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Holiday Tradition or Old Routine? 3 Little Wins to Make the Season Brighter

We often wait for big occasions to celebrate with friends and family, but what happens when those celebrations become routine, too? Another dry turkey dinner this Thanksgiving. The same old stuffing recipe you’ve made for holiday meals. Last-minute gift purchases that feel informal and rushed. Sometimes, holiday traditions turn into holiday habits series of events […]

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6 Steps to the Easiest-Ever Cookie Swap

A cookie swap is a fun holiday party that gives you a chance to socialize with friends, co-workers, or neighbors before the holidays. Plus, everyone can stock up on cookies for upcoming holiday events or give them away as gifts. This minimal-effort party can come together in just a few weeks. 1. Invite guests. The […]

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Thanksgiving Countdown

Waiting until the last minute to pull together a Thanksgiving feast is for those who like to live dangerously. A checklist, advance planning, and the right tools will let you greet the holiday season feeling prepared and confident. This countdown to Thanksgiving gives you a simple idea each day to help you get ready for […]

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Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with those closest to your heart by creating and then enjoying these sweet treats—together, of course! These decadent desserts are a snap to make and taste as good as they look; perfect for the holiday or any special occasion. (more…)

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How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras refers to the bright, vibrant festivals of excess held around the world leading up to Ash Wednesday. Nowhere has the tradition taken on its own distinctive flare more than in New Orleans. A gumbo-like blend of French, Spanish, African, and Native American cultures have blended over hundreds of years and evolved into a […]

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Holiday Entertaining Survival Guide

Don’t let holiday entertaining psych you out. Get off Pinterest and banish those Norman Rockwell images from your head. No family is perfect and you shouldn’t expect your house or meals to live up to magazine ideals, either. Remember, the holidays are about enjoying time with friends and family— and plenty of good food! (more…)

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Perfect Hostess Gifts

Holidays are full of wonderful dinner parties, brunches, neighborhood gatherings: any excuse to get together with family and friends. As a thoughtful guest, it’s time to stock up on hostess gifts. People put a lot of time and effort into bringing an event together. While your presence is certainly a gift in its own right, […]

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17 Ways to Have a Splendid Picnic

A picnic can be one of the most pleasurable ways to get outdoors, let your hair down, and soak up the sunshine. A picnic can be as simple as a rolled up blanket and a few portable snacks for the kids, or a gourmet meal designed for a romantic date.No matter how you picnic, you’ll […]

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