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    6 tips for avoiding charity scams

    (BPT) - Charitable giving is a significant part of many people’s lives and budgets and individuals are often eager to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need. Unfortunately, not every organization seeking a donation is exactly what it claims to be. If you're not careful, you could wind up losing your well-intentioned money to a scam.

  • Seasonal

    Gear Up for the New Dinner Party: With Bring-&-Share Menus and Something for Everybody

    (BPT) - Whatever happened to the formal dinner party? Between busy work schedules and the complexity of navigating food preferences and allergies, they can be hard to pull off — yet we still long for the pleasures of breaking bread (or an acceptable gluten-free substitute) with family and friends. Enter a growing trend: easy bring-&-share meals.

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    Choosing Holiday Gifts for Your Co-Workers

    (StatePoint) Looking for that special holiday present for your employees or your team? Instead of regifting that impenetrable fruit cake, try giving gifts based on individual working styles.

Thursday 11/15/2018
Choosing Holiday Gifts for Your Co-Workers
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) Looking for that special holiday present for your employees or your team? Instead of regifting that impenetrable fruit cake, try giving gifts based on individual working styles.

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
8 Clever Gift Ideas for People Who are Hard to Please
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) Struggling to find gifts for picky recipients can make anyone feel like a Grinch. Avoid the holiday shopping blues this season with this list of go-to gift ideas, all of which are available on such shopping sites as Amazon.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Shopping for the Holidays? Book Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, books can make great gifts. Here are five engaging volumes to consider.

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Giving the Gift of Music this Holiday Season
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) What’s your favorite song? Are you thinking of it now? How does it make you feel? Music is powerful. It can encourage, inspire, motivate and bring joy. There is even scientific evidence that music can ease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health and contribute to mental acuity.

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Great Holiday Gifts for Kids That Help Them Learn and Grow
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) It’s time to think about stuffing stockings and fulfilling wish lists. But if you want your holiday gifts for kids to deliver fun long after the holidays, you may want to consider gifts that will help them learn and grow.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Holiday Hostess Gifts that Inspire Comfort
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:28 am

(StatePoint) This year, rethink that bottle of wine and instead, give the gift of getting cozy and slowing down to truly enjoy everyday moments. Tap into glowing candlelight, cozy textiles, and celebrating simple pleasures when shopping for friends and family. In other words, give the gift of hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish way of life embraces a feeling of cozy contentment. 

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Monday 11/05/2018
Kids’ Holiday Gift Ideas that Build Social Skills
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:28 am

(StatePoint) For young children, social-emotional development is one of the most valuable aspects of school readiness. This holiday season, focus on toys and gifts for preschoolers that will build children’s empathy, communication skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and navigate challenges.

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Friday 06/01/2018
5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:28 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re shopping for Father’s Day or celebrating the accomplishments of a graduating senior, make a point of selecting thoughtful, unforgettable gifts this “dads and grads” season. Here are five ideas to get you started.

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5 Stand-Out Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:28 am

(StatePoint) Need a Mother’s Day gift that truly shines? Take these fun and practical ideas into consideration.

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5 Creative Gift Ideas for Your Valentine
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Looking to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with something a bit different? Check out these five creative gift ideas that will help make the day special.

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Friday 11/16/2018
6 tips for avoiding charity scams
Posted: November 16, 2018

(BPT) - Charitable giving is a significant part of many people’s lives and budgets and individuals are often eager to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need. Unfortunately, not every organization seeking a donation is exactly what it claims to be. If you're not careful, you could wind up losing your well-intentioned money to a scam.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 unexpected holiday gift ideas
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Finding the perfect holiday gift is no easy task. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, brother, sweetie pie or friend, finding a unique, memorable and most importantly likeable gift can be challenging. After so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. Here are five easy-as-pie gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list:

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
5 Ways to Impress Holiday Guests this Season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As the holidays approach, those who love to host know shopping isn’t the only stress factor. Between groceries, cleaning the house, meal preparation and shoveling the driveway, it’s always a race to the finish line. Follow these five steps to leave guests impressed by (and even envious of!) your skills as a host.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Black Friday Deals Abound for Orlando
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - As winter and the holidays approach, it's time to start planning warm-weather destination trips.

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The Ultimate Gift for Golf Gurus
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Coming up with clever holiday gifts is always a challenge, especially for someone who "has everything." However, ways to get creative include gifts that provide experiences, not just things to accumulate. Think of enjoying a craft beer or wine of the month, flying a drone or model plane, shushing down the slopes on a customized snowboard, or playing a classic arcade game.

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5 cleaning tips to save your sanity during the holidays
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. You may have visions of elaborate holiday décor or an extravagant light display to impress your neighbors. As you prepare for the season of parties, guests and entertaining, don’t procrastinate. Prepare now so you can spend more time doing the things that bring you joy this season. Here are five quick ways to help you prepare:

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5 common holiday myths debunked
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Holiday fantasies aren’t just for children. Grownups also live by their own set of holiday myths, which were uncovered by a recent Coinstar survey. Let’s take a look at some of these holiday misconceptions and get to the real truth.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try these five tips for a no-hassle holiday celebration and enjoy being fully present for the fun this season.

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3 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Holidays
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 3:18 pm

(StatePoint) It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of the holiday season -- from perfecting your home décor to searching for gifts for everyone on your list to creating a delicious holiday menu.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
3 tips for making gifting easier this holiday season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for savvy shoppers who leverage the following tried-and-true tips, holiday shopping can be stress-free, fun and convenient.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
Gear Up for the New Dinner Party: With Bring-&-Share Menus and Something for Everybody
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Whatever happened to the formal dinner party? Between busy work schedules and the complexity of navigating food preferences and allergies, they can be hard to pull off — yet we still long for the pleasures of breaking bread (or an acceptable gluten-free substitute) with family and friends. Enter a growing trend: easy bring-&-share meals.

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A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

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Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes

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Old Fashioned with a Twist
Posted: November 15, 2018

(Family Features) Cocktail trends may come and go, but one staple remains a fixture on drink menus two centuries after its invention – the Old Fashioned.

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8 Recipes to Help Ring in the Holiday Season
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

Festive dishes and drinks to get in the holiday spirit

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Easy Holiday Hosting and Toasting
Posted: November 15, 2018

(Family Features) If the very notion of holiday hosting has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, get organized with these simple ideas that can help you serve up a successful holiday celebration.

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A New Level of Holiday Hosting
Posted: November 15, 2018

(Family Features) It can be easy to impress your holiday guests without overdoing it in the kitchen by putting to use recipes that require little time to prep. After all, those precious moments with loved ones are meant for reflection and conversation, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for lesser dishes.

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Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is meant for spending quality time with friends and family, not stressing out over hosting. With some simple tips, you can cut down on hectic preparations while creating a memorable holiday full of food and fun guests can savor.

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Comforting Dishes for Cooler Days
Posted: November 15, 2018

(Family Features) There's almost nothing like a warm dish to help melt away the chills of winter.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
Holiday Fun for the Whole Family
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Celebrating the holidays with family meals and activities is what the season is all about, and when those moments and at-home projects are kid-friendly, you can get the whole gang involved.

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