more about: holidays

Why You Should Spoon instead of Scooping Your Flour

If you’re planning to make some Valentine’s Day cupcakes like these with candy cane hearts on top this week, you’ll want to use this tip to make sure you measure out your flour properly. Instead of scooping into the flour bag or container with your measuring cup, spoon the flour you need into the the cup. Why? Scooping can compact […]

Read More

DIY and Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

I always loved making Valentine’s for school parties every year when I was in elementary school. Though none of my creations were no where near as creative as these options. If you’re facing making cards for you child’s class next week (or you just like making Valentine’s), here are a few good ideas: Valentine Scrabble Gram by Amanda Jane Jones […]

Read More

Don’t Forget! Take our Mother’s Day Survey

We have big things planned for Mother’s Day in our May issue, and we need your input! Don’t forget to take our Mother’s Day survey using the link below.

Read More

The 25 Most Iconic Movie Kisses from InStyle.com

Now that it’s February, I have Valentine’s Day on my mind. And in honor of the upcoming holiday, our colleagues at InStyle.com have pulled together a list of the 25 Most Iconic Movie Kisses. This list makes me want to snuggle up on the couch on the couch, along with some chocolates and my Valentine, and catch up on the most memorable movie moments in history. I especially love that Lady […]

Read More

Do You Give Valentine’s Day Gifts? How Much Do You Spend?

Coming almost directly on the heels of paying off that holiday debt, Valentine’s Day has started to feel like a mini-Christmas. When I worked in an educational toy store during school, I was surprised by how many people bought rather pricey Valentine’s Day gifts for their kids. I can only imagine what they were spending on their significant others. So, […]

Read More

How to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake

It’s February 1st! Let the Valentine’s Day madness begin. I’m not big into celebrating Valentine’s Day, but I do enjoy cake, so I loved this idea for a heart-shaped cake that you can make by using a round cake pan and a square cake pan—no extra heart-shaped supplies required. There are several tutorials around, but I liked this one from […]

Read More

How Do You Really Feel About Mother’s Day?

May seems like eons away, but we want to know: How does your family celebrate Mother’s Day?  What would you love to give this year—or get? Do any moms out there secretly hate carnations? We’d love to hear how you feel about the holiday, so please take our survey! We’ll run the results in an upcoming issue. (And we may […]

Read More

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Now that the holidays have wrapped up, it’s time to take down the Christmas tree and store seasonal decorations. Instead of tossing your tree in the trash this year, consider participating in local recycling efforts.

Read More

How to Take Down Your Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree—which happens to be just a block from Real Simple’s office—is coming down in just a few days. We can’t even begin to imagine how to safely (not to mention neatly) dispose of an 80-foot Norway spruce, but we do have some tips for getting rid of the Douglas Fir in your living room. When you’re ready […]

Read More

Should You Sell a Gift Card?

Didn’t know what to get your kid’s teacher? Your coworker? Your Secret Santa? Chances are, you bought someone a gift card. And while you probably thought you couldn’t go wrong with such an easy, crowd-pleasing gift, according to Yahoo! data, searches for “sell gift cards” are off the charts this week. So, does it make financial sense to sell unused gift […]

Read More