Nancy Mattia

Nancy is a freelance writer for MarthaStewart.com.

The odds of this happening are slim to none, but because an absentee bridesmaid can be cause for a variety of different reasons, it's important to be prepared.
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There are things to consider with such sentimental pieces of jewelry.
According to veterinarians, the animal may be in extreme pain so don't dismiss this injury.
Build a home that Mountain, Eastern, and Western Bluebirds will enjoy.
Is your fridge making noise? Not keeping food cold? It may be wearing out.
Experts say to check if dishes don't come out clean, glasses are cloudy, or the door doesn't latch.
These under-the-radar locales often turn out to be real treasure troves for collectibles. Uncover vintage rarities and one-of-a-kind finds in New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.
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If a condition runs in your family, this can be a sign that you are at increased risk.
Taking these proactive steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
This is a rewarding hobby that gets you more in touch with nature.
Pick the right time for this sweet, memorable moment.
The first dance traditionally takes place immediately after the couple has been announced at the reception, but it's not your only option.
A pair can shield your vision, but only if they offer labeled UV protection.
With so many choices available to you, consider things like fees, online apps and budgeting services, and security.
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Understand the behavior and reward them appropriately, according to experts.
Your heart may be in the right place, but there are some logistics to figure out.
Sneezing is just one sign that you may be sensitive to what's inside your house.
Luckily, this isn't the norm, but you should know what to do if it happens to you.
Take advantage of technology to close the distance between you and your absentee guests.
Don't let squirrels, raccoons, and other unwanted visitors take over the spot.
There are ways to make every word really count.
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Avoid an open-mic feel at your reception and determine ahead of time who gets to speak.
All debt is not created equal, according to financial advisors.