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Tips on wrapping presents Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: With the Christmas season upon us, it seemed like a nice idea to offer some tips on wrapping presents. First, make sure you have scissors, scotch tape (sorry fellows, this is not the place for your beloved duct tape, no matter how tempting that seems!), gift tags (you can buy them in bulk in the Christmas section of most food stores), wrapping paper,...

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News from your blogger Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is about following your dreams. Perhaps this does not seem to fit the category of being practical, but I would argue that it does. Folks sometimes spend a great deal of time and money being trained for a job that they quickly decide they detest. This is very sad; as the old saying goes, “Find a job you love and you...

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Decorating your Christmas tree from a former interior decorator Books / Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi Everyone: Today’s blog is just for fun. Since many folks will start decorating their tree in the coming weeks, I wanted to jump in with ideas for making your tree look superb. First, don’t decorate your tree like the stores do theirs. Keep in mind that they want to sell ornaments (or trees or both) and they will therefore put the ornaments on the...

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Preparing for a hurricane/evacuation Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the state of Florida even as I type this, it seems appropriate to talk about hurricanes and evacuations. Suddenly Single discusses the need to have nonperishable food and plenty of water on hand, but one thing it does not mention is the need to take food with you, should the need to evacuate arise. You always plan...

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Homeschooling to public schooling Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on making the transition from home education to public school education. There can be a variety of reasons to make this move, but whatever your desire to make this change, here are some ideas for making the transition go more smoothly. [Please note that I was a homeschooling mom for many years and my son did not go back into...

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Doing Laundry: Is it necessary to separate darks from lights? Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi everyone: Some folks wonder if it really is necessary to separate dark clothing from light when washing them. I would still answer “yes” to that question, unless you want to have grey underwear and socks. There is a product available in the grocery store that will help if you accidentally put that fushia towel you picked up for $10 in Florida last year  in...

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Cooking tips Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Ovens and stoves are wonderful, but do not ever leave something cooking and walk away. You will forget it and it will burn. Our neighbors in Tennessee were frying onion rings and got distracted by something that took them out of the kitchen for a minute…..or two….or ten….Their whole kitchen burned down. While this may seem like a good way to clean out the...

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Clean as you cook Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi everyone: One way to keep your kitchen clean is to clean while you cook. Take everything that you will need for a recipe out of the cabinet before you begin to cook and then put things away as you use them. This way, you will not forget to put something in a recipe and you won’t accidentally put it in the food twice. As...

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Candle Safety Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on candle safety. As a former Home Interiors and Gifts displayer, we were frequently given tips on how to handle candles safely and I want to share those ideas with you. When using an open-flame candle, make sure you never leave the candle unattended. Keep the wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch; do not keep them burning more hours than their...

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