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Gingerbread houses are a fun, time-honored tradition for many families. The joy of gathering around and helping to decorate and build this sweet holiday decoration is a happy memory for many. If you’d like to break away from using store bought kits and want to put your own spin on your gingerbread house, here are some gingerbread house decorating ideas to get you started. Make it Monochromatic Using one color scheme can really make your project pop. Buy different types of candies in shades of the same color and let the texture of the candies be your focal point. Pastel…

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For some families, a Christmas card photo is the only family picture they take every year. Getting the picture perfect holiday cards can be a chore. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you get a great photo for your holiday cards. Select a Good Quality Photo The point of sending a family photo in your holiday card is so your friends and relatives can see you and your family. If you use a tiny, blurry, grainy, or poor quality photo, no one will see you clearly. Make sure to take and select a high quality photo for your…

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s time to start planning family events, parties, and all the things that make the holidays enjoyable this time of year. The holidays can become stressful if you don’t get a head start on all you need to do, which is why your holiday cleaning checklist is the most important list you’ll make all year aside from the one you’re compiling for Santa. You will want to do all you can to make sure your house or apartment is presentable for picky in laws who might criticize you if your cleanliness isn’t up to…

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A cup of hot cocoa is a seasonal delight we all look forward to. Nothing beats coming in from the cold and warming up to a cup of hot chocolate. During the holiday season, sample the cocoa recipes below. Traditional Hot Cocoa Use this basic recipe as a starter for adding many variations of flavorings. Ingredients: 4 ounces sugar 2 ounces baking cocoa A pinch of salt 3 ounces hot water 32 ounces milk 3 drops vanilla extract Directions: 1) Mix cocoa, salt, and sugar together and place in a medium saucepan. Add the water. 2) Bring to a boil,…

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It’s time for cocoa, carols, and winter crafting! What better way to get into that festive feeling than to break out the hot glue sticks and colorful felt. Get those creative, wintry juices flowing like eggnog in your favorite Christmas mug, it’s time make some holiday wreaths! When most people think of a wreath, they visualize green fir branches in a circle, with a festive red ribbon and jingle bells. While this “traditional” kind of Christmas wreath is a lovely idea, there are so many options to consider. Below are some DIY winter wreath projects that will add holiday flair…

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A Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your home during the holiday season. There are several different tree options and there are many factors that go into picking and maintaining a tree. Here are some helpful fresh Christmas tree care tips to make your Christmas tree last throughout the holidays. Measure Measure the distance between the floor and ceiling and subtract the height of the stand and the tree topper from your total. Consider the size of the room and how much space your tree will take up. Check the Needles and Freshness There are several ways to tell if…

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After spending all that time cooking, the meal is enjoyed, but then there are the leftovers. That’s Ok! Thanksgiving dinner is the meal that keeps on giving. Some folks look forward to the leftover meals as much as the holiday meal. Here are some recipe suggestions you will enjoy. Loaded Turkey Stew Ingredients Chicken Broth Turkey Pieces Chopped Green Beans Chopped Carrots Real Bacon Bits Chopped White Potatoes Corn Kernels Parsnips Chopped Mushrooms Spring Onions Minced Garlic Italian Seasoning Salt Pepper Optional-Hot Peppers Directions 1) Pour chicken broth into a Dutch oven pot and place on a stovetop burner. 2)…

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Holiday shopping can be a huge stressor. With online shopping becoming more and more popular, it’s no secret that we can save tons of time by browsing the online stores and having our gifts delivered right to our door. Unfortunately, there are still a few things that can go wrong. What do you do if it’s been a few weeks, your party is approaching and your package hasn’t arrived yet? It’s even scarier if you check the tracking and you see “delivered” as the status. If you are having gifts delivered this year, no matter how safe your neighborhood, you…

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Turkey is the star dish on the Thanksgiving table, so it’s important to make sure its cooked to perfection. Also, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and are worried about carving the turkey, below is an easy step-by-step guide on how to carve the bird. Carving Tools • A carving board • A cutting board • Chef’s knife or a slicing knife • Paper towels • A serving platter • A boning knife or any other long, flexible knife • Quality tongs Now that you have all the necessary hardware, here is everything you need to do to turn a whole…

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Holiday season is in full swing and it’s time to get dressed up for the occasion. Whether you’re spending time with family or going to a holiday bash, you’ll want to look your best and stay in trend for the season. Check out our guide to fabulous holiday dresses you’ll want to wear every year. Velvet Long-sleeve dresses can be found in many colors. The most popular for the holiday season is a dark green or crimson Christmas colors. Choose a knee-length dress with soft velour or velvet for a comfy and chic look. Turtleneck If you want to stand…

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