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    Lifestyle

    Hosting an Unforgettable Kids’ Birthday Party

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its wave of destruction across the United States, an unlikely casualty is often overlooked. Despite so many businesses closing their brick-and-mortar stores, many people have found themselves to be working from home. However, the virus is proving to be difficult for children too, albeit in a far less obvious way. While a snow day or public holiday in which the school has a mandatory closing is often a welcome break for younger generations, having school closures for a more lengthy amount of time is ultimately detrimental to children’s social belonging and mental health. No wave of a magic wand can change the presence of this public health emergency,…

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    Housing,  Investing,  Lifestyle

    Are You Prepared to Sell Your Home?

    Selling your home can be a difficult task for many homeowners. While parting with the place where you’ve made so many memories can be a challenge in itself, the real issue comes when you prepare to list a home with your real estate agent. Many homes simply aren’t ready to hit the market and receive minimal interest as a result. Making sure your home is prepared for the marketplace is the best way to gain the attraction that you will need in order to complete the sale. Utilize a checklist as you go through your home’s amenities and systems in order to fully ensure that your home will sell and…

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    Housing,  Lifestyle,  Real Estate General

    The Ins and Outs of Real Estate

    Real estate is a complex marketplace for both buyers and sellers. The industry is a fantastic way to increase your net worth and investment profile, but also rife with the ability to slip up and land a money pit for the long term. Making sure you get the best deal from a lender for your family’s needs is something that all buyers should seek to achieve when buying a home—whether it’s your first time buying a home or you’re adding an investment property to boost your overall portfolio. Whether you are considering the pros and cons of living in an RV and getting off the grid or thinking of a move to a New…

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    Lifestyle

    Are You Ready for a Long-Distance Trip?

    It’s finally here: the vacation you’ve been waiting and working for. You’re ready to go on that long-distance road trip you’ve dreamed about for years. Work is taken care of, and you’re excited to have a few weeks where you can just relax and explore all new destinations. Before you completely relax, you have to be sure you’re ready to go with all the right plans and tools in place for a successful vacation. Preparations for your long-distance trip are multi-faceted. You need to make sure that you have everything set at home while planning a perfect itinerary for your trip. Especially if you’re gone for an extended period of…

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    Lifestyle

    How to Reignite the Spark in Your Relationship

    A year of social distancing, restrictions, and the general stressors of a global pandemic hasn’t done a lot for relationships. For those of us who’ve been stuck in social isolation or quarantine, it’s easy to see why our romantic relationships might need a jump start. If you and your partner need a new fire in your relationship but you don’t know where to start, read on for tips that might bring some heat back. Performance Enhancers Many couples are turning to performance enhancers to spice things up between the sheets. From that special offer on trial erection packs at GoodRX to discount contraception and other medication, by taking care of…

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    Investing,  Lifestyle

    Why You Should Spend Extra on These 5 Things

    We’ve all heard the expression: You get what you pay for. While that’s not always the case, it’s a cliche for a reason. While there are products and items where durability and overall quality don’t matter so much, there are other areas where spending the money upfront can actually save money. If you’re wondering where to spend extra and where to pinch pennies, read on for five areas where you should spend extra if you can. 1. Home Repairs and Upgrades Our homes are our safe-havens. In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, we know more than ever how important it is that we feel comfortable in our homes. Because…

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    Home Design,  Lifestyle

    Our Top Picks for the Most Luxurious Bathtubs

    The bathtub is an underappreciated, humble household fixture that has a different use for every homeowner. Bathtubs come in a variety of styles, colors, prices, and functions. Whether it’s time for a bathtub replacement or you are undergoing a new bathroom remodel, it’s important to find a bathtub that has the size, function, and features you need. A great way to breathe new life into your living space and personal style is to try some simple upgrades. New Direction Foundation offers several practical style tips for upgrading your living space. Subscription boxes for home decor and clothing deliver household items and clothes to your door every month. You can easily upgrade…

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    Home Design,  Lifestyle,  Real Estate General

    4 Things You Should Do Before Hosting an Open House

    Now that you’ve decided to put your house on the market, found a real estate agent, and are eagerly waiting for potential buyers to flood your doors, you’re at a loss as to what else you need to do. If you have the right real estate agent, they’ll want to schedule an open house as soon as possible to show your home off in the best light and find the right buyer for you. While no one likes the idea of potential buyers wandering through their house, an open house is a perfect way to let buyers see the home all at once and then make up their minds. It’s…

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    Home Design,  Housing,  Lifestyle

    Home Renovation Tips for Eco-Friendly Homeowners

    Recently, an increasing number of people—both in the U.S. and worldwide—want to learn how to live sustainably. From being eco-friendly homeowners to purchasing recyclable items and investing in clean energy products, there are so many different ways to start this process. Adding eco-friendly items and habits to your daily life helps decrease the amount of landfill waste, prevents energy wastage, and reduces the level of environmental toxin release. While green living and sustainability can sound like something you have to make many sacrifices to achieve, you don’t always have to give up on the good life to get it. You can positively impact the environment and still have a well-designed, comfortable,…

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    Housing,  Investing,  Lifestyle,  Real Estate General

    California Fires Force Some Churches To Move: Starting Over In The Wake Of Tragedy

    The forest fires spreading across our Pacific Northwest region have put countless lives in danger and will destroy an estimated $20 billion in a property. As our communities reel from the devastation that these natural disasters have caused on top of the lockdown measures we have endured in order to stem the transmission of the coronavirus, it’s important to start thinking about how we will rebuild in the wake of tragedy. Starting over is a whole community effort. Many of your parishioners have likely suffered as a result of these overlapping hardships, so rebuilding the church is more than just a focus on structural damage. Repair the soul of your community.…