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How to Help Families Struggling this Christmas Due to COVID-19

Nearly half of low-income Americans reported that they or someone in their household experienced some type of income loss during the pandemic, according to information published by Pew Research Center. Because more people are facing hardship this year due to the impacts of … read more

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5 Things to Do Now to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Although preparing your home for winter is a fairly consistent process year-to-year, many homes have seen significantly more use this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. If your home will serve as your office or school throughout the winter months, it’s important to address … read more

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Understand Your Options when Mortgage Payment Forbearances End

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wants you to understand your mortgage status if you have not been making payments after being financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For starters, make sure you know whether you are in forbearance status or … read more

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Georgian Ermine Wren Kitchen in Forest Green

Five Fall Trends for an Instagram-Worthy Kitchen

As the leaves start to fall, the days start to get gloomier and the landscape changes in color around us. This soft change of season is the perfect time of year to make your home cozier and more comfortable as we prepare to … read more

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Chipotle Veggie Chili

Vegetarian-Friendly Chili for a Chilly Day

Picture in your mind a warm bowl cupped in your hands, defrosting your fingertips after you just walked inside from a chilly afternoon. The bowl is heavy, full of hearty vegetables and spicy peppers that in just a few short moments will overwhelm … read more

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Tips to Help Prevent Electrical Fires at Home

Electrical fires often occur unexpectedly in locations that may be hidden from view. As the second most-common type of home fire in the United States, more than 40,000 electrical fires occur in American homes every year, resulting in hundreds of deaths, over 1,000 … read more

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Life insurance 101: Tips for Getting the Right Coverage

Life constantly changes and no one can predict the future, which is why life insurance offers peace of mind that your loved ones are protected financially should anything happen to you. There are many life insurance options available, which is beneficial because that … read more

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Three Sustainable Food Labels You Should Know About

We’ve all seen people reading the labels of food, beverage and supplement packaging to look at the ingredients and nutrition facts — chances are you have, too. More than ever, shoppers are looking at labels to make sure products match up with their … read more

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Delnashaugh is one of the most impressive double daffodils with its frilly petals, while early blooming Pink Pride has ruffled cups that start off apricot and gradually turn coral pink. (Photo courtesy of Longfield-Gardens.com)

Trend-Setting Daffodils for Gardens and Bouquets

Daffodils are having their day. Floral designers are opening our eyes to a world of gorgeous daffodils that extends far beyond the iconic yellow trumpets. These unexpected varieties include doubles, bi-colors and split cups, in colors such as creamy white, peach, pink, gold … read more

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