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A Bar Staple That Helps Fight Bloating

The holiday season typically means travelling, dry weather, and lots of eating and drinking—all which lead to bloating and indigestion. Fortunately, you can try a quick fix that you may already have on hand in, of all places, your liquor cabinet: Angostura Bitters ($12, amazon.com). Jasmina Aganovic, an MIT-trained chemist and the CEO of Bona Clara, an all natural skincare […]

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An Easy Way to Find a Good Pet Sitter

As if travelling for the holidays isn’t stressful enough, being separated from your pets can be difficult. To give yourself (and your furry friends) a peace of mind before choosing a sitter, schedule a meet-and-greet before you go away. Find a day and a time that works for you and your potential sitter, making sure your pet is present—this could […]

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How to Avoid an Awkward Social Moment

Dreading an upcoming social obligation because of a personal life change (like a recent separation)? Take this advice from Don Gabor, a communications coach based in Brooklyn: Prepare stock answers for awkward questions. While there’s a good chance that people will stay away from subjects that may be sore, rehearsing answers to questions you hope aren’t asked will make you […]

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Don’t Put These Items In Your Garbage Disposal

That turkey dinner sure is delicious, but–let’s face it–there’s nothing fun about the clean-up. Before you stuff all the fixings down the drain and tackle those dirty dishes, remember that plumbers are generally inundated with emergency calls the day after Thanksgiving. To keep the plumber out of your kitchen on Black Friday, the experts at HomeAdvisor recommend tossing these items instead of putting them down the sink:

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Do Your Pants Wear Out Between the Thighs?

If your pants quickly develop holes at the thigh area (even though they fit perfect fine), you are definitely not alone—nor are you destined to wear through every pair of slacks you own. Instead, look for pants with less than 4 percent of stretchy material, like spandex. A firm fabric holds you in better and doesn’t pull, with means a […]

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Make Ice Now for Thanksgiving

With Turkey Day just three days away, take a few minutes now to start making ice for your big feast. That way, when guests start arriving, you’ll have one less thing to stress about. To store the ice, simply store cubes in plastic baggies in the freezer. For big ice cubes (which are perfect for cocktails), consider using your muffin […]

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

The holidays should be a merry time for all–including the four-legged member of your family. Unfortunately, certain foods–like bones, alcohol, baked goods, and chocolate–can spoil the fun for all if your pet gets ahold of them.

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Exquisite Reception Table Idea from Loverly

[Photo by Jorem and Sheila Catilo Photography on Bride and Breakfast] Reception tables come in so many different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. If you’re looking for a more natural and seasonally-inspired approach for your reception, then you’ll fall head over heels for this gorgeous tablescape. A more subdued palette (green and white) comes to life with the rich and organic textures […]

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How to Keep Side Dishes Warm

When hosting a big dinner, it’s nearly impossible to have everything come out of the oven at just the right time. If you’re preparing a large meal, use this tip to keep side dishes–like mashed potatoes–warm while the rest of the food finishes cooking.

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How To Wear Flared Jeans

Flared jeans are perennially in style, and it’s a good thing—the cut fits and flatters every body type by balancing out proportions. Wondering how to pull off the silhouette? Here are three simple tips: • The hem should just touch the floor. Too long and the flares will “break” at your ankles. Too short, and silhouette will have the effect of […]

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