more about: holidays

3 Tips for Avoiding a New Year’s Day Hangover

Want to enjoy a glass of champagne (or two or three) on New Year’s Eve? Go right ahead. But first, take these 3 steps to prevent an unwelcome hangover on January 1. 1. Eat fatty foods. All foods, especially fatty ones, delay the body’s absorption of alcohol. 2. Eat high-fiber foods. High-fiber foods can break down alcohol and absorb it, keeping it from reaching […]

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Beware of Return Fees

If you’re heading to the mall today to return some of the gifts you received that weren’t quite right, keep in mind that you might get slapped with a couple of fees if you opened your gift completely. Some stores will charge up to 25 percent of the refund price as a restocking fee or a fe for opened merchandise. […]

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Last-Minute Gift Wrapping Ideas

Are you still looking for something to make your presents look special under the tree? Why not use some of the tree itself? Here’s a great wrapping idea from Odessa May Society: There’s a full tutorial on Odessa May Society. And if you need gift tags, we have several you can print out for free!  

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How to Handle Santa Skeptics

There comes a time in every kid’s life when they begin to ask the tough questions about Santa Claus. Here’s a way as a parent you can help put their doubts to rest, especially if they have younger siblings around. Read the advice from Michelle Slatalla, one of our etiquette experts.

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Last-Minute Gift: DIY Personalized Coffee Mug

Are you still looking for a last-minute gift? If so, check out these fun personalized coffee mugs from A Beautiful Mess. The best part? All you need to make them is a plain mug and a Sharpie. Easy, right? On a clean dry mug, simply draw a design, saying, or monogram with a felt tip Sharpie, then bake in the […]

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An Alternative Kind of Gift Guide from Apartment Therapy

I am still not done with my holiday shopping. I’ve managed to save the hardest for last—my husband. Every year I search and search for THE perfect gift and I always end up with something not so great, according to me at least. He’s happy with anything, everything and even nothing, really. He’s easy, breezy. I am the gifty person in our […]

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How to Remove Tree Sap from Rugs

It’s great to have a live Christmas tree, but they do produce a lot of sap. If you end up with sap on your carpets, here’s how to get it out. For wool carpets and rugs 1. Scrape off what you can with a spoon. 2. Apply WoolClean Dry Spot Remover No. 2 according to the manufacturer’s directions. For a synthetic carpet […]

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Do You Need to Use Place Cards?

While there’s no hard-and-fast rule about using place cards, arranged seating can help keep awkward situations at bay. Read: Do you really want the introvert and the politico seated next to one another?

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Healthy Holiday Food Choices

If you’re trying to eat healthy this holiday season, snack smartly at the office holiday party. One thing you can do is to choose olives instead of mixed nuts. Not only are they lower in calories, but they also have monounsaturated fats (like olive oil) that can help lower cholesterol. Use these smart snacking strategies to solve other holiday party-food […]

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Before You Travel Add This to Your Phone

Before you head to the airport to go on your holiday vacation, take one minute to add your airline’s customer service number to your speed dial. That way if you have any problems with your flights, you can call immediately and try to get re-booked. If you head to the gate agent in the airport when you’ve missed a connection, […]

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