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20 Fun Questions To Learn Your Family's Story

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on November 19, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Senior family members hold a wealth of knowledge and information. They can be the doorway to learning, understanding, and tracing lineage. We often want to hear the unique stories and experiences our senior relatives have but are never sure where to start the conversation.

We put together 20 fun questions to help you start family history conversations with ease and get the entire family involved, young and old, during holiday gatherings.

5 Steps to Declutter Your Holiday Decor

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on November 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM

It’s time to Deck the Halls, but you’ve noticed decorating for the holiday season has become more burden than bliss. Over the years you collect ornaments and holiday knick-knacks with lots of love and memories connected to each piece. Unfortunately, many of us end up with more memorable ornaments than we have room for. This is a sign to declutter before you decorate! Decluttering holiday decorations can save you time and money while allowing you to take inventory of all the wonderful items you want to preserve for holidays to come.

We put together a few tips and tricks to get your holiday decorations decluttered in no time and help you recognize items that may work well as heirlooms or memorable gifts.

Smart Buys for the Holiday Season

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on November 13, 2018 at 7:39 AM

This holiday season, we want to help you shop smart! Between Thanksgiving and the first week of the New Year, consumers are bombarded with exclusive deals from their favorite retailers and online shops. According to statistics from the National Retail Federation “consumers plan to spend a total of $1,007 on average for items such as decorations, candy, and gifts as well as other purchases for themselves and their families.”

We have a list of the best items to buy during the holiday season to help you maintain your budget and beat the spending statistics.

3 Major Ways Caregiving Is Evolving

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on November 13, 2018 at 7:16 AM

Caregiving was often thought of as a job for a paid professional. In the past, people thought mostly of formal caregivers, like home health aide’s or nurses when they thought of the people who cared for their loved ones.  As time changes, there is another side of caregiving that continues to emerge and impacts more and more families each year. Millions of Americans have become informal caregivers, interwoven in the daily routines of those they love.

3 Reasons Vintage Furniture Is Not Just "Old Furniture"

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on October 15, 2018 at 8:04 AM
Vintage American made furniture?... Isn't that the old-style stuff mom and dad furnished their home with? Half of which was handed down from grandma? And, didn't half of grandma's furniture come from her older relatives? "Yes" is usually the answer. The word "vintage", when properly used should be followed by referencing the era the item is from, such as "vintage 1950s". The purpose of describing furniture as vintage is to connect it to a certain style typified by the era, but, also to inform, or remind, the buyer that the item was made to better quality standards than is today's furniture.

7 Ways A Clean Home Supports Healthy Aging

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on September 20, 2018 at 7:48 AM

We have a list of 7 ways a healthy home can help you age well. With so many benefits to clearing your home of clutter, why wouldn’t you consider reclaiming your space? The benefits can extend your quality of life now and in the long run. You can complete tasks efficiently, reduce the risk of illness, and boost your mental clarity.

Are Family Heirlooms Hiding In Your Home?

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on September 20, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Have you ever asked yourself “Do I have anything interesting that truly tells a story about my life?” Most of us would say no. As we grow comfortable in our homes and nestle in over the years, we make memories, connections, and bonds that add value to life. In many cases, memorable moments are tied to an item of significance that tells a story or holds a part of history.

You could have an heirloom right under your nose without realizing it!

DIY Projects to Get You Organized: Repurposing the Bookshelf

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on August 10, 2018 at 8:50 AM
The first step in getting organized is making sure every item in your home has a designated place and space. One item that has multiple purposes is the bookshelf. Before you throw away that old shelving unit, consider new ways to use it. Repurposed bookshelves and bookcase units, can add extra storage and display space to give wayward items a home. Besides using this space to display books, you could find a range of new uses like displaying beaut...

Never Buy These Nine Items New

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on August 10, 2018 at 8:47 AM
With markups on retail items ranging from 50-500% and sometimes more, quality gently used or resale items are becoming more and more appealing. According to BusinessInsider.com, “[t]he reasons for steep markup prices depend on the product. It could be that the item is in high demand, is difficult to make, or holds a great amount of symbolic value.” In many cases, purchasing an item used can give you like new quality at a fraction of the retail price.

Best Resale Buys for Fall

 Posted by Lynn Vanderburg on August 10, 2018 at 8:37 AM
With Fall on the horizon, the approaching seasonal change signals the perfect time to shop for great deals! Temperatures and prices seem to drop simultaneously throughout September to November.  We have a list of items that are perfect to find gently used for your home, wardrobe or leisure.HomeAugust ushers in excellent deals to prepare your home for the beauty of Fall. Deeper color hues that complement the changes in nature can help transform yo...
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