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Active adult community near Bellingham offers easy living with style

Imagine a picturesque, gated active adult community that offers homes designed for convenient, uncomplicated living along with an abundance of contemporary personality, charm and aesthetic appeal.

Welcome to Woods Point.

The 75 distinctive homes at Woods Point in Ferndale are specially built for homeowners 55 and older, a market sector that continues to grow, powered by downsizing empty-nesters as well as buyers who’ve simply had their fill of yard work and major household maintenance.

Woods Point features five home designs, giving buyers the option of a single-level home, or a multilevel plan with a master suite on the main level and a bonus loft for guests, office, or space for hobbies or a quiet getaway.

Several homes are now under construction at Woods Point, including three homes that will be move-in ready by the holidays, according to Kendra Decker, vice president and principal at Landed Gentry, the community’s builder.

“We

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12 Easy Gift Ideas For Presents That Feel Personal

We’re breezing through fall and trudging right on into gift-giving territory. This year looks a tad different (to say the least), so we’ve been thinking of ways in which we can keep the 2020 holiday season feeling as heartwarming and untroubled as possible — even without flights home and in-person embraces. Our solution? A shopping guide to easy gift ideas that still feel personal (no matter how far away you are).

A fancy-schmancy gift is one thing, and a holiday card with sweet notes and aphorisms is another, but the real kicker comes with a personalized present’s ability to leave a lasting impression on the person you give it to. From initial-clad agate coasters to embossed cutting boards, embroidered robes, and much more, we’ve collected the custom monogrammed answers for a more uncomplicated and gracious gift-giving season.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff.

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Making your own Italian-style beef is an easy one-pot affair

As soon as the weather starts to get chilly, my first thought is to make beef in my Dutch oven. Not just any beef — Chicago Italian Style beef! If you love Italian beef, you are going to love this recipe not once, but twice. First, as a Sunday dinner and second as an Italian beef sandwich with melty mozzarella and hot giardiniera.

If you haven’t cooked a sirloin tip roast before, I am about to change your life. At approximately one fourth the cost of beef tenderloin, I actually prefer it to the tenderloin because it’s just as lean and I think it has a beefier flavor. Is beefier even a word? It is now!

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Here are some tips about cooking with beef. Make sure your beef is room temperature. Never put cold meat in a hot pan. Don’t skip the step of browning the beef in oil. It

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This Handy Mattress Size Chart Makes Bed Shopping Easy

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Good Housekeeping

Before buying a new mattress, there are many factors to consider, such as material, firmness, and cost — but the first decision you’ll always have to make is size. Most mattresses are available in Twin, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes with some stores offering crib and Twin XL sizes too.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab consists of bedding experts who evaluate mattresses, sheets, and pillows for your perfect bed. Our pros explain the differences between standard mattress sizes to make it easier than ever to find your dream bed. While these are the standard dimensions, sometimes there will be slight differences brand to brand. It’s always best to confirm the specific dimensions of the mattress before buying.

What mattress size is best for you?

What are the differences between mattress sizes?

Crib

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

27” x 52”

Best

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10 Easy Fall Makeup Looks From All Your Fave Beauty YouTubers

No matter what you have planned for the colder autumn days to come, the vibrant pinks and yellows of summer are quietly shifting to the back burner for now. Meaning: It’s time to search for new beauty routines to try out, and there are some must-try easy fall makeup tutorials from your favorite BeauTubers you have to check out. And just because the days are shorter and grayer, it doesn’t mean your makeup can’t brighten things up.

Whether you like to go all out with a cut crease and contour, to keep it more natural, or something in between, there are a ton of helpful, easy-to-follow videos to inspire all your fall makeup looks. Of course, it’s time to embrace those rich browns, berry shades, olive greens, and oranges, but metallics are also having a major moment in the months to come. Basically, you have tons of options — but

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Addison Rae’s Glowy Makeup Tutorial On ‘Vogue’ Beauty Secrets Is So Easy To Follow

Whether you’ve just downloaded TikTok or have been on the app since the beginning, you’ve definitely encountered Addison Rae Easterling’s bubbly dance edits. The 19 year-old has over 62 million followers and, with the launch of her new podcast and beauty brand, is showing she’s much more than a dancer. Now, beyond copying her dances, you can get even more of the TikTok star’s look. Addison Rae shared her glowy makeup routine with Vogue, and alongside lots of Item Beauty products, her tutorial mostly involves clean, natural brands and a simple look.

Like pretty much all skincare routines, Addison starts by washing her face, using Sonya Dakar’s Silver Clarifying Face Wash ($59, Sonya Dakar) before Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($40, Drunk Elephant). Then, she uses a jade crystal roller, similar to Ulta Beauty’s Rose Quartz Facial Roller ($20, Ulta Beauty), which promotes circulation that can make

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