Need to look your best in the next few weeks? Of course you do. One of the best things about the holidays is that it gives you a great opportunity to try out new looks with your make-up. So what is hot this holiday season? Face Forward There are several options for makeup for the holidays: Metallic: Go golden like Carrie Underwood does for an appealing look in sparkling metallic hues. Keeping lips nude lets your eyes take center stage when lined with black liner. Tint your ... Continue Reading
Peppermint and chocolate make this delicious chilled pie a hit for any holiday occasion.
What better way is there to celebrate the holidays than with the delicious tastes of chocolate and peppermint. This simple holiday pie combines crushed Starlight candies and milk chocolate chips. The result is something to celebrate and definitely something you'll want to serve to all of your holiday guests this year. Ingredients: 1 chocolate cookie crumb pie crust 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup milk 1 small box of Jell-O Vanilla instant pudding mix 3 cups Cool Whip, ... Continue Reading
Some great entertainment gifts for anyone on your list.
Finishing up the last of that holiday shopping can be really tough, especially when you’re out of ideas on what to buy. In a pinch, there’s one thing that almost everyone wants – to be entertained! Here are some great ideas that can be applied to almost any situation (you didn’t forget a gift for the Secret Santa thing at work again, did you?). Movie Theater Gift Certificates – These are great because most people really enjoy going to the movies but many of us balk at the ... Continue Reading
Incorporate new traditions to give back to Mother Nature this Christmas season.
Start a family tradition this Christmas that can last a lifetime. A traditional family dinner, gift giving, and decorations are a part of many family holiday festivities. However, make Christmas count with a day dedicated to your family, unity, and nature. There are many ways you can give back to Mother Nature this Christmas while making memories that will last a lifetime. Outdoor Tree Decorations Give a gift to the birds this Christmas by decorating a tree just for them. Cover pinecones ... Continue Reading
Make homemade marshmallows this holiday season.
December is finally here and that means the holiday season is in full swing. The holidays always bring out my desire to create festive foods. There is no better time to experiment with fun new foods than during this festive season - whether it's trying new recipes or giving old favorites a new holiday flare. With children, creating fun and festive food for the holidays can be a great way to share some quality time with them, or just surprising them with a tasty snack. One treat that my kids ... Continue Reading
Holiday shopping can help indicate the state of the economy. Where are we at this year?
If you turn on the television or walk into a store, you are inundated with all the glittery packages, discounts, and holiday sales. The spirit of “giving” seems to be the one that most stores focus on for the holidays and rightfully so for their pocketbooks. In fact, you may be surprised at exactly how much Americans spend, on average, for the Christmas gift shopping. In a recent Gallup poll, they found that the average American will spend $770 on Christmas presents this year. For ... Continue Reading
In the spirit of the holidays – consider donating gifts or giving your time to a local charity.
The holiday season is upon us and with festivities well underway, it can be easy to get lost in the chaos. However, the spirit of the holidays is one of giving and charity for many. Take part in the holiday spirit of charity to others with some of these ideas: Give Gifts The holidays can be a time of distress for many families. Consider giving back this season to children who are less fortunate. There are a number of ways to give back in your community through donations of holiday gifts. ... Continue Reading
Tips for keeping off those dreaded pounds typically gained between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
The holidays are busy and loaded with yummy treats. There are work functions, gatherings with friends, and family obligations. It is easy to lose track of time and your workouts, overeat and even gain weight. The average American will gain about four pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Year after year that adds up. This year, fight the holiday backlash with these tips. Keep It Moving One of the best ways to keep weight off is to hit the weights. Picking up a set of ... Continue Reading
Shopping local allows you to be unique, thoughtful, and can save you more money than you imagined this holiday season.
With the holiday season well underway and Black Friday just passed, many holiday shoppers are out in full force. Big retailers will inundate you with their latest advertisements trying to convince you to stop in their large chain of stores for unsurpassed deals. However, there is a whole trove of other shopping options that may not be gracing your television screen. Go Unique Shopping local for the holidays can offer completely unique gifts that your friends and family are sure to love. ... Continue Reading
Help your kids see that the holidays are more about giving than getting this year.
Wants and wish lists can often overtake the true meaning of the holidays - giving back. While adults may realize it’s better to give than to receive, teaching kids this mantra can be tricky. The best way to impart this wisdom on your children is to show them, not tell them. Here’s a few ideas on how you can do just that this December: Gifted. With all the consumerism and festive frenzy, it’s easy for kids’ toy chests to overflow after all the presents are opened. This year, before ... Continue Reading