Home Tip of the Day: Thanksgiving for the Fantasy Football Fan

If Thanksgiving dinner falls right in the middle of the football action this year, be sure to follow these simple tips to keep track of the big games.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp.NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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A Thanksgiving Feast of Homes

The Thanksgiving holiday is all about the feast. So, in that spirit, we’d like to serve up a feast of Thanksgiving-themed homes. From Pilgrim Point to Wishbone Way, here are 9 homes where the Thanksgiving spirit lives on year round.

406 Turkey Cove Lane, Knoxville, TN

Turkey Cove Lane, TN

38003 Potato Canyon Road, Oak Glen, CA

Potato Canyon Road CA

165 Cranberry Lane, Cheshire, CT

Cranberry Lane CT

4676 Thanksgiving Lane, Plano, TX

Thanksgiving Lane Plano, TX

821 Apple Pie Ridge Road, Winchester, VA

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20853 Yam Street, Orlando, FL

Yam Street FL

111 Wishbone Way, Courtland, MN

Wishbone Way, MN

3196 Southeast Gravy Gulch Way, Pineville, OR

Gravy Gulch Way, OR

204 Pilgrim Point Drive, Lexington, SC

Pilgrim Point, SC

We’re certainly thankful for home.  To find a place to host your feast, browse homes on coldwellbanker.com.

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5 Effortless Thanksgiving DIY Decor Ideas

It’s way too late for witches and skeletons and just a tad bit too early for Santa and his reindeer. We are right smack dab in that awkward holiday decorating period where you are debating on whether or not you actually want to be festive and dress up your house for Turkey Day. Not to worry, you’re not alone. Here are 5 DIY decor ideas that are SO simple and effortless, you don’t even need instructions.

 

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Home Tip of the Day: Hosting a Vegetarian Thanksgiving

If you have a vegetarian coming over for Thanksgiving this year, here are some suggestions on how to keep them happy–and full–without having to plan a whole new menu for them specifically.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp.NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Home Tip of the Day: What Size Turkey to Buy for Thanksgiving

While we love “sides,” the turkey is almost always the star of any Thanksgiving meal. Here’s an easy way to make sure you buy the perfect size bird for your big feast.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp.NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Home Tip of the Day: Three Steps to a Stress Free Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful. Here are three simple ways to make sure you’ve got your bases covered before the big day, so you can focus on the important things — giving thanks!

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp.NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Home Tip of the Day: Your Thanksgiving Secret Weapon

Sometimes it may feel like you need a secret weapon in the kitchen to get all of the Thanksgiving meal prep done.  Besides a good sous chef, there’s one other tool that cuts down on slicing and dicing.  Here’s a way to take care of your Thanksgiving secret weapon now, so meal prep on the big day goes as smoothly as possible.

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The Best of Thanksgiving: 7 Stuffing Recipes

There may not be a less photogenic food than stuffing, but if you ask me, it’s the most delicious dish on the Thanksgiving table. Before you pass the stuffing this year, be thankful that we’re serving up some of our favorites here on Coldwell Banker’s “The Best of Thanksgiving.” This year, like the 108 years we’ve been in business, we’re thankful for home…and all the delicious details that come with it.

Cornbread Stuffing
Cornbread

Wild Rice & Cranberry Stuffing
Wildrice stuffing

Herb & Apple Stuffing
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Oyster Stuffing
oyster stuffing

Tortilla Chip & Chorizo Stuffing
tortilla stuffing

Sausage Stuffing
Sausage Stuffing

Whole Wheat Bread Stuffing
Whole Wheat stuffing

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Sweet Ideas for What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

It’s Wednesday which means we are halfway to PayDay! If you need to take 5 from your busy work week, you’ve come to the right place for a fast break. If you have mounds of candy leftover at home from Halloween, we have ideas that will please even the most sour patch kids. Now at this point I hopefully made you snicker and laffy at all of my sweets puns. Or perhaps you just think I am an airhead from Mars. Anyway here are some of the best ideas for leftover candy from across the milkyway...well actually just the internet. Enjoy!

Candy Cookie Cake

Combining Cookies AND Candy?! Stop the madness! Get the recipe for this sinful creation from Baker by Nature.

Snickers Ice Cream Popsicles 

Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a decadent popsicle. Get the recipe for this frozen treat from A Pumpkin & A Princess.

 

Candy Caramel Apple Pie

Have leftover snickers? This caramel apple pie is a total party pleaser. Get the recipe from iheartnaptime here.

 

Don’t feel like you can possibly consume even one more sweet morsel of Halloween goodies? Here are some other ideas:

  • Bring it to the office (your co-workers may not like you for this)
  • Stuff a pinata (because kids totally need more sugar after their Halloween binge)
  • Donate it to the troops (by far the best idea of all)

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13 Spook-Free Safety Tips to Keep Your Kids & Pets Safe this Halloween

Halloween is full of tricks, treats, ghoulish games, frightening frocks, cute costumes, glowing Jack O’ Lanterns, pumpkin packed parties, and of course spookiness! Unfortunately, all of the frightening fun has dangers lurking behind them. Whether you are a parent of two-legged loved ones or four-legged furry loved ones, it is critical to be aware of the true spookiness that is hiding behind all the ghostly fun. So I called upon two experts that have simple tips for a safe, scare-free Halloween to keep your children and pets safe.

First up are the experts in keeping your little pumpkins safe. They may have “boo” in their name, but there is nothing scary about Boo Boo Busters. As a leading professional childproofing service they know a thing or two about keeping your kids safe. Following, are Halloween safety tips for your pets from Dr. Anthony George, doctor of veterinary medicine and certified veterinary acupuncturist. He has been taking care of all kinds of pets for over 20 years and his tips are sure to keep you furry friends from howling at the moon.

Kid Halloween Safety Tips

1) Choking Hazards

As a good rule of thumb, a choking hazard could be considered as anything that can pass through a cardboard toilet paper roll holder unobstructed. So, taking that into consideration, look closely at all the items that you are putting out to display. From bats and ghosts to pumpkins you roast. Hazards lurk everywhere!

2) Flashlights

Child safe flashlights should have a child safe battery door on them that is secured by a screw to prevent removal of the battery, thus preventing a choking hazard. Use flashlights or electric candles to light up your pumpkin too, flames and kids don’t mix.

3) Halloween Lights

Look for Halloween light strings that have tamper resistant bulbs that can’t be removed easily and remember cords pose a strangulation hazard. All cords should be kept short and tight. Consider taking the excess that you might leave hanging and bind it up with a zip tie.

4) Pumpkin Carving

Remember to only use child safe cutting tools while carving pumpkins, even as an adult. Kids learn by watching you, so if you use real knives you must know that they will want to do the same. As soon as you turn around to grab something you forgot… little hands wander.

5) Costumes

As a kid it’s mandatory to dress up. Our job is to make sure dress up is safe. Costumes should never obstruct movement, never cause visual impairment and never pose a trip hazard. Stick to material that is form fitting. If it’s loose, baggy or long it could create a trip hazard. Avoid masks that can impair vision. Face painting is the safest mask.

6) Glow at Night

Make sure your child’s costume is visible or is is equipped with something that makes them visible. Glow sticks are great and kids love them, but remember, never hang anything around their little necks unless you are using a child safe breakaway lanyard. A couple glow sticks secured to shoes can be seen from a long way away. Flashlights are a good addition as well.

7) Halloween Treats

Remember to make sure you go through and check all the candy that you are keeping. The candy should be in name brand with sealed packages. For candy bars, be sure you cut them into small pieces that are easy to chew. This also helps to ensure it hasn’t been tampered with. Unfortunately, ghouls are sometimes disguised as regular people.

Pet Halloween Safety Tips

1) Pet Costumes

Yes, your pet looks absolutely adorable in that costume! Keep in mind, your fuzzy family member might not be as thrilled with the outfit. Feel free to get that amazing photo, but respect the fact that your pet may want to get out of those duds as soon as possible. Make sure the outfit is comfortable, and pay special attention to straps that may impinge upon the neck and areas where the extremities meet the body. Never leave a pet unaccompanied in a costume to avoid any “wardrobe malfunctions!”

2) NO chocolate

Most people know chocolate is toxic to their pets. Chocolate contains methyl xanthine, which can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from stomach upset to tremors, hyperthermia and seizures. At high doses, chocolate can lead to collapse and even death. Generally speaking, the darker and more concentrated the chocolate, the more dangerous it can be. There are helpful charts available (for instance, petMD.com) that can tell you what doses are dangerous for your pooch. If in doubt, always best to contact your veterinarian to see if treatment is indicated.

3) Sugar Free Danger

Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found commonly in sugar-free gum as well as other products, can be extremely toxic to dogs. When ingested, it can cause a significant release of insulin, which can lead to extremely low blood sugars. At high doses, it can also lead to liver failure. If your pup has ingested this substance, always best to contact your veterinarian as your pet may likely need treatment and supportive care.

4) Healthy Treat Dangers

If you’re offering healthy alternatives this Halloween, keep in mind that grapes and raisins can be extremely toxic to dogs. Some pets are more sensitive than others. In some animals, the toxin can lead to stomach upset initially, followed by kidney failure within 24 hours. It is always prudent to contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested these substances.

5) Burning Jack O’ Lanterns

Flames and Fur don’t mix. Just as you do for kids safety, consider replacing that Jack-O-Lantern candle with a flickering LED light.

6) Trick-or-Treating

During trick-or-treating it is best to keep your pet inside, safe from all of the scary costumes, noises and lights that might frighten your pooch or feline. You might even want to consider locking your sweet little pal in a room so they don’t get spooked and run out the door when your trick or treaters arrive.

Laura McHolm is an organizational, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award winning, “A+” rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services. www.northstarmoving.com

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