more about: holidays

An Ornament to Commemorate Your New Home

Yes, another DIY ornament for your tree this year. I think there’s something special about having ornaments to commemorate the major events in your life—new babies, new homes, first Christmases of all kinds. And I love this simple key print idea for making a first-Christmas-in-a-new-house ornament from In the Little Yellow House. It’s as easy as getting a clay you bake […]

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How to Ice a Holiday Cookie—Perfectly

Cookie decorating season is officially in gear (and thanks to the Real Simple food department, I have an arsenal of supplies—miniature Menorahs, blue and silver sprinkles, icing galore—waiting in my kitchen). To make your iced sugar cookies look like they came from a professional bakery—that is, smooth, even and fully covered—just follow this advice: First, outline the cookie using a bottle […]

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Adorable Picks for Kids from In Style

Our colleagues over at InStyle.com have come up with a great gift guide for those special kiddos in your life. This is my first holiday season with our baby and my husband and I go back-and-forth on gifts or no gifts since he’s still so young. But, the gift-giving new mom in me would  love to have a few presents […]

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It’s Time to Buy: Christmas Morning Pajamas

Did you know that November is the best time to buy new PJs and slippers? Well, it is. Because retailers know that pajamas and slippers make great holiday gifts, and thus use discounts on these items to lure shoppers with well-priced sets. So, if you have a tradition of getting new pajamas for Christmas Eve/Christmas morning, now is the time […]

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How to Fake the Scent of a Christmas Tree

An artificial tree not only keeps your home free from messy pine needles, but it’s also the ideal solution for allergy sufferers and people with pets. Unfortunately, artificial trees don’t provide the nostalgia from the yuletide aroma. And who doesn’t love the smell of Christmas?

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A Twist on a Classic: Gingerbread Dinosaurs

Want to try something that’s kind of holiday-ish, but not so expected? Why not skip the gingerbread men and their candy decorated homes in favor of gingerbread dinosaurs? The kitschy company SUCK UK has just come out with these fun cookie cutters that allow you to assemble three-dimensional either a Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, or T-rex. I’m betting that a lot […]

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Easy Washi Tape Ornaments

I’m clearly on a bit of a DIY ornament kick here this week. But I do love making things for the holidays. Here’s my new favorite easy ornament idea from Nest of Posies: It’s as simple as buying plain ball ornaments from the craft store and a few rolls of festive washi tape. Then decorate to your heart’s content! Is […]

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3 Tricks To Help You Keep Off Holiday Pounds

First, the good news: Despite the ubiquitousness of chocolate candy and gingerbread, pumpkin pie and sugar-glazed ham, Americans don’t gain that much weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, the average person gains a little less than a pound in those six or so weeks of gluttony. But if you’d like […]

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Stress-Free Holiday Hosting Tips from HuffPost Home

Does that really exist? According to our friends over at HuffPost Home, we can all become laid-back holiday hosts by following six guidelines that include managing expectations, maintaining a positive outlook, and advance planning, just to name a few. My personal favorite: “There is no such thing as the perfect meal, and if you happen to achieve it once or […]

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DIY Ornaments from Puzzle Pieces

What do you do with a puzzle that has a few missing pieces? Since it’s the holiday season now, why not use them to make a few ornaments? Check out this idea & how-to from Lisa’s Craft Blog. My family has one of these ornaments in the shape of a wreath on our tree every year, but I can’t remember […]

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