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Marc Templin

Marc Templin

Marc is the founder of Bright Settings where he spends his time extending Bright's reach via social media, video, multi-author blogging, email marketing, and managing Bright's websites for desktops and mobile devices.

non traditional holiday dishes feature

A part of what makes the holidays special is honoring traditions and cultural, religious, and family practices, especially in the form of food. Ignite the magic nostalgia that keeps people warm and fuzzy this time of year. While old family recipes play an important role during the holidays, adding a few new ones to the... More

Reduce the stress of hosting Thanksgiving feature

The Thanksgiving Day holiday is a time for friends and family, but it can also be a time of stress, especially for the cooks preparing the annual feast. If it is your turn to host the Thanksgiving Day celebration, you are probably already feeling the heat. Long before the oven gets turned on and the... More

Hygge - the New Pathway to Peace

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah). According to Jan Zimmer, an interior designer writing for USA Today, the hygge trend is rooted in Danish tradition. It elicits thoughts of comfortable tastes and carefree living. More and more, citizens are looking to the quality of their home lives as evidence of wellbeing. The desire for cozy atmospheres... More

Taking the meat out of Turkey Day can be a challenge. Besides the main dish, several common Thanksgiving foods contain animal products. If you're hosting a vegetarian Thanksgiving or serving a no-meat meal for only some of your guests, don't worry. Here are seven tips for providing vegetarian dishes or tweaking traditional options. Protein Options... More

How to Turn Down Holiday Invitations feature

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the increased social activity that occurs at this time of year. Friends and family make Herculean efforts to gather for meals, shared activities and parties. People will circle the globe to get home for the holidays. One of the worst parts of the holiday season... More

Halloween wine gift ideas

Who says Halloween has to be all about the candy? As good as candy is, sometimes you just want a glass of wine, preferably one that also goes well with your favorite chocolate. If you know someone who loves Halloween and has a fondness for wine, the following wine gift ideas combine the two into... More

Renaissance England was a bloody place. When newcomers came, the sides of London Bridge were adorned with heads on spikes as a warning to those who would think to break the law. Executions, hangings, and drawing and quartering were popular forms of entertainment, as was bear-baiting. The theater of the time was no different; coming on... More

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Most people eat lighter in warm weather than they do in cold, making summer the perfect time to indulge in iced coffee drinks. Here are five sinfully delicious iced coffee recipes to make at home, all for a fraction of the price you'd pay at a coffeehouse. To keep drinks cold without diluting the flavors,... More

Low-fat dips for the 4th of July

Independence Day just isn't complete without a selection of festive finger foods and tasty dips. If you're watching your weight, fatty, sour cream-based dips are a diet disaster. Luckily, you don't have to avoid dips entirely - just mix up one of these delicious, low-fat dip recipes to share with family and friends at your... More

Are you hosting family and friends at your home this Fourth of July? Do you want to make your outdoor space look spectacular, but don't know where to start? It's easy to decorate your patio or backyard deck for Independence Day if you are creative in your approach to home decor shopping. Incorporate the following... More

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