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7 Easy Patriotic July 4th Recipes

Firecracker Strawberries

Dip the strawberries halfway into marshmallow fluff, then dip the tip into blue sprinkles.

American Flag S’mores

Lay out chocolate bar pieces across the bottom of an oven pan. Dip marshmallows into water prior to covering them in red, white, or blue sprinkles, so that the sprinkles stick. Place each colored marshmallow into the pan, blue in the top left corner, then alternating red and white stripes for the remaining space.

Strawberry Cheesecake Boats

Cut your strawberries in half and hollow out the middle. Mix one (8-ounce) package of cream cheese with ½ cup of sugar with a beater in a bowl. Fill the strawberries with the cream cheese mixture. Place three blueberries onto the cream cheese to top it.

Chips and Dip

Buy your dip of choice or make your own homemade dip. Then add a mix of purple, red, and white tortilla chips to go along with it. Feel free to add red bell peppers for an extra pop of color.

Fruit Skewers

Use your choice of colored fruits to make red, white, and blue skewers. Blueberries, blackberries, grapes, strawberries, watermelon, and bananas are all good options for different colors.

July Caprese

Mix blueberries, mozzarella, basil and tomatoes in a bowl. Add a balsamic drizzle on top. A similar substitution is using blueberries, feta, mint leaves, and strawberries.

4th of July Chex Mix

Mix chex cereal with red and blue m&m’s and/or dried cranberries and dried blueberries in a bowl. Put white chocolate chips in a microwave save bowl, and heat them until melted. Drizzle the melted chocolate onto the mix.

Home Office

Decluttering tips

Have a spot for everything

Create adequate storage spaces for your items so nothing is cluttered.  Try storing items in the general location of where you use them for convenience.

Know that it’s okay to have a junk drawer

Some things really don’t have a perfect spot to be placed, so a junk drawer is necessary.  Pencils, erasers, tape, and other small objects get used all the time but don’t have an efficient way to be stored, so have a junk drawer for items like these.

Acknowledge that life is about experiences, not tangible items

When deciding whether or not to buy something, consider if it would be better than putting that money towards a trip somewhere, or a nice dinner.  Plus, these experiences don’t take up any space in your home.

Make it a habit to put things away

It’s easy to say, “I’ll put it away later,” and then end up forgetting about it and leaving the item there.  Force yourself to just put the item away after you use it, and after repeating this practice it will become muscle memory.

Purge frequently

Arrange a few times a year strictly for purging.  Having a certain date marked on your calendar will help you make it a routine to get rid of the things you don’t need.

Don’t fill your house to the brim

Let the size of your house determine how much can fit into it.  Don’t try to stuff your house with everything you own.  Couple the number of belongings you own with how much your house can hold.

Don’t try to declutter your whole house at once

Take each step room-by-room.  Attempting to clean out your entire house in one day is near impossible.  No one has that kind of time or energy and it can become very overwhelming.  By attacking one room at a time you will be much more productive, and will get a better sense of what needs to be in each room.

Manage your papers

First, have a certain place or bin to put mail when it first arrives.  When you get around to going through it, make sure to put bills and other important papers somewhere safe and accessible.  Sort out what catalogs you want to keep and which you can just recycle.  When a new catalog arrives try to recycle old ones.

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5 Quick Home Improvements to do Before Your Next Open House

Are you trying to sell your home? Sometimes even the smallest home improvement can have a huge impact on potential buyers. If you have an open house coming up, now is the time to sneak in a quick home improvement project to “wow” buyers.
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The 10 Most Profitable Home Improvements of 2017

Don’t just update your home for the sake of updating. It’s important to make informed decisions about which updates you should make. Not every renovation on your home will help build equity. For example, converting two smaller bedrooms into one larger bedroom will lower the value of your home. Something that you really want in your home might end up being the opposite of what someone else really wants in their home. So, if you are planning to do some renovating in 2017, what should you invest in?

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The Most Profitable Home Improvements of 2016

Not everything you update in your home will actually increase the value of it. For example, converting your garage into a second family room can detract from your home’s value because it doesn’t appeal to all buyers. Something that you really want in your home might end up being the opposite of what someone else really wants in their home. So, if you are planning to do some renovating in 2016, what should you invest in?

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