Hosting a party in your home can be stressful, no matter what the purpose is. Maybe you want to meet new friends in your neighborhood. Perhaps this is the first time the whole family has gotten together since they all moved out and left you an empty nester. Or, maybe this gathering is the first after the passing of your spouse. Whatever the case may be, throwing a party doesn’t need to take weeks to plan or zap all of your energy. Remember these three tips to keep things simple when planning your next gathering.
Winter tends to linger in the Midwest. It is sometimes as if the cold seeps into your bones, spurring many to boost their thermostats to keep their home feeling warm and cozy.
If you are a new zero-entry homeowner, you may be concerned about energy costs during these chilly months. If you want to save on your heating bill but can’t do a lot of home repair or upgrades on your own, the following energy-saving tips can be useful.
Contrary to popular belief, getting older doesn’t mean getting set in our ways. Anyone, at any age, can make positive life changes. Each of us can benefit from stepping back and evaluating our lives in order to focus on where we want to go next. Here are some of the major changes that many of us experience as we move into our fifties and beyond.
Maintaining a close group of friends as you age can be difficult. Something that starts off as easily as knocking on a front door asking if so-and-so can go play can turn into scheduling dinner with a friend three weeks in advance—and then rescheduling two times. As interests change and people move on in their lives, friendships tend to go by the wayside in favor of jobs, kids, and family.
Active adult communities provide some distinct advantages over remaining in the family home after the kids have moved away. When researching your options for your next home, it’s important to separate myth from fact. Here are five common myths about active adult communities.
With an empty nest, you’ve decided it’s time to move into a home that better fits your new lifestyle. The question now is what type of home that is. While the simplicity of moving into an existing home is appealing, you have specific wants and needs for your next home that you don’t want to compromise—and might not be able to find in the limited choices available on the market.
You could build your custom dream home and get everything you want down to the last detail. However, that means you need to be ready to commit to the work of planning every last detail as well as paying the premium price that comes with a custom build. There is a middle road, however: purchasing a new personalized home.
Are you a recent empty nester wondering what you’ll do with all the extra space in your current home, or are you simply tired of shoveling your long driveway in the winter? Maybe it’s been several years since your kids moved out and on with their own lives, and you feel lonely or out of place in your current neighborhood without them.
Parents play an important role in our lives, no matter how old we get. Whether you currently live near your parents or not, you've likely considered the advantages of having them close. Check out these benefits of moving your parents to a neighborhood near you.
With your years of experience, you’ve had time to learn the importance of living life to its fullest! Life after 55 can be an exciting and fulfilling adventure, but only if you’re prepared. Check out these tips for living active after 55.
You’ve spent a lot of time in your current home. Its spacious rooms and generous floorplan were perfect for your growing family, and many of your fondest memories took place within its walls. Now, the kids are grown and you’re beginning to realize just how empty it feels. Whether for more financial freedom, less responsibility, or in preparation for the future, you’ve started to consider downsizing. Here are some questions to help guide your decision (and help you break it to the kids).