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Holiday Kitchen Safety Tips

Stay safe in the kitchen this holiday season with these tips from the NFPA: 1.  Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food 2.  Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently 3.  Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away 4.  Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns 5.  Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags 6.  Keep knives out of the reach of children 7.  Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling...

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Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved American holidays, but it can also be the most expensive. The American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people was $49.48 last year. And analysts only expect the cost to go up in 2013. To prepare yourself and your wallet, check out the following tips to ensure your Thanksgiving dinner is a success without breaking the bank. 1.  Get an accurate head count. Thanksgiving dinner is usually followed by days of leftovers. To save money and not push the bounds of your refrigeratoror your budget, determine how many guests you expect in advance so ...

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7 Brilliant Decorating Tips for Your Apartment

Living in a smaller space can be challenging when it comes to decorating. Let these ideas inspire you to make the home (and space) you want. Gallery Display - Use floating shelves to show off a collection of decorative objects and mementos. Stagger the shelves for a unique look. Basic shelves serve as a strong basis for rotating displays. They will go with almost anything, which means you can change the look of the vignette, leaving the shelves in place and avoid making any more holes in your apartment walls. ...

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7 Networking Tips

Networking goes hand in hand with business.  But many of us dread walking into a room and introducing ourselves to a bunch of strangers. Here are some valuable tips to help become a more effective networker: 1.  Resist the urge to arrive late. It's almost counter-intuitive, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side. As a first attendee, you'll notice that it's calmer and quieter – and people won't have settled into groups yet. It's easier to find other people who don't have conversation partners yet. 2.  Ask easy questions. Don't wait around the edges of the room, waiting for someone to approach you. To get the conversation started, simply ...

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Top 10 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Virtually every day we are required to remember a name, a face, a number, or some other piece of information. For many people it is a struggle. It no longer needs to be so – here is a list of ten great tips to improving your memory.  All of the items on this list can be used on their own, or in conjunction with the others to help you improve your memory. The more you practice these tips, the better you will become. 1.  Patterns - An excellent way to remember a large number or phrase, is to look for patterns. Here is a simple example: 3810151722242931363843 The number appears to be random until you realize that it is following a pattern: add 5, then add 2, repeat. Once you know the pattern, you only need to rememb...

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5 Easy Football Party Hosting Tips

There is nothing like throwing a relaxed, fun party around a football sporting event. Below are a few ideas for game day entertaining.  Even if you’re not a big fan of sports, game day parties are always a favorite because they are such fun and casual events. In addition, you have built in entertainment that keeps everyone preoccupied while enjoying a few of their favorite foods. Here are 5 easy tips to throw a football party like a pro! 1.  Keep decorations simple for your game day party. A grass green tablecloth for your table and a simple pennant banner can be created with your team’s favorite colors.  Add some fun football trophies to d...

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Back to School Tips

Can you believe it is about that time for kids to go back to school?  Where did the summer go?  Here are some helpful tips and resources to prepare your child for the new school year.Immunizations and Other Health Requirements It's a good idea to take your child for a physical and eye exam before school starts. Most schools require up-to-date immunizations and may need documentation. Failing to keep immunizations current could prevent your child from attending school. Check the immunization requirements in your state. Bring a...

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How to Throw a Summer Party on a Budget

Its summer time and that of course means it’s time to take out the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and invite the friends over for a summertime party. While these seasonal shindigs are part of what makes this season great, they can also be hard on the wallet. Mintlife’s Blog put together a list of some great tips you can use to put together an awesome party on a budget:1. Go the Potluck Route:  When you count on your friends to each bring a dish to share you will obviously save tons on your grocery bill. You are also likely to get a decent variety of tasty dishes. However, this is depending on whether or not your friends ca...

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Happy 4th of July!

Looking for the perfect dish for that 4th of July party?  The Food Network is a one-stop shop with a multitude of recipes, food, party and grilling ideas.  Fair warning….review of this link will make you hungry!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/4th-of-july/index.html

Happy 4th of July from our First Communities family to yours!

8 Things Successful People Do

A common questioned asked to successful people is “What did you do to become successful?” Of course working hard tends to be a common reply, but that can be a rather broad response. Inc.com published a list of eight specific habits many successful people subscribe to:1. They don’t create back-up plans – Having a back-up plan might make you feel better or get a good night’s sleep, but they tend to create an easy out when times get tough. Without a back-up plan, you’ll naturally want to work harder knowing you can’t afford to fail.2. They do the work – Work hard! In this busy world many people want a shortcut or ...

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