Essential Fireworks Safety Tips

Independence Day is here, and all summer long, people enjoy amazing displays of fireworks. From the spectacular hometown shows to the simple backyard celebration, pyrotechnics are an essential part of the party. But according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 240 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Don’t spend a night in the hospital when you can easily prevent injuries to eyes, hands, fingers by observing some simple safety tips. Courtesy of the American Pyrotechnics Association: – Store fireworks in a cool, dry place

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10 ways to have a hassle-free Thanksgiving

(BPT) – From cooking an extravagant turkey dinner to readying the house for guests, hosting Thanksgiving is a lot of work. This annual day of thanks should be focused on connecting with family and enjoying each other’s com pany, not worrying if the bird will be dry or the kids will be bored. These 10 smart ideas will streamline your Thanksgiving holiday so you can relax and enjoy it to the fullest. Plan ahead. Start planning Thanksgiving up to a month in advance. Get solid RSVPs so you know how many people to expect. This makes planning meals, organizing activities and

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5 truly meaningful ways to show your patriotism this Memorial Day and beyond

(BPT) – “Expressions of patriotic enthusiasm are as bright and thrilling as fireworks, but they dissipate as quickly,” Washington Post blogger Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in a July 2014 examination of patriotism among American youth. Yet most Americans consider themselves patriotic, even if their definitions of the term vary slightly or even greatly, multiple surveys show. While politicians and political parties may be satisfied with fireworks and rhetoric, average Americans seek meaningful ways to show their love for their country, such as supporting veterans and active-duty service members. With Memorial Day kicking off the start of summer and its many patriotic

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The importance of maintaining family traditions through the holidays

(BPT) – Holiday celebrations are a time for family, food, and fun. Part of what makes each holiday a special occasion are the family traditions that are celebrated and passed down each year. Research shows traditions are important to families because they build strong relationships between generations. Because these customs are so cherished, children often remember these special experiences from the holiday season more than the toys or gifts they receive. Additionally, traditions can teach children about important values like family and community. Here are a few reasons why traditions matter and how they create lasting memories: * Traditions bring

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Post Holiday Cleanup

The holiday season has come and gone, and it’s now time to begin packing away your holiday decorations. While cleaning up after the holidays can be a drag, it doesn’t have to be. Follow these simple post-holiday clean up tips, and your home will be back to normal in no time. Organizing your holiday decorations when you pack them away is a good way to save yourself the hassle when you go to decorate next year. Using large plastic containers can help you organize your decorations. They can also save you space in your basement or attic. Be sure to

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Throw a Memorable and Safe Holiday Party

Throwing a holiday party is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. From great food and drinks to decorations and songs, here is everything you need to know to have a memorable and safe holiday gathering. Decorations can set the mood for your party. Whether you are looking for a formal feel with dark burgundies or hunter greens, or a relaxed environment with bright reds and greens, partygoers are sure to remember a well decorated party. Candles and white lights can also set a winter mood. Keep in mind, though, that the open flame of a

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Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

The holidays are here, and the only gift you want is a “sold” sign in your front yard. In past years, it’s been difficult to sell a home during the winter months. It’s an extremely busy time of year, any an expensive one at that. However, selling your home during the holiday season doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re determined to sell your home this holiday season, consider these tips. Create curb appeal. Clear your driveway, walkways and stairs of snow and ice. Spruce up the front door with a wreath and a holiday welcome mat. Decorate the outside

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How to Choose the Perfect Bouquet for Mother’s Day

(ARA) – Whether it’s your grandmother, mother, wife or friend, flowers continue to remain one of the most popular gifts to give on Mother’s Day. Make this her most memorable Mother’s Day yet by giving her something that reflects her unique personality and style. From contemporary to casual, Laura Milder, ProFlowers designer and floral expert, offers tips on how to make sure your bouquet selection will be the perfect fit for the personality and style of that special mom in your life.   Modern mom – She’s hipper than you, always has the latest editions of “Vogue” and “Vanity Fair,”

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