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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.

Did you know that chocolate is so popular that an entire week has been dedicated to celebrating it? It's called American Chocolate week. It was founded by the National Confectioners Association in 1990. It's observed for 7 days starting the third Sunday in March. Even though it's called American, chocolate's popularity has grown well beyond... More

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Most of us know about St. Patrick’s Day, but here’s a short and quick recap for those who don’t. St. Patrick’s Day is held in the memory of St. Patrick who was Ireland’s patron saint.  The day has evolved into one of the biggest and most widely celebrated events all over the world. It starts... More

The Super Bowl is coming, and people throughout the nation are looking forward to a day of fun and celebration. However, hosts of Super Bowl parties often feel stressed out when thinking about how to best celebrate the occasion with some guests who may not enjoy football. Here are five ideas to consider for entertaining... More

Valentine's Day is almost here, and it is time to start making plans for your partner. Flowers and candy are nice, but wouldn't it be fun to do something more creative this year? Here are ten creative ideas to make this Valentine's Day your best one yet. 1) Sign up for a cooking class together... More

If you have an older home with a fireplace that no longer works, it can be a challenge to figure out how to decorate a non-working fireplace to make it look like a gorgeous design feature that matches your décor. However, depending on your preferences and the style of your home, various choices exist to... More

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

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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

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