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Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments

L.K. Benson Tips from the Pros tax reform

Thanks to L. K. Benson for sharing this blog about monthly child tax credit payments with us.

The following is a summary letter outlining the changes to the child tax credit prepared by the AICPA:

Recently, there were changes made to the child tax credit that will benefit many taxpayers. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was enacted in March 2021, the child tax credit:

  • Amount has increased for certain taxpayers
  • Is fully refundable (meaning you can receive it even if you don’t owe the IRS.
  • May be partially received in monthly payments

The new law also raised the age of qualifying children to 17 from 16. This means some families will be able to take advantage of the credit longer.

The IRS started paying half the credit in the form of advance monthly payments be...

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9646 Dundawan Road

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DIY garden structures with materials you have on hand

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows this informative article on DIY garden structures.

I had a lot of goals for improving my garden since last year’s adventure which meant new things to build! The current prices of lumber and materials, plus my only basic carpentry skills are limiting. I didn’t want to go all out creating beautiful, sturdy, perfect designs and structures from new materials purchased specifically for these builds.

Next, I wanted to quickly build tomato support, floating row cover and a large trellis for climbing plants. I also wanted to make a deer fence, and a garden gate. The hope was that I could do it all without spending too much at the hardware store or spending a ton of time planning...

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How to Place Wall Décor

Get tips on how to place wall décor in this issue of my Monthly Item of Value.

How to place wall décor

Decorating the walls in your home should be fun. However, often times when it comes to hanging larger pieces of art or décor, it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated.

Of course, hanging a small clock can be as simple as sticking a nail in the wall. But what should you do about that wall mirror you just purchased? Or the hanging plant that’s starting to become… well, a sitting plant?

Having the right tools for the job will make things much easier. In the infographic, you can see what type hooks are needed to hang various items from the ceiling or walls.

I want to help you make all your wall decorating dreams come true...

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Feng Shui and Organizing Your Home

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with her blog about Feng Shui and organizing your home.

Feng Shui and organizing your home

Feng Shui is an ancient way of organizing your home to feel secure, happy and safe. Get in touch with your surroundings, they can make you feel better and calm. 

Most people say they don’t want to declutter their homes because it takes too much time and effort. However, in reality, it is usually because organizing can be stressful when purging items that have an emotional attachment.

Clutter is clogging up the energy of your home. There is no smooth flow of your Chi when there is too much stuff in the way. 

Feng Shui and organizing in the Bedroom

You release energy in the bedroom...

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Why are Chimney Cleanings so Important, and How Often Should You Clean Yours?

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about chimney cleanings.

Chimney cleanings are important to the health of your home
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A clean chimney not only ensures that your fireplace burns brightly. It also protects your home from fire and pests all year long. Most homeowners are aware that their chimney must be inspected and cleaned before lighting the first fire of the season in the fall. The Chimney should be inspected before a transfer of ownership. Most people are unaware of the importance of frequent chimney cleanings.

Why are Regular Chimney Cleanings Important?

In addition to removing soot and debris, a chimney cleaning will ensure that no obstructions are present. Objects can be in the chimney liner, damper and/or smoke chamber...

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2502 Lampost Lane

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The Psychology of Money

Thanks to L. K. Benson for sharing this blog about the psychology of money with us.

the psychology of money is important to your investing future

The Psychology of Money

I’ve been a fan of Morgan Housel’s writing for years and frequently share his blog posts in our monthly newsletter. In my opinion, he has joined Jason Zweig as an absolute must-read for all investors. So when his new book, The Psychology of Money, came out last fall, I couldn’t wait to read it. While it’s a book about money, it won’t bore you with details about stocks and bonds or insurance and taxes. Instead, Morgan focuses on what drives our behavior around money and how you should think about money to have a successful financial life...

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Beach Books for Veggie Gardeners

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows this informative article on the best beach books for veggie gardeners.

All right, maybe not the beach. But as we exit spring and enter the “oh maybe I’d rather stay indoors in the AC” season, I’ve got some recently-published books that might encourage you to get out there and make your garden better. You can read them inside on a hot day and count that as horticultural education. Want to learn how to identify and deal with pests? Want to know if there’s anything to this “companion planting” stuff? And what’s up with “regenerative gardening”—can your soil really feed your plants? Read on!

Great reads!

The first book is The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook by Susan Mulvihill...

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Kona Ice Client Event

  • Kona Ice Event, my custom reusable cups

Snowball season is in full swing and I had my Kona Ice Client Event to get together with people I haven’t seen in a long time.

The weather was hot, so it was a good day for some shaved ice. While Kona Ice has trucks that will come to you, we met at the Parkville permanent location where there are picnic tables for people to congregate.

In the past year, it’s been tough to have in-person events so this event was a par...

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