Author: Jennifer E. Landis

Millennials and Meal-Prepping: Cooking at Home

Millennials get a bad rap. Older generations have accused them of everything from reducing the country’s demand for napkins to closing chain restaurants to cutting the number of potential employees for the oil industry because of its bad image. People have even told them to stop eating avocado toast so they can save up to buy a home instead — seriously. So, with all this negative press, it might come as a shock that millennials are revolutionizing one area in a real and positive way: cooking at home. Yes, more and more millennials are turning to their kitchens for...

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When Your House Is Too Cold and Your Heating Bill Is Too High, What Can You Do?

Brrrr, it’s cold outside! Winter sticks around long after the holidays are over, and it keeps bringing snow and cold air with it. You make the best of it with winter sports, building a snowman with your kids and enjoying the quiet scenic beauty of it. But it’s still freezing cold and miserable. To make matters worse, you get to pay more for it in your utility bills. Your furnace works hard to keep your house warm, but it seems to be losing the battle with winter’s icy grip. Cold drafts come from everywhere. The only relief seems to...

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Choosing Propane vs. Natural Gas for Your Home

When it comes to heating homes, you’re often limited to the service your home provides. Whether you live in a building heated from a central location that you never see, or you live in a house with a furnace fueled by oil or natural gas, you likely never decided how you’d heat it. Others, especially in rural areas, have a choice in the matter. Their homes are equipped to be serviced by natural gas that’s piped in or propane via storage tanks. Both are abundant, reliable fuels. But there are a few factors to consider before deciding on either...

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These Financial Tips Will Ease Your Transition From Military to Civilian Life

If you’re coming to the end of your military service, it’s a big change in many ways. You could be changing where you live, what you’ll do and how you’ll spend your days. One of the biggest changes, though, is financial. The military pays or subsidizes active duty personnel for many things, from housing to the PX. You may need to be much more aware of income and outgo, for example. You’ll need to become familiar with how much housing and groceries cost outside of military life, to name just two categories. Here are six top tips about transitioning...

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Do You Really Need to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth, or that final set of molars that usually grows in during your late teen and early adult years, are a throwback to bygone days where our chewing teeth would wear out over time, thus creating a need for a new set. Today, with modern dental hygiene techniques, these teeth are no longer strictly necessary, but they continue to grow in nonetheless. While these leftover teeth can be problematic for some people, do you really need to get them removed if they come in correctly? We’ve taken a look at wisdom teeth removal to help you decide when...

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Why Your College Student Should Absolutely Live off Campus

Many parents struggle when they send their children off to college. After all, they are finally leaving the nest. It’s natural for parents to worry, because many of them feel that for the first time in their lives, they won’t be there to fend for their kids. Often, this leads to the “play-it-safe” method of parenting. Dorm life may seem like the safest option, but it may not be the best one when it comes to your future or current college student’s growth, independence and journey. Off-campus housing can intimidate parents because of its association with partying, danger and...

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Tips to Sell Your Home When You Have a Big, Messy Family

about to list your home and make a move that’s best for the whole clan — yup, your big, messy family. On the one hand, you’re thrilled about the prospect of starting over. When you first moved into this house, you took great care to personalize the space. Now, that personal touch feels more like crowd control. Which brings you to the other hand. Somehow, you have to tone down the glaring chaos that characterizes your home’s current reality and present a peaceful, alluring space buyers might actually consider. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips...

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Why You Should Consider a Humidifier This Winter

The snow has fallen in many parts of the country, and winter is only a few weeks away. It’s this time of year when we start bundling up, wearing more sweaters and using more blankets. We raise the heat to keep up with the plummeting temperatures and cold drafts that always seem to find us. It feels great to come in from the cold, and we sleep much better when we are warm and under the covers. The only downside to heating our homes is that the air gets dried out. We don’t often think about it, but winter...

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Fun Tips for Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

Decking the halls: love it or hate it? Chances are, if you’re reading this, it’s not your favorite pastime. Even if you absolutely love the holidays, decorating can be pretty stressful. Not only does it cost money and take time, but it also doesn’t help that your next-door neighbors’ decorations make the tree in Rockefeller Center look equal parts sloppy and subtle. But the good news is that it’s generally pretty easy to make your house look just as festive. We’ve found the following five tips are fail-proof ways to decorate this year and beyond. Start Early One of...

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Clever Ways to Stay Fit This Winter

Ah, winter. That magical time when the snow is falling, the clothing is layered and warm, and there is no need to for anyone to catch a glimpse of your figure till spring. It’s not surprising that the average American gains five pounds each winter! However, cold weather and short days are no excuses to abandon your fitness goals. After all, there’s much more to fitness than staying trim. You’ll be one step ahead of the spring bikini body rush if you stay in shape during winter using these simple chilly weather exercise tips. Play in the Snow We...

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