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(BPT) - The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but with the average size of an apartment in the US 8% smaller than 10 years ago (source), many lack a comfortable space of their own to host a party. The good news is this: you don’t need ample budget or space to ente…

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(BPT) - ‘Tis officially the holiday season, and what better way to get in the spirit than sharing sweet treats with family and friends. This year, we invite you to wow your loved ones by putting a twist on the traditional cookie exchange. Featuring delicious, no-bake treats and a gifting sta…

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(BPT) - The holiday season can be stressful, but that doesn’t stop mom-of-three Jennie Garth from slowing down to enjoy it. Garth is making it a season to savor by partnering with Marie Callender’s to show others how to add special touches during this time of year. “Spending time with family…

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(BPT) - Remember a few months ago when you thought about getting a head start on your holiday shopping so you wouldn't fall behind yet again? You were going to and then...well, where does the time go?

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(NewsUSA) - Think there's almost a conspiracy out there to squelch your child's belief in Santa Claus? Technology can help you fight back.

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(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from Grandma or Grandpa on birthdays and special occasions? It could be the worst gift your child gets, if he or she is a child with special needs.

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(BPT) - More than a third of overall charitable giving happens during the holiday season, according to the Blackbaud Index, but Americans can give more than just cash when they’re looking to help others.

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(BPT) - Christmas is a special part of childhood, and there is plenty of pressure on parents at this time of year to make sure it's an unforgettable time for their families. It's important to remember what never gets tossed in the recycling with the wrapping paper afterwards: the Christmas m…

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(NewsUSA) - Once again, tech is topping lots of wish lists. We've all been there. You unwrap your wanted new tech, but before you can use your exciting new gift, there's usually some assembly or setup required. The setup is a major source of frustration for nearly a third of consumers recent…

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(StatePoint) It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When you should be enjoying special moments with family and friends, you may find yourself worrying about decorating your home, buying and wrapping gifts and sending holiday cards.

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(BPT) - Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes — as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods w…

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(BPT) - “What do you want this holiday season?” It’s a question many of us will get asked in the coming weeks – if we haven’t been asked already! And what’s on your wish list this year? New golf clubs? Spend more time with family? Make a difference in someone’s life? Many people look for opp…

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(BPT) - Spending time with friends and family is a big part of what makes the holidays so special. Celebrating with loved ones and exchanging gifts is a time-honored tradition. But before the wrapping paper can be ripped away in a flurry of sparkling shreds, you first need to find the right …

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(BPT) - When the holidays arrive, you can prepare a scrumptious feast, present ideal gifts that are perfectly wrapped and decorate the house like something off a magazine cover. However, your mother-in-law is still going to focus on the stained upholstery in the family room, the tacky and da…

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(BPT) - The holidays are a special time of year for everyone, but through the eyes of a child, it can feel like pure magic. Parents and caregivers looking to make this holiday extra special should spend less time worrying about trinkets under the tree, and instead, focus on spending quality …

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(BPT) - From obligations at work to errands and chores and making time for family and friends — your plate is fuller than ever and, unfortunately, getting sick can throw a major wrench into your marathon of activities and greatly hamper your productivity.

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(BPT) - What does your holiday wishlist include this year? Spending time with friends and family? The latest tech or that best-selling book you've been meaning to read? Maybe it includes plans for a trip in 2017. Whatever is on your wishlist, chances are a holiday-related injury isn't one of them.

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(BPT) - As you grow older, the meaning of the holidays often changes. As a kid there were, of course, the endless assortments of cookies and treats, and sleepless nights anticipating what Santa might bring. Then the holidays brought relief from school, a break from work, maybe some ugly swea…

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(BPT) - Are you tired of giving the same old holiday gifts over and over? Does the thought of trying to find a novel gift idea for that special someone without breaking the bank stress you out? Or do those shopping lines that stretch a mile long make you want to scream in frustration?

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(StatePoint) The holiday season is full of family, friendship and good cheer, but it’s important to keep in mind that this time of year can also pose specific safety risks, particularly around the use of candles, fire and heating products.

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(BPT) - Americans have a love-hate relationship with the holiday season. You may love the festive spirit and the opportunity to share time with friends and family, but dread all the work — and stress — involved in seasonal tasks, including meal preparation. However, it is possible to make it…

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(NewsUSA) - For many gift buyers, the tax refund is that extra paycheck that arrives just in time to pay off holiday bills. However this year, new provisions under the PATH - Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes - Act will impact early tax season refund timing. For tax returns that include th…

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(BPT) - Ready or not, the holidays are fast approaching. While it’s a season known for celebrating family and friends, the stress of gift-giving and holiday planning can make people lose sight of what’s really important.

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(NewsUSA) - Cuando los jóvenes de la casa empiezan a pasar más tiempo con sus amigos o se mudan por primera vez, la celebración de las Posadas puede ser la ocasión perfecta para reunirlos a todos cada año y pasar un tiempo en familia. Desde JCPenney te contamos cómo preparar un festejo emoci…

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(BPT) - Celebrating with family and friends is the perfect way to elevate any holiday or festive occasion. If you're tasked with hosting the event, you have a lot to get done. As you create your to-do list, it can be overwhelming looking at just how much you have to purchase. But hosting a g…

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(BPT) - It took some long nights, longer drives and a lot of caffeine, but your holiday shopping list is just about done. Congratulations! Unfortunately, that’s only half the battle. Now it’s time to take all of the items you lovingly purchased for those people on your holiday shopping list …

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(BPT) - She always has time to listen when you need to talk, and her cookies taste like sheer love. He never says “no” to helping out with household repairs or just hanging out with you watching the game. This holiday season, you want to get Grandma and Grandpa the perfect gift, but it’s not…

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(BPT) - The holidays are here again. It’s that time of year when you get together with family and friends, take some time away from work and live out the definition of “it’s better to give than receive.” And, if you’re like many Americans, this is also the season when you give a little too m…

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(BPT) - The holidays are here again. It’s that time of year when you get together with family and friends, take some time away from work and live out the definition of “it’s better to give than receive.” And, if you’re like many Americans, this is also the season when you give a little too m…

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(BPT) - Let’s face it — most men are really hard to buy gifts for. If you’re trying to choose a meaningful gift this holiday season, psychologists have some advice for you: Consider what he will actually use and appreciate, not what you believe expresses your feelings. And please not another tie.

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(NewsUSA) - Every holiday season has its hot tech item -; from smartwatches to game consoles and now to folding drones.

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(NewsUSA) - If, like many parents, you struggle with what to get your kids for the holidays, consider thinking outside the box and giving them gifts that will expand their horizons.

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(StatePoint) Hosting a party this yuletide? These days, there are new and innovative ways to set the tone for festive holiday cheer.

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(BPT) - As we gear up for the busy holiday season, a foolproof plan is essential for throwing an unforgettable party everyone will be talking about. Whether it’s a casual weekend brunch, formal sit-down dinner or a glitzy cocktail party, you want to make sure the atmosphere is set, and that …

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(NewsUSA) - We all know when the trick-or-treaters head home with their Halloween candy and the turkey comas set in after Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday season is right around the corner. Meant to be the happiest time of the year filled with joyous memories, the holiday season can quickly …

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(BPT) - This holiday season, millions of Americans will celebrate with friends, family and football. Will you be one of them?

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(BPT) - Whether it's a small gathering of close friends or a large family affair, hosting a holiday party makes the season extra magical. Looking for ideas that are guaranteed to impress? This year, a new food trend is elevating events and tantalizing taste buds: cheese boards.

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(StatePoint) It’s easy to get the entire house ready for the holiday this season and celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year without spending a fortune.

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(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for big meals, festive gatherings and making memories that will last a lifetime. But hosting friends and family can be a daunting responsibility. In fact, nearly 40 percent of consumers say that entertaining guests is the most stressful part of their holiday season, a…

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(BPT) - Holiday busyness can occupy your weekends, making it difficult to find time to prepare and share a special meal. Instead, why not commit to making Thursday evenings special throughout the season? Instead of trying to do one more thing on the weekend, organically fit together-time int…

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(BPT) - A holiday party is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with friends and family. However, no matter how big or small the guest list, hosting the event can turn stressful fast. Before you know it, your holiday gathering has become more frustrating than festive, and you're suddenly …

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(BPT) - Shared meals and get-togethers are among the holidays’ best moments, but they can also be the most stressful. In fact, 90 percent of Americans feel stress during the holidays, a Healthline survey found – and holiday cooking was cited as one of the stress-drivers.

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(BPT) - Everyone looks forward to giving and receiving, decorating and celebrating with friends, but food is one of the must-have elements that makes the holiday season brighter. That perfectly roasted turkey on the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas really sets the tone for seasonal celebrations.

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(BPT) - Laughter, joy, happiness — 'tis the season for family and friends to come together around the table, celebrating all the warmth of the holidays. Really want to wow your guests at your next gathering? It’s as easy as mixing Christmas past with Christmas present.

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(BPT) - No matter how big or small the group, gathering with loved ones over a delicious meal is a holiday season essential. However, if you've offered to host the event, panic is likely to set in as you realize the amount of work it's going to take to cook a memorable meal for friends and family.

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(BPT) - Holiday gatherings and backyard barbecues have a lot in common as they are occasions for gathering and for eating. And for both, successful execution of a shared meal means preparing what everyone likes and preparing it perfectly.

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(BPT) - Good hosts want positive experiences around the dishes they prepare for the holidays — great conversation and good memories.