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US Flag HandsIt is on this special day that, in the United States, we remember those who have died while serving our country in the armed forces. There are many ways to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives. Here are a few

Memorials
A memorial is one way to keep the memory alive of someone who has passed. Memorials come in many different forms such as urns, cremation jewelry, markers, and display cases. Often there are memorials designed specifically for the military, so research the keepsake that best fits your needs this Memorial Day.

Stars and Stripes
It’s tradition that flags are flown at half-staff to recognize Memorial Day. It’s also common to visit a local memorial or cemetery to not only pay your respects, but to leave flag markers at the sites of fallen soldiers. The American flag is a powerful symbol of this country that many choose to display on this day.

Thank a Soldier
Simple gestures like a handshake, hug, or a “thank you” are meaningful ways we can all express gratitude. These actions cost nothing, but are so very valuable to the recipients. If you attend a parade or another type of Memorial Day gathering, be sure to connect with a member of the military to share your thoughts and thanks for the sacrifices they make.

However you choose to recognize our military heroes this Memorial Day, know that taking some time to think about the true meaning of this day can have a huge impact. How will you pay your respects?

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Starting a Garden

May 19, 2015 · 0 comments |

Little boy watering plantsIt’s that time of year. As the cold weather and risk of frost dissipates, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and garden. New to gardening? No problem! We’ve got the run-down of things you need to consider before getting started.

Choose Your Plants
Deciding which plants to grow is perhaps the most exciting part. Whether you choose to grow a vegetable garden, a garden that attracts butterflies, or a simple container garden, there’s an option that best fits your gardening goals. What do you want to grow in your garden?

Gather Your Tools
Once you know which type of garden you’re going to create, you need to get your supplies. Basic needs for your plants include nutrient-rich soil, fertilizer, water, and light. However, items such as gloves, planters, shovels, pruners, and hoes will likely be on your list to help keep your garden thriving.

Accessorize Your Garden
Lastly, you’ll likely want to add a few personal touches to your garden. Many people include one or two small statues to add to the overall appearance. A birdbath or fountain would also add to the ambiance in creating a relaxing oasis. And don’t forget seating for yourself and others if you are planning on enjoying the outdoor space you’ve created!

Don’t let gardening season pass you by. If creating a garden has been something you’ve been looking to try, go for it. It can be super satisfying to get your hands a little dirty and witness the fruits of your labor grow.

 

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Go a Little “Wild” with Your Hike

May 12, 2015

Have you read the book or seen the movie Wild? The story follows a woman who hikes hundreds of miles during the course of 94 days. That was one intense hike. Let’s start a little smaller. Day hike anyone? Research Your Hike Start with some research, especially if you are new to hiking. What are some [...]

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Celebrate Mother’s Day!

May 5, 2015

No matter what you call her, Mother, Mama, Mom, or something else, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate your mother. In fact, Mother’s Day is a great time to celebrate all of the mothers in your life! Here are some ideas you can do to acknowledge your mother, grandmother, and any other deserving [...]

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Make Mom Shine This Mother’s Day

April 28, 2015

You can pretty much count on jewelry to make mom happy. Sizing is almost never an issue, and the right piece can be worn again and again for years. But how do you know exactly which type of jewelry is best? Here’s a run-down of the most popular types of jewelry and what to look [...]

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Get Ready for Outdoor Living

April 21, 2015

Spring is coming, yay! So for those of you who love the outdoors in the pleasant weather, it’s time to start getting ready. And what’s more American than hot dogs and baseball? Summer barbecues! But if you’re a grill novice, don’t worry—here’s what you need to know to get the perfect grill for your space [...]

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Tips to Get Ready for the End of Tax Season

April 7, 2015

It’s a day that puts fear into the hearts of many Americans—Tax Day! Will you owe? Did you choose the right allowance amount? Just what is the Affordable Care Act and will it affect you? When it comes to U.S. taxes, what goes into preparing a return accurately, without missing any deductions and credits, is [...]

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6 Quick Tips About Savings

March 31, 2015

For some people, saving money and having a handle on their finances comes easy. For others, it can take a little work. And that’s okay! Sometimes you may need a little help to get started. Making sure you’re getting the best deals on the stuff you buy is how we at Coupon Cactus like to [...]

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Why We Love Discounts (And You Should, Too!)

March 24, 2015

Obviously at Coupon Cactus we love discounts. But more than that, we love sharing them with you. We know that you work hard and we want to help you get the most for your money—and even help you earn some cash back. If you’re not sold on saving money, here are some reasons you may [...]

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St. Patrick’s Day: It’s Time to Get Green

March 10, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, marks the death of Ireland’s most renowned patron saint. The holiday got its color and its trademark shamrock because it’s said that St. Patrick use to wear a shamrock to represent the holy trinity (you know, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). Some quick facts about St. Patrick…After [...]

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