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  • Family Living

    Black Friday Deals Abound for Orlando

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

  • Family Living

    The Ultimate Gift for Golf Gurus

    (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.

  • Family Living

    5 cleaning tips to save your sanity during the holidays

    (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:

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 09, 2018 - 3:45 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 09, 2018 - 3:45 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 09, 2018 - 3:45 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 09, 2018 - 3:45 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: November 09, 2018 - 3:45 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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Thursday 12/07/2017
Fun Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Exploring Math, Science, Art and More
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:45 am

(StatePoint) When shopping for children this holiday season, remember that the best gifts will pull double-duty and be not only fun, but educational too.

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Friday 12/01/2017
Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:45 am

(StatePoint) Holiday shopping can be a source of stress for anyone, but particularly for procrastinators. Need some last-minute gift ideas? Think about readily accessible, yet thoughtful items that don’t require a lengthy shipping process.

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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
Posted: November 12, 2018

(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
Posted: November 12, 2018

(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 13, 2018 - 2:31 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 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(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 13, 2018 - 2:31 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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Affordable affair: 7 tips for a holiday bash on a budget
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The days leading up to the holidays tend to be among the busiest of the year, with lots of celebrations taking place over a few short weeks.

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Friday 11/02/2018
Time-saving tips and healthy tricks for holiday baking
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for cookies, cakes, candies and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you're bound to be baking like crazy this time of year.

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Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Friday 11/09/2018
Gear Up for the New Dinner Party: With Bring-&-Share Menus and Something for Everybody
Posted: November 09, 2018

(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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Thursday 11/08/2018
A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 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 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes

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Holiday Fun for the Whole Family
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 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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Savor Simplicity
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

Holiday recipes worth sharing

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Light Bites for Healthier Holidays
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) For those who are always on the go leading up to the holidays, the season can feel more like madness than merrymaking. From planning get-togethers to building out a perfect menu for the events, there can be difficulties for hosts and guests alike to ensure proper nutrition is still top of mind.

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Put a Twist on Tradition this Holiday Season
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) ’Tis the season to dust off the decorations, dig out your family cookbook and celebrate everything that makes the holidays special. While it’s certainly a time to honor longstanding traditions, there’s also room to start something new and put your personal touch on the festivities.

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Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Preparing side dishes can be time consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes.

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Nutritious Family Meals Full of Flavor
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Putting healthy meals on the table continues to be a year-round goal for many families, one that can become more difficult with the satisfying and savory flavors of comfort-food season. From breakfast to dinner and every meal in-between, it can feel daunting to prepare simple and nutritious recipes without sacrificing taste.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Lemon Cream Puffs
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:41 am

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