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Improve Your Home's Dining Room Aesthetic In Time For The Holiday Season

November 27th, 2013

The first of the fall weather is just beginning to arrive, which means that it won't be long before the holiday season is upon us. Whether you're planning on hosting your family for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's Eve, now is the time to start readying your home for all sorts of seasonal get-togethers. This is particularly true for your...

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Ideas For Winter Getaway Locations

November 27th, 2013

During the cold winter months - perhaps after the stressful holiday season - it might strike your fancy to take a vacation. If you're wondering about the best locations for your getaway, you should probably ask yourself how much you enjoy cold weather. Do you like the idea of embracing the frosty climates and embarking on a snowy skiing or snowboarding adventure? Does the...

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Suggestions for Songs to Play at Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2013

Unlike Christmas, there aren't many popular songs with lyrics that are explicitly about Thanksgiving. There's Adam Sandler's "The Thanksgiving Song." There's also "It's Thanksgiving" by Nicole Westbrook, a song written and produced by Patrice Wilson, whose credits also include Rebecca Black's 2011 YouTube sensation "Friday." There are,...

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Why Turkeys Became Symbolic of Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2013

Turkeys are practically everywhere during the holiday season. Not only are the large birds the traditional main course for Thanksgiving meals, they're also quite common at Christmas and other seasonal holidays. But how, exactly, did they become the standard? Why don't we eat chicken or moose for Thanksgiving dinner instead? Economics and convenience both played a big...

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The History of Veterans Day

November 8th, 2013

Every year on November 11, our nation takes a break in commemoration of the men and women who've put their lives on the line in the name of the USA. With so many young military members returning from, in some cases, multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sentiment of gratitude expressed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 remains as relevant now as it was at...

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Unexpected Celebrity Veterans

November 8th, 2013

What do Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson and Golden Girls star Bea Arthur have in common? The country thanks both for them, and innumerable others, for their service in the U.S. armed forces on November 11 every year.  According to the Smoking Gun, although she denied it while she was alive, records show that Bea Arthur drove trucks and...

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4 Fall Landscaping Tips

November 5th, 2013

Fall is a time for colorful foliage, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. However, homeowners also associate this season with landscaping, and for good reason. The flowers and shrubs that bloomed throughout the spring and summer might start withering. As a result, a little work needs to be done around the yard for fall. Here are some tips you can take into account as a...

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How to Manage Your Allergies During Fall

October 24th, 2013

You might think that seasonal allergies are at their worst during the spring and summer months when flowers are blooming and pollen is floating through the air, but the truth is that autumn can be just as bad. Due to the change to colder weather along with plant-based allergens, fall can be a nightmare of watery eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats. If you're looking...

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Unexpected Ways to Lower Your Home's Heating Bills This Autumn And Winter

October 23rd, 2013

Autumn is finally here and winter is just around the corner, which means that soon you'll be watching your home's heating bills climb sky high. While nobody wants to shell out big bucks to keep up with rising oil and natural gas costs, the alternative of living in an ice-cold home for the next several months isn't exactly appealing either. So, what's a cost-conscious...

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The Long-Standing History of Columbus Day

October 10th, 2013

Held on the second Monday of October, Columbus Day has been celebrated unofficially for hundreds of years. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt named it an official national holiday in 1937 to mark Italian explorer Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World on October 12, 1492 with his ships the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Backed by Spanish monarchs, Columbus set...

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