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 […]
more about: holidays
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
Glitter polish is definitely one of my favorite things about the holiday season (especially this gold glitter polish from Sephora/OPI). That is until it’s time to remove the glitter polish. I’ve never gone through so many cotton balls in my life, only to end up picking off pieces of glitter for days afterward. Luckily there’s an easier way to say goodbye […]