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The Galveston County Daily News: Seasonal

January 24, 2017

Seasonal

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Smart shopping tips for Valentine's Day

(BPT) - When cupid shot his arrow, there was no turning back. You fell in love and that's one of the best feelings in the world. It's something that should be celebrated always, but of course there's one day dedicated to honoring the power of love: Valentine's Day.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
¿Cómo hacer un viaje en carretera sin estrés?
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Los viajes en vacaciones pueden ser estresantes, pero también deben ser divertidos. La planificación anticipada y el cuidado adecuado del vehículo pueden reducir mucho del estrés que produce un viaje en carretera y le permitirá disfrutar el recorrido.

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Abordar El Hielo y La Nieve desde El Suelo Hasta
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Caminar en un país de las maravillas del invierno puede inspirar sensaciones cálidas, pero conducir en invierno tiene el efecto contrario. Conducir en invierno puede ser un reto, pero mantener su coche correctamente sujeto significa un largo camino hacia la paz de la mente cuando el clima de invierno golpea. La conducción invernal segura comienza donde el caucho se encuentra con la carretera, en los neumáticos.

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Tuesday 12/27/2016
3 tips to get what you want from unwanted gift cards
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re like the majority of Americans, you probably received a gift card this holiday season. After all, gift cards are the most requested holiday gift year after year according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Consumer Spending Surveys. But just because you asked for a gift card, it doesn’t mean you’ll use it. If you don’t use a gift card within the first few months of receiving it, chances are, you’ll forget about it or simply won’t use it at all. Rather than hold onto an unused card indefinitely, put the gift card to use in another way.

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Thursday 12/22/2016
Hidden hazards to keep in mind this season
Updated: December 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As we head into the coldest months, it’s important to ensure both your indoor and outdoor decorations are safe and securely assembled. These items are often overlooked around your home during the season and they can cause very serious hazards, including fires. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 357,000 home fires per year between 2009-2013, causing 2,470 deaths and $6.9 billion in damage, according to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association). That’s why it’s important to check your lights and heating systems for any faults while also installing preventative measures to keep you and your family safe.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
5 ways women are running the smartphone world
Posted: December 21, 2016

(BPT) - Take a minute to scroll through one of your social media feeds. Who is sharing the most photos? Using more emojis than words? Gaining ‘likes’ on their selfies? Most likely, it’s your female friends.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Hosting guests? 9 easy steps to prep your home
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories.

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Avoid the Seasonal Splurge with Healthy Protein Snacks
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - From family gatherings to cookie exchanges, the holiday season is delicious--and can do a number on a typically balanced diet. Whether you want to curb your appetite to avoid over-indulging in tempting treats or need fuel ahead of your holiday shopping marathon, here are some smart-snacking suggestions to make this holiday season your healthiest yet.

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The 5 messiest rooms and how to clean them
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - From decorating, shopping, cooking and cleaning, there’s a lot to do during the holiday season. Time is running out to get it all done before your next big gathering, and you may be thinking, “where do I even start?” Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning company, is making it simple by sharing the easiest ways to clean the messiest spaces in your home this holiday season.

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Monday 12/19/2016
5 easy tactics for making your New Year's resolution to save money a reality
Updated: December 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s almost that time of year again – you prepare for the holidays and start thinking about what you want your New Year’s resolution to be.

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Friday 12/16/2016
Party hosting hacks for the holidays and beyond
Updated: December 24, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Hosting friends and family in your home is fun any time of the year, including the holidays. However, with entertaining comes the stress of planning and the pressure to make each get-together more exciting than the last.

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Tips for a happy, healthy holiday season with your dog
Updated: December 24, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again, where you celebrate the holidays with loved ones and the furry friends that are part of your family. But with colder weather, less daylight and holiday parties filled with a few too many calories, the most wonderful time of the year can also take its toll, and it’s important to give your dog the care he needs, too. To help you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season with your furry friends, Beneful teamed up with Dr. Kurt Venator, director of veterinary strategy and programs at Purina, to offer these tips:

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Thursday 12/15/2016
Buying your first home? Follow this New Year's plan to get fiscally fit
Updated: December 23, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - So buying a new home tops your list of New Year’s resolutions. As you picture the big moment — the one where you pull up to your dream home in your moving truck, sprint up and unlock your front door — you probably understand there's something you need to do first. You need to get your finances in shape.

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Tuesday 12/13/2016
6 green gift ideas everyone can love
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Did you know electronics left plugged in drain energy, even when they're turned off? To reduce energy consumption, give battery-operated, cordless gadgets this holiday season. Need ideas? We’ve got you covered with these green gift ideas for every personality on your shopping list!

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Tackle Ice and Snow from the Ground Up
Updated: December 13, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Walking in a winter wonderland may inspire warm feelings, but winter driving has the opposite effect. Winter driving can be challenging, but keeping your car properly maintained goes a long way towards peace of mind when winter weather hits. Safe winter driving starts where the rubber meets the road--the tires.

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Monday 12/12/2016
Get the big bow ready: 4 tips for buying a used car
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you’re tempted by steep discounts offered by car dealerships at the end of the year, you’re not alone. Car sales rev up especially during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, when dealerships may see sales jump 78 percent over the first part of December, according to Edmunds.com, a leading online resource for automobiles.

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The greatest gift: How big data will help save lives this holiday season
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Each day, 144 new names are added to the national organ transplant waiting list — that’s about one person every 10 minutes. At any given moment, 120,000 people are waiting for a new organ. Tragically, due to a donor shortage, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for that organ to arrive.

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Saturday 12/10/2016
Five Tips to Make Holiday Entertaining a Blessing, not a Burden
Posted: December 10, 2016

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! It is the happiest time of the year, yet sometimes hosting a holiday party can be stressful. To help throw the perfect holiday soiree and keep your spirits high all season long, follow these five tips for a stress-free holiday.

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Friday 12/09/2016
6 simple strategies for eliminating holiday stress
Updated: December 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays bring a time to celebrate and get together with family and friends, but for many people, it can also come with a lot of stress. Social engagements, gift-buying and a seemingly endless amount of to-do's can bring unwanted emotions that make it hard to enjoy the season.

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Thursday 12/08/2016
4 brilliant tips for entertaining this season
Posted: December 08, 2016

(BPT) - The annual Hollis Holiday Party is a long-standing tradition, and hands down Rachel Hollis' favorite party to plan every year. Each year they pick a fun theme — last year they converted their house into a ski lodge for the night and everyone had a blast. Regardless of how you plan to decorate, there are a few entertaining essentials Hollis picked up over her years as an event planner that will help make all your holiday events go smoothly.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
5 Tips to Pack and Ship Gifts like an Expert this Holiday Season
Posted: December 07, 2016

(BPT) - With the countdown to the holidays underway and the continued rise of eCommerce, more people are going online to complete their holiday shopping. The world’s packing and shipping experts at FedEx Office offer tips everyone can use to ensure their precious packages arrive securely and on time — and for added peace of mind.

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5 holiday entertaining tips for space and budget conscious hosts
Updated: December 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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 entertain. With some simple tips and inspiration, you can host a holiday gathering that truly embodies the season and creates lasting memories for family and friends.

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Share the sweetness of the holidays with a new kind of cookie exchange
Updated: December 14, 2016 - 2:33 pm

(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 station for your guests, there will certainly be cause for celebration.

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Family entertainment: Holiday tips for parents
Updated: December 14, 2016 - 2:33 pm

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Jennie Garth's best tips for savoring the holiday season
Updated: December 14, 2016 - 2:33 pm

(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 and friends, and of course indulging in holiday treats, is what the holidays are all about for me,” says Garth. Read on to learn more about Garth's holiday traditions and how you can slow down and savor the season.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
5 last minute tips to have your holiday shopping done in a flash
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Yes, Olivia, There Is a Santa, and He's Calling You
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(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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Why a check from grandma could be the worst gift for a child with special needs
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Monday 12/05/2016
4 easy, meaningful ways to give back this holiday season
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Friday 12/02/2016
Less Havoc, More Magic: Easy Tips to Simplify the Holidays
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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 memories you make with your kids.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Give the Gift of Connectivity, Without the Stress
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(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 recently surveyed by http://www.asurion.com">Asurion, the global leader in technology support and protection services, who say that putting together new technology has ruined their holiday.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
10 smart swaps to make baking and cooking healthier
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(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 while bumping up the health quotient?

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A holiday wish list that can make a difference
Posted: November 30, 2016

(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 opportunities during the holiday season to help their local community and the world, and there are a number of ways to do this. The following are three opportunities, if you are going to be shopping already, to make a difference.

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The best holiday gifts of 2016
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(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 gifts for all the people on your list.

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5 great gifts guaranteed to delight the food lover in your life
Posted: November 30, 2016

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One-weekend DIY projects to get your house relative-ready for the holidays
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(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 dated wallpaper in the dining room, and the guest bedroom carpet that looks older than she is.

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
5 fun ways to make holiday memories with your child
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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 time with their families. To make this holiday the best yet, consider these five festive ideas for bonding and creating unforgettable memories together.

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Monday 11/28/2016
Sick of being sick? 5 tips to getting better and kicking that cold to the curb
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Tuesday 11/22/2016
3 tips to prevent common holiday injuries
Updated: November 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Gifts that say 'yum': A foodie holiday wish list
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

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Monday 11/21/2016
5 ways to create a nostalgic holiday experience
Posted: November 21, 2016

(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 sweaters and a few marathon nights of Christmas movie classics.

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Tips for finding unique health and wellness gifts for the holidays, no stress included
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Fire and Fireplace Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Friday 11/18/2016
5 tricks to a happier, less stressful holiday season
Updated: November 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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 through the holidays with more happiness than humbugs. All it takes is a little planning and a few smart shortcuts.

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Tax Law Changes Mean Refund Delays Will Affect Millions of Holiday Shoppers
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(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 the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), the IRS will issue your refund no earlier than February 15, 2017. Last year, over 26 million Americans received EITC, meaning this change could surprise many who typically plan to get their refund early in the year.

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5 affordable ways to connect with family without breaking the bank
Updated: November 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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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Celebra una fiesta de Posadas inolvidable para tu familia y amigos
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:32 pm

(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 emocionante y memorable que mantenga viva la tradición. Si tienes previsto invitar a tus seres queridos a un delicioso banquete o salir a cantar villancicos en las calles o bien, jugar a la tradicional piñata de las Posadas, en JCPenney tenemos todos los artículos que necesitas para celebrar esta fiesta de manera fácil y asequible.

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Celebrate and save with 8 affordable entertainment tips
Updated: November 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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 great party doesn't require you to spend a small fortune.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
5 tips to for pain-free holiday shipping this year
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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 and turn them into your holiday shipping list. For best results, don't go just anywhere to ship your packages. After all, if you're not careful with shipping, your perfect gifts may not make it to their destination in one piece.

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7 gift ideas for the seniors on your holiday shopping list
Posted: November 16, 2016

(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 always easy to think of something they’ll want, use and don’t already have!

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