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Yard Sales Can Provide Bargains for Holiday Shoppers

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AUBURN, Ala.—The busiest shopping season of the year is here. Consumers should add yard sales to their list of shopping places for holiday items. “Yard sales are great places to find bargains on children’s clothing and toys, seldom worn items such as party clothes, household goods and furniture for college students. Prices on clothes are usually hard to beat,” said ... Read More »

Tis the Season: Caring for your Christmas Tree

Auburn, Alabama—For most families, on Thanksgiving Day they say goodbye to the fall décor and hello to snowflakes, snowmen and Santa Claus. The one decoration that most people always seem to enjoy the most is the Christmas tree. Whether you choose to go with an artificial tree or a cut tree, the Christmas tree is one of the most recognizable ... Read More »

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

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AUBURN,AL—The holiday season is before us and soon men and women across the globe will be asked to meet their special someone “under the mistletoe.” However, many of those individuals do not know the science or history behind the long tradition and romantic symbol of mistletoe. Mistletoes can be found across the globe and there are more than 200 species of the ... Read More »

Christmas Tree Farms in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama-For most Alabama families, Christmas only comes once a year, but for a select group of Alabama farmers, their Christmas lasts all year long. The farmers who grow and sell Christmas trees are surrounded by and care for one of the main symbols of the holiday every day. Christmas tree farms can be found all across Alabama. Chip East, an ... Read More »

Save Money This Holiday Season

ONEONTA, AL— The holiday season brings about a spirit of joy, togetherness, generosity and love. We create memories with our families and pass down traditions to younger generations. We spend generously on the ones we love to see the joy on their faces when they open their gifts. At such a special time of the year, stressing about finances is ... Read More »

Allergies During Halloween

AUBURN, AL.—As Halloween is rapidly approaching us, many children are gearing up to go trick-or-treating. While most kids can safely eat all of the candy they get while trick-or-treating, some children have severe food allergies  such as to nuts, gluten or dairy, and some may suffer from  diabetes, which limits their intake of sugary foods.  Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety and quality specialist with ... Read More »

Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

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AUBURN, Ala.–It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, ... Read More »

Spice Up the Fall with Pumpkin

Auburn, Ala. —In case you haven’t noticed, it’s getting a little cooler outside. It’s autumn, and more than just the leaves on the tress are changing. It’s time for fall decorations, recipes and celebrations, and what better fruit to incorporate into all things fall than pumpkins? Pumpkin is a fruit native to America. It was introduced to the pilgrims by Native ... Read More »

Dough Holiday Decorations: Easy to Make and Fun for Children

 It is holiday decorating time. A fun way to get children involved in the decorating process is to make homemade ornaments for tree or wreath trimming. “Dough holiday ornaments make unique decorations and gifts,” said Carolyn Bivins, a regional nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “Dough creations can be made fairly easily by using common household items such as flour, ... Read More »

Holiday Budgeting 101

The holidays are a time full of laughter and joy, but also stressful at times. Stress creeps in due to many reasons, one of them being budgeting your holiday shopping list. When trying to give to all your friends and loved ones, money tends to disappear quickly. Budgeting your holiday shopping can reduce stress and anxiety and make the holidays ... Read More »