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    5 Tips to Pack and Ship Gifts like an Expert this Holiday Season

    (BPT) - With the countdown to the holidays underway and the continued rise of eCommerce, more people are going online to complete their holiday shopping. The world’s packing and shipping experts at FedEx Office offer tips everyone can use to ensure their precious packages arrive securely and on time — and for added peace of mind.

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    5 holiday entertaining tips for space and budget conscious hosts

    (BPT) - The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but with the average size of an apartment in the US 8% smaller than 10 years ago (source), many lack a comfortable space of their own to host a party. The good news is this: you don’t need ample budget or space to entertain. With some simple tips and inspiration, you can host a holiday gathering that truly embodies the season and creates lasting memories for family and friends.

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    Tips on how to pair seafood and wine

    (BPT) - This holiday season, look to Italy for inspiration for your food and wine pairings. Serve your guests an exquisite meal inspired by the historic Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” a tradition for family and friends to enjoy an array of seafood dishes for Christmas Eve dinner. The tradition originated with serving seven courses made up of classic Italian seafood dishes. Today, many families create personalized versions of the tradition by incorporating one or more fish dishes in their holiday menu.

Tuesday 11/29/2016
Holiday Gift-Giving Tips and Inspiration
Updated: November 30, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Looking for a way to “Sleigh the Holiday?” Raise the bar on gift-giving with thoughtful items for everyone on your list.

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Sunday 11/13/2016
Books for Everyone on Your List this Holiday Season
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) No matter who is on your list this holiday season, great books make for great gifts.

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Great Holiday Gifts for Hunters and Outdoor Enthusiasts
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Will you be shopping for any hunters or outdoor enthusiasts this holiday season? Thoughtful, useful gifts will be well-appreciated.

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Holiday Gift-Giving Guide
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Everyone has had to scurry around to find a last minute holiday gift at some point, whether you procrastinated, you were searching for the perfect gift or you forgot to add someone to your gift list, but don’t let these scenarios cause you stress.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
Avoid Holiday Gift Snafus: Don't Forget the Batteries!
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) If you want to avoid one of the biggest holiday season jumbles, remember the batteries when giving gifts to kids and tech lovers.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
How to Give Holiday Gifts That Won't be Forgotten
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) If your holiday shopping list is focused on all the latest trends, remember, the hottest items are not always the most cherished. Sometimes it’s the warmest gifts that are the most unforgettable.

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Monday 11/07/2016
Holiday Gifts that Can Reduce Stress
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) On top of the everyday stress of life, the holiday season can be one of the most hectic times of year. Unfortunately, all this additional stress can take its toll on the body, mind and soul.

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Fun and Practical Holiday Gifts for Gardeners of All Levels
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is a great opportunity to give those with green thumbs the tools they need to support their hobby.

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Thursday 08/25/2016
Imaginative Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Updated: August 26, 2016 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re celebrating your own child’s big day or shopping for a friend’s birthday party, some of the best gifts for toddlers and preschoolers are those that inspire imaginative play.

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Friday 05/27/2016
Gift Guide for DIY Dads and Grads
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 1:36 am

(StatePoint) Father’s Day and graduation season are the perfect opportunities to beef up your gift recipient’s garage -- and high-quality tools are a must for anyone -- from DIY novices to professional handymen.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
5 Tips to Pack and Ship Gifts like an Expert this Holiday Season
Posted: December 07, 2016

(BPT) - With the countdown to the holidays underway and the continued rise of eCommerce, more people are going online to complete their holiday shopping. The world’s packing and shipping experts at FedEx Office offer tips everyone can use to ensure their precious packages arrive securely and on time — and for added peace of mind.

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5 holiday entertaining tips for space and budget conscious hosts
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but with the average size of an apartment in the US 8% smaller than 10 years ago (source), many lack a comfortable space of their own to host a party. The good news is this: you don’t need ample budget or space to entertain. With some simple tips and inspiration, you can host a holiday gathering that truly embodies the season and creates lasting memories for family and friends.

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Share the sweetness of the holidays with a new kind of cookie exchange
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis officially the holiday season, and what better way to get in the spirit than sharing sweet treats with family and friends. This year, we invite you to wow your loved ones by putting a twist on the traditional cookie exchange. Featuring delicious, no-bake treats and a gifting station for your guests, there will certainly be cause for celebration.

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Family entertainment: Holiday tips for parents
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

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Jennie Garth's best tips for savoring the holiday season
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The holiday season can be stressful, but that doesn’t stop mom-of-three Jennie Garth from slowing down to enjoy it. Garth is making it a season to savor by partnering with Marie Callender’s to show others how to add special touches during this time of year. “Spending time with family and friends, and of course indulging in holiday treats, is what the holidays are all about for me,” says Garth. Read on to learn more about Garth's holiday traditions and how you can slow down and savor the season.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
5 last minute tips to have your holiday shopping done in a flash
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Remember a few months ago when you thought about getting a head start on your holiday shopping so you wouldn't fall behind yet again? You were going to and then...well, where does the time go?

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Yes, Olivia, There Is a Santa, and He's Calling You
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 1:37 pm

(NewsUSA) - Think there's almost a conspiracy out there to squelch your child's belief in Santa Claus? Technology can help you fight back.

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Why a check from grandma could be the worst gift for a child with special needs
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from Grandma or Grandpa on birthdays and special occasions? It could be the worst gift your child gets, if he or she is a child with special needs.

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Monday 12/05/2016
4 easy, meaningful ways to give back this holiday season
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - More than a third of overall charitable giving happens during the holiday season, according to the Blackbaud Index, but Americans can give more than just cash when they’re looking to help others.

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Friday 12/02/2016
Less Havoc, More Magic: Easy Tips to Simplify the Holidays
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Christmas is a special part of childhood, and there is plenty of pressure on parents at this time of year to make sure it's an unforgettable time for their families. It's important to remember what never gets tossed in the recycling with the wrapping paper afterwards: the Christmas memories you make with your kids.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
Tips on how to pair seafood and wine
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - This holiday season, look to Italy for inspiration for your food and wine pairings. Serve your guests an exquisite meal inspired by the historic Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” a tradition for family and friends to enjoy an array of seafood dishes for Christmas Eve dinner. The tradition originated with serving seven courses made up of classic Italian seafood dishes. Today, many families create personalized versions of the tradition by incorporating one or more fish dishes in their holiday menu.

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Star chef shares his secret to a juicy rib-eye: Cooking with air [Video]
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 1:32 am

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
How to build a better (plant-based) burger
Posted: December 06, 2016

(BPT) - Whether you’re an In-N-Out purist or a die-hard Shake Shack fan, there’s no denying that burgers are America’s quintessential comfort food. However, before you chow down, have you considered the impact your burger might have on your health and the planet?

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Freshen Up Your Meal Prep
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—With more than 3.9 million “mealprep” hashtags on Instagram, many people have found success in living a healthier lifestyle through meal prepping. Not only does it save you time during the busy workweek, it allows for a better variety of healthy, ready-to-eat foods at your disposal.

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Sunday 12/04/2016
A Smooth Way to Start Your Day
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving favorite by making a smoothie bowl.

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A Complete Holiday Menu
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) When the holidays approach, it's the perfect time to up your game in the kitchen with standout recipes.

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Handy Holiday Hints
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when a moist, delicious turkey is brought to the table. Everyone grabs their forks at the sight of a perfectly brown bird glistening with juicy flavor.

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Serving Up an Easy Holiday Brunch
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) Serving up brunch is never better than during the holidays, when friends and family gather together to celebrate the best moments of the season. You'll have plenty of time to join in the merry-making and fun with these simple ideas for a sensational brunch menu.

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Easy Elegance for Your Holiday Meal
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) There is no time like the holiday season to get together and make memories with family and friends. Nothing brings people together quite like an elegant meal featuring a standout main dish – an exceptionally prepared entree that pays true homage to the season and all that you celebrate. This focal point dish should not only look delightful, but needs to also be a masterful presentation of mouthwatering flavor to keep your loved ones gathered around the table.

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Tasty Tips for a Healthier Holiday
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 1:32 am

(Family Features) The holiday season evokes thoughts of delicious, hearty and festive meals. Whether planning a family feast or flitting among gatherings, you may find it harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight management goals on track. However, with the right approach, you can still enjoy many of your holiday favorites and serve foods your guests will appreciate as much as your waistline does. The key is managing your carbohydrate and sugar intake.

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