Thanksgiving dinner etiquette: 20 tips to help guests mind their manners

Thanksgiving dinner etiquette: 20 tips to help guests mind their manners
Here’s some Thanksgiving advice from etiquette pros, including The Emily Post Institute, social strategist Deborah Ritch, president and founder of RitchImage, and the U.S. State Department. 1. RSVP. Let your host know right away if you can come or not. If you received a “family” invitation, let your host or hostess know how many of you can come. 2. Offer to contribute to the meal — but don’t dictate the menu. Your best bet is to make your offer open-ende

9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness

9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness
Gray skies don’t have to mean a drab indoor life. As fall continues and the days become shorter, it’s too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year. Perhaps it’s a bit overdone to talk about the art of hygge, that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content. The thing is, the Danes know how to thrive in winter. You might already know the

10 Easy Ways to Add Holiday Curb Appeal

10 Easy Ways to Add Holiday Curb Appeal
Liven up the front door and share your holiday spirit with the whole neighborhood this year! Setting the Stage Whether you plan to wrap string lights around the house, hang illuminated icicles from the eaves, or install glowing blow-up figures in the front yard, it doesn't take much to whip up some amazing holiday curb appeal at your entryway. Here are ten how to's. Photo: The Comforts of Home Aromatically Festive Bring the bea

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a night of fun and fright, but it does require extra caution when it comes to keeping your little monsters safe. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.” Follow these Halloween safety tips to help avoid common accidents and dangers. Trick-or-trea...

18 Moves That Will Help You Retire Early and in Style

18 Moves That Will Help You Retire Early and in Style
Exiting the rat race early is not impossible, but you need to plan carefully to make it happen. These tips will help you gather key resources. Do you daydream about retiring as you plod through your 9-to-5 job? Are you wondering how a neighbor or relative managed to quit working at age 59 and go traveling? For many people, retirement — never mind “early” retirement — seems out of reach. But with focus and self-discipline, you could amass enough money...

21 Ways to Save on Your Remodel

21 Ways to Save on Your Remodel
This Old House canvassed dozens of industry pros to catalog ways you can wrestle your renovation costs back down to earth. Smart Savings PHOTO BY MARK HOOPER Busting the budget is everyone's biggest fear when it comes to renovation. And with good reason. Even if you follow the essential advice we've been doling out for years—build in a 20 percent cushion to cover the nasty surprises, get ...

How To Create A Man Cave Garage

How To Create A Man Cave Garage
Did you know that garage man caves are therapeutic? I’m just kidding, but in all seriousness, a man cave garage is sure to be the talk of the town and your home within your home. Man caves give us the freedom to express ourselves. It gives us the personal space we sometimes need in the middle of the weekly grind we go through 52 times a year. The benefits are endless, but converting a garage into a man cave is certainly easier said than done. That is wh...

Inexpensive Fall Decorating Ideas

Inexpensive Fall Decorating Ideas
Autumn itself provides a bounty of fall decorating ideas. No need to decorate for fall with cheap, plastic, fake items when the real thing is charming, more tasteful, and easily creates a beautiful fall feeling in your home. Here are 13 easy & inexpensive fall decorating ideas for you to get your natural fall style on! DECORATE WITH MINI PUMPKINS 1. Use a pumpkin as a vase for fresh flowers. Clean out the guts and seeds and use the pumpkin to arr

7 Ways To Use Your Home Equity For Retirement Income

7 Ways To Use Your Home Equity For Retirement Income
Question: I am a late starter to retirement planning. Should I count my house or the equity in my house as an asset in my retirement plan? If you are playing catch-up on your retirement planning, you need to maximize every asset you have to make retirement a reality. In general, financial planners don't count the equity in your home when constructing a retirement income plan. Practically speaking, you need a place to live! So financial planners coun

The Cost of Title Insurance is Worth the Investment

The Cost of Title Insurance is Worth the Investment
Whenever there’s an article in the news about title insurance, all too frequently there is criticism about the cost. This perception occurs because there are fewer claims with title insurance compared to other forms of insurance. The higher percentage of claims an insurance company pays should not be equated with the value and cost of the policy. This is especially true with title insurance. Most types of insurance cover incidents that may occur in the ...