Month: November 2013

Thanksgiving 911: 4 cooking helplines to save your Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and everything is under control, right? If you just yelled at your screen, “NO!” then read on, mamas. I’ve got four cooking helplines that will provide you with answers to all of your Thanksgiving cooking questions. Breathe. That’s good. Let’s start with the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal: the turkey. BUTTERBALL TURKEY TALK-LINE If our no-panic tutorial on how to cook your first Thanksgiving turkey  hasn’t given you everything you need to make your turkey look like it’s right out of a Williams-Sonoma catalog, you’ll want to hit up the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line (1-800-BUTTERBALL). For...

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Make your own family trivia game for Thanksgiving. Beats fighting about politics.

There’s something about Thanksgiving that brings out the sentimental side of our ordinarily feisty family. In part it’s the memory of family who’s no longer with us, in part it’s seeing the next generation start to fill their seats–if still with boosters in the chair. So I really am smitten with this printable Family Trivia Game DIY project at Martha Stewart that’s super easy to make and might be a fun way to keep the conversation rolling. You can let one family member create a master list of questions, and then everyone has to fill out their own answers in...

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Ooh…affordable baby gifts at Nordstrom while you’re busy shopping for yourself

Featured partner If we had to pick a favorite department store, Nordstrom would be right up there. Between the designers, the wide selection, and their amazing customer service (take the time our Editor Kristen accidentally came home with a security tag attached to her new coat and Nordstrom sent an associate to her home to take it off!) we find ourselves making excuses to pop in whenever we can. (Hello, Chanel counter.) You can also ask our credit cards how much we love shopping there. So you can imagine how excited we are to welcome Nordstrom as our newest...

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Personalized paper dolls: Coolest gift in the world. Ever.

Little kids can be tougher to buy gifts for than it might seem. Either they want absolutely everything, or they can’t think of one thing they want. Which is why I’m flipping out over the personalized paper dolls from Sandy Ford Design. What are they? Basically the coolest gift in the world. You send in an image of your child and within 48-hours get a JPG of a doll that looks exactly like her (or him), along with 5, 10, or 20 outfits. Never fear if you’re not the DIY type; you can order dolls and outfits printed and ready to...

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Reusable gift bags that could fit in Santa’s pockets

I like to keep a stash of gifts on hand to give to those last-minute people I totally forgot to shop for— bottles of Essie nail polish for my kids’  room moms, or Starbucks gift cards for the piano teacher—you know, just in case. But it never fails that I have the gift but no reusable gift bag to pop it in without much fuss. The Etsy shop 1 Pixie Place has a huge selection of muslin bags, and I’ve scanned through them to choose some of my favorites. Whew, it was hard to pick just a few! They’d be perfect for...

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The kinds of gorgeous personalized gifts that make us really love giving personalized gifts.

-Don’t miss an amazing $350 giveaway for our readers!- We love being able to knock as many people off our holiday gift list as we can at a single online shop, don’t you? That’s why we’re always featuring shops that have more than a couple of great things. It’s also one of the reasons we’re so thrilled to find that one of our favorite sponsors, Minted, has added some really spectacular personalized gifts to their shop that are just as lovely as the holiday cards that our readers love. Their personalized gift selection really is amazing, in part because they’re all designed by talented indie artists from around the country. No vector art here. Plus, it’s affordable which is always a plus...

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Gifts that give back: These ornaments could change the world. For real.

Some of our favorite ornaments this year are more than just pretty baubles for your tree. They just might cure breast cancer, save an endangered species, or transform the life of women living in extreme poverty. Pretty impressive. The shiny green and red heart ornament (above) was designed by Mariska Hargitay and supports Child Mind, a non-profit focused on transforming mental heath care for kids everywhere. Love that. ($40) This adorable little bigfoot yeti comes from Ten Thousand Villages, an online retailer sourced completely by disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries worldwide. This particular guy was crafted in the foothills...

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Wild things, you make our heart sing with this gorgeous picture book

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what I did when this fabulous new picture book arrived on my doorstep this week. I could instantly tell we were going to love it. And we did! Everyone in the nameless town where Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is set seems to be perfectly fine with the prim-and-proper status quo. But Mr. Tiger has had enough. Something just isn’t satisfying him in bland exchanges about the weather. So he decides he must break free. He journeys to the Wilderness, where he has an epiphany of sorts. The question...

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Good mojo from yarn zombies? We’re in, especially if it includes sock monkeys.

There’s an uncomfortable stage in between childhood and adulthood when you might need a good luck charm or security blanket, but you know the other kids are going to make fun of it. We’re betting that if your good juju comes in the form of a zipper-chested twin zombie sock monkey, they’re going to back right off. These little Yarn Zombies are an adorable but edgy way to give someone a boost of confidence, love, or quirky goodwill right when they need it most while maintaining their valuable street cred. Each knitted, 5-inch tall talisman is geared toward a specific...

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The brightest and best Hanukkah printables for this year’s Festival of Lights

With Hanukkah beginning in just a few days, we’ve rounded up some festive Hanukkah printables to decorate your home, including a few fun items to mark the once-in-a-lifetime merging of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. Or Thanksgivukkah. But, since Hankukkah lasts longer than turkey leftovers, we have plenty of more traditional decorations that will be ready for all eight nights. If you’ll be hosting the special Thanksgivukkah dinner, grab this downloadable Hanukkah chalkboard sign and hang it on your front door to greet your guests. Or, since it will be sent to you in three different sizes, you can also print...

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