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How to Take a Great Family Portrait at Home

Getting that perfect holiday family portrait can be tricky even at the best of times. We’ve compiled a simple guide so that you can learn how to take a great family portrait without the fuss.
Family Meals

Meals for Under $10

In our new normal, your home is no longer just a home. It’s probably a restaurant now, too—serving every meal, every day. Hungry family members have taken the place of impatient customers, and they don’t tip nearly as well, either. So with your budget tightening and meal prep becoming more crucial than ever, how can you keep the whole family fed and happy without breaking the bank? We’ve prepared a menu of meal ideas that you can prepare for less than $10 for a family of four.

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How to Make Your Own Terrarium

Terrariums are a great, low- cost way to add greenery to your home. And if you choose the right  plants, you can get away with forgetting to water them once in a while, making this the perfect greenery for those without a green thumb! 

In this article you’ll learn how to make your own terrarium, how to choose the right soil and plants for your terrarium and how to maintain your terrarium for years to come.
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Gardening in California

Depending on the time of year, your property’s micro-climate, and where you live in California, planting and tending a garden can be both enjoyable and rewarding. It’s also a chance to play in the dirt. Here are some tips for planning your garden in the Golden state. 
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Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Depending on the time of year, you’re property’s micro-climate, and where you live in the Pacific Northwest, planting and tending a garden can be both enjoyable and rewarding. It’s also a chance to play in the dirt. Here are some tips for planning your garden in Oregon and Washington. 
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Vegetable and Herb Gardening 101

It seems easy enough. You plant some seeds into decent soil, give it some water and sunlight, and it grows. But, there’s a bit more to it than that if you want good results. We’ve put together some introductory tips to help start a vegetable and herb garden at your home.

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Build your backyard movie theater

You don’t have to venture out to enjoy the drive-in experience. You can do it at home. All you need is a backyard, an inexpensive projector, a Bluetooth speaker, snacks and friends. Here’s how to throw the perfect backyard movie night. 
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How to Pick the Right Bottle of Wine

Being an adult means you can buy a bottle of wine, pour yourself a glass and enjoy the fruits of a winemaker’s labor. But how do you choose the right wine at the grocery store or when you’re eating out? We have some quick and easy advice to help uncork this age-old mystery.

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Tips for Working from Home With Kids

Thousands of parents and caregivers have found themselves working from home this year. And with many families without childcare, this has thrown up a whole host of logistical issues. 



Adults have had to learn to juggle hours of Zoom call meetings with colleagues and emails, at the same time as entertaining, teaching and caring for their children on a daily basis - this is no small feat! Here we share 5 tips for working from home with kids.
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Entering the Workforce During COVID

Navigating the path to your first job is intimidating under the best of circumstances, and with a job market affected by coronavirus limitations, entering the workforce in 2020 might feel like an especially daunting task.

Don’t worry, make an action plan instead. Companies large and small are still constantly in search of new talent entering the job market, and you can stand out from the crowd without the normal outlets of job searching and networking available. Here’s how.
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What is an Enneagream?

You may have heard of the Enneagram, but what exactly is it and how can you benefit from knowing your Enneagram number?

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that defines nine basic personality types in the world. Each of us displays behavior from all nine types in the Enneagram, but we naturally gravitate more towards one, which we learn during childhood, and which helps us navigate the complex world of relationships.
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Tips for Better Video Conferences

Working from home has become a common reality, and it's likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Enter the video conference—the virtual meeting room where we can still have live, face-to-face collaboration. Now is a great time to take your video conferencing skills from 0 to 11. At First Tech, we've got some tips on how to makeover your video calls and be the envy of every meeting.

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Winter Skincare Tips

As the weather outside turns colder, and the heat in our homes is turned up, our skin can suffer. Here are our top five tips for taking care of your skin during the winter months.

The Art of Hygge

Defined as a quality of coziness and comfort, ‘Hygge’ is designed to create a feeling of well-being during the winter months. Here we share 5 ways to master the art of Hygge in your home.

New Year's Resolutions

Keeping New Year's resolutions can be difficult. Stay on target and ace your aspirations for 2021 with these simple, easily achievable hacks for the three most common New Year goals.

DIY "Snowball" Launcher

Our young resident artists show you how to make a simple pom-pom snowball game that will keep the kids happy all winter long.

How To Recycle Your Electronics

Have some old electronics laying around, but not sure what to do with them? In this video, we partnered with Free Geek to learn some of the best ways to recycle your used electronics.

Well Being While Working From Home

As more people and industries make the transition to working from home, many are left feeling stressed and overwhelmed about staying productive.