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10 Creative Gifts for Your Valentine

Candy and flowers make nice Valentine’s Day gifts the first year or two a couple is together, but after a while, this routine gets a bit old. Maybe you can’t afford to buy your special Valentine a yacht or a trip to Hawaii, but you can use your imagination to delight your honey with something that shows how much you care. Why not surprise your sweetheart with a gift that’s as unique as your relationship? Take a weekend getaway.Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, making this a great time for a weekend trip. You may not be able to pull together a major jaunt at the last minute, so keep it simple. Don’t try to pack too much into a small amount of […]

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10 Great Ways to Share with Others Over the Holidays

This is supposed to be the season of giving, but for too many of us, it’s just the time for eating too much, running up huge bills and general conspicuous consumption. This year, why not do something that could really make a change in the lives of others? Teaching your children about helping those less fortunate can set an example they’ll follow all their lives. Here are a few ways you can bring joy to the world this holiday. Donate warm clothing.If you bought a new coat at a Black Friday sale, then there must be at least one old coat hanging in your closet. Some of us have several that are dated and out of style, don’t fit anymore or we’re just tired of […]

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10 Things to Buy for Less at End-of-Winter Sales

This weekend is President’s Day, and that means the major department and discount stores will be having big sales. Since they’re looking to clear out space for spring and summer items, this is a great time to score substantial savings on leftover stock from fall and winter. In addition to the markdowns on cold weather clothing and accessories, the chains are offering discounts on many other items. Here are ten types of merchandise to check out when you hit the mall. Winter clothingWith the way this winter is going, you may get your money’s worth out of that clearance sale coat or jacket without waiting for next year! Most chains start marking down fall and winter outerwear after Thanksgiving, so they aren’t likely to have […]

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10 Ways To Fight Holiday Depression

Christmas is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for some of us, it’s the most depressing. If you’re eight years old and dreaming of all the great gifts Santa will leave for you on Christmas morning, you’re all aquiver with anticipation. If you’re a parent who’s been laid off at work and can barely pay this month’s rent, much less buy presents, the holiday may look pretty bleak. It’s easy to feel stressed out and overwhelmed by the demands of the holiday season, so it’s no wonder that some of us suffer from crippling depression during this time of the year. Here are a few ways to fight off the holiday blues. Have realistic expectations.Many of us are tempted to […]

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10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Super Fun

For some people, Thanksgiving is as fun as attending a four-day-long paint drying convention. Maybe they despise the work (and pressure) of having to prepare the perfect meal. Maybe they dread the thought of hearing their uncles argue endlessly about things they have no clue about. Maybe they just want something more than the anticlimactic comas everyone slips into after the big dinner. Whatever the case may be, the Thanksgiving holiday is a prime opportunity for Adultitis to take over and ruin the party. But have no fear, there are a number of ways to bring a little childlike fun into this classic holiday. With a small amount of effort and a willingness to be a little silly, you can transform your family’s Thanksgiving into […]

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100 Ways To A Stress Free Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time of year when we enjoy ourselves, we let our hair down and are a little more relaxed. At least that’s the way it’s meant to be. For a lot of people however, it’s a stressful time of year. There’s the shopping to do, there’s the list of cards for all the family; god forbid we don’t send Aunt Betty a card, there’s the dinner to buy, there’s work to do, there’s family to contact, there’s a hundred and one things to do. Well here is a list of things you can do to relax and enjoy yourself a little more: Set A budgetIt’s easy to get carried away buying Christmas presents. Set a budget and stick to it. Make A […]

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12 Great Apps for Cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner

We all know someone who has mastered the art of throwing the ideal Thanksgiving dinner party, where every dish is a triumph, the turkey juicy and tender with fluffy savory stuffing and lump-free gravy. Hopefully, this person invited you over for dinner this year, so all you have to do is show up with a bottle of wine and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, some of us have to cook, whether we want to or not. Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when even novice cooks are expected to put a multi-course meal on the table, and every dish has to be perfect. Not all of us have traditional recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next, but we do have […]

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12 Great Holiday Shopping Apps That Can Save You Time and Money

As though buying gifts for the holidays isn’t difficult enough, the shopping season is shorter than usual this year, with less than four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That means you have to make the most of your shopping time—shop fast and shop smart. Whether you’re a power shopper who thrills to the hunt, happily  prowling the malls and discount stores, or the more laid-back type who prefers shopping online and having everything delivered, there are ways you can make this year’s task easier. In olden days, like a few years ago, you had to run from one store to another in search of the lowest prices and best deals, but now you can comparison shop right from your smartphone, provide you have the right […]

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12 Things Not to Do at the Office Christmas Party

One of the most hazardous driving days of the year is the Friday before Christmas, because that’s when many companies take part in that yearly tradition known as the Office Christmas Party. While this should be an occasion for enjoying the company of your co-workers, too often the office party turns into an embarrassment that haunts some employees well into the next year. Here are some common gaffes to avoid. Don’t get drunk.This is the number one mistake that tends to be at the root of all other mistakes. Drinking too much can lower your inhibitions and make you do things you’d never do sober. Before the party begins, resolve to have no more than two alcoholic drinks all evening, even if there’s an open […]

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12 Toys to Avoid This Christmas

One of the most beloved holiday movies of the last few decades is “A Christmas Story,” the tale of a little boy who dreams of finding a toy gun under the tree but is constantly being told that he’ll shoot his eye out. Alas, toy guns aren’t the only dangerous playthings being marketed to kids these days. Some toys are dangerous to children’s health and safety, while others encourage values that parents may not want to reinforce. Here our dirty dozen toys, the ones responsible parents won’t be buying this Christmas. Laugh & Learn Apptivity Monkey It’s never too early to get your kids addicted to staring at a screen instead of playing outside, and this one teaches the little ones to play with expensive […]

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