It's said that smell is the sense with the closet ties to memory. As you prepare your home for the holidays with plenty of love, laughter and decoration, don't forget about ambiance. 'Tis the season to dim the lights, put on some soft music and, if you're so inclined, prepare one of these lovely and fragrant little recipes to fill your home with great memories.
It's November, people. Time to panic. OK, not really panic, but it would be smart and sensible to get started on a few of your holiday tasks before it's too late–and before you find yourself double-booked on Christmas parties with nothing to wear.
We regularly ask readers to share how much time or money they spend on a given item, service, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay. It's also just interesting to know how others approach the same topic.
Winter is the perfect season for hosting a dinner party. A hearty meal helps chase away the cold weather blues and brightens up the dark nights. Make your guests feel special with their own place setting (plus, you can sit chatty Uncle Leo at the other end of the table — the perks of hosting). Just a little planning ahead will allow you time to create one of these simple DIY name setting ideas. Some of them even double up as a little gift for your guests to take home.
"I don't know what to say, but it's Christmas and we're all in misery." If this Christmas Vacation quote sums up how you feel about spending the holidays with family, then this article from the Wall Street Journal is a must-read. Even if you don't have the so-called dysfunctional family, there are smart tips to help everyone get a handle on even the smallest of squabbles.
If your dad is anything like mine, he's awesome, loves granola, art, and science, and is still introducing you to cool stuff ("Fine, I'll give Dr. Who a try I guess, dad..."). What do you give the dude who gave you life? Here are some ideas:
Messy wrapping is cute (if you let your five-year-old do it). Don't let your sloppy package send the wrong message this season. Make the outside just as thoughtful as the inside by following our step-by-step tutorial on how to properly wrap a present.
The 8-year-old in our household makes gifts for his loved ones each year — cards, Magic Loom bracelets, tiny sculptures— and this year I thought he would have fun making ornaments. Here are sources for cheap, charming, and highly customizable ornament options for kids:
Making a donation to someone's favorite cause is a lovely gift, but sometimes you want to give something tangible, right? Maybe even pretty? These are great gifts in their own right, and they support admirable efforts to make the world a better place.
If you are stumped by what to buy for family, friends and colleagues this year, consider making something homemade instead. You'll steer clear of the mall chaos, save some money, and give a thoughtful and heartfelt gift. All this week we've shared some great ideas and projects — all submitted by our readers — along with instructions and resources so you can make them too! Here's what you missed...