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How Much Wine Should You Serve?

Follow this general rule of thumb to ensure you have enough wine to serve (without overbuying) at your next event.

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Homemade Gift Tag Idea

Looking to make a special holiday gift pop? Try this sweet idea for a DIY gift tag: Outline the shape of your favorite cookie cutter onto colored paper, and then cut out the design and tape onto your wrapped present. Better yet, if you’re giving a box of homemade sweets, use ribbon to fasten the cookie cutter right onto the […]

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The Best Way to Put on Mascara

I often get asked how to avoid a clumpy mascara application. I just saw a new trick (which, after nearly 20 years in the industry is really saying something): Swipe the formula on your arm hairs first! Yes, it is a small mess (though nothing that a makeup wipe can’t fix), but this removes excess makeup from the brush so […]

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A New Way to Decorate With Poinsettias

The unofficial plant of the holiday season, try a fun twist on displaying usually-potted poinsettias by showing off a single stem: Simply cut a blossom off of your plant, and place in a shiny bud vase filled with water. The best part? The red or white “petals” are actually leaves, which gives your “flower” a shelf life of at least […]

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DIY Gift Idea: Homemade iPhone Photo Case

Feeling crafty? Try this easy iPhone photo case tutorial from Richard Carriere, photography and craft expert for CyberLink. To start, you’ll need a clear iPhone case, a photo of your choice, a hole punch, a pen/pencil, and scissors. • Trace the iPhone case onto the paper, and cut it out. • Place your desired photo (maybe a picture of you […]

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How to Ship Cookies

If you’re sending holiday treats, follow this advice to ensure the goods get to their destination in one piece.

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Pricey Alterations That Aren’t Worth the Money

Whether you found a great deal on a slightly irregular coat, or if you’ve got your eye on a beautiful vintage dress, keep in mind that not all alternations are equal. These tailoring fixes are typically not worth the money, as they often require a total overhaul of the whole garment: • Oversized shoulders • A droopy crotch area • […]

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The Ultimate Layer

With the weather still waffling between freezing temps and unexpectedly warm days, it’s time to get creative with layering. The must-have? A vest. When it’s truly frigid, the right vest adds an extra shot of warmth beneath a coat. More temperate? Vests become an outer later that still lets your ensemble underneath shine. Look for options with a bit of […]

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Top 10 Hiding Spots for Holiday Gifts

You’ve made your list and checked it twice, now you need to find a place to hide the presents! According to The National Retail Foundation, shoppers started buying gifts earlier than ever this year. Since all those gifts have to stay under wraps for longer, parents have come up with some very creative hiding spots to outwit wandering eyes and keep the surprise alive. Need some ideas?

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Get Help With Your Holiday Shopping List

Fresh out of creative ideas for your mother-in-law? If your ever-growing holiday shopping list is overwhelming, don’t stress just yet.

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