Do You Think You’re Too Busy To Support Our Troops? Think Again!

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Teachers and parents are encouraging kids to write to U.S. soldiers. “Thanks for protecting our country. [You] must be very brave joining the military. They say a man looks handsome in uniform. My favorite food is chicken wings, and I like to hang out with my friends,” one letter begins.

Americans can learn a great deal from the adorable — and often unintentionally funny — letters. The most important lesson to learn is that supporting our troops does not have to be expensive or inconvenient. Here are some relatively simple ideas for helping military families and deployed soldiers:

Don’t Wait For Them To Ask

No one wants to seem like a burden. Asking for help can be humiliating, and many people are simply too proud to do it. Ease tensions by offering Continue Reading →

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Nanny Hunting 101 Everything You Need to Find the Right Caregiver

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Hiring a caregiver to handle your child-raising duties for you is quite possibly the most important decision you’ll ever make in your life (or your child’s life). But recent statistics show there’s over a million workers in the childcare sector — not all of them nannies, granted — and the job outlook for the next decade projects slow but steady growth. That’s a lot of options.

You could go through the best nanny agencies in your city. You could put an ad in the newspaper or on Craigslist. You could ask friends and family members for recommendations. But before you do anything even remotely related to the search, you should first nail down the parameters of who your ideal nanny is going to be. Need Continue Reading →

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Kids Teach Us A Thing or Two About Supporting Our Troops

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Teachers and parents are asking children to take a few moments to remember our troops. Adorable — and often unintentionally funny — letters express kids’ support and thanks. “Thank you for fighting for our country. I love the color camo. I am nine. Why did you want to go to the military? Thank you for dieing for our country. I love American flags. Do you ever stop working?” one such letter begins. “I love that every hour of every day you fight for our lives. I respect my veterans. How long do you have to sleep?” Similarly, Americans can take a leaf out of kids’ books and give back to troops — without spending a great deal of money or committing unreasonable amounts of time.

Donate Clothes Without Leaving Your Home

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Home Filters are a Tasty and Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic Bottles

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Every day, Americans use roughly 346,000 million gallons of freshwater for everything from staying hydrated at the gym to watering lawns. But though the vast majority is able to simply turn on the faucet when they need a drink, many are unhappy with the quality of their water. Because of that, they often turn to plastic bottles for their drinking water. But the bottled water industry uses about 17 million barrels of oil every year and the bottles themselves contribute to litter and pollution problems. So if you want better drinking water without harming the environment, then installing a water filter is your best option.
There are several different types of water filters that you can put in your kitchen to make sure every glass you pour is fresh, clean, and tasty. In some homes, Continue Reading →

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Wood Shed or Vinyl Shed? You Decide

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Placing a shed in your backyard can increase property value, and more importantly, give you more space to store, or hide, your extra belongings. They can be valuable for housing old bikes, toys, gardening tools, lawnmowers, and a host of other outdoor supplies. These items would otherwise clutter the garage or be found clumped together behind your house.

For this reason, many people buy Amish built sheds from Amish shed builders. These sheds can either be pre-made or come as shed kits that you can put together. Depending on the size of the shed, Amish shed builders can transport all the pieces to your house and erect the shed onsite. The materials used to build the shed can vary from wood, which Continue Reading →

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Assisted Living Ensure Elders Dignity

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WIth an estimated 70 million Americans aging 65 or older by 2030, senior assisted living is part of a booming industry not projected to fizzle out any time soon. A recession proof industry, senior housing is sure to have no shortage of residents in the foreseeable future.

With only about 16,100 nursing homes and senior assisted living facilities across the US, this number is projected to explode exponentially by 2040. To facilitate the aging population, senior housing and retirement communities are slated for boom times, especially in southern states such as Florida.

Senior assisted living are different from retirement communities in that they offer residents a much more struc Continue Reading →

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Three Tips for Getting the Custom Built Home of Your Dreams

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“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned,” Maya Angelou, the American poet, once wrote. Being able to have a home we feel comfortable in, that provides a safe space for us and our family members, is something many of us hold close to our hearts.

Have you been looking into the possibility of custom built homes? There are many advantages inherent with building a home to your specifications, rather than having to fit your needs around an existing home. It’s easier, for example, to plan out a safe place that older parents can eventually move into when one has the ability to build a semi-separate living space within the home, complete with kitchenette and outside door.

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Inexpensive Ways Make the Most of Your Stay at Beach Homes

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More Americans are purchasing luxury homes and beach homes — and a startling number of them are choosing homes on Virginia Beach. The popular travel destination promises plenty of sunshine and relaxation for a temporary getaway — and quality educational programs attract parents who may want to prolong their stay. Here are some ideas for a budget-friendly, guilt-free vacation that might teach the kids a thing or two while you’re at it.

Hit The Boardwalk

Virginia beach homes are located minutes away from the nation-famous boardwalk, and a trip down to the shore does not necessarily have to break the bank. Many walk, jog, or ride their bicycles along the boardwalk. If you do not want to Continue Reading →

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Make Wedding Planning Easy and Fun

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You found the spouse of your dreams. Now it is time to plan the couples special day. With the high cost of weddings, it can be pretty daunting. If you are overwhelmed or even if you want to have help in the organizing of your special day consider working with a wedding planner. Wedding planner packages can give you peace of mind as you try to plan a special day for you, your family and your new family.

Nearly $72 billion dollars are spent on weddings each year in the United States on average. A wedding planner can add to your expenses, but they can help you with a variety of issues. A wedding planner will traditionally meet with the bride and groom to figure out their needs. They can be instrumental in helping you find the right photographer and DJ. If you are looking at the best destination wedding p Continue Reading →

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Three Tips for Booking the Destination Wedding of Your Dreams

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Last summer, USA Today ran a story detailing how the number of weddings had fallen in America based on a few different factors — the economy, first and foremost. But there was light at the end of the tunnel, too. Couples were still cohabiting without actually tying the knot, but experts predicted that Millennials, or young people in the 18-34 age range, were headed for their own marriages licenses before too long. All it took was a boost to the economy.

It seems that might be happening now. And given the industry’s latest trend of destination weddings, marriage has become a large source of impending joy for millions of couples across the country.

What is a destination wedding, exactly? Think of it as an opportunity to couple the actual nuptial ceremony with the honeymoon celebration afterward. Lo Continue Reading →

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