(BPT) - You want to find unique gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season. Rather than search endlessly, have you considered making your own presents? DIY gifting is a growing trend, providing people the opportunity to create the ideal present with loved ones' personalities in mind. Because it's homemade, it's customizable and one of a kind, with deeper meaning than anything that can be purchased at a store.
(BPT) - Whether you're hosting a small holiday gathering with friends or a formal dinner party with family, entertaining can be stressful. But with a few simple food-focused tips, you'll be on your way to throwing the perfect holiday get-together - headache-free. For ease of planning, Executive Pastry Chef Christina Kaelberer of acclaimed Edwards Dessert Kitchen in Minneapolis suggests focusing your gathering around the table.
(BPT) - During the holidays, friends and families gather to celebrate and spend time together. This is a wonderful opportunity to create meaningful connections between people of different ages. However, it's not uncommon to struggle with how exactly to do this when those of different generations, political and cultural beliefs, and religious backgrounds often seem worlds apart.
(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.
(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.
It's a decision that many who celebrate Christmas struggle with each holiday season: should I buy a real or an artificial Christmas tree? Lovers of real trees will tell you that nothing compares to having the scent of the outdoors in your home during the holidays, while artificial tree fans claim that they don't miss vacuuming up needles once the season is over. Both real and artificial trees have several advantages and disadvantages.
Women report more stress over the holidays compared to men. They say it's harder to relax during the holidays. Women also are more likely to engage in default coping skills, like comfort eating. Why is this the case?
With a refrigerator full of Thanksgiving leftovers, try these ideas to make use out of the turkey and sides. Turkey Sandwiches Chances are, after cooking a big Thanksgiving meal, you want to do very little cooking for a few days. Leftover turkey sandwiches are a classic for a good reason -they're delicious. Get creative and use some fancy relish or melt the cheese or add some stuffing, gravy or cranberry sauce. Or throw some bacon on there for a flavor boost. Broth
(BPT) - If your individual shopping trips are sprints, then Black Friday is your marathon - an action-packed, intense early morning hunt that's not for the faint of heart. And you love every minute of it. From that first warm cup of coffee while camping out with family and friends to finding amazing deals, Black Friday is a holiday in and of itself. The tips included below will help you make this year's Black Friday your best yet.