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Say 'welcome' with flowers

Say ‘welcome’ with flowers

Arranging flowers is such a delightfully creative art form, the perfect pursuit for those who wish to display expressions of beauty, elegance and grace throughout their home. From formal or extravagant, to sweet and simple, flower arrangements utilize the most beautiful material with a seemingly endless array of textures, shapes, and gorgeous colors. Flower arranging...
Dog-a-logue: Local pooches talk toys and treats

Dog-a-logue: Local pooches talk toys and treats

Author Laurel Braitman explains in her book Animal Madness (Simon & Schuster) that dogs can become depressed and suffer severe anxiety if they’re left alone at home too much, or if there’s no time for play; they’ll mope around, sleep too much and suffer quietly. So what’s the solution? We decided to ask a few...
Home briefs: Fall festivals, shopping trips and more

Home briefs: Fall festivals, shopping trips and more

Yarn outlet Written Words Bookstore, with the cooperation of leading yarn company Lion Brand, will be organizing a bus trip to visit Lion Brand’s outlet store located at Carlstadt, New Jersey on Sunday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations and payments in check or cash must be made by Thursday, Sept. 11. Tickets...
Handmade quilt raffle in Milford

Handmade quilt raffle in Milford

Have you ever wanted a handmade quilt to warm up your home, but have no idea how to make one? The Milford Environmental Protection Initiative (MEPI) is selling raffle tickets for a handmade quilt, and will put all the proceeds into funding grants for local projects to protect and enhance Milford’s natural environment. The quilt...
A feel good story by going unplugged at dinner

A feel good story by going unplugged at dinner

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but do you remember family dinners of yesteryear? Often it was the only time when everyone was in the same room at the same time. Lively conversations ensued — no one was at a loss for words. Those who felt that others weren’t appreciating their thoughts thoroughly enough would raise their...
Are the children on the guest list  for your next get together?

Are the children on the guest list for your next get together?

Children do not often attend dinner parties. If they do, they might just be at a last-minute get together. “When my children were young there was nothing more cherished than our neighborhood get-togethers,” said Susan Glennon of Milford, of Susan’s House Family Home Daycare, licensed by the state. “Some were planned, some were impromptu, all...
The Trumbull Arts Festival is Sept. 14; find a painting for your home

The Trumbull Arts Festival is Sept. 14; find a painting for your home

The Trumbull Arts Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14, 10-4 p.m., on the Town Hall Green, 5866 Main Street. The festival is a multi-media event that includes juried fine artists and crafters, food, a children’s creative center, community groups and entertainment. Free admission. For more information, call Emily Areson at 203-452-5065. Highlight Ruth...
Safety first: Some tips to remember in your home

Safety first: Some tips to remember in your home

Summer is notorious for bringing a host of unexpected emergencies — from blackouts to floods and electrical storms. The problem: nine out of 10 people either panic or freeze during an emergency instead of taking effective action. To boot, the best plan of action is often counter-intuitive. To help you be part of that survival-ready...
Home briefs: Craft fairs, garden club and all about bees

Home briefs: Craft fairs, garden club and all about bees

Home briefs includes craft vendors, a garden club, arts vendor needed, the Snowflake Fair and all about bees. Craft vendors wanted Platt Technical High School seeks craft and food truck vendors for its annual fall festival and car cruise fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 18, 10-3 p.m. at 600 Orange Avenue, Milford. Vendor fee is $50, spaces...
So, should you keep that pet off your furniture?

So, should you keep that pet off your furniture?

It’s doable, with a routine, boundaries and lots of fun

Pets often make wonderful additions to a household. Parents not only love pets because animals bring smiles to their children’s faces, but also because pets teach kids about responsibility. It’s about balance and choosing what’s right for you and your family. Some pets require more attention than others, so heads of a family should consider...
Real estate: Rejecting that impulse buy? If you like it, buy it

Real estate: Rejecting that impulse buy? If you like it, buy it

I am one of those shoppers who will find something I might like to buy and then hold off actually purchasing for a day or even more. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t like to impulse buy. Maybe I have to think about it for awhile to be sure it’s a good deal....
Protect yourself from floods with a sump pump

Protect yourself from floods with a sump pump

In 2012, hundreds of miles of coastline along the northeastern United States were battered and decimated due to Super Storm Sandy. Homeowners are still dealing with the consequences of the devastating storm. Sandy illustrated just how destructive water can be. Each year, storms across North America have the potential to flood homes or cause water...