A BIT OF ADVICE – FROM THE EXPERTS
The Birth of Main Street Moxie-So You Wanna Start A Podcast?
What do you do when your magazine editor approaches you to start a podcast? One option is to run screaming from her office. The second option is to put her off for months with vague responses and avoidance until that’s no longer an option. Then you break down and say yes. I chose the latter […]
Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Vacant Land
Do you have a parcel of land that is vacant? If so, are you ready to sell it? Selling vacant land can seem like a daunting task, but thankfully, there are some things to keep in mind before doing so.
This blog post will provide tips on the do’s and don’ts of […]
Business- Starting or Expanding?
The fabric and backbone of America are its small businesses, and lucky for us, we have an abundance of them in our area. It’s the American dream after all. But when it comes to starting and or expanding a business, the devil is in the details. It is the minutia that can become cumbersome, and […]
How and Why Your Business Should Stand Out
When times get tough (or prosperous) for a business, the first thing to go (in most cases) seems to be marketing. Money gets tight, and the business pulls back all “unnecessary” spending, with any and all forms of advertising being the first on the list. The oxymoron in this scenario however is that this is […]
Forest Bathing, Seriously? Yes!
by Melanie McGinn, RN, MBA, CHC, Founder of Health Through Time Nurse Consulting and Coaching
Had you asked me a month ago if I would ever write a blog post on forest bathing, that would have been a definitive no. I am very open to Eastern, Western, and alternative modalities to ease stress, anxiety, and improve […]
To All Small Business Entrepreneurs Free Help has Arrived
By Lauren M. Trager, SCORE Volunteer
The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, particularly for business owners. Many businesses can no longer conduct business the way they used to before COVID-19 and are finding they need to reinvent themselves or sharpen their entrepreneurial skills in order to survive but lack the knowledge or wherewithal to do […]
Have you ever gone to a website and you simply can’t find what you’re looking for? Or as soon as you get to a website’s landing page you get super irritated because of the pop-ups that keep interrupting you? (Ugh, I hate those!) Or how about when you’re navigating through a website and you quickly […]
The Liabilities of College Life
College students are going back to school both local and afar … what are the inherent liabilities that you should look out for? The first issue is what happens to your children’s belongings when they are away at school in a dorm or in an apartment setting?
All parents’ homeowners’ policies will afford coverage for both […]
Tips On Keeping Your Kids Occupied At Home During The COVID-19 Pandemic
–By Samantha Green of BusyKid
Kids have plenty of time on their hands these days, what with schools closing down in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There may be talk that schools are going to reopen this fall, but until then, kids will be spending most of that time at home.
With no place to […]
5 Tips to Voluminous Hair
Tip 1: Volume comes from the roots of your hair. The root dictates the direction in which the hair flows. When you think of direction, don’t just think left and right; think up and down.
Tip 2: Shampoo and conditioner – volume shampoo won’t weigh down your hair, and some of you may be able to […]
Starting Your Path to Fitness
Many of us may find ourselves looking in the mirror wanting to get fitter, healthier, and happier. These are great goals to strive towards, but is too much fitness a bad thing?
Starting a new fitness and health routine can seem daunting during these times, especially for those that have “been here before” and are looking […]
Keeping Cut Greenery Lush and Luxurious Through the Holidays
Buy as fresh as possible: The fresher your greenery upon receiving it, the longer it will last. Investigate retailers to learn where their fresh-cut greenery comes from, and how long it has been cut before you purchase it. If you can cut your own greenery at a local farm or from your own yard, your […]
Farmhouse Holiday Decorating Tips
1. Use a simple color scheme. I like to stick with green, off-white, and red. Removing the red after the holiday can move you straight into winter without having to take down all your decorations.
2. Work in antiques or family heirlooms to add your own personal touch. Vintage toy trucks or antique glass ornaments gathered […]
TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR CAR IS READY FOR WINTER
It’s that time of year again, the leaves are almost down, Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas will be here before you know it, and so will winter! Now is the time to start thinking about preparing for the winter months. In the Northeast most people seem to either love or hate the snow, but […]
Insuring Your World
Two interesting insurance issues came to me this past month that I thought worthy of sharing with you. The first relates to those folks renting their homes through an Air B&B service. We recently had a client that had informed my office of his rental intentions and we added the appropriate endorsements to his homeowner’s […]
The Importance of a Website
As any business-owner knows, in today’s day and age, a website is a necessity – no matter how large or small your business. One of the main and simple reasons is that it seems that just about everyone Googles everything now-a-days, or if they are looking to purchase a product or service, they’ll do their […]
Hanging a Gallery Wall
A popular design trend today is hanging artwork in a salon-style gallery wall. Here are a few simple tips for tackling this job. First don’t stress about making it perfect, the design is about your style rather than perfection. Design ideas range from combining multiple frame styles, while others might prefer the simplicity of a […]
My husband and I were on Martha’s Vineyard some months ago visiting friends and enjoying that very special island. One of the stops we like to make when we’re there is at the Granary Gallery where our good friend Dan Murray exhibits some of his incredible sculptures in the company of works by Margaret Bourke-White, […]
Insuring your world
Art can be a fickle property to insure from many standpoints. All homeowners’ policies either limit certain types of property such as collectibles, guns, silverware, jewelry, and furs to maximum dollar limits, which generally do not exceed $2500. Artwork such as paintings, sculptures, rare photos, and manuscripts are never covered for their appraised value unless […]
Gear of the Month Club – March
Welcome to our newest addition to our Great Outdoors page called Gear of the Month provided by your favorite fly-fishing guide Ben Alex of Ten Mile River. Ben will be doing a monthly column covering all things fly.
-Stay tuned, you don’t wanna miss it!
–by Ben Alex
Here is where […]
DIY Fall Home Decor
4 Helpful tips to spruce up your home’s Fall Feeling from Merwin Farm and Home
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before, the Holidays can be a stressful time of year. In between accommodating friends and family, preparing a Thanksgiving dinner with a little something for everyone, and planning a holiday to remember, if you’re […]
Historic homes epitomize the charm of our Tri-state region. Substantial construction that has withheld the test of time and nostalgic quirk that invites a gathering place – often sited in idyllic locations when vacant land was easier to come by. The rural roots of our Litchfield Hills are decorated with antique homes that help to […]
Structure From a Historical Perspective
Generally speaking, older homes were constructed differently than the more modern houses we see today. Of course in the modern age we have significantly more efficient tools like nails and screws that professionals and hobbyists alike use as mechanical fasteners. In the past, builders of all kinds used mortise and tenon joints and wooden pegs […]
Antique vs. Modern vs. Vintage
Everything exists within a historical timeline including the furnishings in your home. Is that chest of drawers you inherited from your grandma an antique? Is the 1960s Danish dining table your parents lovingly cared for that now sits in your home modern? How about the pair of lamps you purchased at the local thrift shop […]
Why Insurance is a “Thing”
Ever wonder about the history of insurance and how long this amazing industry has been around? The first organized company was formed in London, England, by Edward Lloyd in 1686 under the name Society of Lloyd’s, or as we know it today, Lloyd’s of London. Initially conceived by shipowners in the London tea rooms who […]
INSURING YOUR WORLD
This column is devoted to some “Quick Hit Thoughts” regarding potential coverage issues that most folks are not aware of until they have a loss and are told they have no coverage. Uber or Lyft drivers are NOT covered by their respective personal auto policies while transporting riders. Homeowners that use their detached barns or […]
NOT ALL GUTTERS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Sometimes we neglect our gutters. It’s understandable, they are manufactured for the very purpose of blending in with our homes and being easily unnoticed, it’s part of their function. However, our gutters play a vital role in protecting the integrity of our homes by diverting rain and other types of water run-off. By directing the […]
TOOTH DECAY – FORMATION & PREVENTION
A cavity first forms when bacteria demineralize enamel, the outer aspect and hardest part of the tooth surface. When bacteria are allowed to sit on teeth, a plaque biofilm forms. Most of the bacteria are naturally occurring throughout our mouths, but are given an opportunity to thrive upon consuming food and drinks that contain sugar. […]
STONE: THEN & NOW
History is full of trends and cycles especially when it comes to architecture and home aesthetics. Ever since the construction of the Roman Coliseum in antiquity, stones have been used to emphasize the power of the natural world in architecture. Today, the use of stone veneer is coming back in style around the Hudson Valley. […]