The Comprehensive Guide to “Winterizing” Your Home

Tips on Winterizing Your Home

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for making snow angels, ice skating, sledding, drinking hot chocolate and spending cozy nights by the fireside. Now if reading that sentence fills you with an impending sense of dread and all you can think is ‘Wait, I’m not ready! I have so much to do!” fear not. Although winter seemed a little late this year, it is upon us now and it’s time to take steps to prepare your home for the time of snow and ice. Ideally, you would have your house prepared before the first freeze of the season, but we all have lives to lead and sometimes forget about the patio furniture and that drafty window upstairs.

Below, we compiled a comprehensive list of ways to prepare your home for cold weather.

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home (That You’ll Easily Keep!)

4 New Year's Resolutions For Your Home

Ahhh, 2017 will soon be upon us. This is when you’ll sit down and draw up a list of everything you are definitely-for-sure-100-percent going to accomplish in order to become a more accomplished person, like finally becoming a dedicated yogi or growing award-winning parsley in the backyard. That’s great, we applaud you for committing to your hobbies or health! But what about your home?

If you are an apartment dweller, renter or homeowner, there are probably some projects you can pick up that will make your home cleaner, updated or just plain safer. We’ve put together some common New Year’s home resolutions with suggestions on achieving and then maintaining these changes through the next year.

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Festivus 101: How to Celebrate the Holiday for the Rest of Us

How to Celebrate Festivus

Are you tired of listening to the same Christmas songs over and over? Are you weary of commercials and ads that have a new holiday sale every week? Maybe you’ve been watching T.V. holiday specials since November 1. Perhaps you just spent Thanksgiving with all the relatives that drive you crazy and will be back again on Christmas. If you’re in need of a palette cleanser (so to speak) before Christmas and New Year’s, then it’s time to celebrate Festivus!

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Hosting a Cookie Exchange

How to Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party, from Homemakers

Christmas cookie exchanges are proof that this is truly is the most wonderful time of year. As a host, you’ll be busier than an elf prepping and coordinating everything for your sugar-filled extravaganza. Luckily for you, we hosted our own cookie exchange this week and wrote down all our tips afterward. Keep reading to find out how to host your own chic cookie exchange!

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27 Exciting Things To Do in Des Moines This Winter

27 Things to do in Des Moines This Winter

When I say, “snow day!” are you ready to grab the sleds or happy to snuggle up by the fireplace? Whatever your level of winter love, there are fun things to do in Des Moines for both the snow bunnies and those who appreciate winter from a warm, indoor fortress. Hibernating at home is simply not an option in our sparkling city. Keep reading to explore our entire list of winter activities and fun things to do in Des Moines all winter!