The nice thing about cold weather is that it creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warmth of family and friends or some quiet time alone. What sounds more pleasant than placing some wood in the fire and curling up in front of the TV with a new movie? When planning a movie night, here are some tips that can help create a comfortable evening for the whole group.
Protect your new purchases over the holiday season
Let the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season begin. Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9 percent over last year to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. However, with holiday purchases comes the risk of theft.
Adding traditional twists to the Thanksgiving meal
Across America, families will be spending Thanksgiving together, and more than likely, enjoying the same menu items they've enjoyed in years past. Interestingly, more than half of Americans would embrace adding new foods or new preparations to the Thanksgiving table this year, and many think that side dishes provide the perfect opportunity to experiment.
Lovestruck: How to give a Valentine's Day gift perfect for her unique personality
Whether it's a couple's first date, a pair of love birds in their honeymoon phase or a husband and wife team enjoying 50 years of married bliss, Valentine's Day serves as a reminder of the affection shared with a special someone. For the Valentine who is truly one of a kind, find a gift that perfectly suits her unique personality. She'll love the presents and appreciate the thought that went into finding that perfect gift, just for her.
Caring for your community: Three ways to give back year-round
Do you think your family should get involved in volunteer efforts, but you don't know how to get started? Whether you choose to be active in your community on a weekly basis or dedicate holidays to helping out, it's never too late to begin giving something back, and there are many ways to make a difference on a local and national level.
Your children's safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you've read the books to ensure you're providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they're safe?
Holiday meals are often the highlights of the season, as nothing beats making memories with friends and family over delicious food and good wine. However, planning the perfect get-together can be difficult and even stressful. To help you get through this holiday season seamlessly, Tom Colicchio, chef/owner of Craft Restaurants and head judge on Top Chef is sharing his tips for planning an effortless holiday meal that will knock your guests' socks off.
Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home and landscaping projects
People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.
Gifts that stick: Tips to giving holiday gifts with staying power
When buying holiday gifts, we seek to find something that our loved ones will not only enjoy, but also keep. Unfortunately, many gifts are headed straight from under the tree back to store shelves. In fact, more than half of holiday shoppers expect to return gifts this holiday season, according to a recent national survey.
Tips for keeping your house warm without burning a hole in your pocket
The winter months mean celebrating the holidays, reconnecting with family and friends and planning your resolutions for the New Year. They can also mean a sharp increase to your monthly heating bill in order to stay warm and comfortable. If you're interested in controlling your energy expenses while maintaining comfort, the tips below will help you make sure more of your money is put towards presents than power.
It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man
With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it's easy to think Valentine's Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don't need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer watch to get the ultimate Valentine's Day reaction. This year, more women are thinking ahead to create customized cards for their beaus that truly speak from the heart - and men are responding with tears of joy.
Exciting ways to stay motivated and get fit this year
This is the time of year when many people set a weight loss goal and pledge to begin living a healthier life. Enrolling in a fitness program is a popular means of accomplishing a weight loss goal. But while many people are successful with their exercise programs, others fail because they quit the program before they can reap the benefits.
Don't let messes leave you in a 'holidaze': Easy tips for post-holiday clean up
The holidays bring plenty of cheer and the arrival of family from all over. It's the most wonderful time of the year, after all. But with family visits and hearty meals also comes a big share of messes. After hefty helpings of gravy and chocolates, there will be plenty of cleaning required to get your home back in tip top shape for the new year. It's enough to leave anyone "holidazed," but with the right tools and tricks on your side, it does not have to.
Paralympic alpine skier breaks barriers on the slopes
Ralph Green was a well-rounded junior athlete. He excelled as a football quarterback and basketball point guard for his high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. His life dramatically changed at the age of 15 when a gunshot wound in the back resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the hip down. Today, Green, 36, is the first African-American male to make the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Team.
The promise of spring is right around the corner, and with it comes a sense of rejuvenation. You've probably thought about getting healthy this year, and just like the annual spring cleaning ritual of your home, now is the time to refresh and breathe new life into your daily routine.
Treat your feet to pampering now to prepare for sandal season
last thing you probably have on your mind is the condition of your feet. But time passes quickly. Before you know it, the temps will be rising, and you'll be digging in the back of your closet for sandals. Will your feet be ready for their reintroduction to society?
Use your rewards credit card wisely over the holidays to get the most out of your spending
Festive decorations, twinkling lights, seasonal foods and the company of loved ones - everyone has that special something they enjoy most about the holiday season. Avoiding sticker shock when you see your January credit card bill might be one of them. It can be a challenge to keep costs down, however, when you have a lengthy gift list to get through. One easy option you may not have thought of is probably already waiting in your wallet - if you use a credit card that offers a rewards program.
Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions
The new year is here and it's time to tackle your resolutions! You've set your goal, and now is the time to take action. Following a few simple tips can help you kick start your healthy habits and inspire you to achieve your goals this year.
Shape up your home in time for the expected guests
Excited about hosting a party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the doorbell rings.
Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season come the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready to take on what Mother Nature throws their way. Even though 63 percent of Americans say icy roads are their top winter driving concern, 76 percent also say they are comfortable driving in snow, according to Hankook Tire's Winter Gauge Index.
Create inviting entrances to welcome holiday guests
Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What's the first impression your home's entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home's entryway could use some improvement? Try these handy holiday entryway-decorating tips to create an inviting entryway and make everyone feel right at home.
Expert tips for adding top home design trends to your holiday decor
From decking the halls to trimming the tree, everyone loves the tradition of decorating their home for the holiday season. It's a time to pull out heirloom pieces and blend them with modern elements to make your home truly one of a kind. This year, refresh your holiday motif with a few top decor trends for a look guaranteed to impress.
The FLUgitives Campaign encourages more Americans to get their annual flu shot
Since the most important thing adults can do to help prevent spreading the flu is to get their annual flu vaccination, people who haven't yet been vaccinated against the flu this season should not wait.
The high price of New Year's Eve hotel accommodations doesn't have to keep you from celebrating in big-city style. Even the most sought-after New Year's Eve hotspots have nearby alternatives that give travelers access to big-city countdowns without the big-city price tags.
From cookies to cupcakes, the holidays just aren't complete without freshly-baked treats to gift, serve and enjoy. But baking isn't always a piece of cake, whether you're an expert or novice baker. So this year, as you preheat your oven and prepare to whip up dozens of your favorite recipes, check out these five helpful tips to ensure your holiday cookies don't crumble.
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Whether you are hosting a large party or are planning to keep it simple with just a few guests, chances are you are looking for ways to deck the halls inside and out to create Christmas cheer.
Five reasons why scent is important for home decorating
Cold temperatures and long hours of darkness - at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. But while you're looking for just the right shade of yellow to make your kitchen look brighter on short winter days, don't overlook another powerful decorator's trick - scent.
Must-have luxury upgrades for your over-the-top deck
Some home improvements are simply worth a larger investment to achieve outstanding results. The extra investment ensures optimum returns in value, beauty and livability. Indoors, kitchens and baths rate that extra attention. Outdoors, decks are the pinnacle of great home improvements.
Why older adults must understand their flu vaccine options and get vaccinated
With the 2013-2014 flu season officially here, it's important to consider the single best way to prevent influenza (commonly known as "the flu") - the flu vaccine. What many older adults don't know is that the immune system weakens with age, meaning older adults are at a higher risk for flu and related complications.
Top men's grooming experts offer tips for surviving the harsh winter weather
Most guys spend very little time paying attention to personal grooming and, as the winter months roll in, this can have a direct impact not just on how they look, but how they feel. To help men stay one step ahead in the grooming game, Dove Men+Care has a panel of men's grooming experts to offer five simple tips every guy can follow this winter:
As people fill their holidays with parties, friends, family and celebrations, a bit of added stress and a tremendous amount of decadent food are also thrown into the mix. For many Americans, this may lead to digestive problems, too.
Flip-flops and snow don't mix: Winter foot-health advice
The holidays are over, but most regions of the country face a few more months of winter. Whether you're slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill and muddy conditions in the south, it's important to take care of your feet all winter long. You'll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives.
Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult at any time of year, but no time places more stress on finding a great gift than Christmas. It goes beyond finding the "perfect" gift for special days and holidays to giving something that reflects your affection or appreciation for the gifts you've received over time from that individual.
Doing your own taxes? Here's what you need to know
More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the year before, according to the IRS. In addition to being more affordable than a storefront or accountant, online and mobile solutions have made doing your own taxes exceptionally easy and fast.
Tipping TVs to fire hazards: Vital home safety resolutions for 2014
Some New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement - and often they're much easier to keep.
Kitchen fires spike during holidays: Keep your family safe
During the holidays, more Americans spend time in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. That additional kitchen time also means added risk of home fires. In fact, three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day than on any other days of the year, yet many Americans aren't practicing basic kitchen safety. This holiday season, follow these simple fire-safety tips.
For small lawns, choose smart tools that get the job done quickly and store away neatly
Small lawns have many of the same needs and issues as larger lawns, but they don't always require the same bulky tools to get the job done. A smart arsenal for small lawn care includes some sturdy hand tools and a few small, but powerful, gadgets. If you're looking to outfit your arsenal, consider these tools.
Five holiday tips to make your trip home a little smoother
There's no place like home for the holidays, but getting there can be a less-than-joyous experience. While busy airports aren't known to inspire a holly, jolly spirit, a few tips and tricks can help you breathe a little easier as you make your way home.
To tip or not to tip: that is the holiday question
When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What's supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more. Here is the ultimate guide to holiday tipping from etiquette experts.
The holiday season is all about celebrating with family and friends, which means more merry-making, staying organized and enjoying the time spent shopping for the perfect gifts. A smart shopper is able to access and keep organized great deals and discounts, reduce time with online shopping and check for last-minute opinions if absolutely necessary.
The new year is an ideal time to set goals surrounding personal health, fitness and wellness. As many goal-setters know, setting realistic resolutions that one can keep is a challenge, but taking a holistic approach to health - which includes everything from skincare and diet to working out and maintaining a balanced lifestyle - ensures that resolutions turn into results.
Tips for successful gift giving this holiday season
This time of year, there is no shortage of holiday gift guides available to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether it's your chocolate-loving aunt or fashion-forward sister, there is an art to selecting just the right things to put smiles on their faces.
Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer - Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it's not uncommon to experience a touch - or more - of winter boredom. Fortunately, a number of tactics can help perk up your spirits.
Plowing 101: Tips for removing snow quickly and efficiently
If you live in America's snowbelt, you know how back-breaking clearing all that white stuff can be. Using a shovel or snow blower can be time-consuming and strenuous, prompting many people to acquire a snowplow to keep driveways and other areas safe. If you're a newbie to plowing, here are some expert tips to keep in mind.
Ways your family can give back to the community, country and world this holiday
The holiday season is a time when people are looking to give back. Sometimes this giving back encompasses spending time with others in the community, and other times it is showing support for programs that give back across the world.
Don't bust your budget: Tips and tricks to stretch those holiday dollars
Creating lists, checking them twice - it's a tradition for many families across the country this time of year as they plan and shop for gifts for friends and family. Even with the economy starting to recover, many people will set a budget before tackling their holiday shopping, but two-thirds of those that set a budget will likely go over. Here are some ways to save.
Tips for finding the perfect guy gift this holiday season
Guys can be the hardest people to shop for, and finding the perfect gift has become a daunting holiday tradition. Sure, they will appreciate the thought behind another bundle of tube socks - and might even wear them - but there are gifts that bring a wow factor and make even the most stoic guys light up like a little kid.
Give yourself the gift of stress-free holiday shopping with these tips
Giving holiday gifts can be as enjoyable as receiving them. This year, why not revel in the fun of gift-giving while saving money with these tips for making it a happy holiday shopping season? Here are some easy gift ideas for four hard-to-shop-for groups.
Beauty tips to beat the cold and refresh for spring
Winter weather can notoriously wreak havoc on skin and hair. While waiting for spring to arrive, a few easy adjustments to your beauty routine can help you look fabulous on even the dreariest of days, and ensure that you are looking your best when the weather warms up.
Get your glitz on: How to add pizzazz to your Oscar party this year
Awards season will soon come to a crescendo with the airing of the Oscars March 2. Celebrities are gearing up to hit the red carpet and crossing their fingers that they come home with an award. You and your guests can feel like part of the experience too. Bring the elegance and excitement of the Academy Awards into your home this year by kicking your party up a notch with just a few small tweaks.
Fall back in love with your wardrobe this holiday season
Not only is the holiday season time for presenting loved ones with carefully hand-picked gifts, it's also the season for dressing up and sharing good cheer at office parties, family events and cocktail gatherings.
Quick tips on preparing your home for the holidays in a flash
The holidays are an exciting time of year, but it may seem like you never have enough time to get ready. From preparing meals, buying presents and cleaning your home before friends and family arrive, time seems to always run short. So wouldn't it be nice if you could save time on even one of those monumental tasks? With the right tools, and a few helpful ideas, you'll be spending your time celebrating the season instead of fretting about the cleaning.
Better-for-you snacks to satisfy all your holiday guests
The holiday season is a time for everyone to indulge in delicious foods but doing so shouldn't be a guilt-ridden experience. There are several options available to satisfy your taste buds while still staying on track. The following are some snack options that not only embrace the latest food trends but are sure to please your guests as well.
'Tis the season to see if your tread's been bad or good
The holidays are here again, and so is driving around for things. Rushing to parties, picking up family at the airport, preparing dinners, and, of course, shopping. Whether it's fighting for parking spaces at the mall or traveling over the river and through the woods, don't overlook the four round pieces of rubber that are responsible for safely getting you from point A to point B - your tires.
Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for spring
With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring.
For most places, winter undoubtedly means chilly temperatures, less sunlight and - inevitably - dry, tight or flaky skin. This season, follow these easy tips to break the cycle of dull winter skin by revamping beauty routines that will ensure radiant skin is always in the forecast.
U.S. retail sales rose 3.5 percent during the 2013 holiday season, according to the MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report. So whether you received some fun gifts from friends or put that holiday bonus to good use to buy something nice for yourself, you may have some new, expensive items in your home. If you have jewelry, electronics or other big ticket items, it's important to make sure you're protected through 2014 and beyond.
Scouting out the best Black Friday and holiday shopping deals?
You know the holidays have officially begun when the tinsel and colored lights go up in stores, streets and homes. Thanksgiving Day is now Black Thursday, when consumers - still hungry and primed for the best possible holiday deals - fight the famous tryptophan sluggishness and rush off to the mall not long after the turkey is carved and gobbled.
Holiday shopping, decorating, parties galore, and traveling to visit loved ones are all part of our holiday revelries. But while you're making all that merriment, how happy are your feet? No one wants sore feet or injuries to slow them down during the holidays, so it's important to care for the body parts that will carry you through all those seasonal celebrations and chores.
For most all of us, springtime can't come soon enough. Following a brutal winter with severe temps and record snowfall nationwide, people are more anxious than ever to enjoy the first days of spring outdoors.
Approximately 980,000 restaurants serve communities across the U.S., according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Many have deep roots in those communities - they know the needs of their neighbors and recognize they are an integral part of everyday life.
Gifts for foodies guaranteed to leave taste buds dancing
Between the growing trends of boutique restaurants, creative home cooking and entire television networks dedicated to food, you probably know a few people who consider themselves "foodies." Whether they love craft beer, decadent chocolate treats or gourmet cheeses, you can find many great gift ideas for people passionate about food and drink. Make their holiday extra bright by indulging their interests and exploring some of these top trends in food-related gifts.
Five key deadlines to help small businesses avoid IRS headaches
The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure still rings true - especially for businesses preparing for tax season. If you oversee your company's filing requirements, knowing what is due and when can save you and your employee's penalties, time and stress.
Spring into the season: Great dishes and flavors to celebrate spring's arrival
When spring finally arrives, we gladly shed heavy coats and snow boots. Meals, too, lighten up with warmer weather, as we leave behind hearty soups and heavier meals in favor of more sprightly and seasonal fare. Spring celebrations - from Easter brunches to graduation dinners - are great opportunities to revisit old favorites and try something new.
Don't worry, Mom. In this case, it's OK to play with your food. The latest online social media craze features awe-inspiring galleries of edible art, showcasing everyday ingredients transformed into munchable holiday masterpieces.
Making security a priority during the busy holiday of hearts
Valentine's Day is a busy day for many small-business owners - especially those who cater to the love and romance industries. While tech and big-box retailers have "Black Friday" in November, businesses like florists, candy shops and restaurants may experience "Pink Friday" on February 14, with significant influx in sales and foot traffic.
Save money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel
Home remodel projects don't have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you're interested in updating the look of your kitchen this year, you can find products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish home without paying a high price.
Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space
Between sports games, upcoming winter holidays and fast-approaching New Year's parties, there are many reasons to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the perfect time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home, before the season gears up. The good news is, with a few simple strategies, it's easy and affordable to create the perfect gathering area for your loved ones.
Travel tips to reduce your stress this holiday season
Traveling over the holidays to visit family can be a bit stressful. As you travel during this time of year, consider the following tips to help you reduce your stress and better enjoy the time spent with family while away from home.
What to expect in travel in 2014: Big sporting events drive interest in this year's hottest locations
Where's everybody going? The travel forecast for 2014 points to destinations inspired by a whole lot of sportsmanship and team spirit. Hot spots expected to trend this year include North American ski resorts catering to travelers looking for an Olympic experience closer to home before, during and after the games; and Brazil, inspired by World Cup fever.
Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter
As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature's renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It's officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don't forget about one area critical to your health and happiness: your medicine cabinet.
How to keep your kids active during the winter months
As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they're cooped up inside. It's tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it's important that kids stay active to keep their minds and bodies healthy. With a little creativity, you can keep your kids moving and prevent the winter blues.
Five things you should know about spring allergies
April's showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months.
Crucial steps needed for healthy and safe homes in 2014
As Americans brace for more snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures this winter, education about and protection from residential fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning become increasingly important. This is especially true considering that U.S. residential fire and CO deaths and injuries account for far more fatalities in most years than all natural disasters combined.
Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning - and prepping for - a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring projects.
Now that frigid temperatures and stormy days have come back in earnest, it's time for car owners to think seriously about the road conditions ahead and take the simple but important steps to ensure safe winter travel this year.
Tips for a keeping your home safe and dry this winter
Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, and that means homeowners need to start taking immediate steps to ensure that their loved ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead.
Your zzz's count this holiday season, so start counting them
Between squeezing extra activities into your schedule, finding time to bake holiday treats for your children's classrooms and organizing a mini family reunion, the holiday season might be causing you a bit of stress. And if that stress is affecting your sleep, you could be caught up in the vicious cycle of exhaustion causing stress and stress causing more exhaustion.
As the largest organ of the body, the skin should be well cared for and protected. Winter can pose a host of challenges for those who typically experience dry skin at this time of year. Between dropping and fluctuating temperatures and low humidity, it is easy for skin to feel the negative effects of the season.
2013 holiday gift guide: outrageous and outside-the-box ideas
With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's officially shopping crunch time. This year, consider some innovative and imaginative gift ideas sure to impress even the hardest to shop for on your list. You may want to gift yourself a holiday treat, too.
Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It's possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the "three P's": plan, purchase and protect.
Is it better to look good or feel good? Both, when you're pondering pedicures
Whether you're getting ready for a romantic evening out, or looking ahead to when sandal days are back again, treating your feet to a pedicure can help you look and feel your best - as long as you keep foot health front of mind.
Valentine's Day is full of expectations, so how do you show your unique appreciation and love by doing the same thing everybody else does on that same exact day? The answer: You don't. With a little thought, you can show you care all throughout the year.
Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.