Denise Perreault

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Denise Perreault is a writer and mother, originally hailing from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Growing up as one of seven siblings, Denise was no stranger to hard work. Each family member was expected to contribute to household duties, and Denise quickly learned she excelled in many areas. Her first job was with a local cleaning company, which serviced homes and small businesses around Saint Paul, eventually becoming the company's youngest manager. It was there that she learned many of the tips and business practices that serve her well today.

Following high school, Denise relocated to the NYC area, earning a Bachelor's degree in communications. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for writing, merging that with her previous business experience as a professional cleaner.

Denise has joined the CBS team as an educational outreach writer, sharing her tips, experience, and love of service. She lives in the NYC area with her husband, 2 boys, and their dog Jake.

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Easy-To-Prepare Snacks To Enjoy At Your Desk!

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The holidays are upon us, and with them comes temptation in the form of a seemingly endless stream of holiday goodies brought into the office. When you’re working hard, trying to meet end-of-the-year deadlines, it’s easy to find yourself reaching for a little treat, a little something to reward yourself (or to quiet your growling stomach after you accidentally worked through your lunch break again). But there’s got to be a better afternoon snack than another gingerbread man or piece of fudge, especially since you’re bound to regret those snacking decisions when you get on the scale. I’ve found some good ideas for things you can bring in to eat at your desk that make much healthier alternatives to those holiday goodies. Here are some of my favorites:

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Spice Up Your Home or Office With These DIY Holiday Scents!

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As the days turn darker and colder and we close up our houses against the chill, it’s easy for the indoors to start to feel stuffy and oppressive. There’s a reason why people get cabin fever after all, and part of it probably has to do with all of that stale air! It’s not exactly practical to open up all of the windows and let in the fresh air when it’s 10 below outside, but there is something you can do to freshen up the house. Try out these ideas for making your house smell more inviting, and you might just lift your spirits, too.

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You’ll Be Thankful For These Easy Thanksgiving Cleaning Tips!

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Turkey Day is almost upon us, and with it comes a lot of pressure. After all, this is an event that only comes once a year, and it’s steeped in tradition, so everything needs to be just right and just as people expect it to be: You’d better not mess up Grandma’s sweet potato casserole recipe when she’s sitting at your table! The pressure turns up another notch if your dinner guests are staying for the whole day or even multiple days. And that’s not to mention the added stress of prepping dinner under your mother-in-law’s watchful eye! Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to minimize the headaches and maximize your enjoyment of the holiday.

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Prepare Your Home and Vehicle For a Holiday Road Trip!

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Going home for the holidays isn’t as simple as getting in the car when you live in New York but your family is in Minnesota. But while I won’t be road-tripping home for Thanksgiving, I know plenty of people who are planning on heading upstate to see their families for the holiday. For them, I’ve put together a few tips to help their trips go smoothly. Hopefully, the only thing they’ll have to worry about will be indigestion!

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Go Green: Energy Saving Tips for the Home and Office

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Winter is coming, and that means the season of high energy bills is upon us. I know I don’t have money to waste, especially as I start thinking about holiday shopping, and I’m sure you don’t, either. There are some things we can do, though, to give ourselves the gift of lower power bills. For that matter, taking steps to save energy can save our employers money, too, and that might help your odds of getting a holiday bonus this year! Here are some good habits to get into and steps to take now to help cut energy costs as the cold weather sets in.

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