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Sunday 12/02/2018
Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Music Lovers
Posted: December 02, 2018

(StatePoint) Shopping for some music lovers this holiday season? Here are some great gift ideas to help your favorite musicians play and compose music.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
Choosing Holiday Gifts for Your Co-Workers
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) Looking for that special holiday present for your employees or your team? Instead of regifting that impenetrable fruit cake, try giving gifts based on individual working styles.

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
8 Clever Gift Ideas for People Who are Hard to Please
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) Struggling to find gifts for picky recipients can make anyone feel like a Grinch. Avoid the holiday shopping blues this season with this list of go-to gift ideas, all of which are available on such shopping sites as Amazon.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Shopping for the Holidays? Book Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, books can make great gifts. Here are five engaging volumes to consider.

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Giving the Gift of Music this Holiday Season
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) What’s your favorite song? Are you thinking of it now? How does it make you feel? Music is powerful. It can encourage, inspire, motivate and bring joy. There is even scientific evidence that music can ease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health and contribute to mental acuity.

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Great Holiday Gifts for Kids That Help Them Learn and Grow
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) It’s time to think about stuffing stockings and fulfilling wish lists. But if you want your holiday gifts for kids to deliver fun long after the holidays, you may want to consider gifts that will help them learn and grow.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Holiday Hostess Gifts that Inspire Comfort
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:56 am

(StatePoint) This year, rethink that bottle of wine and instead, give the gift of getting cozy and slowing down to truly enjoy everyday moments. Tap into glowing candlelight, cozy textiles, and celebrating simple pleasures when shopping for friends and family. In other words, give the gift of hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish way of life embraces a feeling of cozy contentment. 

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Monday 11/05/2018
Kids’ Holiday Gift Ideas that Build Social Skills
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:56 am

(StatePoint) For young children, social-emotional development is one of the most valuable aspects of school readiness. This holiday season, focus on toys and gifts for preschoolers that will build children’s empathy, communication skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and navigate challenges.

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Friday 06/01/2018
5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:56 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re shopping for Father’s Day or celebrating the accomplishments of a graduating senior, make a point of selecting thoughtful, unforgettable gifts this “dads and grads” season. Here are five ideas to get you started.

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5 Stand-Out Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:56 am

(StatePoint) Need a Mother’s Day gift that truly shines? Take these fun and practical ideas into consideration.

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Monday 12/10/2018
The Gift That Tops Parents' Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
Posted: December 10, 2018

(NewsUSA) - The one gift that may secretly top most parents' holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. 

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
Why books always make the perfect gifts for kids
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Books have it all, when you think about it. Especially if you’re seeking the perfect gift for the child in your life. Books are enriching, mentally and emotionally. They have the power to hold young minds in thrall with colorful illustrations and exciting storylines. Best of all, books are the key to linking minds and hearts, at home and beyond.

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Friday 11/30/2018
Tips to keep holiday spending from breaking the bank
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Americans have lots to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to The Annual Retail Sales Forecast for the Holiday Season from Deloitte, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.

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5 Key Differences Between Synthetic and Natural Diamonds To Know This Holiday Season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The holidays are upon us, which means it's gift-giving season. This year, over 53 million Americans are giving the most timeless gift there is: a diamond. A recent survey by KRC Research for the Diamond Producers Association found that over one in five Americans over the age of 18 plans to purchase a diamond between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, with men and millennials making up the majority of purchasers. Of these diamond buyers, more than 20 million are planning a marriage proposal. After all, what better represents a lifelong commitment of love and devotion than a one-of-a-kind, billion-year-old gem?

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Thursday 11/29/2018
Steal the Show at Your Next Holiday Party
Posted: November 29, 2018

(NewsUSA) - For those who like to wear their holiday spirit front and center, it's the most wonderful time of the year. But it's also the season of charity, so why not feel good by making a fashion statement that's socially conscious as well?

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5 reasons mushrooms are trending up for 2019
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - What will be the hot, trendy food for 2019? The simple, versatile and mighty mushroom. 

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
5 Christmas party trends that will change your holiday celebrations this season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are the busiest six weeks of the entire year for families thanks to a multitude of social gatherings. Chief among these celebrations is the Christmas party. With roots that date back to the Victorian era, the Christmas party has been a mainstay in American homes for decades, but in the last few years, the traditional holiday party has evolved.

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Tuesday 11/27/2018
4 easy health hacks to stay tough this winter season
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - With never-ending holiday gatherings, travel, Sunday football tailgates and early morning snow-shoveling, everyone’s looking to stay strong and healthy this winter season. Along with colder temperatures, winter also brings a host of preventable sicknesses. In fact, the CDC estimates that there were over 49.7 million cases of the flu in the United States between 2017 and 2018, with a major spike occurring from November through February.

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Sunday 11/25/2018
Celebrating the Holidays with Recipes for Coffee Pleasure
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s for a holiday brunch, a festive dessert course or an afternoon accompaniment for fresh-baked cookies, espresso-based beverages have become an integral part of seasonal entertaining. JURA offers an online recipe library of coffee specialties that are easy to make in JURA bean-to-cup automatic coffee machines such as the S8.

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Wednesday 11/21/2018
7 ways the holiday season can be harmful for your dog or cat (and how to help)
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Cheerful carolers, hopeful children, and grandmothers baking their fan favorites. The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends, gift-giving and festive fun.

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Friday 12/07/2018
5 reasons hazelnuts are about to become your new favorite nut
Posted: December 07, 2018

(BPT) - People are going nuts for nuts due to their versatility, nutrition content and snackability, but where does the humble hazelnut rank among its nutty friends? If it wasn’t on your radar before, here are five reasons hazelnuts are about to become your new favorite nut.

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Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Hosting holiday dinners can be stressful, even for the most seasoned home cooks. Between gift giving, cookie baking, home decorating and more, there’s often little time left to think through a festive feast for a hungry crowd of family and friends.

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Fight the Cold with Better-for-You Comfort Foods
Posted: December 07, 2018

(Family Features) Few things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.”

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A Fitting Snack for Holiday Festivities
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) The to-do list for holiday hosts seems to be a never-ending one, starting with planning, guest lists and preparation then ending with goodbyes and cleanup. The hours of work that go into a festive get-together are almost always worth it in the end, and family members surely appreciate the hospitality – especially when it comes to food.

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Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways.

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Holiday Foods with Heightened Flavor
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Holiday hosting is all about providing guests a cozy atmosphere, good company and, quite often most importantly, food that tastes as good as it looks. While mixing and matching quality ingredients for dishes that appeal to the crowd is key to achieving successful seasonal flavors, you can take it a step further with the kitchen equipment used to craft those crave-worthy meals.

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Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats
Posted: December 07, 2018

(Family Features) With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste.

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A Holiday Gathering Guide for Hosts
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

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Holiday Pairing Perfection
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

Festive flavors and seasonal sips

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Thursday 12/06/2018
Bold Flavor Boosts for Tradition-Worthy Holiday Meals
Updated: December 10, 2018 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Holiday gatherings provide perfect opportunities to get creative in the kitchen. Spending quality time with family and friends over an unforgettably delicious meal is what the holiday season is all about, after all. Make sure to be the one everyone is raving about because you've brought something new and delicious to your event by transforming ordinary seasonal recipes with a clever, bold twist.

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