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Honor And Remember

Memorial Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
  That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

- In Flanders Fields, John McCrae

How To Maintain Healthy Finances When Moving House

adobestock 185161782Moving can be a stressful process and you could experience significant strain on your finances throughout this period. However, with a few simple changes and the careful handling of your finances, it is possible to maintain stable funds whilst moving. In this article, we will be giving you insight into what you should consider before your move to ensure you are not caught out by any additional charges.

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Living Room Decor Ideas Stolen From Instagram While Self-Quarantining

home blog01With spring's recent arrival, it’s a hard time to be stuck at home. If you’ve joined the millions of Americans in a self-quarantine recently, then we’d bet you’re going a little stir-crazy by now—and ready for a change of scenery from the four walls of your living room.

But there's good news! You can practice social distancing and shake up your view all at the same time. For inspiration, we took to Instagram to seek out the living room looks that are earning the most likes. With expert input from top designers, these five living room decor ideas will bring all the warmth of spring back into your space, and (hopefully) make your time at home a little brighter.

The best news? We've identified the items you can buy or make to get the look—and you don't even have to leave your couch to do so.

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Plant a 'Victory Garden' While Sheltering at Home This Spring

AdobeStock 67165956Concerns about the coronavirus have made leaving the house to go grocery shopping, surrounded by other people, feel downright dangerous. But one can't exist on rice and spaghetti alone. If you're concerned about a shortage of fresh vegetables in your fridge, you might be a prime candidate for the victory garden trend.

Victory gardens first became a thing about a hundred years ago during World War I, when Americans at home, away from the battlefield, were urged to contribute to the cause by growing vegetables in every flowerpot and patch of land available. These victory gardens resurged during World War II, and they're enjoying yet another rebirth today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the New York Times, seed companies are currently inundated with requests, and some are reporting a shipping backlog of close to a month.

"Even with a small amount of acreage, homeowners are able to grow large gardens—and these assets can reduce the number of trips to the grocery store and reduce your odds of contracting the COVID-19 virus," says Tim MacWelch, owner and lead instructor at Advanced Survival Training in Northern Virginia.

Here's more about the history of victory gardens, plus some advice for planting your own little patch of edible foliage fast.

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Buying a House That Will Support Your Lifestyle

home blog 2There are countless details to consider when buying a house: size, style, acreage, price, age, structure, etc. It can be overwhelming, but overall, one of THE most important things to think about is how the house will accommodate your family’s specific lifestyle.  You need a home that will conveniently fit your routines, hobbies, and expectations. Whether that’s a ranch in the country or a small city townhouse, it’s up to you to decide if the home will support your lifestyle. 

Here are three important aspects to consider when determining if a house is a good fit for the life you and your loved one’s lead. 

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