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The Secret History of Thanksgiving (Or, Interesting Tidbits to Bring Up If You’re Seated Next to Great Aunt Mary)

Thanksgiving: Pilgrims, Indians, harvest, yadda, yadda, right? From your tender pre-school years of handprint turkeys (perhaps graduating to a construction paper cornucopia), you’ve been fed the basic narrative of the Thanksgiving holiday. And this narrative has gradually morphed into the modern traditions of turkey, pumpkin pie, football and watching a parade on television. Well, there are plenty of fascinating twists and turns to this holiday and they could come in handy as interesting chit chat if you find yourself seated next to someone you don’t know well for the duration of this long meal.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

“Can This Go in the Dishwasher?” Your Guide to Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Cleanup

If you think life would be hard on a daily basis without a dishwasher, imagine not having one during the holidays. There would be dishes to wash for days! (You superheroes who manage to host a massive Thanksgiving without a dishwasher—here’s your chance to brag in the comments.) But, alas, as hard-working as that holiest of appliances is, it can’t do it all. Or, rather, it shouldn’t.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Here’s the Salary You Need to Buy a Modest Home in New York City, San Francisco & 25 Other Places — Reality Check

It’s funny how buying a home became known as “The American Dream,” because for decades, it wasn’t a dream at all. Just a few generations ago (basically: your grandparents), buying a house in your 20’s was just reality.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

13 Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

If you love decorating for the holidays, but the idea of fitting an 8-foot tree in your tiny apartment seems more fantastic than a visit from Santa, these ideas for holiday decorations with a small footprint might be just the thing.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

How To Haggle $100 Off Your Rent This Month

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of money. Scratch that—I do know about you, because let’s be real, we’re all big fans of money. Alas, cash isn’t the easiest of things to hold onto, especially when the cost of housing seems to increase exponentially each year.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

Weigh In on Apartment Amenities: What’s Worth It and What’s Overrated?

Apartment hunting is a demonstration of sheer will. The victors will be the ones who have done their research, visiting maybe a dozen or more potential homes before deciding on “the one.” They’ve examined the available amenities with a critical eye, deciding for themselves that, no, they’ll never use the gym or the pool, so they’re just not worth paying for.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

Why Buying a Home is the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done

This past summer, my husband and I checked off that most elusive goal on our “someday” list: We bought our first home together—a perfect open loft space, one of seven carved out of a small former factory building in intown Atlanta. I say that laying claim to our humble loft was “elusive,” only because I honestly didn’t think we’d ever be able to make it happen.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

Quick & Lovely: Last-Minute Host & Hostess Gifts you can Grab at the Grocery Store

Lets face it: The days and hours leading up to a gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas are usually a little hectic. So if you don’t have time to shop for the perfect gift for your holiday host this year, don’t fret. Here are 20 small gifts that can be picked up at your local supermarket—on the way to the party—for around $20 or less. Plus a few tips to make your gift a little more thoughtful.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Genius Ways to Reinvent Your Hideously Ugly Countertops

Can’t stand your countertops but don’t have the funds to tear them out and replace them with the materials of your dreams? You’re in luck, because there are a handful of DIY projects out there that free you up from being stuck with a countertop material you hate while you are saving up for that gut reno. Do any of these fit your style?

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Posted on Nov 15, 2017

The Best IKEA Products for Small Spaces

In Europe there’s a long and proud tradition of tiny apartment living, so it’s no surprise that the folks at IKEA have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to living in little spaces. We’ve compiled a short list of some of the handiest and most versatile IKEA products for small space living.

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Posted on Nov 13, 2017

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