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There was a time when wearing a shamrock could get you jailed, or worse. Today the little pots of shamrocks, the symbol of both St. Patrick and Ireland, that show up in nurseries and...
There was a time when wearing a shamrock could get you jailed, or worse. Today the little pots of shamrocks, the symbol of both St. Patrick and Ireland, that show up in nurseries and...
The Real Importance of Valentine’s Day
Years ago I was shopping with my daughter and being helped by a pleasant young woman. As she and I chatted, a man came into the shop, holding a small bouquet and a card, and stopped at the register. The young woman excused herself. She and the...
Bar Cart 101: Chocolate Pairs With Bourbon for a Warm Winter Cocktail
Chocolate and liquors have been a classic combination for centuries. Share both with your Valentine this year by making your own chocolate syrup and using it in a Boozy Bourbon Hot Cocoa to enjoy next to a cozy fire. And while you’re at it, why not...
Easy Valentine’s Day Touches for Even the Least Romantic
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and for those who struggle with romance, this can be a terrifying time. The high expectations and pressure to produce romantic gestures and gifts can be overwhelming, as well as expensive. Not to mention the feelings...
Entertaining Ideas for a Perfect ‘Galentine’s’ Day
Throwing a party for Galentine’s Day — a holiday popularized by the TV comedy Parks and Recreation — is a fabulous way to celebrate friendship around Valentine’s Day. This year consider making your celebration a dessert- and craft-filled...
10 Ways Your Christmas Tree Can Live On After the Holidays
It seems like a rather sad ending for a beautiful Christmas tree to be lying at the curb, stripped of its holiday finery, waiting for the garbage truck to haul it off to the nearest landfill. That is the unfortunate end awaiting many Christmas trees...
Christmas Cleanup Tips for the Not Naturally Organized
Cleanup? I finally got my feet up! Let’s face it: After all the time and work we’ve put in to making the holidays, the last thing anyone wants to do is clean it all up. If that resonated with you, you are probably Not Naturally Organized and...
DIY: Freshen Up for the New Year With a Eucalyptus Table Garland
With just a few plants and florist supplies, you can make a long-lasting table garland that’s fresh, simple and the perfect accent to help you ring in the new year. Sammy Go of Bud Botanical Banditry shows us how to create a stunning centerpiece for...
Find Your Christmas Tree Personality
Every Christmas tree reflects its owner’s personal taste, whether it’s modern rustic, bohemian glam, steadfastly traditional...
Houzzers Deck the Halls
We asked you to show us your Christmas trees, and you gave us a forest of photos. Some of the trees are classic, many are amazingly creative, and some can only be described as one-of-a-kind (such as a black tree with Nightmare Before Christmas...
10 Ways to Cope With Grief During the Holidays
I’m smack dab in the throes of grief once again this holiday season. On a recent Sunday evening, I lost my big sister quite unexpectedly. Within the past six years, I’ve lost two other siblings plus my mom, and two of those losses happened during...
Celebrating Kwanzaa: Honor African Heritage All Over the Home
If you feel like extending your holiday festivities beyond Christmas, then consider embracing Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration honoring African heritage in African...
Last-Minute Christmas: 3 Easy DIY Gift and Wrapping Ideas
If you find yourself out of wrapping paper, need an activity for your kids, are looking for a last-minute gift for your neighbor or simply want to add a few handmade items to the gifts under your tree, here are three simple and cost-friendly ideas.
How to Make a Festive Paper-Cut Ornament
Create your own tree decoration this year with a design cut out of paper and tucked inside a clear glass ball. You could personalize it with a word, name or phrase, go simple or choose a more intricate design like the one below. This decoration is made...
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