Though the holiday season between November and December is the busiest time of year for organizations that help military families and veterans, it’s important to note that helping families in need is a year-round, full time job. Now that the new year is underway, it’s time to think of ways to make 2015 a great year for military families and veterans.
While charitable donations of all kinds are greatly appreciated and accepted by organizations that help military families and veterans, volunteering your time is perhaps the most valuable charitable donation of all. However, the benefits of volunteering aren’t just helping military families and veterans. In fact, volunteering boast several men Continue Reading →
The real estate market is currently in the midst of an unprecedented shift that past generations would have never expected: home ownership rates are dropping, so much so that they’re the lowest they’ve been since before the Great Recession.
Home ownership has long been the pinnacle of the American Dream, and was considered by many as a sign of “having made it” or succeeded. However, the Recession through a wrench in this equation, forcing Americans to look inward to discover and define what being successful really means to them.
During the Recession, thousands of American lost their jobs thanks to nationwide lay offs which in turn resulted in widespread foreclosures. Many homeowners facing foreclosure were forced to downsize their homes or chose to rent lofts and apart Continue Reading →
There are many types of elder care programs for aging seniors, but if you want to keep your loved one in their home for as long as possible, your best option may be hiring a caring companion.
Caring companions will spend time at your loved one’s home, assisting them with domestic tasks and providing them with social interaction. But how do you know if a caring companion is the right choice for your situation?
- No Family Nearby
If an elderly person needs care but is living too far away from family members for them to provide it, companion care is probably a good idea. The companion can check in on the person regularly and keep family members updated on their relative’s condition.
- Family Nearby Without Enough Time
People l Continue Reading →
Anyone who loves to entertain knows that the best way to do it is to incorporate food. Food is an essential part of any gathering, and one of the easiest meals to host at home is brunch. Everyone loves brunch, the fare is lighter than other meals, and the meal will take place at a good time of day, but none of those things make the event any less stressful. Here are a few tips for throwing a hassle-free Sunday brunch so you can enjoy it with your guests.
1. Prepare Ahead of Time
One of the best things you can do for a hassle-free brunch is to prepare as much as you can ahead of time. Get the groceries well ahead of time (except for fresh produce) and prepare as many of the dishes ahead of time as you can. Bake any pastries and cut fruit the day before, and try to opt for dishes that can Continue Reading →
Is your living space feeling a little dreary this winter? Do you dream of cool ocean breezes and salt in the air? If you can’t make it to the coast, then nautical home decorations might be the next best thing. Of course, a complete overhaul of your home decor might be a bit much, but with a wall mounted bell and a porthole clock, you can bring the feel of the sea into your environment.
The bright blues and crisp whites of nautical decor can work wonders to brightening any indoor space. With soothing sea tones and the soft khaki of sand and shor Continue Reading →
Everyone knows that planning a wedding is a very costly process. But oftentimes, those expenses come in unexpected ways. Sure, the open bar is going to be expensive, the bride’s gown can cost a pretty penny, and it’s going to hurt your wallet to put that deposit down on your reception venue.
But there are unfortunately a lot of secret, unexpected expenses as well. Have you considered favors for your guests? Hiring transportation like a limo or a party bus? Or even the cost of invitations? There is a lot more that goes into planning a wedding than you may have previously considered, both in thought and expense.
However, a smart bride and groom can find their own ways to cut costs, if they do their research. The most important decision you need to make is what the main priorities are for your w Continue Reading →
As the new year approaches many parts of the United States are entering their coldest months of the year. With frigid temperatures, snowstorms and slippery ice moving in, people in these areas are breaking out their heavy winter jackets, boots and gloves to keep warm over the next few months. Unfortunately, however, there are also many people in these areas who will endure the same cold, snowy weather but can’t afford the same warm clothes. For this reason, charities that help the poor are often looking for charitable clothing donations this time of year. These charitable donations are greatly appreciated by both the organizations and those who benefit from them, and Continue Reading →