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Many people spread holiday cheer by sending greeting cards to family and friends. It’s always nice getting Christmas cards, but what do you do with them once the holiday season is over? Chances are they wind up cluttering desk drawers or are tossed out. There are plenty of crafty ways to recycle cards and enjoy them every year when the holidays roll around. Christmas Card Ornaments Some of the best ornaments are homemade since they hold sentimental values and make your tree unique. Repurpose your Christmas cards into ornaments for your tree. First, cut out circles (a mason jar lid…

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Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, you probably want to trim the tree and start decorating the house. Thanks to the thrifty nature of second-hand items, you can decorate and get ready for Christmas without breaking the bank. Here are some easy ways to save at your local thrift shop. Christmas Trees Have you went shopping for an artificial Christmas tree yet? A quality tree costs a couple hundred dollars at least. If you want a bigger and better tree, it will set you back about $400-$500. However, you can get a tree at a thrift store for…

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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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Decorating for the holidays should be a fun, pleasant experience. So, you don’t have to start tearing down the Thanksgiving decorations the moment the last piece of turkey is eaten at dinner. Instead, start to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas in a gradual way. When you transition your holiday décor, take your time and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Here are few simple things that you can do to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas décor. Give Your Candles a New Look Candles are a familiar part of a home’s décor during both Thanksgiving and Christmas time. If you have brown, tan or…

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November 25th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. American Express helps promote small business shopping around the country, making it a nationwide movement. Businesses around the country sign up to be part of the Shop Small Movement. Supports the Local Community Small Business Saturday encourages people to support local businesses in the community. This helps to drive sales at mom-and-pop stores that might normally struggle to compete with big chain department stores. Did you know that if you shop locally, the tax revenue benefits the entire community? This helps circulate the money spent back into the community, benefitting…

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Ready for healthy dose of hype surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well a boatload of holiday shopping tips? While many find fun in chasing that ultimate deal for a gift or big-ticket item, others find the frenzy and hysteria surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday distasteful but necessary. However, gift-buying and giving can be fun. Remember to reserve a little room for fun amidst all the shopping and buying this holiday season. Set a Budget and Research Deals Set a holiday shopping budget and determine what you can reasonably spend. After all, what’s the point of taking advantage…

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Thanksgiving preparations tend to only focus on the planning, food and decorations, but we often forget to prepare for the most critical element: social interaction. Thanksgiving conversations can be awkward. Attending guests with new boyfriends and girlfriends and long-standing disputes between family members can cause tensions thus hindering communication. Conversations may steer into controversial topics such as politics or, worse yet, you could have nothing to talk about, leading to awkward silence. It’s important to prepare a couple of fun conversation starters for your Thanksgiving dinner to help steer the conversation in the right direction. A great conversation is guaranteed…

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Thanksgiving is a time of year to connect with family and friends and share a meal together. However, holidays that are centered around food, are difficult when you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. You may not know how to adjust your holiday menu to accommodate your guests. Here are some stuffing recipes, suggestions, and substitutions that your guests will be thankful for. Binding your Stuffing with Egg Substitutes If you have guests that are allergic to eggs or who are vegan or paelo, use one of the egg substitutions below in your stuffing recipe. Egg Substitutes • Use…

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Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most complicated meals to make. With the right tips and pointers, make this year’s Thanksgiving dinner stress-free. Follow the list below and get most of the work done ahead of time, leaving little to do on Thanksgiving Day. Sort out your recipes Review the list of ingredients for your Thanksgiving recipes and revise anything that is missing. Record the quantity of ingredients that you need, you don’t want to be running out to the store in the middle of preparing a meal. If you are making any new recipes, test them in advance to…

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World Kindness Day takes place on November 13th. Even though it is important to be nice to people every day, there are many ways that you can go above and beyond to be kind to someone on World Kindness Day. Say Hello to Someone Many of us get so caught up in our daily lives that we barely participate in small talk. Saying hello to someone can instantly brighten up their day and make them look up from their phone. Free Hugs Most people enjoy hugs. In fact, in the emo scene, many people would wear shirts to shows that…

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