Memorial Day marks the beginning of barbeque season and this holiday is the perfect opportunity to hone your grilling prowess. If you’re looking to step up your grill game, you’ll need to take a step back and master the fundamentals. Here are 5 basic grilling tips to barbeque like a boss.

Meat the Basics

One of the secrets to grilling a great steak is to start with high-grade meat. When buying at the supermarket or butcher shop, choose USDA Prime or Certified Black Angus steaks and avoid prepackaged cuts, if possible. Also, get steaks with good marbling. The white streaks of fat keep the meat juicy and flavorful.
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How to buy vintage holiday decorations.

Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas decorations. These are my top 10 tips!

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Put away those heart-shaped chocolates and bouquets of red roses and prepare to wow your loved ones with Valentine treats that will give the occasion an upbeat twist. February is the month of love, and it’s also the time to show your loved ones how creative you can be when it comes to gift-giving. This year, be more creative with your Valentine’s Day gift and avoid the clichés like the plague.

This post presents a few Valentine’s gift suggestions that will help you be a quirky Don Juan de Marco in this annual celebration of love.
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Receiving generic, duplicate, or generally unnecessary Christmas gifts is an unavoidable part of life. Throwing useless gifts away seems wasteful, but storing them eats up precious storage space. Donating them to charity is always a great option, but turning them into something better is a worthwhile task that can also be a lot of fun. Here are some easy ways to put your unwanted gifts to good use.

1. Return

For safety reasons, most charity shops are unable to accept electrical items, perfume, and perishable goods. If you know the store where that automatic hotdog maker or pop celebrity fragrance was purchased, try returning it even if you don’t have a gift receipt.

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Nothing brings people together quite like the Super Bowl. From the action-packed plays to the electrifying halftime show, Super Bowl Sunday has something for everybody. Make the most of this exciting sporting event by hosting a championship-level party for your friends and family. Here are some simple tips to make your gridiron gathering super fun and super stylish!

The Rush of the Crowd

As we mentioned in our previous Super Bowl post, your guest list doesn’t have to be limited to people who love football. A good mix of guests can make a party more lively and interesting, so feel free to invite die-hard fans, casual viewers, and football noobs alike.

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Christmas is the time for sharing and giving, but after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to give a little back to yourself. Travelling, shopping for gifts, preparing for parties, and entertaining guests — all of these can stress you out and wear you down.

Here are a few ideas on how to de-stress and revitalize yourself for the New Year.

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Treetopia’s Rolling Tree Storage Bag

“Where do you put it all?” is one of the number one questions I get asked after every holiday. Well, it all goes in my attic; I have all the holidays separated by color and section. Ornaments can go in bins, I have cases for my wreaths, but my trees often just sit in the attic covered with sheets. Now that I have upgraded to Treetopia trees I want to protect these beautiful babies with something more solid than an old sheet. This is when I got my first tree bag.

Red, sturdy, spacious, and has wheels: no, it’s not an SUV. It’s Treetopia’s Rolling Tree Storage Bag.

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As they say, a perfect meal deserves a perfect ending. After setting an elegant holiday table and preparing a sumptuous feast, cap off your Christmas Eve dinner celebration by whipping up an impressive dessert to tempt your guests. These Christmas dessert ideas are as stylish as they are sweet, and best of all, they require very little to no baking at all!

Pavlova

First created in the 1930’s, this light and airy confection is believed to have been inspired by the delicate, ethereal grace of the renowned Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova. Featuring a crisp crust and a soft center, one taste of this elegant dessert will have your guests dancing for joy.

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Joan Cusack with two Treetopia pink trees

Treetopia’s glamorous pink trees share the cover of the Chicago Tribune with the equally glamorous Joan Cusack.

With Christmas just a few days away, the Christmas spirit is alive and definitely kicking at the Treetopia offices, especially with all the media love we’ve been receiving these past few weeks. We’re very glad to grace the pages of these media outlets because it helps us share the joy and glitz of the holidays through our stunning artificial Christmas trees and unique holiday décor.
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Everyone wants their family to enjoy the Christmas tree. The problem is, small children sometimes want to enjoy the tree a little too much. Just like the family cat, Christmas trees do not enjoy babies pulling their limbs. The cat might hiss, but the tree might fall. Christmas tree safety is something to consider when the wee ones are not quite old enough to fully understand “no.” Or in the case of my children, just pretend not to hear it.

Girl with Christmas tree

Kids love Christmas trees

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