Did you know that November is the best time to buy new PJs and slippers? Well, it is. Because retailers know that pajamas and slippers make great holiday gifts, and thus use discounts on these items to lure shoppers with well-priced sets. So, if you have a tradition of getting new pajamas for Christmas Eve/Christmas morning, now is the time […]
If you’re daunted by giving to a large non-profit, consider supporting a smaller organization or even a business through micro-lending. Organizations like Kiva.org and MicroPlace.com allow you to support entrepreneurs (usually in developing countries) get their businesses up and running and help support their families. The best part is, the money you give is actually a loan. The sites boast repayment rates […]
Ironing can double the amount of time it takes to do laundry, in an especially frustrating way because it’s time you’re actually involved in—unlike the washing machine or dryer which you can turn on and walk away from. To avoid that extra time and effort on laundry day, just remove clothing from the dryer while still slightly damp, smooth, and […]
An artificial tree not only keeps your home free from messy pine needles, but it’s also the ideal solution for allergy sufferers and people with pets. Unfortunately, artificial trees don’t provide the nostalgia from the yuletide aroma. And who doesn’t love the smell of Christmas?
First, the good news: Despite the ubiquitousness of chocolate candy and gingerbread, pumpkin pie and sugar-glazed ham, Americans don’t gain that much weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, the average person gains a little less than a pound in those six or so weeks of gluttony. But if you’d like […]
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, A: count me as jealous and B: you’ve likely had to tackle ash or soot stains on fabrics or your carpet at some point in time. That’s not so fun. Luckily, you can get those stains out on your own. Here’s how to do it. For fabric: Use the […]
‘Tis the season for giving. And ’tis the season for eating, too. So what’s better than to combine the two? Shoparoo is a secure, free mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets that allows you to raise money for your child’s school simply while food shopping. All you have to do is buy groceries and take a photo […]
We’ve all been told, all our lives, not to match black and brown, black and navy, pink and red, and countless other color combinations. But here’s a secret—it’s actually totally fine. The key to pulling it off, without looking like you got dressed in the dark, is making it look intentional. The reason these color combos are traditionally no-no’s is […]