National Library Week: The Benefits of Reading

The public library is an amazing repository of knowledge that is free to anyone. Unfortunately, it seems that with the pervasiveness of digital media and the World Wide Web, poring over hardbound and paperback reads is fast becoming a vanishing practice. To celebrate National Library Week starting this April 14, we offer some great reasons to pick up the reading habit.

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1. Boost Brainpower

Like any muscle, the brain benefits from a good workout.  Reading is an active mental process that is intellectually more demanding than watching TV or listening to the radio. By keeping your brain active, reading helps make you smarter and keep your concentration sharp as you grow older.

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Family Project: Creating a Window Box Garden

Being in the outdoors is a great way to spend time with the family. You and your loved ones can bring nature closer to home by creating a window box garden together. This project promotes closeness among family members and keeps them refreshed after a long work week while enhancing your home’s curb appeal.

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Kick Start the Project

Getting ready entails purchasing the materials, setting a specific day for the project, and getting family members involved. Have on hand the following basic materials: a ready-made window box container made of metal, plastic, concrete, wood, or terra cotta; concrete screws; wood or metal brackets; gardening tools; and planting materials.

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Mom Talk Mondays: Making Bonding Time Fun

Spending time with the kids is an important goal because it does more than create close family relationships. Bonding contributes to building the character of your children and providing them with essential life values. Set aside time for talks about how to handle the ups and downs of life! Make learning fun while strengthening your ties with your kids with these ideas. Continue reading

A Timeless Favorite: Classic Fraser Fir

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree…

The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.

Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.

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Wednesday Wind-Down: Traditional Comfort Food

Food is a source of comfort for many of us. What better way to free your body and mind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than by relaxing with some classic home recipes. Traditional comfort food soothes our senses because it reminds us of warm, joyous childhood memories.  Give yourself a break with these ten refreshing favorites:Photo from mhaithaca via flicker. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Mac & Cheese

Although this dish has its origins in Italy, baked macaroni and cheese has become a classic American food since it was introduced to the country in the 18th Century. Who wouldn’t be elated by this creamy blend of pasta and cheese? Even a spoonful is enough to make you feel cozy.

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Mom Talk Mondays: Teaching your Kids Christmas Values

Kids love the holiday season – who wouldn’t with all the merriment and excitement? Sometimes, though, the real essence of Christmas is drowned out by all the glamor. With treats and gifts having become trademarks of the season, these images easily become the symbols of Christmas for children. Instill the timeless values of Christmas in your kids this season with these ideas:


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Homemade Gifts for Thanksgiving Guests

Fall is a most anticipated season with its beautiful colors and crisp air, beckoning us to go outdoors and relish nature’s beauty. The cozy ambiance of the season also heralds Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends. Welcome your Thanksgiving guests with much love with these homemade gift ideas:

Heartwarming Wreath

A wreath is a lovely decorative piece that symbolizes life and love. A homemade wreath gives a sense of uniqueness and warmth, making it a meaningful gift for loved ones that they can display on their porch. Continue reading

Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine

There’s nothing more magical than snow falling and transforming the outdoors into a shimmering, enchanting scene. Kids and adults alike can’t help but press their noses on the window pane to take a closer look at this winter wonderland.

It is only fitting that winter also heralds the coming of a magical holiday. Winter creates the best setting for the Christmas season, which is all about warmth – from the steaming hot chocolate and pot roast to the cozy gatherings brimming with love. With the beautiful landscape and the chilly weather, you can’t help but find joy in everything around you and want to give everyone a hug. Continue reading

3 Irresistible Reasons to Ditch Your Exhausting Evergreens for Artificial Christmas Trees

The Benefits of Artificial Christmas Trees

Most people can agree that the Christmas holiday just isn’t complete without a Christmas tree, but this same group of Christmas tree-enthusiasts will likely be divided over the issue of exactly what kind of tree to get. Although there are several elements that go into choosing the perfect tree, one of the biggest issues shoppers are conflicted with this season is whether or not to purchase a real or artificial Christmas tree.
Real trees can be a nice, traditional decorative item, but they lack many of the incredible benefits of artificial trees. Understanding these benefits will help you make a better decision when it comes to buying your own tree this year.

1. Customizable

Although it’s true that you can search through several real Christmas trees to find the best fit for your needs and preferences, artificial trees are often easier to manipulate into your ideal final result. Artificial Christmas trees can be made from a variety of different materials, which each produce a realistic and unique effect that contributes to your overall holiday decor. Narrow to full models can also be more accurately applied to your tree, so you can maintain full control over every element that ultimately makes up your Christmas tree.

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Creating a Memorable Fall for the Family

The beautiful blend of colors and the nippy weather that fall brings make it a perfect season for outdoor revelries. No wonder it’s an easy choice of many families when it comes to their favorite season! While fall is also abuzz with school activities and other celebrations, what makes it more memorable are family bonding moments. Here are some ideas to turn fall into a cozy, family affair:

Open the Season with a Leaf Fight

Bring out the child in you and show children the importance of relishing simple joys by jumping in a pile of fallen leaves and having a leaf fight. Wake everybody up in the wee hours of the morning, countdown to sunrise, and then have a blast throwing leaves at each other. If you don’t have a yard with a tree, head out to a park early in the morning and have fun. Invite your closest family friends for more laughs. Don’t forget to collect leaves!

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