Tips

Simple Steps to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange Party

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Whether you love to bake or dread it more than the mall parking lot on Christmas Eve, homemade cookies are a central part of the holidays. From traditional frosted sugar cookies and peanut butter blossoms, to ethnic treats like krumkake and biscochitos, everyone expects their favorites to be on hand throughout the season.

This year, rather than spend hours in the kitchen making an endless variety, try hosting a cookie swap. Not only will the exchange cut your cooking time in half — without sacrificing quality or quantity — the gathering of friends may likely become a sweet new holiday tradition. Here’s everything you need to know about hosting a successful cookie party.

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Healthy Spending Habits to Avoid Holiday Stress

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Whether you feel obligated to buy for every distant family member, or you can’t resist the pull of once-a-year-only sales, overspending is not uncommon during the holidays. The sights, smells, and overall jolliness come together in a chorus of, “Tis the season to splurge!” According to results from a 2017 poll by American Consumer Credit Counseling, 63 percent of people reported feeling “a lot” or “some” financial strain over holiday shopping.

This year, follow these tips to help curb the urge to overspend and instead enjoy the season without the stress. 

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5 Easy and Affordable Ways to Update Your Home Decor for Fall

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When the season changes from summer to fall, your home decor can change along with it, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or costly to make an update. We have the scoop on some of fall’s hottest home design trends — all of which are easy to incorporate into your existing decor and won’t break your piggy bank. Say goodbye to light and airy and get ready for warm and cozy, because winter is coming.

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How to Shop for Sheets and Bedding for the Best Night’s Sleep

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The right amount of sleep has been linked to lower obesity rates and improved memory, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, lower incidence of depression, and improved immune function. In other words, sleep is perhaps one of the single best things we can do for our overall health. One great way to ensure you get enough Z’s? Create a soothing, comfortable sleep environment. And that begins with good sheets and bedding.

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7 Helpful Back-to-School Tips for Parents

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Like the changing of the seasons, back-to-school returns with inevitable regularity every year. Although parents often welcome the return to schedules and routine, there’s no doubt the move from summer to school can be tricky. Here are seven tips to make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your kids.

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Score! How to Throw a DIY Soccer-Watching Party on a Budget

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There’s soccer madness. And then there’s soccer madness — the kind that takes over every four years for four weeks straight, giving you all the soccer thrills you can handle (and some you can’t).

Throwing a game-watching party — or two or three — during this time is essential, even for the most casual of fans. Lucky for you, we can help with the party planning. From soccer ball snack skewers to easy soccer ball cookies, here are a few of our favorite ideas to help you score the honor of best DIY party host.

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