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Let it Snow!

As adults, we tend to think of winter weather as a nuisance to be avoided. We go straight from the house into the car, and then after work we go straight from the car back to the house, without ever stopping to enjoy the beauty of winter. Snow is especially pretty, but we hardly ever see...

Learning from our Enemies

In the days leading up to the inauguration, Katie Couric asked ex-President Obama what books, besides the Bible, he considered the most essential for his Presidential role. His answer: Team of Rivals. Team of Rivals is about Abraham Lincoln, Obama’s hero, and some of the members of his cabinet that he personally selected. Instead of selecting members...

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Layering Window Treatments Means Style and Warmth

Layering is a technique that fashionistas have long used to stretch a wardrobe, make basics transcend the seasons, and create a signature style. Well, as we all know, home decorating often borrows from fashion, so it was inevitable that such a useful tool as layering would eventually make its way into interior design. The first criteria...

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Knowing What to Look For in a Good Bottle of Wine

You’re giving a dinner party. You’ve pulled out all the stops to create a menu everyone will be talking about for weeks to come. You’ve polished silver, pressed table linens, and taken out your best china. Everything is perfect, except for one important detail — you haven’t selected the right wine to serve alongside that fabulous...

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Kefir: What is It, Why Drink It, and How Do I Make It?

It used to be, those that talked about healthy bacteria and probiotics were the health nuts who lived on granola and fruits and vegetables. Now, even the main stream food manufacturers are picking up the concept and incorporating it into their foods. Yogurts like Yo-plus by Yoplait and Activa by Dannon have hit our store shelves in...

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Jealousy vs Envy And How To Deal With Each

Do you know the difference between jealousy and envy? If not, keep reading to learn how to recognize the signs of these two emotions and what to do about them so they don’t ruin the relationship you have with your significant other, friends, and/or family. First Things First: The Difference The words “jealous” and “envious” are...

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Is Your Diet Affecting Your Mood?

The holidays are coming, everyone’s getting excited… but you just don’t get it. For most people, December is a time for anticipation and happiness, but for others it can be a period of anxiety, stress, family drama, and chaos. There’s very little room for celebration or joy, and sometimes if you can’t get into the groove...

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Is There Really Such a Thing as a Sustainable Backyard Garden?

The issue of sustainable agricultural practices is something most commercial growers find themselves grappling with. Preserving the land while preserving the bottom line is becoming increasingly important as more and more consumers are making purchasing choices based on the soundness of a company’s environmental practices. But minimizing environmental impact when growing plants isn’t just a concern...