All The Ways the Holidays Can Send You to the ER, According to New Studies
My mom ends every phone conversation with me “drive carefully.” I could be sitting on the sofa in my living room (frankly in most cases I am) and those will still be her parting words to me. On New Year’s Eve – and most other holidays—that salutation gets even more emphatic given all the alcohol flowing this time of year and the heightened potential to encounter drunk drivers on the road. In fact, a new analysis from Alcohol.
Dec 22, 2017
‘Tis The Season for Package Theft: Here’s How the Smartest Criminals Steal Your Stuff
One of the wonders of online shopping is that you can do it from the couch in your PJs or on the train during your commute. One of the drawbacks—especially around the holidays—is the uptick in package theft. Crafty criminals have come up with smart ways to steal your stuff, but there are companies out there aiming to curb it. The New York Times reported this week that UPS plans to deliver 750 million packages this season, which is up from 500 million just five years ago.
Dec 21, 2017
15 Little Ways to Pay It Forward This Holiday Season
Amidst the planes to catch and parties to attend, it’s easy to forget what the holidays are really about—expressing appreciation and gratitude. Doing this is known to warm our hearts more than any gift under the tree, seasonal dessert, or festive fête. Getting in touch with the true meaning of the season doesn’t require a massive check or hours spent in a soup kitchen (though these are great options, too).
Dec 19, 2017
4 Things You Can Copy From Will and Kate’s Holiday Card
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—not only because the day is a week from today, but also because we get a look at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s holiday card. Here’s what you can do to have a royal worthy card yourself. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.
Dec 18, 2017
Here’s Exactly How Many Bugs Are In Your Real Christmas Tree
We obsess over proper watering, fire hazards, and pet safety — but do we ever really think about what our real Christmas trees might be adding to our home other than holiday cheer? Maybe that real Christmas tree shortage this year isn’t such bad news after all—unless you’re an exterminator.
Dec 16, 2017
Buckingham Palace Revealed This Year’s Christmas Decorations
Check out the festive royal decor.
Dec 15, 2017
Here’s Where Meghan Markle Will Spend Her First Royal Christmas
Soon-to-be Duchess Meghan Markle will get a crash course in royal holidays sooner than expected, as she’s rumored to be spending Christmas with the future in-laws. Here’s what’s planned, including where she and Prince Harry will reportedly be staying. Meghan Markle, breaker of traditions, mother of all of our American princess fantasies, will apparently be the first fiancée invited to the royal celebrations (Kate spent Christmas with her family in 2010).
Dec 10, 2017
These Empathy Cards Are For Anyone Having a Tough Year During the Holidays
Where’s the holiday card for, “I’m sorry your cat died” or “it really sucks to be sick when everyone is celebrating”? When a regular greeting card won’t do, we found some empathetic ways to say, “I’m here for you,” courtesy of Option B. Option B is a non-profit organization started by Sheryl Sandberg that’s meant to help build resistance in the face of adversity, such as grief, discrimination, or assault.
Dec 1, 2017
How to Avoid the Great Christmas Tree Shortage of 2017
If you’re the type of holiday decorator for whom it’s a real tree or none at all, then get thee to the nearest nursery, stat. Experts are predicting a Christmas tree shortage this year, thanks to the impact of the Great Recession on tree farms starting nearly a decade ago.
Nov 30, 2017
The Best and Most Beautiful Jewelry on Etsy
Did you know that you can find incredibly stylish, modern jewelry on Etsy? You can, if you just know where to look. We’ve rounded up a few of the best pieces, to save you the trouble of hunting. Any one of these would make an excellent gift for a friend or loved one, or even for yourself — we’re not telling. It’s always nice to have a few statement necklaces to reach for to add a little something else to an outfit, and this geometric piece fits the bill perfectly.
Nov 25, 2017
14 Dogs Whose Thanksgiving Posts Are Better Than Your Holiday Card
At a time of year when family tensions run high, and travel stress and politics can make you lose your faith in humanity, we’re grateful for these Instagram dogs whose Thanksgiving posts are just too pure for this world. Yes, I am one of those “dog moms” who created an entire Instagram account for her pups and their rescue (@KeepAustinWhippet, if you’re so inclined).
Nov 23, 2017
Science Makes the Case For Putting Up Holiday Decorations Early
To my fellow grinches, we might be too quick to judge our holiday loving brethren. According to a new study, those who bust out the winter wonderland decor early might have something to teach us Christmas cranks. Turns out, those who can’t wait to start celebrating are generally happier than those of us who cringe at seeing trees set up on November 1. Though the practice isn’t always about happy memories.
Nov 18, 2017
5 Creative Holiday Cards that Won’t End Up in the Landfill
Do you cringe at the thought of how many holiday cards are tossed in the recycling (or worse, the trash bin) come January 1st? If you’re trying to be more waste-conscious, or have friends and family who are, you might want to consider alternatives to traditional greeting cards. After all, you’re not a grinch. But the struggle to maintain your waste-conscious lifestyle during the holidays and still join in the generous spirit of the season is real.
Nov 18, 2017
How to Infuse a Little Swedish “Lagom” Into the Holidays This Year
If you weren’t already hip to the Swedish lifestyle trend known as “lagom,” then now’s a great time to smarten up. Defined loosely as “everything in moderation” or “not too much and not too little,” the concept of lagom (pronounced lah-gom) is all about finding a balance — whether at home or in life — that works for you.
Nov 16, 2017
14 Perfect Examples of Boutique-Worthy Wrapping Paper (at Drugstore Prices)
Because your loved ones deserve better than metallic cartoon snowmen.
Nov 14, 2017
The Most Design-Forward Holiday Cards for Showing Off Your Family, Home or Pets
It’s a well known fact that time accelerates between Halloween and New Years, so it’s imperative that you consider your holiday cards now, before the season passes you by in a champagne blur, and all you’re left with is a stack of empty Amazon boxes.
Nov 14, 2017
You’re In the Majority If You’ve Lied to Family To Get Out Of This Uncomfortable Holiday Situation
What’s a little white lie between family members? Perhaps you’ve told a fib to get out of a thing or two, especially during the often busy and stressful holiday season. Well, according to one survey, you’re not alone. According to a survey by INTEX, an air mattress company (so you know, grain of salt) 52% of U.S. adults stretch the truth in order to avoid staying with family members in “uncomfortable sleeping arrangements” over the holidays.
Nov 11, 2017
The Best Holiday Cards if You’d Rather Do Anything Than Schedule a Family Photo Shoot
Maybe you think holiday photos are cheesy, you’re camera shy, or you’re just plain short of time this year …and who isn’t? Luckily there are plenty of amazing holiday cards out there that don’t require matching family sweaters, or the time to find them. And if you’re still keen on customization, there are plenty of ways to personalize photo-free cards too.
Nov 9, 2017
Pineapples Are Coming For Your Christmas Trees
If you wandered over to Instagram or Pinterest at all during October, you probably saw your share of carved pineapples instead of pumpkins (yes, this is apparently a thing). Not satisfied with just being a symbol of summer, the tropical fruit is also aiming to take over Christmas by standing in for your fir or pine.
Nov 4, 2017
11 Inspiring Gratitude Logs for Your Holiday Bullet Journaling
As the holidays are approaching and the year is winding down, many people are starting to think about all the people and things they’re thankful for. Practicing gratitude is pretty standard during the holidays, but it’s also something you can do all the time to be more mindful and help you focus on more positive things even when you’re feeling down.
Nov 3, 2017
Halloween Still Got You Stumped? Google’s Got You Covered
While actual Halloween is six days away, Halloween party time is only two to three days away. So for the costume-less among us, it’s crunch time, baby. But don’t worry, this year Google is here for you in a major way with Frightgeist. Not only is it an incredible play on words, it’s also a new site to help you with all your costume needs.
Oct 25, 2017
Readers Share Their Scariest Stories: A Frightful Melange of Actually Haunted Houses
Hello again bold and intrepid readers, thank you for joining us for another chapter in this oh so spooky anthology. Today we bring you a fright of shorter, but certainly still scary, reader stories. From Molly in Maine: My grandparents have lived in a really old house on the Maine coast since my mom was about 10 years old, and our family gathers there every summer. It was built in 1800 (and is in the National Register of Historic Places)!
Oct 25, 2017
Sure, Candy Corn is Gross, But You’re Still Allowed to Love it
Let’s just get one thing out of the way: yes, I am completely aware that candy corn is just sugary wax. I will readily admit that it’s kind of gross when you think about it too much. I will even admit that it has a weird, fake taste. But guess what? I still love it. And that’s okay. During the rest of the year, I forget that candy corn exists. But every year, come September 1st, it’s like a light switches on and suddenly I’m craving it again.
Oct 24, 2017
These Are The Best Cities For Trick Or Treating, Ranked
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your Halloween buck, some cities are just sweeter than others. Today, Zillow released their annual Trick or Treat Index, which ranks the country’s top metros in the battle for the best holiday spoils. The real estate website evaluates cities and neighborhoods based on one simple premise: how can kids score the most candy in the least amount of time.
Oct 12, 2017
You Can Order Glow In the Dark Roses for Halloween
Mother Nature deserves endless credit for producing a variety of vibrant blooms, but we’ve gotta hand it to human inventiveness for these stunning artificially enhanced glow-in-the dark roses that 1-800-Flowers recently debuted. For a limited time, the floral gift retailer is offered an arrangement that includes one dozen fresh Mondial roses that are treated with a light-absorbing glow topping that allows them to glimmer in the darkness.
Oct 7, 2017
Bounce Back from the Holidays: The Year’s Best Posts on Budgeting & Saving Money
When it comes to our finances, most of the big picture comes from an accumulation of tiny decisions. This goes both ways: money leaking out through inconsequential expenditures or money being squirreled away in small increments and multiplying for big dividends over the long run. Here are some ways to focus purposefully on not spending money unnecessarily, spending it wisely when it’s time to make purchases, and saving it wherever possible.
Dec 26, 2016
Win Your Office Holiday Gift Exchange: Boozy Baileys Chocolate Mug Cake Kit
Stumped on what to bring for your office secret Santa or white elephant gift exchange? Don’t just bring another coffee mug—make a mug cake kit! It’s super simple, under $10, and when you add a nip of Baileys, you’re sure to win at the holidays. A mug Cellophane bag Baileys nip Baker’s twine Ribbon Spoon Recipe card (one per page / four per page) Recipe dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt) 1.
Dec 21, 2016
The Joy of “Usmas”: Real Couples Share Stories of a Holiday Just for Two
With all the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be hard to actually enjoy the holidays. Between traveling, seeing family, gift shopping, hosting and attending dinners and parties and more, there’s so much potential for stress to bog you down. It can be especially difficult when you’re part of a couple, because that usually means doubling everything—double the travel and family visits, double the dinners and parties to attend, and of course, more gifts to buy.
Dec 19, 2016
How to Survive Holiday Party Burnout
Floating from party to party isn't easy when you're not a social butterfly.
Dec 19, 2016
The Modern Holiday Tabletop That Looks Good Any Time of Year
As the holidays quickly approach, getting your dinner table set (and styled) will certainly be on your to-do list. If you’re looking for a fresh twist on a time-old tradition, look no further. Sarah Ashley Schiear, of Salt House, shares her simple tips on decorating your tabletop from fork to plate — and more. And best of all? It’s affordable…sleek…and can be used any time and any season. (So no need to buy all new things you’ll only use once or twice a year).
Dec 17, 2016
The Secret to a Full & Fabulous Christmas Tree Look
Dan and Yves live in a gorgeous home in Chelsea that they’ve created a chic, farmhouse-style vibe in. They’ve done a great job decorating their small space for the holidays, and their Christmas tree is the crowning piece of decorating glory, a truly full and fabulous tree. Yves and Dan describe how they decorated the Christmas tree in their small but chic Chelsea rental: We always decorate our tree in layers.
Dec 16, 2016
Who Not to Tip this Holiday Season (And How to Thank Them Instead)
‘Tis the season for cheer and goodwill to all, but the social rules for tipping get confusing. Many people like to give freely with the thought that tips should represent an entire year’s worth of gratitude for great service, but sometimes, giving a cash tip is ill-advised or problematic for the recipient. When it comes to certain professional or public service officials, ethics and legal restrictions can get in the way of your kind gift.
Dec 15, 2016
5 Things I’m Saying “No” to This Holiday Season
Let’s be real: The holiday season is stressful. While a part of me gets super excited for all the delicious feasts, the festive decorations, the gifts, and the magic that fills the air, another part of me feels overwhelmed. This holiday season, I’m committed to letting go of certain things and taking the pressure off myself so that I can go back to just enjoying the holidays like when I was a kid. Here, five things I’m saying no to this holiday season.
Dec 14, 2016
See a Chic, Contemporary Home Transform for the Holidays
This holiday-themed GIF magic post is for anyone who thinks decorating for the holidays takes too much effort. Or maybe for the person who doesn’t like the bright red, over-commercialized kind of holiday decor that can sometimes be overwhelming. In this special GIF magic, see how a young couple’s eclectic Austin home is transformed (rather simply and elegantly) with a few key pieces of holiday decor, creating a cozy, cheery look in a sophisticated way.
Dec 14, 2016
Simplify Your Gift Giving This Year with Four Words
Despite what it might feel like to a five-year-old, we know that the holidays are about more than just exchanging presents. If you’d like to instill that important lesson in your own family—or maybe just simplify your gift-giving this season with a clever little game that can also help save some money—we’ve got a gameplan for you. Instead of going hog wild at the mall this year, implement this four-word rubric to guide your gifting: Want, Wear, Need, Read.
Dec 7, 2016
Think Outside the (Gift) Box: 5 Unique Ways to Give Presents
When it comes to doing gift exchanges, you know the standard options—Secret Santa and White Elephant exchanges are fun ways to celebrate the holidays with friends, coworkers and family, but you’ve probably done them dozens of times. If you’re in want of a more creative way to give gifts this year, here are a few ways you can liven things up a little, while still giving fun, thoughtful gifts to your friends and loved ones.
Dec 1, 2016
Life Coach Tips On: How To Add More Hygge to Your Home & Life
Bonnie Rasmussen‘s profession and passion as a life coach is all about increasing her clients’ “well-being, performance, resilience and resourcefulness.” It’s not surprising in the slightest, then that her UK home is a stunning space that increases the well-being of all that live in and visit it. Having grown up in Denmark (and an obvious expert at crafting soothing, stylish spaces), I asked Bonnie to share what the Danish word “hygge” means to her.
Nov 29, 2016
11 Understated (But Still Gorgeous) Holiday Decorating Ideas
"Decorating for the holidays" often feels like an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, but there's another way to do Christmas.
Nov 25, 2016
7 Tips for Meeting The Parents This Holiday Season
The holidays can be a truly lovely time of year, with parties, delicious dinners, and family and friend reunions—but they can also be super stressful (travel and fundamental differences among family members can all lead to disaster). The dynamics change even more when you’re in a brand new relationship, especially if it happens to be the first time you’re meeting your partner’s family. Of course, you want to make a stellar first impression and have a great time.
Nov 24, 2016
Take it From a Dane: Hygge Can Be a Recipe for a Happy Life
When life coach Bonnie Rasmussen moved to the UK from her native Denmark, she missed the feeling of airy, light-filled Scandinavian-style homes. So she took to transforming her Surrey home, making it feel bright, open and cozy. Because she’s from Denmark and clearly knows how to craft a serene home, I asked her to share her thoughts on hygge — what it is, what it means to her, and how everyone can add more of it into their home this holiday season (and all year long).
Nov 22, 2016
10 New Traditions to Try Out This Thanksgiving
We’re all familiar with Say What You’re Thankful For, Break The Wishbone, and Eat Way Too Much Pie, but these 10 new traditions might lively up your annual family feast—for many years to come. Encourage your guests to bring canned/boxed goods to donate to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. For every item they bring, they get one ticket for a raffle.
Nov 20, 2016
One Stop Online Shopping: 8 Hosting Essentials to Order Now for the Holidays
If you are hosting guests this holiday season, you’ve got plenty on your plate (pun intended) already. Why not do one quick sweep through Amazon right now to pick up any of the essentials that you might be missing for hosting a crowd? You’ll be done in no time, in one fell swoop, from the comfort of somewhere (anywhere!) far less stressy than the mall. It’ll be fewer stores to have to hit up IRL and there are deals to be had.
Nov 17, 2016
The Secret to Happiness at Home is Hygge — Here are 9 Ways to Practice it this Winter
Finding the words to convey sentimental feelings can be hard sometimes. Yet, the opposite is true when it comes to the Danish term “hygge.” Although there is literally no single translation for the concept (pronounced hoo-gah or hue-gah) the Danes use hygge to describe the warm feelings of happiness, comfort, and coziness—not unlike our idea of holiday spirit—they strive to achieve during the cold weather season.
Nov 3, 2016
How To Have Fun When You’re Staying Home on Halloween
Going out on Halloween night is always a good time, but if you live in a neighborhood or apartment complex where kids go trick-or-treating on Halloween, sometimes it’s fun to stay home and pass out candy instead. And if you have kids or want to have some fun with your nieces and nephews, taking them around to go trick-or-treating can be a good time too, if you really get into the spirit.
Oct 28, 2016
A Definitive Ranking of The 25 Most Popular Halloween Candies
I don’t know about all of you, but the highlight of my Halloween was always the moment we got back from trick-or-treating: My friends and I would dump our pillowcases out on my living room floor and start to wheel and deal with our candies. Trading just like we were on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. You see, not all treats are created equal.
Oct 13, 2016
A Highly Scientific Formula for How Much Halloween Candy to Buy This Year
Halloween-related household spending is expected to hit a record high this year, according to the National Retail Federation: $8.4 billion dollars overall in the U.S., with $2.5 billion of that spent just on candy. That’s a whole lot of Snickers bars, y’all. No doubt, with stats like those looming on the horizon, you want to do your homework and avoid over-spending on Halloween candy this year.
Oct 11, 2016
Here Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes on Pinterest This Year
Tomorrow is the first day of October, and it’s officially time to start thinking about Halloween. If you’re at a loss as to what you’ll be wearing on the spookiest day of the year, Pinterest has plenty of ideas. Here’s what’s trending for this year’s costumes: Everybody loves tacos (and pizza, and cereal). Show your love of food by dressing like it (or even dressing like your favorite dressing).
Sep 30, 2016
Merry Kitschmas: How to Throw a Retro Holiday Party
‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining! Today we’re taking things all the way back to the 1950s for a retro-themed party — complete with a recipe for peppermint icebox cake. Want to throw your own kitschmas party? Here’s everything you need. Before guests arrive, make sure to set the scene with plenty of mid-century modern accents. Put on a record, mix up a Manhattan, and toast to the holiday season.
Dec 10, 2015
5 Ways to Organize a Gift Exchange
It’s the spirit of the holidays–you want to give gifts to everyone: Family, co-workers, the friends you see every day. But sometimes because of budgets or the fact that everyone might not know each other all that well, a traditional present swap isn’t going to work out. In those cases, it’s fun to get a little creative and make a game of it. If you’re hosting a party, here are five ideas for getting a gift exchange together.
Dec 7, 2015
8 TED Talks That Will Help You Get Through the Holidays
Are you prepared for the holidays? For traffic jams, holiday travel, potlucks, screaming kids, wrapping gifts, nosy family members? Take some to watch a handful of these TED talks on subjects like listening, happiness, mindfulness and more…they just might help you keep things in perspective, save your sanity and perhaps even survive the holidays this year.
Nov 23, 2015
Things to Do on Thanksgiving Instead of Having a Big Dinner
When it comes to Thanksgiving, the meal is the main event. It sometimes seems as though the entire point of the holiday is to eat a massive, rich dinner before retiring to the sofa for a nap. But what if you don’t have the room to host a big dinner, don’t want to bother with all that cooking, or it just plain doesn’t jive with your schedule? Here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving Day that don’t involve a turkey. 1.
Nov 2, 2015
How To Be the Best Trick-or-Treating House on the Block
Do you love Halloween? There’s the slight chill in the air, candy, fall treats and fun decor. But perhaps the best part of Halloween is getting to see all the creative costumes! If you plan on staying close to home this Halloween holiday and want to be the best trick-or-treating house on the block, considering doing these five things.
Oct 25, 2015
8 Things You Need for a Successful Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party
The Halloween holiday inches ever more closely, and you might be looking for a way to supercharge the season with a classic activity that’s fun for all ages. Here are eight things you’ll want to have on hand to throw a great and successful Halloween pumpkin carving party. Carve pumpkins too early (and don’t do any tricks to make them last longer), and you’ll have rotted, deflated pumpkins by the time the big trick-or-treating night comes around.
Oct 19, 2015
9 Holiday Hosting Mistakes You Might Not Even Know You’re Making
So you’re having a holiday party, and you want it to be perfect. Take a look at this list — and make sure to avoid these nine mistakes that even the most well-intentioned hosts and hostesses make. Don’t expect that your guests will know to help themselves to the beer in the fridge, or that they’ll be able to find those cookies tucked away in the back of the kitchen.
Dec 2, 2014
How Often Should You Replace Your Christmas Lights?
Nothing lasts forever. While it’s pretty easy to determine the shelf life of, say, Thanksgiving leftovers, it’s tougher to know when your seasonal decor has gone bad. Holiday lights, like a lot of things in your home, require maintenance and regular replacement. Do you know the life span of your lights? Incandescent bulbs should be replaced every 4-6 years. LED lights last a bit longer, for 7-10 years. Of course, these numbers are just a guideline.
Dec 1, 2014
Put This In Your Holiday Hosting Arsenal: An Emergency Cleanup Kit
It’s hosting season and you know what that means: your home will soon be getting a workout. Be it parties or houseguests, lots of traffic means lots of messes. Since you know spills are inevitable, do yourself a favor this year and put together an emergency cleaning kit so you’ll be prepared to act fast when someone slips up. Having this quick kit on hand has two benefits.
Nov 12, 2014
Easy & Cheap St. Patrick’s Day Crafts You Can Make Before the Weekend
Whether you’re throwing an impromptu party or just trying to avoid getting pinched, it’s not too late to get a little green. Try out one of these easy crafts that celebrates St. Patrick’s day and decorate your table, mantel, patio, or yourself with some Irish spirit. TOP ROW: 1. Tunnel Fringe Garland | Julep from Minted 2. Clay Pot Planters | The Merrythought 3. Crepe Paper Shamrock Streamers | Studio DIY 4. St. Patrick’s Day Confetti Poppers | Haute Chocolate 5.
Mar 12, 2014
Weigh In: When Do You Take Down the Christmas Tree?
I’ve never been exactly clear on when one is supposed to take down a Christmas tree. There’s a fine line between keeping the festivity going as long as possible, and trying to sell the Christmas tree as a Valentine’s Day decoration. Some of my friends take their trees down on December 26 exactly, but that’s way too early for me. Christmas isn’t over until one has finished buying all the other presents one wanted and did not receive.
Jan 16, 2014
Enjoy the Holidays at Home: 9 Things to Do Around the House Just for Fun
‘Tis the season of good cheer, twinkling lights, family and friends. ‘Tis also the season of packed shopping centres, endless parties, and, strangely but almost invariably, a million professional deadlines. Look, I like December as much as the next person– it’s fun and festive and all that, but no one ever said it was easy.
Dec 10, 2013
The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You
I’ve been a houseguest before, and there are plenty of things I have wanted to ask of my host that went unspoken in the spirit of gratefulness and generally trying not to be a pain in the chateau. I do want to get invited back, after all. But I’ve also been on the other side of the coin, and I know that any generous host wants their visitors to be happy and comfortable. Here’s the most important thing your guests won’t tell you. Your home is too cold, or maybe too hot.
Nov 11, 2013
Easter Egg Hunt: Finding DIY Plastic Egg Alternatives
We love having an Easter Egg hunt. It’s a tradition my mom kept alive well into my college years. No matter what the weather – even with snow on the ground – my brother, myself, and our parents went outside with our baskets and color-coded eggs. I still remember the year my mom hung a colorful bra – it was Easter-like, apparently – from a tree branch just for me!Continuing that tradition (okay, not the bra, probably) with my daughter is important.
Mar 13, 2013
The Perfect Cocktail Party Playlist
Getting ready for a holiday cocktail party and thinking of putting the ole iPod on shuffle? The convenience may seem tempting, but take an hour and make a playlist instead. Cocktail parties are the time to break out the red lipstick, the fanciest drinks, the funniest stories, and the bounciest music. If you can make a playlist that will have your guests shimmying, singing, and flirting, then you’ve set the stage for a swinging night.
Dec 5, 2012
Strategies for (Very) Big Holiday Gatherings In a Small (ish) Home
One of the biggest challenges of small space living is entertaining. For a family of five, our 1700 sq ft house is more than enough on a daily basis, but add in twenty dinner guests, and we’re bursting at the seams. After a few years of failed attempts, this year I’ve discovered a happy style recipe for low-stress, large gathering entertaining.
Nov 26, 2012
Vinegar Prevents Squirrels from Eating Jack-O-Lanterns
This is coming a day late, but we’ll be filing this away for next year: When we prepped our stoop for trick-or-treaters last night, we swept the stairs, turned on the lights, then went to light a candle in the jack-o-lantern. That’s when we noticed his face had been gnawed away – eyes, nose, and mouth – into one gigantic hole:Squirrels are relentless at this time of year as they prepare for the long, cold, and fruitless winter.
Nov 1, 2011