect gift for Mom. Mothers hold a special place in our hearts. There’s something magical about them that can fix anything, from nightmares to skinned knees to broken hearts. With just one hug from our mothers, everything in the world is made all ... Read More »

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AARP Has Some Great Ideas for Mother’s Day!

What are you planning on to celebrate Mother's Day?

Mothers day is just around the corner. What plans are you making to celebrate? AARP published and article this week on inexpensive gifts for mom that are still priceless in their hearts. I liked the article so much I decided to share it here:   Be sure to check back on Friday when we will have some other ideas on ... Read More »

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