Avoiding Real-Life Liability Nightmares this Halloween

More than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). And it’s anticipated that more than 41 million youngsters will go trick-or-treating. Halloween is a time for ghosts and frights, but don’t let it … Continue reading

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Traveling with Jewelry?
Four Safety and Security Tips

Want to take your favorite jewelry with you on your next trip? You may be thinking twice after the highly publicized robbery of Kim Kardashian West in Paris. Before you go, consider these safety tips:

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To Secure or Not to Secure: Safeguarding Your Home During Construction or Renovation

Building or renovating a home is both an exciting and stressful time. There are so many decisions to make: paint colors, appliances, wood types… and sometimes overlooked are the important decisions to secure your home and property while it is … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Your First Art Fair

Part 2 in a series on attending art fairs. (View Part 1) Art fairs can be a great way for new collectors to learn more about art in a relaxed and fun environment. Once you’ve decided which art fair to … Continue reading

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October’s Birthstone: Heavenly Opals

Swirling pools of iridescent color, blues, greens, flashes of red and pink — like the night sky just before sunset, this is the beauty of October’s birthstone, the opal. You wouldn’t think the stone that makes you think of the fluidity of water would come primarily from the dry desert outback of Australia. Even though they are mined in these formidable dry areas, the sea had a lot to do with the formation of these beauties. Millions of years ago when the vast deserts were actually seas, stone sediment was deposited along the shorelines. When the waters receded, silica was deposited in the rocks along with the remains of plants and animals, and these materials eventually formed the much sought-after opal. Continue reading

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Prevent Wildfires – Do A Fall Cleanup!

We’ve all heard of conducting a spring cleanup around our homes – but what about a fall cleanup? As fire season seems to linger on longer every year, homeowners should understand that the best way to protect themselves from the … Continue reading

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

If you’re one of the growing number of people who live in a dwelling protected by fire sprinklers, congratulations on taking an important step to protect your home and family against fire. For many homeowners, fire sprinklers are an unfamiliar … Continue reading

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New to Collecting Art? Finding the Right Art Fair

Part 1 in a series on attending art fairs. (View Part 2) If you love collecting art but are still navigating the learning curve, art fairs can be a great way to have fun and educate yourself. You can explore … Continue reading

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Home Automation: Gains in Efficiency but Risks Are Uncertain

The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing everyday life – how we communicate, manage our finances, monitor home activities, finish household chores… the list goes on. While this provides extraordinary efficiencies, there is a related downside: where there is data, … Continue reading

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