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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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.
Have several members of a family on your holiday shopping list? Instead of buying individual presents for each person, consider getting the group one shareable gift. Says New York City event planer David Tutera, “A Blu-ray player or an ice cream maker is a gift that everyone can enjoy together.” Likewise, you can pack up one big basket filled with […]
Do you love the annual flurry of holiday greetings, but stress about which photo puts your family’s best face forward? With a little advice from the experts, it’s possible (dare we say… easy?) to take a great snapshot. Keep it simple. Get in close, and minimize noise (so nix the roaring fireplace and brightly patterned clothing). Light it right. Inside or out, […]
As if travelling with children isn’t difficult enough, the people who sit next to you for long trips on trains or planes may not always treat you with holiday cheer. To get off on the right foot with your nearby passengers, Mauria Finley, CEO Citrus Lane, recommends befriending would-be Scrooges before takeoff (and temper tantrums): “I once showed up with […]
Looking for a way to make your holiday videos really come alive? Take this advice from Adam Cosco, a video expert at CyberLink: Quirky is way more interesting than pristine. That’s right; it’s the imperfect moments that make for great holiday videos. Says Cosco: “Be on the lookout for the not-so-perfect moments—the dishes piled up in the sink after a […]
I realized with despair over the weekend that this is how I now seem to spend my time: 30 percent: Working 20 percent: Sleeping 10 percent: Moving clutter from one room of the house to another 40 percent: Arguing with my teenage son about screen time You could make the case that working and sleeping are absolutely necessary, if I […]
Every so often, there comes a day when you just don’t feel like getting out of bed, much less out of your soft, cozy pajamas. When that mood strikes, but you still have to leave the house and look presentable, pull on a version of this outfit—it’s almost as comfy as still being in your pj’s, but infinitely more polished: 1. […]