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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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'Friendsgiving' Growing in Popularity

November 20, 2014 2:01 am

In recent years, enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal at home with family has given way to trends like ‘Friendsgiving’ and shopping in retail stores on Thanksgiving Day. Is this the new normal among young adults today?

Leading global app Skout recently conducted a survey that sheds light on the answer. The survey questioned more than 1,300 adults on their thoughts and plans for the holiday. The results aren't what most would expect.
- Eighteen percent of adults age 30-39 are planning to spend Thanksgiving with friends, compared to just 11 percent of adults age 18-29 planning to do the same.

- The majority of adults age 18-39 agreed that retail stores should not be open on Thanksgiving Day so that employees can enjoy time with friends and family.

- “Awkward conversations” topped the list of factors most likely to ruin Thanksgiving (46 percent).

- Nearly half the country will be holding a potluck-style meal this year. Forty-four percent of adults surveyed plan to share kitchen responsibilities with their host and celebrate the holiday with a potluck.

- Over half of males (59 percent) surveyed have faked a store-bought dish as homemade. Fifty percent of vegetarian responders admit they’ve also faked a homemade dish.

- Fifty-three percent of adults plan to tune in to a Thanksgiving Day football game.
Source: Skout

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Spruce Up Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

November 20, 2014 2:01 am

From tackling holiday stains to cleaning the crevices most commonly inspected by mothers-in-law, keeping a clean home around the holidays can seem like an impossible task. Between entertaining unexpected guests and hosting get-togethers with friends and family, having a clean home is never more important than it is around the holidays.

"The holidays are a fun, but often stressful time of year. People are busy shopping, cooking and volunteering, and have little time to keep a clean and tidy home," says Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert for Merry Maids. "The good news is that there are simple tips and strategies to getting a home in tip-top shape -- from being selective with holiday décor to having a laundry closet packed with your trusty cleaning solutions -- making cleaning easier and far less stressful."

Johnson’s secrets for a spic and span home include:

Double-duty holiday décor – Holiday décor is essential to giving spaces a more festive appearance, but it can also double the amount of housework you have each day. Give your holiday décor a second life – fill a vase or hurricane with sparkly tinsel leftovers that may have fallen to the floor and use it as a festive holiday centerpiece. Coal can serve as a great odor absorber, too.

Holiday stain fighters –While red wine, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy are real crowd-pleasers, they aren't so kind to upholstery and carpets. If you notice that one of your guests left the evidence behind, blot it right away with a white cloth until all of the liquid has been absorbed. If the stain's dry, whip up a quick solution of dishwashing liquid (1 tbsp), white vinegar (1 tbsp) and warm water (2 cups) to remove the stain.

Last-minute cleaning tricks – If your home needs tidying before guests arrive, set aside 15 minutes to make your home appear like you've spent a full day cleaning it.
  1. Grab a microfiber cloth and broom and set your kitchen timer.
  2. Sweep up the porch, fold the throws in the living room and fluff your throw pillows.
  3. Put a fresh stock of toilet paper in the bathroom, put away your toothbrushes and leave a festive box of tissues behind.
  4. Throw the dishes in the dishwasher and turn it on -- by the time dinner is ready, you'll have clean (and warm) dishes that are perfect for serving.
Source: Merry Maids

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