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Archive for December, 2013

Preparation and technology can help you weather the storm

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

(BPT) – The last few years have brought record destruction from natural disasters. While disasters such as Hurricane Isaac, Superstorm Sandy or the Oklahoma tornadoes are tragic and unavoidable, there is value in being prepared for the challenges Mother Nature throws our way. Technology can help you prepare for the unknown and get back on…Read More »

Design Tips – Furniture layouts that work with your fireplace

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

I love fireplaces! I was inspired to write about this topic today while incorporating a new fireplace design into a home renovation project I’ve been working on. Nothing makes you feel more comfortable and cozy than a crackling roaring fire on a cold winter day. A fireplace instantly infuses character and charm into any room…Read More »

The Swain’s Housewarming Party 2013

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Swain’s Housewarming Party was the first one that I’ve hosted in 2013, and it was a success.  I think we had 30-40 people in and out throughout the night. I started working with Ryon & Brianna in the spring of 2013, and it was an adventure.  After several showing and an offer on a…Read More »

The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

(BPT) – Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It’s time to find out what you’ve been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today’s grilled cheese sandwiches. If that gets your stomach grumbling,…Read More »

​Nutritional tips for packing brain-boosting school lunches

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

(BPT) – Parents know kids can’t concentrate when they’re hungry. But did you know that what children eat – especially in school lunches – can also affect their ability to focus, learn and behave well in the classroom? Packing your children’s school lunches is a great way to manage their nutritional intake and help feed…Read More »

Four simple tips to help you land a great job

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

(BPT) – Whether you’re just graduating and entering the job market for the first time or you’re changing careers, job searching is never easy. And if you’re among the more than 1.5 million college grads looking for work this year, you will need to work smarter to stand above the crowd and land that dream…Read More »

Green living project: Revamp your kitchen pantry to avoid waste and save money

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

For a basic green living project with benefits to your wallet and the environment, consider revamping the kitchen pantry. The cupboard is the starting point for most kitchen activity and is more than just a storage space. Develop good buying habits and build a strong foundation and you can avoid the waste of food and…Read More »