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Staycation vs Vacation | Which one is right for you?

Should you stay or should you go? That’s a question many families face this summer when debating the best use of their vacation time. There are multiple benefits to both staying at home and enjoying your vacation time and taking a trek together to explore new and exciting places. To help you in your staycation vs vacation decision, we’ve compiled a list of benefits for both the family staycation and the family vacation. Staycations have ...

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is a worldwide celebration designed to honor fathers and father figures, celebrate fatherhood, and recognize the contributions of fathers in society. Father figures can include biological fathers, adoptive fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, uncles, big brothers, fathers-in-law, and other male relatives, friends, mentors, or other influential males who provided leadership, love, support, and guidance ...

6 Meaningful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is an annual holiday with a lot of meaning for many of us, but giving a meaningful Mother’s Day gift doesn’t necessarily have to mean spending a lot of money, or buying Mom the typical flowers or chocolates. Think beyond the mainstream ideas and television commercials, and you can do something even more meaningful for this Mother’s Day. Here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas to help spark your creativity. Give Mom a ...

10 Creative Ways to Say “I Love You” On Valentine’s

“I love you.” Those three little words mean so much, and yet somehow fall short of expressing how you truly feel. But actions speak louder than words, and Valentine’s Day is really about saying “I love you” in more meaningful ways. True Romeos use the occasion to be creative and find thoughtful, original expressions of love. To help you be a romantic hero this Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together 10 creative ways to say “I love you” without ...

How To Make New Year’s Resolutions (And Not Break Them)

Does anyone take New Year’s resolutions seriously anymore? Former President Obama doesn’t. He acknowledged as much in a recent interview with Prince Harry on the BBC: “I’m not sure I believe in New Year’s resolutions – typically people break them,” the former president said. Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle says she isn’t a fan of keeping to strict New Year’s resolutions anymore, either. The princess-to-be wrote ...

9 Christmas Desserts You Can Leave For Santa

Leaving out treats, a carrot and glass of milk for Santa is an easy way to enhance the magic of Christmas for small children … And it’s a pretty delicious surprise for ‘Santa’ too. Magic Reindeer Food: Guide Rudolph and his team this Christmas Eve with some magical reindeer food. Sprinkle the mix of oats and edible glitter in the yard – the glimmer in the moonlight will light the way for Santa and his sleigh and the reindeer will have ...

10 Tips to Help You Stay Productive At Work (Even Though It’s The Holidays)

We’re quickly approaching the holiday season, and as you try to juggle parties, shopping, hosting, planning, traveling, and work, there’s a good chance you will lose focus and momentum in the office. There are so many competing demands and expectations during the holidays that it is very easy to get overwhelmed. Many people lose focus during the holiday season because their to-do list swells while their time shrinks. Travel planning, guest ...

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 ...