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Fun Ideas for Friendly April Fools’ Day Pranks

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April Fools’ Day is every prankster’s favorite holiday. Even though historians can’t agree on its origins, one thing we do know for sure: It’s the best day of the year to be silly.

We have some ideas for simple tricks to play on your significant others, kids, and friends. We kept it light so no one gets too upset. After all, you could be the one pranked next time!

This year, April Fools’ Day falls on a Saturday, so you’ll have to wait until next year to play jokes on your officemates. But here are a few ways to keep your favorite people guessing this April 1.

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How To Fill Your Basket for a Beach-inspired Picnic

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It is so fun to spread out a blanket on the sand and nosh on your favorite snacks while you watch the kids play in the ocean. But what if there’s no beach nearby? No problem. You just need your imagination (and a little help from us).

Whether you’re headed for a nearby park or your own backyard, it’s easy to put together a family-friendly picnic inspired by a day at the beach. Bonus: When there is no sand, the kids can’t track it into the house. Here are some ideas for what foods to pack:

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Poll: What Will You Give Your Valentine?

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It’s that hearts and flowers time of year again and you know your BAE is expecting something sweet, romantic, and hopefully sparkly. How will you surprise your Valentine?

What will you give your Valentine?

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Digital Photos

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Our smartphones make it a cinch to capture every moment, from fancy entrées to goofy candids and enough selfies to fill the cloud. It’s estimated that 1.2 trillion photos will be taken in 2017, which begs the question: How will we ever organize them all?

Photo management has become such a conundrum in our modern lives that you can actually hire a personal photo organizer to tackle the task for a fee. But thanks to our handy guide, you can save yourself the money — and perhaps use it to buy some actual prints of all those digital photos.

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Which Furniture Fabric Works Best for Your Lifestyle?

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When choosing new furniture, one of the most important — and sometimes confusing — considerations is fabric selection. From kids and pets to dirty shoes and spilled drinks, you need material that can stand up to everyday life. But how do you know what’s best?

First, consider how the furniture will be used. If your furniture will be subjected to heavy wear, like a couch in a central area of your home, it’s best to choose a tough, durable fabric that’s easy to clean and can withstand daily use. In these cases, look for tightly woven fabrics with high thread counts (the number of threads per square inch). Also consider who will be using your new furniture. If you invite pets onto the couch, for example, consider a microfiber or faux leather since these fabrics can withstand extra wear and tear.

No matter what you’re shopping for, the following guide will help you better understand the different types of upholstery fabric in order to make the best choice for you and your family.

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