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Living Smart: How to Keep that Holiday Sparkle

(TNS)—We’ve spent the past several weeks (dare I say, months?) celebrating the holidays with friends and family amongst twinkling lights, glittering ornaments and beautifully wrapped packages. But now that the parties are over, how can we maintain that bright décor ...


Great Spaces: Connecticut’s Big Blue House Uses Revolutionary Building Technology

If you’re driving down Greenwich, Conn.’s, iconic Old Church Road, you might notice something strange: a very big, very blue house. Known as “The Big Blue House,” the green building project spurred by designer and real estate developer Sabine H. Schoenberg is ...


11½ Ways to be a More Congenial Air Traveler

(TNS)—Recently I travelled via airplane. As is often the case, my seatmate didn't acknowledge my existence with so much as a nod or a wan smile, but he did manage to nod off on my shoulder for 30 or so minutes before ...


Is Coming to Work Sick Really a Good Idea?

(TNS)—Too ill to work? Many people, and especially those with paid sick leave, stay home. ...


Consumers Have Confidence in 2016

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased moderately in November, improved in December. The Index now stands at 96.5 (1985=100), up from 92.6 in November. The Present Situation Index increased from 110.9 last month to 115.3 in December, while the ...


Donald Trump Voted Worst Celebrity Neighbor in 2015

Americans would most like to be neighbors with the singer-songwriter and pop sensation Taylor Swift in 2016, according to the ninth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump was named the least desirable neighbor of 2015. ...


How to Make Your Best Bucket List Ever for 2016

(TNS)—A new year is a great time to evaluate, plot, dream. Maybe it’s a resolution to become more health-conscious, planning a trip you’ve always wanted to take, starting a vegetable garden or entering a poetry slam. ...


How to Maximize Your Home’s Potential in a ‘Seller’s Market’

Planning to sell in 2016? Whether it's a pending late winter relocation or a thoughtfully planned downsizing that can occur at your own pace, it's a seller's market out there right now. But despite the advantages of a seller’s market, the folks at Ross Insurance of Holyoke, Mass. say it never hurts ...


Six Ways to Start 2016 on the Right Financial Foot

Before the ball drops and the singing of Auld Lang Syne begins, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks encourage consumers to keep their financial goals front and center in 2016. ...


Your Place: Kitchens Top To-Do Lists for Many Homeowners

(TNS)—You are where you eat, I suppose, and that’s why kitchens perennially seem to be the focus of home-renovation spending. ...


Top 15 Cities That Party Hard for New Years

With holiday time upon us, it’s time to make those “spirits” bright during the biggest party of 2015 – New Year’s Eve! Everyone likes to let loose and have a good time with family and friends on this momentous holiday, but which cities ...


8 Essential Tips for Winterizing Your Home

The snow is falling, the fire is roaring and all your daily worries begin to melt away as you sip on a piping hot cup of tea. This is probably what you’d like to be doing during a winter storm, but things like ...


Consumer Spending Shows Solid Growth as Incomes Rise

(TNS)—Consumer spending, a key driver of the U.S. economy, showed solid growth last month to kick off the holiday shopping season as incomes also kept rising, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...


5 Rules to Follow When You Want to Lose Weight

Nutritionists tell us that slow and steady is the best strategy for losing weight – and that following five simple rules can help us lose weight safely while staying fit and avoiding undue hunger. ...


7 Reasons to Go to a Dollar Store before Christmas

For careful shoppers, there are bargains to be found all year long at the dollar store. But with the huge expense of the holiday season, point out Kiplinger’s consumer editors, there are more reasons than ever to shop these bargain meccas. ...


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