more about: holidays

Weekend Project: DIY Chalkboard Frame

Valentine’s day is closer than you think, and if you’re looking for a great handmade gift to make with your kids, why not try this chalkboard frame idea. Simply paint a plain wooden frame with chalkboard paint, and insert a photo. Be sure to pair it with chalk when you give it as a gift. See more DIY Valentine’s Day […]

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Storing Holiday Decorations—Plus, A Giveaway!

UPDATE: If you were one of the first 75 commenters please watch your Facebook messages for instructions on how to claim your organizing product. Thanks! When you’re taking down you decorations this  year follow these tips to make it easier on yourself next year: As you remove specific decorations (the garland from the mantle or the strand of lights that […]

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What’s Better: To Start the Year With a Bang or a Whimper?

In other words, do you embrace your postholiday, back-to-work funk and stay in your pajamas for as long as possible, eating leftover cheese fondue and wondering how early in the day you can start drinking the remaining champagne? Or do you put on your bathing suit and try something new and stupid? In public! This January 1, I chose the […]

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Dress Code: Blue Jeans or Sequins?

A New Year’s Eve party is arguably the biggest dress-up opportunity of the year. But what’s the definition of “dress up” these days? I wore jeans and a sparkly beaded top to a holiday open house two days ago — and felt pretty good about it until I read what columnist Helena Eichlin has to say here on the subject. […]

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: Place Setting

Elegant table settings are a quick and easy way to dress up your Christmas decor. Start with a theme or color palate, and incorporate it into everything from the tablecloth and napkins to the place card. Adding a personalized touch like individually wrapped gifts at each place takes a holiday table to new festive heights and is sure to be a winner among […]

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: Flowers

When coming up with Christmas decorating ideas, I often focus on the tree and the mantle, but flower-filled vases can also have tremendous visual impact. For a truly captivating display, think beyond the traditional holiday plants like poinsettias and holly. Arrange a centerpiece of in-season flowers in one bold (and festive) color. Photo Credit: Steve Giralt What do you use […]

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: The Tree

There is something special about trees decked with all sorts of family mementos and ornaments from Christmases past, but sometimes a mishmash of ornaments can get overwhelming. So instead, think about coming up with a theme for your tree. Whether it be a particular color, pattern, or something sentimental, focusing on one element can keep tree-trimming simplified. For example, this […]

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Snack Smartly at Tonight’s Holiday Party

Tonight as you’re standing at the hors d’oeuvres table at your holiday party, which of the two appetizers will you opt for: pigs in a blanket or a mini quiche? In the end the better option is the mini quiche because while they are both high fat foods, the quiche does at least give you a bit of calcium and […]

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Get Ready: Tomorrow is Free Shipping Day

If you haven’t quite finished your holiday shopping (or if you haven’t even started). Tonight would be a good night to make your game plan because tomorrow, Friday, December 16th is Free Shipping Day. More than 1,000 online sellers will offer free shipping on all purchases. Get the whole list of participants on FreeShipping.org. And if you’re still looking for […]

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Three French Hens, Two Turtledoves and … An Ugly Knitted Scarf

‘Tis the season for receiving handmade gifts you wish you never knew existed. Here is one reader’s situation: “One Christmas, my mother in law knitted me a scarf…. “It sounds mean, but I cannot fathom wearing it in public and she has never seen me wear it (because it’s pretty much never seen daylight),” wrote BodealaMode.  “Am I entitled to my […]

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