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- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:56 AM ESTI just had to go digging in my office closet for the little portable heater I use to keep toasty in this room. Even though it's only mid-October, here in Philly we're having some very cool and rainy days this week. We don't want to turn on the heat for the whole house yet, so a little heater is the way to go. These cool temps remind me that colder weather is on its way, and that means it is time to start my annual winter prep. I was looking into some winter boots when I stumbled across some battery-operated warming boots and that sent me down a rabbit hole of great tech stuff for fall and winter. Here are 7 of the best gadgets out there:
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By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
An updated report on Cheapism.com compares airline baggage fees at 12 U.S. carriers. This is vital information for holiday travelers because heavy gifts and bulky winter clothing can undermine all the hard work of tracking down the lowest airfare.
Many people who travel for the holidays pack a carry-on bag in addition to a suitcase or two that must be checked. Three budget airlines that often boast low ticket prices -- Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air, and Frontier Airlines -- now charge as much as $75 or $100 for a carry-on bag. You can minimize the fee, however, by paying for the carry-on before arriving at the airport and, in the case of Frontier, escape it entirely by buying tickets directly from Frontier.com. Alternatively, scratch these airlines from your list while searching for cheap flights.We updated our airline baggage fees comparison.
Even the legacy carriers assess shockingly high fees for checked bags. Delta Air Lines recentlyRead More »from Baggage Fees Comparison: Beware when Booking Holiday Travel
- In Michigan, you're expected to leave snowy boots in the mudroom before going inside. In Alaska, boots are taken off in "Arctic entries." In Japan, Thailand and many other countries, you wouldn't dream of entering a home with your shoes on, regardless of the season.
But removing shoes before coming inside has not been the norm in much of the U.S.
These days, however, city dwellers and suburbanites from New York to Los Angeles often find that hosts expect footwear to be left at the door. Sometimes it's because of weather; other times, homeowners want to protect light-colored rugs and high-gloss wood floors from dirt and dings, or parents don't want street germs on floors where kids play.
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Some guests find the request irksome — especially at holiday parties when they're dressed up. "But this is an outfit!" squeals Carrie Bradshaw in a "Sex and the City" episode when asked to take her shoes off at a baby shower. (Insult to Read More »from Is it Rude to Ask Guests to Take Their Shoes Off?
Keep sweaters pill-free with these tips!Whether you're looking for a bargain or investing in quality pieces, you want wardrobe additions that will last season after season. The last thing you need is a new sweater that pills after just a few wears. While most clothing can pill, there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening. Here are five easy tips to follow to keep your wardrobe looking fresh:
1. Avoid Fiber Blends Fabrics made of multiple fibers, especially those that combine natural and synthetic fibers, are more susceptible to pilling. Check the label before you purchase an item - it can save you a pilling mess later! In particular, avoid fabrics that have three or more fibers in the blend.
2. Choose Tightly Woven Fabrics Ever notice that your woven shirts pill less than your knit sweaters? The looser the fabric, the more likely it is to pill. Tighter fabrics have a better hold on the individual fibers.
3. Turn Garments Inside Out Pilling is mostRead More »from 5 Easy Tips to Prevent Clothes from Pilling
- Lunar Moods: Planning November by the Moon
The Moon's ever-changing sign and phase can provide clues to the energies of any given day, so if you're able to tune into these cosmic hints, you can align your actions with the best celestial possibilities. Use this lunar mood guide to plan the remaining days of November!
November 5: Sagittarius Moon
A new adventure, study, or teaching opportunity is possible. Open your mind -- and your heart -- to see more of what life has to offer. Get out of your comfort zone, try something new, and break routine. Change can create excitement.
November 6-7: Capricorn Moon
Be strategic in business matters and anything else regarding long-term plans. Extra effort is rewarded, so go above and beyond whenever necessary. Managing time and expectations helps you make a favorable impression, especially at work.
November 8-10: Aquarius MoonRead More »from Lunar Moods: Planning November by the Moon
The first-quarter Aquarius Moon encourages individuality. Choices made now might be unconventional, but they can have great effects if they're authentic.
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 1:09 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Get to a theater today. Study the design principles from your balcony-seat vantage point -- allow the period sets, the sweeping backdrops and the velvet curtains to inspire you. Take advantage of your local theater company or traveling musical troupe and let yourself be moved.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You lose yourself in contemplation of the natural processes of the earth: the warmth of the sun, the nourishment of the rain and soil, and the nutrients in the vegetables you grow. Remember to start a kitchen compost pile and return your excess natural matter to the soil. If you're already composting, philosophize on the joys of regeneration.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Someone in your immediate circle will look to you for inspiration. Don't be afraid to elaborate when questioned about your
- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 12:57 PM ESTC.S. Lewis died in 1963, but his wisdom and writing will likely live on forever. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is, for many, the first and best chapter book they've ever read. Born Clive Staples Lewis on November 29th, 1898, C.S. Lewis became a great scholar, thinker, writer, and Christian apologist. He was known to his friends - including J.R.R. Tolkien - as Jack. Tolkien and Lewis were part of a group of Oxford faculty chums who called themselves The Inklings. They met in pubs to talk about fantasy, fiction, and religion. C.S. Lewis shaped and influenced what we now call Young Adult fiction, infusing his fanciful stories with depth and meaning. He is famous for his Chronicles of Narnia, but Lewis also wrote poems, essays, and longer works of non-fiction. Much of his writing chronicles his own journey from unbelief to belief. His writing has inspired these beautiful prints:
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If you thought for one split second that HBO would go easy on Game of Thrones viewers-still grief stricken over that Stark-slaying last season-with a comparatively fluffy fourth season, or even just lighten up on the mass throat slittings, you are sorely mistaken. The premium cable network will not, as we had secretly hoped, gift any of the remaining Starks with Dire Kittens, cuddly felines to fill the massive void in their hearts. Or finally enter Joffrey into some kind of medieval psychoanalysis therapy where his aggressions are channeled into more creative outlets, like basket weaving. Instead, the series will continue at the same, or greater even, homicidal pace.Read More »from "Game of Thrones" Season Four Hints
Americans are geniuses at appropriating other cultures and making them their own - case in point: Chinese take-out. But one thing we haven't been able to perfect is English country house style. It requires a combination of qualities that upstarts simply don't possess: seriously old money (and real estate); an eclectic mix of rare objects accumulated over centuries; and an appreciation, if not love, of discomfort and disorder.
For an impeccably, imperfect example of the form, look at the English hunting lodge that's the country home of UK interior designer - and artist, writer, cabaret singer and socialite - Nicky Haslam. (His clients have included Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, the Saatchi brothers and Princess Michael of Kent.) Haslam, whose father was a diplomat and whose mother was a goddaughter of Queen Victoria, has lived in the lodge for 40 years, and it's a comfy, stylish nest filled with enchanting bibs and bobs gathered from family and from friends likeRead More »from A Look Inside the Perfect English Country House
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