Everyday Living

Bring bright new ideas from the pros into your home.

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Every year, Southern Living creates a very special way to show off the latest ideas in interior design and comfort: The Southern Living Idea House. Built in a new location every year, the 2014 house is located in Bluffton, South Carolina, and features the work of Architect Ken Pursley and Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler. Inside, Read more »

Keep your home safe during summer vacations.

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Heading out for the summer?  Make sure everything is safe and secure when you return. Summertime is vacation time. A chance to get away from the familiar routine and enjoy a little change of pace.  Unfortunately, you can’t take your house with you.  But you can take a few extra steps to keep it safe Read more »

It’s not where you go. It’s what you do once you get there.

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You can spend a lot of money creating the ultimate family vacation. But you don’t have to. Economical vacations can be just as enjoyable, and leave you with memories that are every bit as happy and fulfilling. The vacation pictures on your desk may even be better. Sleep under the stars. People who enjoy camping Read more »

The family that lives together, breathes together

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In the “traditional” family model, kids are raised by their parents until they grow up and leave home to get married and start a career. But like most traditions, this one is getting left behind as the world evolves and conventional definitions change. According to Pew Research, in 2012, 36% of people between the ages Read more »

This Valentine’s Day, put your brain into your heart

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Explore a few romantic and innovative ways to make this February 14th even more memorable. Here are some sweet ideas for a special Valentine’s Day. Take something off their list Does your special someone have a chore they do every day, but hate doing? Give them a few days off. Don’t make a big deal about it, Read more »

Let Your House Do the Work

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Home automation makes your life automatically easier. Technology is supposed to make things simpler. But sometimes it seems that the only thing our smartphones and constant connections do is make us busier.  It’s time to take convenience back from technology, and put some intelligent technology to work simplifying our lives. There are a surprising number of Read more »

Stay Bold Against the Cold

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When the temperature drops, your energy use shouldn’t go up. Cold weather can put a strain on your furnace, which can increase the amount you’re spending on electricity and/or natural gas.  Cold weather can also cause unexpected damage to many parts of your home.  Protect yourself all winter long with a few handy tips. Plug Read more »

Celebrate Movember. And thanks for giving.

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Quick, what special occasion do you associate with November? Your first guess probably involves turkey, in-laws, pilgrims and football. But there’s another important event to celebrate all November long: Movember. Founded in 2003, the Movember movement seeks to raise awareness for men’s health issues by encouraging men to grow moustaches all month long. The Movember Read more »

Host a Southern-style soiree

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Embrace the unique feel and flavor of the South for your next event with these entertaining tips. Make your next event a Southern-inspired success. Planning a big family gathering or an intimate get-together with friends? Make your next social occasion memorable, enjoyable and delicious by infusing it with a little Southern style and hospitality. A Read more »