more about: holidays

Use This Hotel Trick If You’re Serving Mom Breakfast in Bed

Don’t forget that this Sunday is Mother’s Day! If you’re celebrating with your mom by bringing her breakfast in bed, use this hotel trick to prevent spills. Fill any cups and bowls (coffee, juice, oatmeal) only 3/4 of the way full, and for anything tall cover the opening with plastic wrap. To all the moms, might we suggest forwarding this […]

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Oversharing: When Couples Tweet Too Much

Singer Rosanne Cash got in trouble recently for tweeting that her husband was napping. “Don’t’ tell people I’m taking a nap!” he said, really annoyed. That story and others, reported today in the New York Times, describes a modern etiquette problem that can derail romance: oversharing. Before the days of Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr, it wasn’t so easy to blithely […]

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How to Win on National Scrabble Day

Did you know that today is National Scrabble Day? In honor of the “holiday” take a look at these 10 short words words from Mental Floss that can help you out in a pinch (and occasionally rack up some high scores). 1. Aa definition: basaltic lava having a rough surface 2.  Qat definition: a flowering plant native to East Africa […]

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It’s National Grilled Cheese Month!

Happy April! What’s the best thing about this month? The spring temperatures? The early flowers in bloom? Nope, it’s grilled cheese. In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, here are our favorite upgrades from RealSimple.com and the new ones we can’t wait to try from around the web. Our Favorites Classic Grilled Cheese (shown above) California Grilled Cheese (cheddar + red […]

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National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

The food-related holidays just keep coming. Today we’re celebrating National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. When you’re buying your next jar of peanut butter, opt for the natural kind with the oil on top (here’s how to make it easier to stir back in) because it has less salt and sugar than the blended kinds. Plus, the non-blended versions are trans-fat […]

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Happy Leap Day! Take Some Time for Yourself

Happy Leap Day, everyone! Since today is an extra day in the year, why not carve out a little bit of time for yourself this evening? Take one of those extra 24 hours and treat yourself. Here are just a few ideas: Make an oatmeal face mask Give yourself a pedicure Spend a little time unwinding Whip up a batch […]

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Valentine’s Day Cards + Gifts

Being a paper/stationery nut, I’ll look for any excuse to send cards or write letters. So Valentine’s Day is right up my alley. Here are some of my favorite cards and small, mailable gifts for this year. Just Sending You Some Love card, $3, by Mary Kate McDevitt on Etsy Valentine’s Day Multipack, $15 for 8, by Tattly Designy Temporary […]

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Last-Minute Super Bowl Party Idea: Do-It-Yourself Nachos

I’m a big fan of do-it-yourself parties—they get people talking, mingling, and interacting, which is the point of a get-together in the first place. Plus, people end up having a lot of fun when they get to be hands-on. Here’s an easy way to entertain for the Super Bowl if you’re short on time—just set up a nacho bar and […]

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February is…National Pancake Month!

The food holidays just keep getting better. Turns out, February is National Pancake Month. Let the celebrations begin with these tasty recipes! Oven-Pear Pancake Dinner Pancakes (Sweet isn’t the only way to go.) Apple Blintz Pancakes German Pancake Puffed Pear Pancakes The Best Pancake Mixes How to Make Pancakes (video) What’s your favorite way to fix pancakes?    

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Weekend Project: DIY Chalkboard Frame

Valentine’s day is closer than you think, and if you’re looking for a great handmade gift to make with your kids, why not try this chalkboard frame idea. Simply paint a plain wooden frame with chalkboard paint, and insert a photo. Be sure to pair it with chalk when you give it as a gift. See more DIY Valentine’s Day […]

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