Tips to shop online safely

COVID-19 isn’t canceling Christmas. In fact, Americans are projected to spend $740 billion on gifts, decor and more, a slight increase from 2019, according to the National Retail Federation.

But COVID-19 is changing how we spend. Online sales are expected to reach $189 billion this holiday season, up 33 percent over last year, according to Adobe Analytics. That’s two years of predicted growth in a single year.

And that explosion in e-commerce sales is like a medley of Christmas mornings for cybercriminals and identity thieves eager to crack your credit card,  plunder your bank account and steal your personal information.

“People will continue to actively shop online in order to reduce their exposure and keep their families safe,” says Melissa Lanning Trumpower, executive director of Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust. “As this virus continues and circumstances change, scammers will try to take advantage.”

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What Is a Zoom Room? 5 Tips for Creating One in Your Home Now

Before the coronavirus pandemic, homeowners would boast about an in-home sauna, pricey new pavers on the patio, or an enormous flat-screen TV with surround sound installed in the den.

But this is 2020! We’re still living with the repercussions of COVID-19, which means the hottest new trend in home features isn’t a fancy finish or in-demand appliance. Instead, it’s the Zoom room: a dedicated space in your house where you can easily and comfortably attend videoconference calls with co-workers, help the kids log on for remote schooling, or enjoy virtual check-ins with family.

In fact, some real estate agents and sellers are actually touting Zoom rooms in their listings.


“The shift to working from home has brought with it a surge of demand for Peloton space, dedicated home offices, and, yes, Zoom rooms that are more than just an Ikea desk and chair,” says Cedric Stewart, a real estate

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‘Home for the Holidays’ has never been more relevant. 6 local experts share tips on how you can make the season bright, starting Nov. 19. | Home & Garden

Next, eco-friendly expert and Dharma + Dwell owner Jordan Blackhurst will offer viewers some stunning statistics and a few simple ways to make this – a typically high-waste season – more sustainable, while still being chic and sophisticated with your celebrations.

After a semester of virtual learning – and well, virtual everythingthe owner of kids’ shop City Spouts, Molly Curlee, continues our series by sharing top-rated unplugged gift ideas that will keep kids’ minds active and their creativity sparked without the use of screens. Watch as our two adorable toy experts – ages 5 and 7 – unbox these hands-on gifts and share in the joy of imaginative play.

In the penultimate edition of the series, interior designer Jenna Siebert of J&J Design Team creates three gorgeous tablescapes that take holiday meals to the next level and reveals easy-to-follow steps for recreating the magic in your own

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Decor tips for a #StayHome Diwali



Decor tips for a #StayHome Diwali


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Decor tips for a #StayHome Diwali

It’s that time of the year when we gear up to celebrate the Festival of Lights with our family and friends. Diwali usually means socialising and visiting others’ homes and exchanging gifts. This year, however, most of us will celebrate with our near-and-dear ones at home. Décor remains an important aspect of all Diwali celebrations. We bring you some exciting tips to do up your home.

1.Make paper flowers instead of using real flowers to decorate your home. Use the unused paper you may have at home and start making flowers with your family. There are many videos online that offer a step-by-step guide to making paper flowers.

2.Use pulses and grains available at home to make Rangoli designs. Following tradition while going eco-friendly is the way forward.

3.Paper mache statues of

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Tiare Thomas shares tips to raise the vibration of love on Talk Story

McKenna Maduli, host of Talk Story, invites life coach and vision board guru Tiare Thomas Harris to share some tips on how to live our best life. Tiare explains the priceless value of creating a vision board to attract what you want into your life and offers 5 tips on how to raise the vibration of love. Tiare walks viewers through a short guided meditation.



a woman holding a wine glass: Tiare Thomas Harris


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Tiare Thomas Harris

About: Tiare Thomas Harris is a Life Design Coach who knows how to create clarity, attract true abundance in your life, and generate the courage to turn your wildest dreams into reality. She has purposefully manifested opportunities that have influenced her impact as a coach and personal life in fantastic ways, like becoming a model, fashion stylist, and professional surfer, as well as attracting the man of her dreams. Her greatest passion is the work she does

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Atlanta Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design by Dina Varner, Offers Home Preparation Tips for Entertaining Guests

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Top Atlanta Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design, provides insightful suggestions for ways to easily stage your home to make it welcoming and comfortable for guests this holiday season.

ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / November 5, 2020 / As the holiday season approaches, entertaining guests can be overwhelming so it is important to make a space that the guests will enjoy. Whether you are hosting friends around your kitchen island or having a formal dinner or cocktail party, we have some entertaining tips that can help you.

We suggest you find furniture that can be used in many settings. For instance, make use of occasional chairs that can be moved in different spaces or use a bench or settee at your dining table so you can seat more people. Another idea is

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Sea Island Interior Designer, VPI Design, Offers Home Preparation Tips for Entertaining Guests

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Top Sea Island Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design by Dina Varner, provides insightful suggestions for ways to easily stage your home to make it welcoming and comfortable for guests this holiday season.

SEA ISLAND, GA / ACCESSWIRE / November 6, 2020 / As the holiday season approaches, entertaining guests can be overwhelming so it is important to make a space that the guests will enjoy. Whether you are hosting friends around your kitchen island or having a formal dinner or cocktail party, we have some entertaining tips that can help you.

We suggest you find furniture that can be used in many settings. For instance, make use of occasional chairs that can be moved in different spaces or use a bench or settee at your dining table so you can seat

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6 Expert Tips for Decorating With Houseplants So Every Room Feels Like an Oasis

6 Expert Tips for Decorating With Houseplants So Every Room Feels Like an Oasis

Here’s how to effortlessly transform every room with greenery.

For Hilton Carter, life got a lot more interesting when he met a fiddle-leaf fig named Frank. It was 2014, and Hilton, feeling inspired after dinner at a café in a greenhouse, purchased the tree in an attempt to infuse his New Orleans apartment with a similarly idyllic feel.

Today, more than 200 plants (including the now towering Frank) fill the apartment he shares with his wife, Fiona, in Baltimore. His specimens climb the walls and take up every last inch of the windowsills. “I just started bringing in plants to create a space that made me feel great,” he says, “and somehow ended up with a lot.”

It’s a story that no doubt sounds familiar to the plant obsessives featured in Hilton’s second book, Wild Interiors:

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Tips for creating a reading nook

Choose the right location. The best place to create a reading nook is in a bay window, interior designer Joyce Downing Pickens of JDP Interiors of Los Angeles wrote in an email. “I love to be able to look outside while reading a book, and a bay window can be difficult to place furniture within anyway, so this is one of my go-to solutions,” she wrote.“ I always build the bench around 19 inches off the ground for a relaxed feeling and create a cushion around 3 or 4 inches deep for maximum comfort.”

Identify a naturally carved-out area such as a corner that may not necessarily fit a piece of furniture, but is ripe for a built-in seat, D.C. interior designer Alison Giese wrote in an email.

“Reading nooks feel natural when they create the sense of being ‘tucked in’,” wrote Giese.

If you don’t have a bay

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10 Holiday Decorating Tips From Netflix Reality Guru Mr. Christmas

There is no question that this holiday season looks very different than seasons past. What is supposed to be the happiest time of the year is fraught with a second surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a divisive presidential election. Financial and emotional hardships are plaguing many, but if the challenges of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s the importance of family and friendships.

This is where Benjamin Bradley, aka Mr. Christmas, a veteran in the interior design industry, comes in to help us save the holiday spirit with his new four-part Netflix
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reality series Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas. Starting on November 18, you can kick off the holiday season right and get step-by-step DIY tips

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