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15 Christmas Home Decor Ideas

Everyone loves decorating for Christmas. Grab your garland and get ready for wreaths as we share some of our favorite new ideas for Christmas decorating. These decorating ideas for your mantel, front door, mailbox, Christmas tree, and more will surely fill you with Christmas cheer. We show you how to give a twist on tradition with handmade willow-branch wreaths that you can use inside or out. We show you how to welcome your guests in ...

20 Things to be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

As the holidays quickly approach and dreams of turkey, stuffing, and parades fill our heads, it can be all too easy to forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Instead of stressing over dinner, decor, and guest lists, take some time to reflect on what makes you #thankful. Here are 20 things we are especially thankful for this year. 1. Kids Thank you for the creative crafts, hugs, and endless love. 2. Great home decor Ah yes, there truly is ...

10 Fall Activities for Your Fall Bucket List

You’re sitting in your house, gazing out the window at the warm pastel colors of Fall in full swing. Yellows, reds, browns, and an impressionist-leaning sky pull at your heartstrings and fill you with nostalgia. The season is a time for change and a time for action, but it’s easy to fall victim to autumnal inaction. Buy hey, there’s never a bad time to stop looking backward and start looking forward. That’s what Fall ...

7 Tips for Fun & Safe Trick-or-Treating This Halloween

Little princesses. Tiny ghosts. Mini mummies. Baby vampires. There’s only one time of year that these pint-sized monsters walk around the neighborhood, treat baskets in hand, cold-calling for candy at every decorated home they pass. Halloween is an evening full of fun and excitement, but it’s important to establish some trick or treat safety tips so you and your children will have an enjoyable and safe Halloween experience. We’ve also ...

Some Bunny Loves You! Tips for Easter Baking With Your Little Ones

  From coloring eggs, decorating Easter baskets and planning scavenger hunts, activities for children are always a cherished part of the holy season.  Baking with the little ones is a fabulous way to make memories and sparks a lifelong love of the kitchen.  It’s also a good time to teach a few lessons along the way.  Besides feasting on sweet treats, they learn valuable skills and practice math and reading without even realizing ...

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…Our Top 10 Tips for an Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt

    The daffodils are emerging, birds are chirping, and the sun is finally shining.  Spring is officially here!  Young or old, some of our best memories are receiving a beautiful Easter basket on Sunday morning.  Whether it’s shiny chocolate eggs, a plush bunny rabbit, or special treats, filling the basket is just as much fun.  Once the pretty baskets are opened, why not plan a special Easter Egg Hunt for the entire family. ...

Take a Break! Packing Tips and Essentials for Your Spring Getaway

  Since most of the country is still braving cold temperatures, we’re dreaming of Spring Break and some much-needed fun in the sun.  Whether you’re driving to Florida or flying to the Caribbean, preparing for a beach vacation takes a lot of planning and organization, especially if you have children.  To make your trip easier, we’ve compiled some handy tips to keep you smiling from door to door. Before You Go: -Check ...

Share the Luck ‘O the Irish and Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Lillian Vernon

  When Irish eyes are smiling, St. Patrick’s Day is probably right around the corner.  What began as a religious holiday in Ireland, March 17th is now a world-wide celebration of culture, religion and folklore…mixed with a bit of buffoonery.  Though St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland, he was not born Irish.  Originally from England, he became an integral part of Irish heritage, mostly through his missionary ...

Nesting into the Near Year: Foolproof Tips for Starting the Perfect Fire

  Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get in gear for the new year.  Whether you’re starting a new diet or turning over a new leaf, cozying up to a roaring fire will probably be on your January agenda.  Here are our top foolproof tips to fire things up in just minutes, along with some of our favorite items to keep you comfy all winter.   Four Easy Steps to Starting a Fire   Step 1.  Crumble newspaper sheets ...

Make Plans for the New Year: Stylish Photo Calendars for Friends and Family

2017 Graphic Photo Keepsake Calendar features a different monthly die-cut to frame your 4 x 6″ photo. Buy 1-5 for $14.99 each; 6-11 for $11.25 each;  12 or more for $9.00 each Photo calendars make the easiest and most memorable gifts.  Plus, it’s always fun to look back and re-live your family travels and memories throughout the year.  Shop our exclusive and personalized photo calendars featuring you! Exclusive to Lillian Vernon, ...

Ring in 2017 with a Sweet and Chic Cakes & Cocktails Party!

  Lillian Vernon loves to come up with fun new ways to entertain at home that set the tone of a gathering. Our most recent concept is a “Cakes & Cocktails” theme for New Year’s Eve.  Forgo the confetti, noisemakers, and goofy party hats–plan a pretty, elegant, and sweet evening that all your adult friends will love. Internationally known event planner Sofia Crokos is famous for the magical weddings and events ...

Ladies Who Brunch: Our Exclusive Quick and Easy Quiche Recipe for the Holidays

  Thinking about throwing a quick brunch during the holidays?  Baking a delicious, savory Quiche Lorraine is always a good idea!  A perennial holiday favorite around the globe, especially on a cold, snowy day, quiche is not only delicious, it looks fancy and is super-easy to make.  From our kitchen to yours, here’s a traditional family recipe from Lillian Vernon. Ingredients: 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie 6 slices bacon ...

Get Santa’s Little Helpers Organized with our Top Five Tips to Staying Tidy

      If you’re like most mothers, keeping your home tidy is sometimes a never-ending battle.  Add the holidays, decorating, cooking and cleaning to the mix, and things can get chaotic.  Teaching your children good organizational skills will not only help you, but will stay with them for a lifetime.  Check out some great tips for tidy kids and some of our favorite items to help you get your home in order.   1. Kids ...

Everyone Loves a Sale! Shop our Top Sale Items Under $20 (Many are Under $10!)

    Who doesn’t feel satisfaction from getting something on sale?  No matter how much or little we have, we always love a deal!  According to Dan Ariely, a writer at the Wall Street Journal, happiness is often a relative judgment about the distance between where we are and where we could have been. If we think that something could have been better, we feel bad, and if we think that something could have been worse, we feel ...

Christmas is Coming! New Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

    Whether you’ve already decked your halls for Christmas, or just beginning, it’s always a good idea to combine the old with the new:  Family heirlooms and keepsakes, mixed with fresh ideas for the new season.  When the boxes come down from the attic, take a quick inventory of what you should keep and what needs updating.  Is your tree skirt looking so 10 years ago?  Do you need some festive pillows on your chairs or ...

Give Thanks the Old-Fashioned Way: Tips on Teaching Children to Write Thank-you Notes

  ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding. -Alice Walker Children learn manners and gratitude from their parents.  From an early age, we teach our kids to say please and thank you, but it’s also important that they learn to formally thank those who give them gifts or do something special for them.  Learning this skill ...