You're tired of renting, you've got some cash saved up, and you've made up your mind: it's time for you to become a homeowner. But where do you go from here?
Oh say can you see, in malls and online, the star-spangled signs for Presidents' Day sales? Most major retailers would have you believe that the sales this weekend are too big to miss, but that's not entirely true.
What is hygge? It's raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings.
Ever get drape envy from a perfectly-dressed window you spot in a magazine or on a Pinterest board? Designers and TV hosts make it look so easy to buy a few yards of fabric and turn $7 into elegant draperies in 40 minutes flat. But when you try it, the end result is rarely as spectacular, and never as cheap as the professionals make it look.
Hosting Christmas dinner isn't a task for the faint of heart. The perfect Christmas dinner is festive, fun and just a bit formal, and as old pros like your Grandma will tell you, cooking a flawless meal is only half the battle.
I'm the kind of person who enjoys the challenge of making things from scratch, and one of favorites is a simple rustic pizza. I make the pizza dough myself. The tomatoes I use for the base come from my neighbor's garden. The basil is grown on my porch during the summer. I'm planning to try making my own mozzarella soon. "Short of milling my own flour," I tell my friends, "I can make a pizza pretty much from scratch."
I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a cold baby. At the first sight of snow, you'll find me curled up on my couch with three to five fuzzy blankets and a cup of piping hot tea, the thermostat turned up to a cozy 76 degrees. This behavior typically carries on unchecked until the monthly energy bill arrives and ruins all my fun, because much as I love being warm, I also hate paying exorbitant amounts of money to stay that way.
While putting together my wedding registry I did a lot of research on brands. I work at Brad's Deals so there was absolutely no way I was going to ask my wedding guests to shell out hundreds of dollars on pots and pans when I knew there had to be a 'best bang for your buck' solution.
What does your home decor say about your personal style? Perhaps you've borrowed from your relatives so much that your only hope is to wait for "Florida Retirement Home Chic" to become a thing. Or maybe there's life left in the brightly colored plastic accessories you bought for your first apartment and you're waiting for "Dorm Room Chic" to re-enter the scene.
From one year to the next, the bulk of the Black Friday sales are more or less the same as they were the year before. And before you get upset, this is actually not a bad thing—if we know that certain items and categories will be marked down by the same amount every year, it makes it a lot easier to make up a holiday shopping list and realistic budget.