St. Augustine Night of Lights

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The 2018-2019 Night of Lights festival turns the city of St. Augustine into a dazzling holiday display. This stunning display will be every night from November 17, 2018 to February 3, 2019. The lights display will include three million lights on every corner of the historic district of St. Augustine.


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The main display will be in the Plaza de la Constitucion which will include lights draped on every tree. This will also be a fantastic location to take holiday pictures with the Christmas Tree in the center of the plaza.


History

The Night of Lights Display traces back to the traditional practice of displaying a white candle in the windows during the Christmas holiday. This is also going to reflect the welcoming feel of the holiday season for guests. This light display enhances the natural beauty of the 450-year history in this city. The Night of Lights Display is celebrating 25 years of this spectacular display.


Night of Lights Tours

With this amazing display, St. Augustine has a variety of tours for you to see all the lights.


Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

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The holidays are almost here! It is time to pull out the Christmas lights and prepare your home for the holidays too. Make the outside of your house one that catches your eye. This is the grand entrance into your home, make it one that everyone remembers.


Front Entryway

Make your entryway one that catches your eye. Once the sun goes down, you want the entryway to stand out from the others. Make the entrance appealing in the day and the night. A great addition to your front entrance is to have the decorations leading from the driveway to your front door. This will bring a more welcoming feel to your home.


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Holiday Wreath

The holidays bring many visitors to our homes. The holiday wreath is going to be the first thing they see before they enter your home. Customize this piece and make this the grand entrance to your holiday decorations indoors. Make it more personal and add your last name.


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Mailbox Decor

Bring holiday cheer to your mailbox as well. With all the packages and mail you will be receiving this month, why not make your mailbox just as festive? Garland on the mailbox post is a classy look as well and the addition of lights will allow you to have an attractive display whether it is day or night.


Traditional Lights

Go for a traditional look and add your lights along your gutters. This is a simple look and will also allow space for plenty of lights.


Decorating Secrets!

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You may think that you know the tricks to decorating, but you might not! These decorating secrets are great changes to make to bring your home to its full potential.


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Establish a Color Scheme

The color scheme will connect all the elements in your home. Having the basic color scheme will allow you to have a home that is put together and has the perfect flow. Decorating will be an easy task when you take this theme room by room.


Fake Height

Avoid the horizontal elements in your home. Adding vertical elements will allow the room to have a taller appearance and look larger in general. Adding large, vertical mirrors are a great addition to any space. Mirrors also allow a room to appear larger.


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Extend Your Backsplash

A backsplash is a great addition to any kitchen and is a great opportunity to add a splash of color to your room. Cover as much of the wall as you can and as high as you can go with the backsplash.


Add Texture

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Avoid a flat, dull look and add texture to your home. Use a range of different fabric such as linen, cotton, and velvet. Adding stone, wood, and weaved elements in your home also adds a texture touch to your home.


The Sofa

The sofa is the main element in your living room. Invest in a well-made, comfortable, and unique sofa. Your room is based around this one essential piece so ensure you select the appropriate one for your theme.


Add Metallics

Add some shimmer to your home. Adding metallics to your home allows a variety of colors and a sparkle to the flat wall colors you may have. Try to have an even amount of metallic and neutral colors.


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The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes!

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Thanksgiving Day will be here tomorrow, and it is time to get your kitchen prepared! Having the family together is the perfect opportunity to make all your favorite thanksgiving side dishes. These are a few of the best side dishes to make!


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Green Bean Casserole

This green bean casserole is a great twist on the classic. The fresh ingredients used in this dish will make your mouth water. This is a great dish to add to your table and a delicious classic.

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Parker House Rolls

What is Thanksgiving dinner without the dinner rolls? This is a flavorful dinner roll that is the perfect addition to the breadbasket and an all-time favorite.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

This mashed potato recipe is one your family will crave. The creamy layers of flavor and extra-smooth consistency is a perfect addition to the dinner table and one your family will remember.

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a tradition! Do not miss out on this cranberry sauce recipe that is full of flavor.

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Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower

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Add a new tradition to your Thanksgiving dinner! This cauliflower is roasted in flavor of Dijon mustard. This is a healthy addition and just as tasty as it looks.

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Triple-Cheese Spirals

You can never forget to bring mac and cheese to the Thanksgiving dinner table. This is a great change on the mac and cheese with cheesy spiral noodles and panko topping.

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Water Saving Tips

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Water conservation can significantly cut your water usage and help lower your bill each day. Changing your habits and investing in better solutions will reduce your bills in the first month.


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Take shorter showers and invest in a low flow shower head that can use less water than a full bath.


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Avoid letting the water run while you are washing dishes, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or shaving.


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Wash full loads of laundry using cold water and the short or energy cycle to clean. This is reducing the amount of loads that you are wasting with half full loads.


Investing in Savings


Repair leaky faucets and inspect all faucets for leaks. Also, you can install high efficiency faucets in the kitchen and bathroom sinks.


Outdoor Savings

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Turn off the hose while washing your car. The hose can waste up to 150 gallons when you are washing your car.


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Organizing with your kids!

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Kids have more toys and cups then we could possibly want in the home. The colorful kid items tend to stick out in the home. Reduce the mess with storage ideas and little tips on how to keep up with the mess.


Living Room

The living room is the one space where we spend almost all our time. Most of us want to keep the toys out of sight when guests are over. Try using Ottomans in the living room to reduce the clutter. These will hold a lot of toys and allow them to be hidden. This is also a functional way to keep the living room to your style and hiding the toys. This is also an easy way to have them clean up the space.


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Tips:

  1. Keep books and art supplies upstairs in the kids’ room. This reduces the mess that can be created in the living space downstairs.

  2. Keep most of the toys in their room or in the playroom and only allow a certain amount to be taken out of the rooms.

  3. Make cleaning up a game for the kids. Give them rewards of extra play time for fast clean up or helping each other out.

    1. Give them a shopping cart so that they can play a game for cleanup.


Kitchen

Keep your cabinets organized by having your kids’ cups in a lower cabinet. Try putting their cups in the island, if you have one, so the cabinet is easier access for them. This reduces the mess they can create because they are able to reach.

Do the same with the kid’s other kitchen item. Place the bowls and plates in a lower drawer so they can access them as well.


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Last Minute Halloween Ideas!

Happy Halloween! The time has finally come for Trick-or-Treating and our Halloween events. Not all of us have had enough time to completely prepare. These are some last-minute Halloween ideas for your night!


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The Pumpkin Cooler

Coolers can be expensive and are hard to find completely last minute. It is October, so all the grocery stores are stocked with Pumpkins. Grab a large, wide pumpkin and create your own cooler that is even more festive. Be sure to completely clear out the pumpkin so you have extra room for the drinks! Use as many pumpkins as you need!


No Carve Pumpkins

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Carving a pumpkin is a very time-consuming process. Take some smaller pumpkins from the store and clear them out. Then, use some fake fangs and little buttons or push pins for the eyes! Try to even paint the pumpkins with glues on eyes if you do not even have the time to clean out the pumpkin! This is an even easier way to bring the pumpkins to life!


Creepy Candles

Make normal candles a little creepier with the “Bleeding candles”. All you need is your ordinary white candles and a smaller red candle. Light the red candle until wax is forming and allow the red wax to drip down the white candles. This is a quick fix and you can add multiple candles in your home to have an extra creepy feel. You can even add some spider web and spiders if you have any left over for a more dramatic effect!


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Pumpkin Balloons

Add extra decoration to the refreshments table with some jack-o’-lantern balloons! These are a super easy fix to a boring table and will require no time at all.


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Hanging Bats

Welcome all the Trick-or-treaters to your home with easy DIY bats! Make the front porch into a bat cave with this easy decoration hack. Just use some paper, tape, and string.


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Pumpkin Carving!

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Halloween will be here Wednesday, and that means it’s time to visit the pumpkin patch and start carving! Here are some tips and hacks to make sure you have the best pumpkin masterpiece in your neighborhood!


The Perfect Pumpkin

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In order to have the best carved pumpkin, this means that you need to begin with the best pumpkin in the patch! Make sure to visit a pumpkin patch this weekend in search of the “perfect” one. Make sure the pumpkin is firm with no bruises, has a nice and sturdy stem, and a flat bottom to make carving easier!


Preparing your Pumpkin

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The first step in creating your pumpkin is going to be to clean it out. To do this, try making the opening at the bottom of the pumpkin instead of around the stem. This is going to prevent the pumpkin from caving in at a faster rate.

Make sure the pumpkin is completely cleaned out. The less weight, the better. Try and scrape down the area where you would consider the “face” of the pumpkin so carving through is easier.


Design

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We all want to have the perfect jack-o’-lantern design. Try to ensure your design is accurate by tracing what you have decided. Print out the design and trace this onto the pumpkin or make your own drawing right on the pumpkin itself! Another way to trace the design it to poke holes in the stencil while the design is taped on the pumpkin.


Carving

Hold the pumpkin in your lap in order to create the face at a better point of view. Make sure to use a dull knife if you are holding the pumpkin.

Make the big areas easier to handle by taking large chunks out at once. You can add finishing touches and small carvings at the end! You can also use the scraps to make a more creative pumpkin. Use pieces as hair, a tongue, or accessories.

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Join us for Trunk-or-Treat!

Halloween is right around the corner and all of us here at Suncoast Property Management wanted to do a special event just for you! Join us on October 20th from 2pm-5pm for Trunk-or-Treat at 8007 Stuart Ave!


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8007 Stuart Ave 
Jacksonville (Duval County) FL 32220-3374 United States 
(Cahoon)

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Join us in our beautiful 1,459 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home! We want to give you the opportunity to see our stunning new construction homes and to have fun while doing it! All of us at Suncoast will meet you here at our property currently for rent at $1,345 a month!


Contest!

Attention to all the kids! Pick out your favorite costume because we have a costume contest just for you! Whoever is voted best costume of the night will receive a special prize!

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Some of the great activities that we have are:

  • Bounce House

  • Face Painting

  • Popcorn

  • Shaved Ice

  • Refreshments

  • Music

  • Yard Games


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Trick-or-Treating!

Trick-or-treating will begin at 4:15 with all the spooky decorated trunks that are provided by the Suncoast employees. Be sure to meet us there!


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Fall cookie recipes

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Fall gives you the perfect opportunity to use your gorgeous kitchen and make delicious fall treats. Fall cookies are tasty and they are also a great way to get into the fall spirit. These are some great cookie recipes to bake in your fantastic home!


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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and salt.

  3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract until combined, then add flour mixture. Beat on low until no raw flour appears, then fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

  4. Scoop 1” balls onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart, and bake until puffed up and golden around edges, about 12 minutes.


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

  3. In a separate large bowl using a hand mixer, beat brown sugar, vegetable oil, 1/2 cup butter, pumpkin puree, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients and stir until combined. (The dough will be sticky and soft.)

  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 2” between each cookie. Bake until springy to touch, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  5. Make filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together remaining 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar, maple syrup and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla and beat until fluffy.

  6. Spread filling onto the bottoms of half of the cookies. Place the remaining cookies, bottom side-down, on top. Serve immediately or store in fridge in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

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Cheesecake Stuffed Snicker doodles

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Make cookie dough: Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl until evenly combined. In a separate large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla and mix until evenly combined. Gradually, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate until slightly firm, about 30 minutes.

  1. Make cheesecake filling: Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix well until the mixture is smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until slightly firm, about 30 minutes.

  2. Make cookies: Scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie dough and flatten into a flat, pancake-like circle. Spoon about a teaspoon of the cheesecake filling in the center. Form another tablespoon of cookie dough into a flat circle and place on top of filling. Pinch the edges together to seal, then roll the filled dough into a ball. Roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is use, spacing the cookies about 2” apart. Flatten the cookie dough balls slightly with your hands.

  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the tops start to crack. Rest on baking sheets for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Classic Oatmeal Cookies

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat with hand mixer until light and fluffy.

  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until evenly combined. Add flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and stir until just combined.

  4. Fold in desired mix-ins. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place on baking sheets, about 2” apart. Bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool on wire racks then top as desired


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Pumpkin Cinnamon Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with  parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.

  3. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and mix until combined, about 3 minutes. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into rounded tablespoons and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Lightly press down on the cookies with a spatula or the palm of your hand.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.


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Easy Kitchen Upgrades

We spend most of our time in or around the kitchen area in our home. make this space enjoyable to be in and gather around with your family. Use these tips to enhance your kitchen and make small upgrades to the space.


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Back splash

Add a kitchen back splash to add a different texture, or color into your space. Back splashes are great for any kitchen and can add to the theme of your home. Try to match the back splash with the colors of your home for a more complete look.


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Repaint kitchen cabinets

A kitchen makeover does not mean that you must gut the kitchen. If you have a solid frame for your cabinets all you may need is some paint and new finishes. This is a great project you can do yourself and completely change the look of your kitchen.


Upgrade your sink

Change your sink for a fresh, new look. The style for kitchens changes every year, and the sink can end up being the most outdated piece in the kitchen. It is great to change your sink to stay with the trend and have that new look.


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Under cabinet lighting

Install under cabinet lighting for a brighter kitchen. This also allows you to have stylish lighting at the bar and then have extra lighting to see while you are preparing food. Most kitchens are missing good lighting, and this is also an extra light source that is well hidden.


Kitchen Island

Add a kitchen island in your home if you do not already have one. Islands are great for extra room when cooking. Islands are also great to add if you have extra room in the kitchen and it appears to open.


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Kitchen Hacks

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The kitchen has the most storage available, yet it is never enough. With the amount of cooking utensils and food we all have for our families we struggle to keep the kitchen organized. Use these hacks to solve the most frustrating kitchen storage issues we all have!


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Labeled Containers

Organizing your pantry doesn’t mean you need a bland design. These containers are functional, and stylish. This is going to save you time in searching for what you need and is a stylish take on organizing your pantry.


Hanging Storage

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Take advantage of all the space you can find. Hang pot holders on the door or on the inside wall of the pantry. This hack will reduce the clutter and keep your items in a designated area.


Drawers

Install drawers in part of your pantry. Drawers will reduce clutter and allow you to see what you have in the pantry. This is great to have the kids snack for easier access.


Fruit Storage

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Having your fruits and vegtables in a hanging organizer mays seem a bit strange until you actually do it. This is going to reduce the unneccesary counter space that is being used. This can also be a stylish way to help you organize all the produce that you do have.


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Pot Lids

Storing pots and pans is the most space consuming items to store. Reduce the space that is used by hanging the lids in cabinet doors or the pantry doors. This is allowing them to be accessible and keeps them organized as well.


Packet Storage

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Use caddies in your pantry to create a wall organizer. The flimsy packets can cause a mess in the pantry and fall all over the floor. This will reduce the mess and allow you to see what you have in the pantry.


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Fall Desserts

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We have already prepared our homes for this fall season, now the kitchen is next. Take your fall decorated kitchen and start making some tasty fall inspired desserts!


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Ginger Cookies

Nothing is better than a soft, warm ginger cookie. This is a recipe for the ginger cookies your family will love. Make some hot chocolate and pair it with these delicious treats.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls, then roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° until puffy and lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.


Apple Crisp

This next treat is a delicious apple dessert that is easy to throw together. This warm treat is paired perfectly with soft and creamy ice cream.

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish or a 9-in. square baking pan. Cover with apples.

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water and vanilla. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thick and clear. Pour over apples. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.

Bake 60-65 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.


Peanut Butter Cake

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There is nothing better than a cake for desert. This is a delicious peanut butter cake topped with creamy ice cream. This dessert will make your mouth water.

In a large bowl, beat the milk, peanut butter, oil and vanilla until well blended. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, flour and baking powder; gradually beat into milk mixture until blended. Spread into a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine cocoa and remaining sugar; stir in boiling water. Pour into slow cooker (do not stir).

Cover and cook on high until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1-1/2-2 hours. Serve warm with ice cream.


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Hurricane Season is here!

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Hurricane season is here and that means it is time to start preparing. Hurrican Florence is approaching the coast and you need to be ready when it’s appearance is made. Make sure to create a checklist of all the supplies you need to ensure you and your family have enough.


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Water

Make sure that you have at least one galllon per person, per day. You want to prepared for 5-7 days of no power. Make sure that you are stocked up on water for your pets as well. It is always better to be safe and stock up even more water just in case you have to make room in your home for others that need shelter.


Stock Up

What to have prepared for if a storm approaches:

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  • First aid kit

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Flashlight

  • Extra batteries

  • Sleeping bags and blankets

  • Week long supply of medication needed

  • Non-perishable foods

  • Jumper cables

  • Cell phones

  • Cash


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Food

Stock up on all non-perishable foods. Make sure you have enough food for a week time frame. Stock up food for your pets as well. Purchase extra bags of food so you have a week supply for them as well.


Preparing your home for fall

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Fall is here and that means that it is time to switch all your decorations over for the season. Before you add the spooky decorations for Halloween, try to add little changes to make your house change with the season.


Plaid Blankets

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Dress up you porch, couch, or even your bed with plaid blankets. This is an easy change that is bringing the warm fall colors in. Plaid blankets, or even fall colored blankets, will bring the texture and warm feeling of the season. Another easy change is to add accent pillows to use more fall colors in your home.


Centerpiece

Pumpkins are a crafty and cute way to add more fall on the table. You can use a plastic pumpkin vase and create a centerpiece to use year after year! You can also use a real pumpkin for a different look every time.


Fireplace

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The fireplace is not just meant for stockings! Dress up you mantle with fall banners, signs, and pumpkins. This is a focal point in you home. The fireplace is where most of your guest surround and you want this to represent fall as well. Be sure to add in orange, red, and yellow to bring fall inside.


Accessories

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Add rustic and autumn accessories around your home. Make different arrangement to bring the feeling throughout the house. Rustic baskets will add a farm house look and are great to use with the fall colors. Adding some autumn flowers and elements will bring the centerpiece to a life.


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Labor Day!

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Labor Day is right around the corner. This is an extra day off work, which means an extra long weekend! Take some time to hangout with your family that doesn't involve fighting the crazy crowds at the beach. These are at home events you can plan to do for the labor day weekend!


Camping trip.....at home

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Make a fun little get away for the kids to have a fun weekend as well. Make a camp site in your back yard. Grab the tent, sleeping bags, and s'mores! This is a fun way to have the kids spend some technology free time together and this gives all the parents a chance to relax with there kids and make some dinner over the fire.

 


BBQ

Have a bring your own barbecue party! Hosting a party can be very expensive, have all your friends bring there favorite BBQ dish and have a little bit of everything! Enjoy the BBQ food, some beverages, and let the kids play some outdoor games. 


Movie Night

Gather all your friends, family, and kids and have a movie night. Grab a small projector and use this on your house for a fun and easy night. This is a great way to relax and spend time with family and still entertain the kids with the long weekend. You can even make this a bigger event and have a movie theater themed back yard party for everyone. 


Pool Day

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Of course you can always host a pool party! Have the BBQ going and a pool party for everyone. Do not deal with the crowds at the beach, enjoy the relaxation at your own pool. You can even pack a cooler at the community pool and spend time there.


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Living with your dogs

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Living with your dogs can be a crazy mess. They have thier own belongings just like we do. Keep room in your home for your dog but also make what they need disappear. You can hide the necessary items as part of your decor. These are cute ways to keep the necessities out of the way and keep your furry friend happy.


Dog Bed

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We all have dog beds laying all over our home, they stand out more than we would like them too. Make sure your dog has a cozy place to sleep, but you can do this in a way to enhance your decor. Try to make thier dog bed part of the decoration and not a random piece on the side. You can also have the bed on the bottom of your coffee table so it is hidden, decorated, and they can sleep close to you while staying off the furniture.


Dog Food 

Strategically place the dog bowl in you home. We all have a dog bowl that gets in the way. Having your dogs eating area built into the kitchen will avoid the issue of tripping over the bowl and spilling the water every day. This will also reduce food and water all over the floor which makes a large mess. You already have the dog bowls in the kitchen, why not make them hidden?


Leashes 

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Make your dogs leash spot part of your decorations. Stop throwing your leash on the floor or over a chair, have a designated spot to reduce the mess and this is also a great way to make the leash part of your decor. Use a leash and treat holder near your front door so you are ready when they want to leave and you save time hunting for the leash!


Fabrics

Try and stay clear of fabrics that can easily be destroyed or used as a toy. Use fabrics that are tassel free and more durable than others. Try and purchase blankets that are tighter threading to reduce the blanket tearing from your dogs nails. Keep in mind the dirt your pet can bring in the home and think about getting dark furniture colors. Stay clear of silk, velvet, and light colored furniture.


Toys and Treats

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Store treats and toys as part of your rooms decorations. Store treats in decorative canisters on your counter so they are out of sight and they look like part of your room. Try to do the same with your dog food and store a small decorative container inside and the excess in the garage. Keep your dogs toys organized in a bin or trendy basket. This will reduce toys all over the house and when guests are over they are easily hidden.


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Finding a color palette

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Deciding on a color scheme for your home is going to be one of the largest decisions in decorating your home. A color scheme is the base for all the decorations and furniture decisions in your home. Try and take advantage of these tips when you are deciding on what colors to use next so your home is stunning and pleasing to the eye.


Use the largest pattern

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Base your color scheme off the color from the largest pattern in your room. You can use this inspiration for the scheme from a large rug, artwork, or upholstery. Use one of your favorite colors in this pattern and then add this around the room for the scheme. Add a neutral wall and a crisp white baseboard color to enhance the scheme for color. 


Embrace the color wheel

A color scheme is going to look best when you are embracing the color wheel. A room will have a better feel when you pick a color and use the shades and colors close to it. This is going to have your room visually appealing. A good representation of this is using orange and red in your home, they compliment one another and are next to each other on the color wheel. 


60-30-10 Rule

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Take full use of the 60-30-10 rule. This is when you decorate a space and you are separating components.

  • 60% of the room should be a dominant color such as the walls 
  • 30% of the room is the secondary color which is normally upholstery
  • 10% of the room is the accent color which is all the accessories

Your style

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Showcase your personal style. For a color scheme you still want to have your style included. Stay in the colors you have decided on and add different aspects that represent you. Try to use brown as a base color and add a pop of color of your choice. Adding rustic details are also going to allow the room to have additional shades and colors to help the scheme.


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Bringing Nature in your home with Decor

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Bringing nature into your home is easier than it seems. There are plenty tricks and ideas to give you the open outdoor feeling inside. Try and make your home represent the outside with colors, decorations, textures, patterns, and natural elements. 


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1. Add nature elements in your home. I love to have wooden candles in my home to add a rustic texture. You can also use stone for a more modern look. You can use stone clocks and bookends to add the element in your home more. Try to use picture frames with rustic wood instead of a plain black frame, the little elements will enhance the outdoor feel.


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2. Add plenty of plants in your home. Bring the natural colors in your home with plants. Make your space look fresh and open with taller plants in clear jars. If you feel the room is lacking the nature feel add some more plants! Try to use them in different ways by hanging them from the wall, in a center piece, or by the TV. You can use colored flowers to add the pop of color in your home.


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3. Use nature as a focal point in a room. You can go bold with this aspect as well to have an eye catching piece. You can have a unique custom piece as seen in the picture to definitely perfect the look. You can also do a stone counter to do a cleaner nature look. Another great way to achieve this look is to do an accent table. Refurbished wooden tables are unique and beautiful.


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4. Use natural floors. Natural flooring brings the little imperfections in. Nature is not pristine and neither are wood floors. The different variations of color will add different elements to you home. This will set the tone of the room. You can use the floor to lighten up the room as well so you have more of an open feel. Try and stay away from dark colors that will make the room too modern or dark.


5. Keep as much natural lighting as you possibly can. Try to not cover up windows with furniture or curtains. Open the space up and show off the natural lighting. If possible, add extra windows in your home to enhance the lighting.


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6. Use elements found in nature for decorations. Throw in little pieces of nature around. Instead of an empty jar use some pine cones and bark in it. Or maybe even add feathers and some leaves. This is giving the warm tones that nature has. Natual elements add different tones and textures in your home so it is not as flat of a look. This is a great look to do on bookshelves and in bathrooms.


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Preparing for Back-to-School Season

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Transitioning to back-to-school time is always a hassle. As a parent, you need to transition just like your child does for this busy time of the year. You are always questioning yourself on if you are prepared for the new school year or not. Organization can take you a long way! Here are some tips on how to get prepared and be excited again for the new school year!


Your sleep routine needs to get back on track! 

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To calm down the stress of getting ready for school in the morning, try and have a sleeping schedule. This is going to ensure that you are ready for the day and you can prepare your child as well. Try starting this, with your child, two weeks before school starts. This is going to help you gradually change your schedule. 


School supplies is the main task to over come!

Schools have so many supplies that your child is required to have. Go shopping early and avoid the rush. Make sure you have enough supplies so they are prepared for their first day. They are always worried about starting school, don't let them worry about being prepared.  Stock up on binders, notebooks, pencils, pens, and sticky notes.


Set up a homework area in your home!

Homework is stressful and is not the first thing your child will ever want to do. Make them want to do homework and give them a specific area. Make sure they have enough lighting, space, and privacy. Keep the noise down so they can focus! Make sure there are no distractions in the area that can make them procrastinate. Also, make sure you are close enough to this area to assist them when they need help! 


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Main back to school tips:

Stay organized! Make sure you reduce extra papers and have a clear scheduled of what you and your child need to accomplish daily. 

Turn off the TV and video games. Make sure they are completely focused on the task at hand. Keep TV and video games from them until they are finish. This can motivate them to work harder and then they have more time to spend with the family. 

Review the school rules and information. This one is mainly for the parents! Make sure you know the dress code and expectations of your child so that you are setting them up for success. 

Make an after-school plan as well. Have a fun activity planned for after school. Let them relieve some stress after a long day and then get to homework!


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