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Take on these easy DIY holiday decorating projects that add a warm yet decidedly modern sensibility to your home this season.
1. DIY holiday cards
How to: With a 1/16-inch hole punch, notch the top center of the front of a blank folded card, then make seven notches along the bottom. Behind the top notch, attach the start of some embroidery floss to the card with a small piece of double-sided tape.
Wrap the floss around the front of the card seven times, so that it lies in a different bottom notch with each loop. Cut the floss and attach the end to the piece of double-sided tape. Print a holiday greeting using a date/number stamp and ink pad.
Related: Make party invites and place cards by hand
2. Advent tree
The calendar meets the holiday tree-and it's not just for kids.
Related: Full instructions and templates for making your own, including tutorial videos
3. Wintry tablescape
Create a merry scene along your dinner table runner.How to: Punch stars out of card stock using a star
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Watch as the stars of ABC talk about their most memorable holiday traditions. This week, Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson, talks about her family traditions.
- DailyCandy | Holiday Moments – Mon, Nov 29, 2010 11:33 PM EST
During the holidays, everything tastes better than skinny feels. Check out these ways to debloat. Dream Cream
When a cream claims to temporarily drain excess fluid from your body for instant bloat relief with strong effects noticeable within a few hours, you can skeptically avoid it - or cross your fingers and slather yourself silly. Look for us in the latter's camp where we'll be covered in the Sunday Riley Liquid Diet's depuffing formula. Too bad this one's also slimming our wallet.
Available at sundayriley.com, $105.
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Um, don't you think surgery is just a tad irrational? Behold Rodial Tummy Tuck Sticks. For two weeks following meals, dilute one serving of powder in water and drink up to enjoy the effects of bloat-reducing green clay, gas-eliminating fennel seeds, and pineapple and papaya enzymes that help speed the breakdown of food.
Available at spacenk.com, $60 for fourteen strips.
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- The_Stir | Holiday Moments – Mon, Nov 29, 2010 9:21 PM EST
entertaining for unexpected guestsSomething kicks in right around Thanksgiving and the urge to attend, and have, impromptu get-togethers becomes unavoidable. You'll feel much better about opening your home to friends, family, or the Christmas carolers you forget about every year if you have just a few staples at the ready. A sign of a true grown-up is a well-stocked cupboard, and will also allow you to relax and enjoy whatever holiday company comes your way.
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(Psst -- If you think a half a bottle of red and a hard-edged chunk of cheddar will get you through unexpected guests, it's time to move past your early 20s and into adulthood. But pass the wine and cheese if that's all you've got.)
The fastest way to make your home welcome and fresh is to light up a great, mellow candle. Don't go for an overpowering scent or your guests with allergies or asthma will have to leave the second they walk in the door. But a lovely, light, fresh scent isRead More »from 10 Things to Have in Your Cupboard for Unexpected Guests
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Holiday Moments – Wed, Nov 24, 2010 3:48 AM EST
There's plenty of advice available for dealing with turkey troubles -- this post in the Shine food section is great -- but how do you handle a ham? Can you put butter in the mashed potatoes if your guests are keeping Kosher? And what about that impossible pie crust?
Here are a few holiday hotlines to help with some of the other things on your Thanksgiving table:
BakingRead More »from Beyond the bird: Who to call for help with the rest of the meal
Now in it's second year, the Crisco Holiday Hotline offers help with all things pie -- baking help, storage hints, time-saving tips, and the option to talk to a live "pie pro." Call 1-877-367-7438 or visit them online at crisco.com. The staff at the Land O'Lakes Holiday Bakeline is ready to help if you're not sure whether you can substitute salted butter for unsalted, or if you're a new candy maker in a tough spot with the toffee. Call 1-800-782-9606 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, seven days a week, until Christmas Eve, or go to landolakes.com. And the folks at Fleischmann's Yeast Bakers Help Line can handle
Like millions of other people, I've spent most of 2010 trying to avoid shopping in order to stay within my budget. Now, it seems we're practically being shoved through the mall doors with the onslaught of holiday scare tactics.Read More »from Holiday Shopping: 7 Ways to Save BIG
Retailers will do anything to get us shopping early and often -- talk about pressure! But before you hand a week's pay over to the mall gods, I've got some tips to save you money, time and a whole lot of headache.
Find the Perfect Gift -- We all like to think we know what our sister-in-law likes or what our 7-year-old nephew really wants. But unless they've given you specific instructions, why risk it? I'm all about Family.com's Holiday Gifts Shopping Guide. Cool finds for everyone in the family? Yes, please!
Stay in the Black -- Pulling a Black Friday all-nighter can save you cash, but would you really be freezing your tush off at 4 a.m. if you knew you could get the same deals from the comfort of your own cozy bed? This
Your mother-in-law takes over the kitchen at holiday time. So what? Your brother-in-law drinks too much and sulks in the corner. Big deal! Don't let in-laws ruin your family holiday, multiply your stress, and leave you feeling defeated or angry. There are some simple strategies you can use to get along with difficult in-laws on Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season.
Doing so will make your holiday get-together more pleasant. But there's an even better reason to make peace with in-laws. In my long-term study of married couples, when a husband or wife fails to get along with the in-laws, it's predictive of marital unhappiness down the road. On the flip side, in the happiest marriages from my study, both spouses reported that they felt close to, or at least got along with, their in-laws.
Here are some ways to avoid adding in-law stress to your holiday season -- and potentially harming your marriage.
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Expect the minimum. Don't
By Gretchen Roberts
Black Friday and other big shopping days won't scare you if you're armed with these budget-savvy, smart-shopper tips.
Get the insider deals
The National Retail Federation is predicting holiday sales of a whopping $447.1 billion this year, up 2.3 percent from 2009. But the smart shoppers we know aren't willing to spend a cent more than necessary to get great buys for everyone on their shopping list. Here are the tricks they have up their sleeves. Let the shopping begin!
Before you even make your list, check out the online shopping resource FatWallet.com, which is known for leaking Black Friday ads and rumors. Check out its Black Friday Deal Filter when mapping your plan of attack for a big shopping day. The same goes for Black Friday Ads (bfads.net). Both will have their eye on the holiday deals right up until the new year.
Work your social media skills
Before hitting the stores (or while shopping, if you have a smartphone),Read More »from 14 Holiday Shopping Secrets
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