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December Delights: 5 Things You Can Still Do With the Family

December 8, 2020 What a year! As we roll into the final month of 2020, so many things look and feel different. It can be a bit depressing when we miss out on the activities we loved to do each year. It can be upsetting when traditions have to be left out or altered. It…

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How to Make Your Outdoor Pumpkin Last Longer

October 20, 2020 With the holidays only a few short weeks away, many people are adding pumpkins and fall gourds to their outdoor decorating plan. But, depending on where you live, they may not always last as long as you want them to. Here are some simple tips to make your outdoor pumpkin last longer…

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Halloween at Home: Spooky Good Fun for 2020

September 10, 2020 It’s hard to know what Halloween will look like in 2020, but it’s reasonable to assume that many families will be skipping trick-or-treating this year. While it’s disappointing in many ways, it doesn’t mean that the celebration has to end. Here are some ways to celebrate Halloween at home and still have…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Nerdy Moms

April 14, 2020 It’s hard to believe, but Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Have you finished your shopping? While there are plenty of ways to show your love and appreciation without spending a single dime, sometimes a sweet gift can really mean so much. You’ll find many traditional ideas listed in gift guides…

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas, Treats, and Ways to Celebrate Solo
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas, Treats, and Ways to Celebrate Solo

February 4, 2020 It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is certainly in the air as we continue to ease into this Roaring 20s of a decade … again! We have so much Valentine’s Day content on the site, I thought I’d make it easier on you by curating the best of the best. Gift Ideas…

A Simpler Holiday: 5 Shortcuts to Traditional Activities
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A Simpler Holiday: 5 Shortcuts to Traditional Activities

December 9, 2019 It’s the holiday season. Everywhere you look, there are snowflakes (real or decorative), red and green colors, and commercials of smiling children happily doing scenic activities. Let’s acknowledge the reality. Most parents are busy juggling a budget, end-of-the-year work, a schedule that includes more parties and school events than the rest of…

5 Eco-Friendly Tips to Keep Halloween Green This Year
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5 Eco-Friendly Tips to Keep Halloween Green This Year

September 17, 2019 As the leaves turn orange, gold, and red, it’s a signal that Halloween is on the horizon. It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, but, I am already starting to see the Halloween merchandise displayed in the stores as I shop. While it can be tempting to pick up…

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4 Cute Ways to Add Easter to Your Front Yard

April 4, 2019 Have you wondered how to add Easter to your front yard? During the Christmas holidays, we see all sorts of Christmas lights and decorated front yards. It really helps make the holiday season much more festive. While there may not be Christmas trees and Christmas lights during Easter, there are a few…

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Crafty Kid: 8 Gifts That Guarantee Hours of Creative Play

December 5, 2018 Looking for the perfect gift for the crafty, artsy, creative girl or boy in your life aged 8-12? Here are our picks for high quality natural and imaginative toys that help bring out a child’s natural curiosity and creativity. Crayon Rocks Kids love creating beautifully textured drawings with the pebble-like-shaped Crayon Rocks….

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Learning to Stress Less and Savor More at Christmas time

November 26, 2018 Christmas is the favorite holiday for many people. For some it’s for religious reasons, for others it’s about cherishing family and festivities. For most, it’s a combination of both! Unfortunately, it can get very stressful for many people. It is overwhelming to budget for gifts, host out-of-town guests, plan and host holiday…

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5 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving

November 15, 2018 Much has been made in movies and pop culture about the downright craziness that can surround the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving. While it’s meant to be a day for showing love and gratitude, tempers can flare when extended family members—some of whom may be estranged—try to gather around the table for a meal….

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4 Tips for Hosting an Awesome Halloween Party

September 26, 2018 Being born in late October, Halloween was always my favorite holiday of the year. Halloween meant three things: I got to dress up as whatever I wanted, I got to eat an incessant amount of candy (this was the 90’s, before parents checked their kids’ candy), and my HALLOWEEN BIRTHDAY BASH. My…

5 Ways to Cope with Spending the Holidays at Work
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5 Ways to Cope with Spending the Holidays at Work

December 24, 2015 If there’s one thing that people want most during the holidays, it’s time off from work. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out and some are forced to put in some hours while the rest of the world enjoys quality time at home. Rather than sink into despair, here are some tips for…

Well, That’s Awkward: 4 Videos Show the Funnier Side of Thanksgiving
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Well, That’s Awkward: 4 Videos Show the Funnier Side of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015 This week, it would be hard to miss SNL’s Thanksgiving spoof that includes good ol’ Aunt Kathy who pulls out every politically incorrect or rude comment you could imagine from a relative. In case you haven’t seen it, the youngest family member makes convenient and increasingly hilarious use of Adele’s newest hit….

A Way for Kids to Give Back This Holiday Season
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A Way for Kids to Give Back This Holiday Season

November 6, 2015 Every year, as the holidays approach, I hear people asking for a good place to let their kids volunteer. Perhaps a local soup kitchen or church. Not everyone wants to publicly help though and it can be difficult to find a good location and time that works with your schedule. It’s also good…

Expectations: Setting Yourself Up for a Joyful Year’s End
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Expectations: Setting Yourself Up for a Joyful Year’s End

November 3, 2015 Every year as I walk around the neighborhood on Halloween night, I think to myself, and now it begins. From this point on, time and events seem to launch themselves at me from now until the end of the year. Not only do we feel the weight of all our plans, stores…

Fireworks Safety Month: Be Informed!
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Fireworks Safety Month: Be Informed!

June 8, 2015 They are loud, bright and potentially dangerous but let’s face it – many people love fireworks! Whether it’s a professional display put on by your city or some smaller sparklers set off in someone’s backyard, fireworks are a huge part of the celebration of summer. For this reason, it’s great that June…

Enjoy a Realistic, Happy Valentine’s Day
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Enjoy a Realistic, Happy Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 It’s a familiar scene – the “most romantic day of the year” ends in a fight, hurt feelings and, possibly, tears.  For whatever reason, many of us get upset because that special person in our life has failed to make us think that we are important or loved by them because (gasp) they didn’t…

Follow Santa’s Travels With OnStar and NORAD this Christmas!
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Follow Santa’s Travels With OnStar and NORAD this Christmas!

December 24, 2014 Christmas Eve is spent decorating cookies, hanging out with family, and of course wondering where in the world Santa might be visiting. My children are still enthralled with the notion that during the day of December 24th, Santa is off in exotic locations, slowly making his way, home by home, to the…

Another Dear Santa: A Grateful Mom’s Letter
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Another Dear Santa: A Grateful Mom’s Letter

December 23, 2014 Dear Santa, I’ll be honest. This year has been tough here near home and out in the world in general. Some days it feels like the world will never be at peace. There’s too much hidden underneath, too much hatred and misunderstanding, too much anger. The TV is filled with bad news,…

Tips for Graciously Hosting Holiday Visitors
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Tips for Graciously Hosting Holiday Visitors

December 22, 2014 We’ve all been there. Inviting people over for the holidays (or reluctantly agreeing to let them come over!) sounds like a splendid idea until right before they arrive at your house. Unless you’ve really got your seasonal routine together, you probably feel stressed, anxious and maybe even a little resentful of having…

Holiday Gifts for the Family That Won’t Break the Bank
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Holiday Gifts for the Family That Won’t Break the Bank

December 9, 2014 I’ll admit that I spent dozens of hours in November browsing online, forcing my kids to nail down specific items they’d like for the holidays, and shopping for the best discounts and deals! I thought Black Friday/Cyber Monday would’ve been the perfect time to finish my shopping, but sadly many of the…

What to Do When Mom’s Thanksgiving Helpers Disappear
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What to Do When Mom’s Thanksgiving Helpers Disappear

November 24, 2014 My mom refused to let my dad in the kitchen except to eat. For her generation, the kitchen was a woman’s seat of power and Mom wouldn’t even delegate dish drying to any male. Of course, she had no problem ordering me around especially during the holidays when company was coming. “Unload…

10 Random Things You Might Not Know About Thanksgiving
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10 Random Things You Might Not Know About Thanksgiving

November 17, 2014 I’m sure you already have your turkey purchased and your recipes all planned for Thanksgiving next week. But before you take the kitchen by storm, why not learn a few (or 10) random facts about the holiday?!? 1. It wasn’t just the colonists who created this holiday. Both the Pilgrims and the…

Dia de los Muertos: 10 Things You Might Not Know
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Dia de los Muertos: 10 Things You Might Not Know

November 3, 2014 This weekend saw the celebration of the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. We might recognize a few of the popular symbols or associate it with Halloween, But this festival developed from a history and a celebration very different from the Celtic origins of Halloween. Here are 10…

Top Halloween Prank Videos: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
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Top Halloween Prank Videos: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

October 20, 2014 Halloween, the season of fright, is the perfect time for a well-timed prank. Creative people manage to pull off hysterical tricks involving their friends or unfortunate bystanders. Lucky for our funny bones, the reactions are sometime caught on tape! Here a compilation of fun pranks off the web. This guy got very…

Have Pumpkin-Flavored Products Gone Too Far?
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Have Pumpkin-Flavored Products Gone Too Far?

October 7, 2014 Over a decade ago, Starbucks launched its Pumpkin Spice Latte and, with it, a revolution. Its success led to almost every company in the world trying to get its piece of the “pumpkin pie.” It’s a big pie. Sales rose to $308 million last year. Even actual pumpkins have become more popular….

Ways to Recognize National Senior Citizens Day
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Ways to Recognize National Senior Citizens Day

August 18, 2014 You may not know this but, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day. This important occasion is, unfortunately, rarely recognized but we can do more to increase its visibility. We would not be here without our elders and they deserve to be celebrated, respected and remembered. A…

Celebrate National Cheesecake Day With The Cheesecake Factory #SayCheesecakeContest
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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day With The Cheesecake Factory #SayCheesecakeContest

July 23, 2014 I love cheesecake, it’s one of my favorite desserts. Whether it’s cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries, or a slice flavored with cookie bits and topped with chocolate curls, I could eat cheesecake every day! Apparently a lot of other people agree, as there is an unofficial holiday in celebration of cheesecake. July 30th is National Cheesecake…

Stay Healthy and Safe Over July 4th Weekend
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Stay Healthy and Safe Over July 4th Weekend

July 2, 2014 The Fourth of July weekend is arguably one of the most fun occasions of the year. There are so many great specials to watch on television, tasty recipes to try, crafts to make and gatherings to attend during the festivities. While it’s wonderful to feel carefree and euphoric, it’s also important to…

It’s Almost Passover: Four Ways to Celebrate!
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It’s Almost Passover: Four Ways to Celebrate!

April 10, 2014 It’s almost time for Passover, or Pesach, which is a beautiful Jewish holiday commemorating their freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The eight-day festival is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan – which falls on April 14th through…