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How to Stay Sane During the Holidays

Top 5 Tips to Stay Sane During the Holidays If instead of saying, “ho, ho, ho” as the holidays approach, your mantra is “no, no ,no,” then we have some tips for bringing the joy (and some sanity) back into your November and December. As kids, Christmas couldn’t come fast enough…the countdown from December 1st… more

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How to Get Organized for the Holidays

There’s the old saying that goes, “Failure to plan is planning to fail,” and there’s no time of year where this is more of a game changer than the holidays. With just a little preparation, you’ll feel in control and everyone will think you have a team of elves helping you get everything done. Here… more

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The Magic of Tartan Plaid

There’s something about dressing and decorating for the holidays that begs for a touch of tartan plaid. Whether this festive patterned fabric is used for skirts, jumpers and dresses, men’s dress shirts, cashmere scarves, table linens, or tree skirts, it never fails to lend a classic look that signals a celebration is at hand. Is… more

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How to Decorate your Mantel for the Holidays

There aren’t many rules when it comes to decorating for the holidays, but there is one that seems universally understood. If you have a fireplace, you hang stockings by the chimney with care. For those lucky enough to have a fireplace in their homes, it often becomes the place for guests to gather. As a… more

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A Christmas Memory That Takes Us Back

Like many of you, we can’t help but return to our childhood memories during the holidays. There are probably no memories as special as these when life seemed so innocent and simple. Our responsibilities were few and far between and the magic of the holidays was probably the greatest in our lives. So, let us… more

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What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

What do mothers really want for Mother’s Day? It’s an age-old question, but one that’s not too hard to answer if you’re willing to put in some thought and a little effort. Most moms will deflect, saying that they don’t need anything and just want to spend the day with their family. While there is… more

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Town Meeting Day Maple Baked Beans

Today is Vermont’s annual Town Meeting Day, where tradition is for each town to hold a public meeting for neighbors to gather and discuss and vote on issues of importance to the community. Over the years, Town Meetings have evolved to accommodate changing lifestyles, but the purpose remains the same. The meeting can be a… more