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The beautiful poinsettia has become as traditional as holly and mistletoe for the winter holiday season. Native to Central America and Mexico, the poinsettia was introduced to the United States in 1830 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, and thereafter into the rest of the world.

There is nothing better for flavoring a dish than fresh herbs, and being able to grow and use the ones that you've grown yourself is a fantastic experience! Growing Herbs in Pots is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and easiest technique to grow an herb garden that even a novice gardener can do.

Having a Christmas tree in the home is a “deep-rooted” Christmas tradition that often marks the beginning of the holiday season. You can turn the searching for the perfect tree into a special family event, and as you progress through the day you can reminisce over your previous tree hunting adventures and have loads of fun.

Growing organic vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your health, and your apartment. Using pesticides and chemical fertilizers to grow your food is dangerous to your health. You may not be aware of the alternatives, but you can grow organic vegetables and save money in the process.

In Portugal, when you are looking for a short or long-term rental, you may find that the property you are interested in may be managed by a landlord or by a property management company. In this article we aim to give you a brief overview of the difference between these two sets of rental management.

Hiring a property management company can be great for you, or not. One of the biggest decisions you'll make as a property owner and as a landlord is whether you should hire a property management company or not. Many owners manage properties on their own or with the help of an employee. But sometimes owners need more help, and that's when a property management company might make sense.

New Laws and Taxes now apply if you are letting your property commercially in Portugal and as a result, you now have to have a commercial rental license also known locally as a "Licença de Alojamento Local” before you can officially let your property.

When it comes to decorating, there is one element in the room that is often forgotten, and that the curtaining for your window areas. Most people will purchase curtains as an afterthought, something that needs to go up, a bit of a bother, after all, a curtain is a curtain.

This is one of the things that really surprised me when I arrived in Portugal and became a resident: - the enforced disclosure of your social security / identity number / fiscal number requested everywhere and by everyone. This was especially disturbing after all the stories that I have read about identity theft in the international mainstream media. But it is part and parcel of life in Portugal.

 

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