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Happy Holidays from First Communities!

Thank you for a wonderful 2016, hope you and your family have a special Holiday Season!

Halloween Party Decorationing Ideas

If you want to throw a Halloween party, here are some budget-friendly decoration recommendations and simple ideas. Lighting Ideas • Replace regular bulbs with black ones. • Cut out creepy profile pictures, like ghosts, bugs, jack-o-lanterns, from dark paper and tape the shapes inside lamp shades. The silhouettes will be projected throughout the room. • Wrap red wax candles with sheets of white beeswax. As the candles burn, the interior red wax will drip over the beeswax and look like blood. • Place candles in old candelabras for a ghoulishly vintage effect. • Carve apples and small pumpkins and use as votive holders. Decor Ideas • Place glow-in-the-dark decals on windows and mirrors....

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16 Fun Facts About This Year's Summer Olympics

1 - Rio 2016 will be the first time in Olympic history that a South American country has hosted the Games. The city won its bid in 2009, beating out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo. 2 - The torch relay will begin on April 21 in the Games' birthplace — Olympia in Greece — before traveling across Brazil for more than 90 days and finishing in Rio on August 5. While in Greece, it will pass through the Eloenas refugee camp, near Athens, where one resident will be selected as a torch bearer. 3 - The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Rio's Maracanã Stadium, which boasts the world record for the most fans ever to attend a soccer game. Although its current capacity is around 78,000, the stadium squeezed in at least 173,000 fans during th...

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Apartment Cool this Summer

Summer temperatures can feel oppressive at times, making it difficult to sleep or causing you to feel lethargic. Whether it’s to stay healthy or for simple comfort reasons, you want to keep your apartment cool during the sweltering season. However, being eco-friendly while avoiding overheating may not seem like an easy task. Fortunately, cooling your apartment can be an easy and environmentally conscious process with these tips: Decorate With Indoor Plants Certain indoor plants help keep the air around them cool. Plants rely on photosynthesis in order to survive, a process in which they consume water and sunlight to create their own food. This process also causes plants to take in energy, in this case, heat. Have you ever notic...

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Welcome Spring.  Here are some great Spring Cleaning tips! Declutter Spring is the time to renew, which means it’s also the perfect opportunity to get rid of items in your house that are weighing you down. Separate items into four action-item areas: trash, give away/sell, storage and put away. If the thought of cleaning out all of the closets overwhelms you, focus on one room or area of the house at a time, and start with the most time-consuming part to feel a sense of accomplishment when it’s completely clutter-free. Then, the rest of the rooms, closets and drawers should be a breeze – or at least not as difficult as the first task. Dust up high and down low Using a microfiber, static-cling cloth (like a Swiffe...

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Helpful Tips to Make Moving Easier

Whether you're moving across the street or across the country, moving can be a hassle. But there are proven ways to minimize stress, confusion and damage when you leave one home for another.  Here are some ways you can make the move easier: Friends or professionals?  Make your arrangements in advance. Whether you have friends to help you move or decide to hire professionals, make your arrangements several weeks ahead of time. Even a DIY move may mean renting a truck or arranging for short-term storage. Start Packing Well in Advance. Waiting until the last minute to pack is a recipe for disaster. Start with little-used, decorative and seasonal items, saving the functional "must-have" items to pack for th...

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Online Coupon Hunting 101

You can save a surprising amount of money by using online coupons for your shopping trips. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a brick-and-mortar store or simply visiting an online retailer – with a little searching, you’ll be able to discover deep discounts and serious savings. We’ve put together this simple how-to guide for online coupon hunting, which will give you the head start you need to find some truly great deals. You can find coupons on the Internet using a variety of different ways. Don’t use just one, you might miss out on some great deals. Remember, you can usually apply two coupons: one from the manufacturer, and one from the retailer. Here are the some of the best methods for finding coupons online: Social medi...

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7 Ways Successful People Stay Healthy

It's super hard to perform at peak levels when you feel tired and sick. Everyone succumbs to the occasional cold or stomach bug, but have you noticed the most successful peopleseem to be nearly invincible? It's no coincidence. Successful people value themselves highly and invest in their own wellbeing. They enjoy life and don't want illness or injury to disrupt their trajectory. With winter and the holidays ahead there is no better time to be thinking about staying healthy. To keep you at your best, here are seven simplehabitsthat will help you stay healthy and enjoy your rise to the top. 1. They schedule their eating. Sporadic munching leads to unhealthy snacking and inconsistentenergy. Food is a foundation of li...

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Halloween Party Decorating Tips

The only thing that shouldn’t be scary about your Halloween party is decorating. Here are a couple of tips to help you decorate your apartment just in time for your Halloween party: Choose Tasteful Décor Find a clear vase that’s 12-18 inches tall, and fill it with candy corn to make a festive display. Put Halloween-inspired floating votive candles in a large bowl full of water to make a striking centerpiece. Stores like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel carry these items around Halloween. Capitalize on the Season Fill a tray or platter with gourd for a colorful statement, and be sure to keep it out for the Thanksgiving season. ...

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10 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Dial Down Stress Levels

·  Recognize your symptoms. Your signs of stress may be different from someone else’s. Some people get angry. Others have trouble concentrating or making decisions. Some feel worried or depressed. For some, stress leads to physical symptoms such as headache, back pain, upset stomach, or trouble sleeping. ·  Identify the sources. What situations trigger your stress? Among other things, your stress may be linked to your family, health, work, or personal relationships. Keep in mind that stress is often caused by a change in your life, negative or positive. Marriage, divorce, job loss, or a promotion may all increase stress. ·  Evaluate your coping strategies. Examine the ways in which you deal wit...

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