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5 Ways to Stop Missing Work Deadlines

Nov 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

When I worked at The Culinary Institute of America, I’d roll into the parking lot every morning at 8:35 and whisk by my manager’s desk, coffee and buttered roll in hand, hoping she didn’t see me. I was late every day – sometimes I was five minutes behind, sometimes ten, more if I was stopped […]



Decorating With Pillows

Nov 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Decorating with throw pillows is a great way to add pops of color, pattern or texture to a room. Throw pillows can land on a bed, sofa, chair or any kind of seating. Large floor pillows can be used as additional seating. How much is too much? During a recent staging of a beautifully decorated […]



2014 Orange County Art Awards

Nov 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

The Orange County Arts Council will be honoring ten individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to the community through the arts at the 7th Annual Orange County Art Awards which takes place on Friday, November 14 at Umbra Sound Stages in Newburgh, starting at 5:30 p.m. In years past, award recipients have included […]



Home Staging Class in Newburgh with Claudia Jacobs November 13

Nov 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Over the last few years I had the pleasure of teaching staging classes to help future home sellers get their home ready for sale. Homes that have been properly prepared and staged for sale have an advantage over other homes for sale that have not been staged. The best time to get started is as […]



How to Say No in 3 Steps or Less

Oct 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Ahhh, guilt. Isn’t it great? Thanks mom, thanks Roman Catholic household, thanks never-ending feeling that I’m doing something wrong and should repent. As was pointed out to me in an infamous comment on a Facebook post that should have never been, I’m a bit of a guilt-tripper myself. The good news is that I make […]



Sending cards to our troops through Project CARD ONE

Oct 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

For the last few years I had the privilege to spread the word about a special project that sends greeting cards to our troops. Michelle Wvhs, organizer of Project CARD ONE, says, “All of my card angels have been receiving cards throughout the past year. Their beautiful words of hope, strength and gratitude mean the […]



Top sites for leaf peeping in the Hudson Valley

Oct 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Brilliant fall colors, incredible vistas, and festive events highlight autumn visits to Orange County, NY. The hills are ablaze, the air is crisp, and visitors will want to spend several days at the weekend festivals, harvest events, farm markets, and Halloween-themed destinations. “‘Stunning’ is a perfect word to describe our backdrop of leaves in the […]



Snuggling Between the Sheet’s Thread Count

Oct 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

With the cool, crisp nip in the air, it is important to create a bedroom that allows you to rest and relax and snuggle. Without a good night’s sleep, it is difficult to function during the day. Besides decorating elements, there are 2 important items to consider in creating a comfortable bedroom: a good quality […]



7 Words You’re Using the Wrong Way

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Yesterday morning, every news outlet I flipped through reported the piece of metal – aluminum, to be exact – that fell off a building and onto a busy sidewalk. On one of those channels, the word “medal” flashed on the bottom of the screen. “Wow, was it really some type of metal medal?” I thought. […]



Claudia Jacobs – Home Office Lighting Tips

Sep 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

When it comes to lighting a home office, it’s important to create a comfortable environment that is free of harsh contrasts and distracting glare. Your physical comfort has a lot to do with the lighting in your office. If you don’t feel good in a space, you won’t work as productively. Lighting can have a big […]