more about: holidays

A Better Way to Do Holiday Wish Lists

It’s no secret that wish lists are one of the easiest ways to simplify holiday shopping. But wish lists can be a little, well, impersonal. Where is the fun in buying exactly what someone wants? (Disclaimer: This is coming from someone who loves to find the perfect gift.) But I do recognize how helpful it can be to have some […]

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How Much Garland Should You Buy?

If you love the look of garlands on a Christmas tree, but are concerned about having enough to wrap your conifer from top to bottom keep the number nine in mind. On average for every foot of tree, you’ll need 9 feet of garland to wrap it fully. So that means a 5-foot tree will take 45 feet of garland, […]

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2 Tips to Make Holiday Party Mingling Less Awkward

Tis the season for holiday open houses, office Christmas parties, and—for better or worse—endless amounts of small talk with acquaintances and strangers. If you find yourself at a loss for words on the party circuit (like I do), do not fear. I talked to a slew of mingling pros, who offered simple conversation starters anyone can use. 1. From humorist […]

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Easy DIY Holiday Cards or Gift Tags

How cute is this idea for a homemade Christmas card from the blog Meet the Dubiens? It’s a great easy way to let your kids help make the Christmas cards (or gift tags, if you’ve already sent your cards out). Draw the “string” first and then let your little ones add the lights. I’d recommend using a watercolor palette. Add […]

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Holiday Gift Wrap Essentials from Style Me Pretty at Home

Our friends over at Style Me Pretty at Home have come up with a beautiful winter-white holiday gift wrapping guide. I am definitely not the most crafty of gals, but even I could follow these DIY guides to gift-wrapping perfection. I especially like the budget-friendly ideas like reusing grocery store bags or pages from an old piano book. Plus, who-knew the importance of a gift […]

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The Anti-Stress Holiday Vow

A few years back I made, with my husband, perhaps my best new year’s resolution ever:  that I would no longer say “I’m so tired.”  Really, with three kids, constant Sisyphean house projects, a full-time job, and lots of self-generated internal anxiety (am I the only woman in the world who wakes up at 5:35 a.m. and cannot fall back […]

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Hanukkah Begins Tomorrow, So Make Jelly Doughnuts

Hanukkah—the Jewish festival of lights—begins on Saturday, December 8 after sunset, and I can’t wait. There’s nothing I love more than the simple ritual of lighting the Menorah and singing the Hanukkah blessings. Oh wait, there is one thing I love more: Eating Hanukkah jelly doughnuts—also known as sufganiyot! I usually buy my jelly doughnuts (both Tal Bagels and the […]

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The Perfect Apple Cider from HuffPo Taste

This past weekend I attended a one year-old birthday celebration where the hostess, and my dear friend, served hot apple cider (spiked for the adults). It was the perfect cocktail to celebrate such a special occassion, plus kick off the holiday season. Our friends at HuffPo Taste have an apple cider and spiced rum recipe that caught my attention. It requires early planning but promises a great outcome. See […]

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Tight Holiday Budget? Try Homemade Gifts

With news about going over the fiscal cliff dominating the headlines and e-mails proclaiming “Sale extended!” popping up in my inbox, I wasn’t too surprised to hear that the majority of consumers are cutting back on their holiday spending. A recent poll hosted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that half of shoppers plan to spend less this year […]

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Creative DIY Place Cards

Looking for a way to spruce up your holiday table? Trade traditional, handwritten place cards for baby photos—the more embarrassing the better!

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