Living Better Blog

Honoring Those Who Serve This Memorial Day

Posted by Staff Writer on May 27, 2016 5:36:55 PM

For many Americans, Memorial Day marks more than the first official summer holiday.

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Topics: Industry, House & Home, Community Living

Tips For Condo Living

Posted by Staff Writer on May 26, 2016 6:23:54 PM

Many homeowners purchase units in a condominium association thinking it will be maintenance free living. If you’re considering buying a condo, please don’t sign on the dotted line and assume everything outside your four walls will be handled.

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Topics: Community Living

Three Tips to (Politely) Deal with Noisy Neighbors

Posted by Staff Writer on May 20, 2016 5:31:11 PM

By Amanda Albert

You and your next-door neighbor don’t share the same taste in music. You know this because every night you can hear the bass thumping and the guitar riffs screeching…well past your normal bedtime. Handling noise—be it music, construction, or a yappy puppy—politely is the answer if you want to stay on good terms with your neighbors.

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Topics: Community Living

What Kind of Neighbor Are You?

Posted by Staff Writer on May 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Etiquette expert Patricia Rossi shares personality traits and types

By Margie Jacinto

From sending over a bowl of chicken noodle soup when someone’s feeling under the weather to giving sound advice on local schools, doctors, and businesses around your area, a good neighbor knows how to make those around him feel welcome. So how can you tell just what type of neighbor you are? Etiquette and protocol coach Patricia Rossi shares some revealing traits to help determine your neighborly persona.

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Topics: Community Living

Essential Items for an Inviting Guest Room

Posted by Staff Writer on May 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

By Lisa Martin

Summertime is the perfect time to have guests stop by your home for a long visit, so it's important to make sure your guest room is inviting so that your overnight visitors feel truly at home.

“I like for guest rooms to be as comfortable as a master bedroom,” says renowned interior designer Jan Showers, author of the bestselling Glamorous Rooms. “My favorite things to have in guest rooms are the most comfortable mattress and wonderful sheets. Nothing makes for a better night’s sleep!” 

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Topics: House and Home