Tax Law Changes – How Will They Affect You?

Unless you have been operating under a media blackout you have at least heard about the new federal tax bill (over 1,000 pages long) that was passed into law in December. For most people the law appears to be a positive change which allows them to keep more of their income. One thing to note though is that some of the changes will expire in 2025 unless something is done to either extend, or make the new changes permanent. How will the new changes affect you? The short answer is it depends. Please note I am not qualified to provide …

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Crispy Baked Chicken and Salsa Potatoes

Crispy Baked Chicken and Salsa Potatoes So if you are tired of all the turkey and ham you have consumed over the holidays and believe it is time for a change up here are a couple of easy recipes to try. One great thing about chicken is that it can be prepared so many different ways. The South is known for its fried versions and lately hot chicken has been really popular. So if you like your chicken crispy and your potatoes kicking, get your mouth ready for these recipes. Crispy Baked Chicken Effort: Easy Time: Approximately 45 minutes Ingredients …

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Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (also known as AR) possibly should be called enhanced reality, or improved reality. The technology incorporates items into real visual situations that are not truly there. For example, if you are watching a football game on TV and see the yellow first down line on the screen, that line is made using augmented reality. Although the line is not really on the actual field to the viewer it looks like a line on the field. The announcer may say “this is our line, but it may not be completely accurate” right before a close first down attempt. Then …

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Pet Safety

Keeping pets outside can be great for their well-being. They can chase and hunt things plus lay outside to soak up the sunshine. However, keeping pets outdoors during cold weather can be a very poor choice. Some pets are adaptable to cold weather, but as the temperature drops below freezing most pets should be protected from the elements. Part of having a pet is to care properly care for it, and protecting it is included in that care. So what should you do? If your pet is regularly in your house then you probably will not have to do much …

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Family Time

Winter is in full force, and staying inside where it is warm is a focus for many. Since evenings outside are impractical, and family time is essential, planning for fun is better than falling into old mundane habits. When is the last time you planned for an evening indoors with the family? Did you forget how much fun and challenging games like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Uno can be? It is time to plan a game night with your family. If these types of games are not available, or fun for you what about teaming up for video games? There are …

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Establishing Your 2018 Budget

Now that 2018 has begun in earnest it is time to look at personal finances. One of the best ways to help with finances is to establish a budget and stick with it. To put a budget together start with regular monthly income. If income fluctuates significantly then use the amount of income that is reasonably guaranteed per month. Next document required monthly expenses. With 2017 completed it should be relatively easy to pull together expenditures in the last year and project normal monthly expenses. If only the amounts that are paid such as credit card bills, car payments, etc. …

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Christmas Dinner

Now that Thanksgiving is in the past it is time to start thinking about Christmas Dinner. This month I am giving you recipes to help with your whole meal from salad to dessert. You can also choose a couple of ideas to supplement what you normally love to cook. Easy Tossed Salad Ingredients Head of Lettuce 3 Oz. of Oscar Mayer Bacon Bits 8 Oz. of Mild Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Red Ripe Tomato Wash the head of lettuce, separate the leaves and slice them up into a bowl or colander. Drain any excess water. Add the mild cheddar cheese …

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Net Neutrality Changes

Net neutrality is a hot topic right now due to the prospect of changes being made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to current net neutrality rules. In 2015 the FCC confirmed the current rules to ensure that all data going through the internet would be treated equally as far as providers were concerned. In general what this means is that no matter how large, or small the organization is the internet service provider (ISP) has to provide equal access to them. With the new changes being discussed of relaxing, or doing away with the rules many people are concerned …

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Winterize Your Home

As winter officially approaches on December 21st the weather is already turning colder in our area. Some have already experienced freezing temperatures, and the daylight hours are getting shorter. Warm weather grasses are not growing in most places so the need regularly to maintain the lawn is over for the season. Now is a great time to winterize your home. One of the very first places you should start is to make sure that your outdoor water pipes are protected against freezing. In the past many people would take cloth and wrap their outside faucets. More recently there are inexpensive …

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Christmas Celebration

December is a time of celebration for many. It often starts early in the month with holiday events, shopping and listening to Christmas music. As the month progresses more time is spent with friends and family while less emphasis is on work except for those who have retail jobs. As Christmas Day approaches children’s excitement grows seemingly by the hour as they ponder what Santa Claus will be bringing them for Christmas. Adults enjoy seeing the excited children and most people look forward to the fantastic meals that typically surround the holiday. Traditions are often revisited such as hanging of …

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