Back to School Made Easy

Summer is coming to a close and that means the first day of school is right around the corner! We want to make the transition from summer to school the easiest as possible for you and your family. Giving up summer for school is hard on children, but putting “back to school” in a new perspective is just the way to make the perfect transition. Divide and Conquer Instead of facing the long list of back to school supplies alone, ask the kids to tag along. Splitting the list not only takes one thing off your plate, but it excites the kids! They are able to pick out their folders and binders that best express themselves, along with picking out their favorite backpack. Now, they are looking forward

The Top Vacuum Cleaners

A great vacuum cleaner is essential in any home, but there are so many choose from. Going through every review possible is not realistic, so we have done our research and have found the perfect source for the top vacuums out there to help make your choice and cleaning your home a lot easier. Hoover Air Cordless Lift Overall, the Hoover was the top choice. The way it was able to maneuver around the obstacles set in place as well as the cleaning power it had on both carpet and solid surfaces. It offers two different settings depending of the surface your are using it on (carpet/no carpet). It was also able to pick up both large and small particles in two passes (once forward and once back). If

The Top Home Decor Trends of 2018

Trends continue to change from year to year and sometimes it’s hard to keep up on what’s in and what’s out. We want to share with you our top favorite trends we’ve seen so far in 2018, to help you stay on top of all things trending in home decor! Natural Elements With the previous year being so focused on technology based decor 2018 has been the year to step away from that and into natural elements. Adding these elements helps bring a fresh feel to any home. Richer Color Palettes Although it’s more common to see more muted colors throughout the home to enlarge the space, adding pieces of furniture or decor with bolder colors will help bring the room together, as well as making a statement. 2

How to SAVE Money While Buying a Home

1. Increase Your Credit Score Increasing your credit score will help your loan become cheaper. This is because when you’re credit score is high the lender fees and interest rates decrease because these aspects are tied together. Be aware of the limit on your credit card and the amount your putting on it. The recommendation is to keep the amount charged to your credit card below 15% of the actual limit. This will make it easier to make payments above the minimum required and this can help increase your FICO score. Also when you are thinking of purchasing a home and getting it financed try not to apply for new lines of credit or getting a new car. Opening accounts can make a ding on your credi

4th of July Recipes the Family Will Love

With Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to bring to the multiple cookouts that you and your family have been invited to. This year’s the time to mix it up and bring a new family favorite to share! RECIPES: Loaded Baked Potato Salad (https://www.foodiecrush.com/loaded-baked-potato-salad-and-a-canyon-cookout/) Ingredients: 4 lbs russet potatoes 1-2 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 cup mayonnaise ¾ cup sour cream 1 tsp kosher salt & group pepper 1 lb of bacon, cooked, cooled & chopped 6 green onions, chopped 1 ½ cup medium cheddar cheese, shredded Instructions: Preheat oven to 400℉ Clean potatoes and place them in an aluminum foil lined bak

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