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  • Family Living

    Hot Gifts to Rev-Up Your Cool Factor

    (Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.

  • Family Living

    Party Plates

    (Family Features) For many hosts and hostesses, planning a holiday gathering involves many details and careful planning of everything from the tablecloths to the dessert plates. Free yourself from this stress, and focus your attention on creating a holiday menu that includes plenty of tasty bites, sweet eats and flavorful drinks. Focus on the food and watch all the details fall into place, making your festive celebration the most memorable event of the year.

  • Family Living

    Bake Away the Winter Blues

    (Family Features) When the weather outside turns frightful, baking homemade treats will be so delightful. Whether it's with friends, the kids or even by yourself, making treats is a great way to keep warm and active when snowed in.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Level up! Selecting the best video games for your children
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Kids love video games - they're exciting, fun and engrossing. While games can promote learning and growth, too much video gaming - or playing inappropriate games - can lead to negative consequences. What should parents know to make good game choices for their children?

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Sunday 12/14/2014
The last-minute holiday shopper's guide to great gifts for $100 or less
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your list.

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Which books to gift this season
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - There are few things more pleasurable than curling up with a good book on a cold winter day, and if you have a reader on your holiday gift list, you’ll likely want to create that experience for them. With so many great books out there, how do you find the right book for the right person?

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Holiday shopping game plan: How to save big and win the day
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Have you made your list and checked it twice? Nearly all Americans have some kind of “game plan” in place when shopping for gifts during the holidays, according to a recent survey by 1010 Data. But for many, that plan might not come together until the last minute. If you’re looking to make the shopping experience faster, easier and more convenient, here are five tips to make this year’s holiday shopping game plan a winning one.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Tips for finding the best tech gifts this holiday season
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - When it comes to giving technology gifts, it’s hard to stay “in-the-know” about what’s the latest and greatest. Yet, technology gifts are always some of the most popular gifts to receive.

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Sunday 11/30/2014
Top 5 gift-giving trends this holiday season
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Finding the right gifts for your loved ones each year can be a challenge. This year’s top trends, however, will make it easy for you to pick out perfect gifts that everyone will love!

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Jingle bling: Give the look of diamonds for less than $100 this holiday season
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Every year, some items make the list of “hot” holiday gifts, only to turn tepid next year when something trendier comes along (think banana hair clips and leg warmers). Yet one gift category has proven its enduring appeal for thousands of years. Diamond jewelry remains one of the most welcome and meaningful holiday gifts. However, diamond jewelry can get expensive quickly.

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The key to a great hostess gift: personalize!
Posted: November 25, 2014

(BPT) - It’s going to be the party of the season. You know what to wear, but you haven’t a clue what to give as a hostess gift. As your calendar fills with holiday parties, finding the perfect gift for hosts and hostesses can be a challenge. Fortunately, it’s easy and affordable to personalize a gift basket or other holiday treat – just look to the bakery department in your local grocery store. From bagels and muffins paired with orange juice, to an assortment of cookies accompanied by hot cocoa, personalized creations are a welcome alternative to traditional gifts – ensuring the hostess has a gift worth waking up to!

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Give Artfully this Holiday Season
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to creative gift-giving, you may feel you’ve exhausted your options, especially for those who seem to have everything. But there’s no need to make a holiday tradition out of giving the same old gifts year-in and year-out.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Time and Money-Saving Holiday Gift Ideas
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is here. Amid decorating your home, planning holiday parties and baking cookies for Santa, you might find yourself with very little time (and cash) for holiday shopping.

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Friday 12/19/2014
5 financial fitness habits to begin in the new year
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - While many people focus on personal health goals in the new year, the beginning of the year is also a great time to check your financial fitness. So how can you whip your finances into shape?

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Uncorking the Top Wine Trends of 2014 [Infographic]
Posted: December 18, 2014

(BPT) - Will you be serving wine at your holiday gatherings this year? E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned winery, recently commissioned its inaugural Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey to identify the top trends of 2014. The survey explored everything from serving styles to wine on social media, food pairings and beyond. To see where you stack up among other American wine drinkers, visit www.GalloWineTrends.com for additional survey findings.

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Can't keep a resolution? Outside support can help
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a traditional way to cap off the year, but once the ball drops it’s time to usher in a new beginning with New Year’s resolutions.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Simple tips for stylish holiday hosting
Posted: December 17, 2014

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The real reason we entertain
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
5 ways to make any purchase a smart purchase
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere to the steps below, however, you’ll find you’ll be generally happy with your purchases in the long run.

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Last-minute fitness gifts can keep giving all year long
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day after day, month after month. Instead of fruitcake, give the gift of fitness. It lasts even longer, and makes people much happier. Here are three gift ideas that will support health and wellness all year long.

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Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

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Monday 12/15/2014
5 steps to safer Champagne celebrations
Posted: December 15, 2014

(BPT) - New year’s celebrations and Champagne go together like Times Square and sparkle. Yet for all its ability to elevate a celebration, opening bubbly is not without risks. A Champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves the bottle – fast enough to shatter glass. If the cork hits an eye, it can cause bleeding, abrasions and even glaucoma. Follow these five tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to prevent a serious eye injury when opening your bubbly:

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Thursday 12/11/2014
6 holiday hacks for real moms
Posted: December 11, 2014

(BPT) - Everyone wants to throw the party friends rave about well into the new year. But busy folks just don’t have time to weave their own pine bough wreaths or turn paperbacks overflowing on the coffee table into an artfully arranged “tree” complete with a star and twinkling lights. You need ideas and you need them fast – and easy. You need holiday hacks for real moms! Here are six:

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Sunday 12/21/2014
Hot Gifts to Rev-Up Your Cool Factor
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.

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Party Plates
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) For many hosts and hostesses, planning a holiday gathering involves many details and careful planning of everything from the tablecloths to the dessert plates. Free yourself from this stress, and focus your attention on creating a holiday menu that includes plenty of tasty bites, sweet eats and flavorful drinks. Focus on the food and watch all the details fall into place, making your festive celebration the most memorable event of the year.

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Bake Away the Winter Blues
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) When the weather outside turns frightful, baking homemade treats will be so delightful. Whether it's with friends, the kids or even by yourself, making treats is a great way to keep warm and active when snowed in.

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Powerhouse Potatoes
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) The average person’s caloric needs have decreased since the 20th century when lifestyles were more active, yet nutritional needs are generally the same. Getting the nutrition you need without consuming too many calories can be as simple as incorporating nutrient-dense foods, such as potatoes, into your diet.

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Fresh, Fruity Party Flavors for New Year’s
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) As you gather to ring in the New Year, give your celebration an extra kick by offering your guests an array of mouthwatering refreshments. Don’t be afraid to borrow inspiration for sweet, tangy and refreshing flavors from unexpected places, such as the produce department.

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Tips for a Pet-Friendly Holiday
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.

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Sweet Strategies for a Healthier You
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) When celebrating the past and looking forward to the future, the New Year is a perfect time to set goals for a better, healthier you.

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Low-Price Gifts for High-Tech Lovers
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) If you’re overwhelmed by shopping for technology items for the gadget lovers on your holiday list, rest assured that you can still find fun, unique high-tech gifts that won't break the bank.

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This Holiday, Be Festive and Fashion Forward
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays are here, but before you leave the house for work or play, make sure you’re looking your best. The good news – almost everything you need to make your holiday season festive, fresh and fashion forward is already in your closet.

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Celebrations Big or Small
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:31 am

(Family Features) Life is full of celebrations, especially during the festive holiday season. From small gatherings with co-workers to large family parties, having the right wine to give or to serve is the best way to make every occasion merry.

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