April 14, 2016

Three tips

April Fools pranks are not a uniquely American tradition – but in other countries they have their own character. In France, for instance, the victim of a prank on the first day of April is referred to as a “poisson d’avril,” or “April fish” (Referring to a young fish that is easily […]
March 31, 2016

Prepare for the hammers and saws

With March here, it may not quite be time to start planting your garden, but it’s a great time to “plant seeds” for a home remodeling project. That’s because a successful home remodeling project doesn’t happen overnight. It requires thought, planning, and preparation. Doing your homework now means that when it’s time […]
February 2, 2016

Every four years

Leap Year Traditions Every four years February presents us with an extra day—and this is one of those years. But in addition to giving us an extra day, Leap Year has also given us some rather interesting traditions. In 1288 the unmarried Queen Margaret of Scotland is rumored to have enacted a […]
January 7, 2016

Only 8 percent

New Years Resolutions for Your Home New Years Resolutions are still a big part of our post-holiday culture. Unfortunately, according to Forbes.com even though 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, only 8 percent keep them! Of course the most popular resolutions tend to focus on losing weight and getting fit. No wonder […]
January 2, 2016

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

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December 23, 2015

The one thing

About Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” List A big part of the holiday season seems to revolve around the “Jolly Old Elf” we call Santa Claus. The legend of Santa can be traced back to the 3rd century where he was admired for his kindness and became the subject of a variety of […]
November 18, 2015

Five common mistakes

Tantalizing Thanksgiving Trivia Questions If you dread those awkward moments around the Thanksgiving dinner table when the conversation drags, here are a few trivia questions that can get things going again. How long have Americans celebrated Thanksgiving? This is a trick question. Although the tradition extends back to the days of the […]
October 12, 2015

Don’t Be in a Hurry

October is More Than Jack-o-Lanterns For many of us, the first thing we think about when we see the calendar turn to October is Halloween. The grocery stores have had Halloween candy for sale since August. Big box stores have had candy and costumes on display for almost that long. But Halloween […]
September 17, 2015

It’s September. Are You Prepared?

September is National Preparedness Month – a month when all of us are reminded to make simple plans that can have a huge impact if we’re faced with natural disasters. This year, ready.gov will focus on a different theme each week: Week 1:  September 1-5th – Flood Week 2:  September 6-12th – Wildfire Week […]