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Ways to Avoid a Post-Holiday Meltdown

Posted by Jeff on Jan 04, 2016.

‘Tis the post-season and you better watch out. Those holiday bills are going to need attention. And you better not pout. Because putting away the decorations can cause heartache and/or headache. Here’s how to handle the top two sources of after holiday blues and blahs. First, let’s figure out how you’ll store your holiday wares. Let’s make it stress-free, efficient, and save yourself time and energy. Label Liberally What’s in that box? Lights? Ornaments? Slap a label on it right now. Tag every single bin and box detailing its contents and what room those items go in. It’ll make finding ..

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Avoid Paper Cuts--Cut Down on Clutter!

Posted by Jeff on Feb 15, 2016.

If you’re like us, you have a pile of mail shoved on the entry way table. A stack of recipes you’ve clipped is waiting for that ‘moment’ that never arrives. The business end of running a home is a nagging paper trail spread out on cabinets, shelves and tables in spare rooms. You can’t go on like this. Cut down on paper clutter--now! They spent millions making the camera great - Use your mobile phone. Snap photos of your notes, schedules, shopping lists, menus and anything you want to keep in front of you. Send it to your text stream--which is where you look for stuff first, right? Anyt..

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Giving Eggnog the Holiday Nod

Posted by Jeff on Dec 21, 2015.

Who knew you could do more with eggnog than add a cinnamon stick or a dusting of fresh-ground nutmeg--and a shot of your favorite whisky or rum, of course. It turns out this thick, rich, and creamy holiday concoction can be a secret ingredient in all kinds of great recipes. This story in Huffington Post has 23 different nog inspired cupcakes, muffins, cookies, rolls, shakes, coffees and more. Complete with links to all of the original recipes.  The Kitchn blog takes a creative approach to leftover eggnog with a focus on breakfast. They talk about interesting ways to make eggnog panc..

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Quick Comfort Food Recipes

Posted by Jeff on Feb 15, 2016.

One of the great things about tablets and phablets (the ginormous phones we can’t get in our pockets) is the ability to call up recipes. The problem is overload. Instead of calling them up and wishing you could browse thru more, we decided to grab the top Comfort Food recipe from some of our favorite food sites. Links below show you hundreds of others. So dig in, and don’t be shy about going for seconds! HuffingtonPost.com puts the classic Tuna Melt at the top of its list. This one takes the staples in your cupboard and whips them up into a delicious mouthful in the time it takes to heat up..

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How to Avoid Last Minute Holiday Shopping

Posted by Jeff on Dec 01, 2015.

For many people, holiday shopping is a sport. They get out early. Hit the pre-holiday sales. Set their online alerts. Comb Facebook for their favorite stores and their loyalty programs for Followers and Favorites. And then there’s the rest of us. We don’t like Black Friday. Online Shopping becomes a blur of offers and discount codes. We aren’t Scrooges--but we don’t like scrounging for deals. The holiday hype leaves us cold. And so we put it off until the last minute. Fortunately there are a few tricks that normal shoppers can use to make the gift procurement process a breeze. First, it ..

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Hanging Out For the Holidays

Posted by Jeff on Dec 01, 2015.

Decorations and seasonal re-imaginings are our specialty. QuickStick gives you the flexibility to be creative, color-coordinated, and clever in where you place those holiday decorations. But rather than just suggest a few well-placed hooks with some bows or lights on them, this year we’re looking for the truly inspired uses. The Holiday tree or Menorah made of lights. This one is so simple we don’t know why more people don’t take us up on it. Just a few packages of hooks and a cheap string of lights and you have an awesome window display. Take the QuickStick hooks and arrange them in the sh..

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5 Ways to Get Caught in Holiday Headlights

Posted by Jeff on Dec 21, 2015.

How are you handling the hustle and bustle of our busiest season? Feelin’ stretched thin? Burning the Hanukkah candles at both ends? Getting stuck in gift-giving gridlock? Here are the warning signs on the road thru the season. Heed them and you’ll be cruising through them like happy sleigh ride. Ignore them at your own risk! Bedtime Schmedtime - You need sleep. If you’re usual nighty-night time is 11pm and you find yourself up ‘til 1am you’re going to set yourself up for trouble. On busy days, or when you just had fun staying up go ahead. Take a nap. Exercise gets X’d out - ..

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Forget Valentine’s Day, February is for Pet Lovers!

Posted by Jeff on Feb 15, 2016.

Who knew that the most celebrated month for love had so much heart for pets of all varieties. The entire month is “Responsible Pet Owners Month”. Nothing warms us up more than that cute puppy or kitty--in our homes or online. In fact, the most viral videos of all time put our pets in primetime. Let’s celebrate these friends with a shout out from a host of nationally sponsored events. But as you’ll see in the listings below, there are far more reasons to celebrate.  I’m guessing this isn’t all about paying our respects to dog breath, but National Pet Dental Health Month will have you th..

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