• Summer

    Fun ideas to make your summer entertaining a hit

    (BPT) – The sweet days of summer signal a long awaited transition for outdoor living. Combine food, family and friends with fresh ideas, and the possibilities for summer entertaining are endless. “There is something so magical about taking a meal outside in the warm weather,” says designer Julie Robbins. “Sip tea from a porcelain cup in the late afternoon sun. Bring out vintage grill plates for a barbecue at the beach. Dine under the stars with lanterns and fireflies. Savor the season, because the memories will last far longer than the summer.” Robbins leads design and entertaining seminars at Replacements, Ltd., the world’s largest retailer of old and new china,…

  • Summer

    From sea to shining sea: the most patriotic things to see and do on your summer vacation

    (BPT) – Summer isn’t just the season of no school and summer vacations. It’s also the most patriotic season in America, encompassing three iconic American holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. This summer, why not put a patriotic shine on your family’s summer vacation plans? If you’re like most Americans, you probably consider yourself to be patriotic. But how much of America have you actually seen? Summer vacation is a great opportunity to visit the country’s many historic, cultural and natural sites, and share your sense of patriotism with your loved ones. Here are some tips, ideas and inspirations to help you give your family vacation patriotic…

  • Buying a Home,  Renting

    Why Renters May Be Losing Out

    Americans are better off buying than renting in the majority of places across the U.S., but the number of renters continues to be at record highs. Realtor.com® finds that it’s cheaper to buy rather than rent in 80 percent of the counties in the U.S. That’s because renters continue to face sharp price increases. A record number of renting households are leading to fewer apartment vacancies, which in turn is continuing to push rents upward, notes Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist, in recent commentary at realtor.com®. But many renters – with home ownership aspirations – are struggling to break into the housing market. Indeed, 81 percent of renters indicate they…