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Bedding for Toddlers to Teens from Remodelista.com

I’ve been on a mission to transform my son’s room in to a “big boy room” before our next child is born in late January. And, to be perfectly honest, needing the crib for baby #2 is the main impetus for this transition. I’ve really enjoyed the project because I never got around to decorating a nursery for our son. […]

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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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A Gift Idea for Groups

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 […]

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How to Take a Better Holiday Card Photo

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, […]

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A Stress-Busting Idea for Traveling With Kids

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 […]

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A Tip for Making Great Holiday Videos

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 […]

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How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

After a long weekend of Halloween festivities, you probably have a slew of candy (er, candy wrappers) and discarded disguises on your hands. It’s easy to figure out what to do with all those sweets (hint: make some delicious desserts), but finding a place for worn costumes may present more of a challenge. Instead of tossing the get-up you spent […]

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Is Arguing With My Son About Screen Time Decreasing My Life Span?

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 […]

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Easy, Comfortable Outfit Idea

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. […]

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What’s the Best Part of Your Day?

In the spirit of positivity, we asked Real Simple Facebook fans to share their very favorite moments in the day. The answers ranged from spiritual to sweet to side-splitting—it’s hard not to read them without smiling. Take a look at the highlights: • In what was close to 500 total responses, the biggest reoccurring theme was waking up, going into […]

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