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Ten tips for handling holiday demands

Posted by Scott Stueber on Dec 13, 2016 11:00:26 AM

Heartwarming traditions often make the holiday season the favorite time of year for many people. Those traditions include:

  • Picking out the perfect Christmas tree
  • Posing for a family picture
  • Secret gift exchanges
  • Baking cookies
  • Visiting with old college friends
  • Travelling to visit family

This time of year can also be very demanding. Trying to carry out family traditions, as well as dealing with family drama, can be stressful and overwhelming. And don’t forget it’s your company’s year end!

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Five tips to keep your Christmas tree from going up in flames

Posted by Scott Stueber on Dec 6, 2016 9:00:12 AM

Every year in the United States, consumers purchase approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees. Live Christmas trees offer several benefits over artificial trees:

  • More than 100,000 people work full- or part-time in the industry;
  • For every real tree cut down, one to three seedlings are planted each spring;
  • They provide a lovely natural fragrance in your home;
  • They offer a way to create family memories and traditions; and
  • You get fresh air and exercise if you cut down your own tree.
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Seven tips for getting your Christmas tree home safely

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 29, 2016 8:35:27 AM

With the Thanksgiving feast behind us, it’s time for many people to start decorating their homes for Christmas. This year, the above-average fall temperatures here in Wisconsin inspired many homeowners to light up their yards and homes with Christmas decorations. My neighborhood is definitely more decorated than in past years.

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Eight things to consider when your child asks for a pet

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 15, 2016 10:00:31 AM

Over the years, my daughters have repeatedly asked my wife and me for a pet. Unfortunately for them, the answer had always been “no” for a number of reasons. Probably the biggest is the time commitment.

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10 tips for your next trip to the pumpkin patch

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When I was growing up, one of our family traditions was a trip to our local pumpkin patch. I always loved trying to find the best pumpkin, or at least one better than my brother’s. It was even more exciting when I found a pumpkin attached to a vine. This meant I could take my jackknife out of its holster and use it to cut the vine.

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Protect your sweetheart from these Valentine’s Day scams

Posted by Scott Stueber on Feb 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Valentine’s Day is that special holiday where you can show somebody how much you care. Spending this Valentine’s Day is expected to reach an all-time high of $19.7 billion with consumers spending on average of $146.84.

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Tips to make your pet’s holiday travel enjoyable and safe

Posted by Scott Stueber on Dec 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Pets are a big part of many families. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 43 million households own a dog. That means, as the holidays approach, many dogs will be going on road trips. Depending on where you travel, allowing your dog to sit on your lap while driving may be illegal. Some states consider this a form of distracted driving and require pets to be in proper car restraints.

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Nine tips to stay safe in busy parking lots this holiday season

Posted by Scott Stueber on Dec 8, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Retailers love this time of year when consumers venture out in droves to do their Christmas shopping. This time period can make or break their entire year.

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Eight online shopping tips to keep you safe this holiday season

Posted by Scott Stueber on Dec 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, people begin visiting local retailers looking for that good deal or special gift. Others may choose to avoid the crowds and shop online.

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Six ladder safety tips to keep you safe during the holidays

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

As Thanksgiving approaches, holiday decorations will begin lighting our neighborhoods. With the dark days of winter here, I enjoy the extra light. It may also be the last time of the year to clean out leaves from your gutters.

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