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The Galveston County Daily News: Seasonal

December 3, 2016

Seasonal

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Less Havoc, More Magic: Easy Tips to Simplify the Holidays

(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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4 Easy Tips to Get Prepared for the Holidays
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When you should be enjoying special moments with family and friends, you may find yourself worrying about decorating your home, buying and wrapping gifts and sending holiday cards.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
10 smart swaps to make baking and cooking healthier
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 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 03, 2016 - 2:31 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 03, 2016 - 2:31 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 03, 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 03, 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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Have more money for the holidays with these 5 tips
Posted: November 16, 2016

(BPT) - The holidays are here again. It’s that time of year when you get together with family and friends, take some time away from work and live out the definition of “it’s better to give than receive.” And, if you’re like many Americans, this is also the season when you give a little too much and find yourself over budget on your holiday spending. If you’ve had problems with holiday-induced debt in the past and you’ve tried — and failed — to stem your holiday spending, take a different route this year and see if you can generate extra money to cover those increased holiday expenses. You can do it in a short period of time, so here are a few tips to get you started.

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5 ways to find extra money during the holidays
Updated: November 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are here again. It’s that time of year when you get together with family and friends, take some time away from work and live out the definition of “it’s better to give than receive.” And, if you’re like many Americans, this is also the season when you give a little too much and find yourself over budget on your holiday spending.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
Research: Men want useful gifts, not fluff this holiday season
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it — most men are really hard to buy gifts for. If you’re trying to choose a meaningful gift this holiday season, psychologists have some advice for you: Consider what he will actually use and appreciate, not what you believe expresses your feelings. And please not another tie.

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Folding Drones are the New Hot Item for the Holidays
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Every holiday season has its hot tech item -; from smartwatches to game consoles and now to folding drones.

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Too Much Stuff? Give Kids Experiential Gifts This Holiday Season
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - If, like many parents, you struggle with what to get your kids for the holidays, consider thinking outside the box and giving them gifts that will expand their horizons.

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New Ways to Create Ambiance at Your Holiday Party
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Hosting a party this yuletide? These days, there are new and innovative ways to set the tone for festive holiday cheer.

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Monday 11/14/2016
'Tis the season: 5 expert tips for seamless holiday entertaining
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As we gear up for the busy holiday season, a foolproof plan is essential for throwing an unforgettable party everyone will be talking about. Whether it’s a casual weekend brunch, formal sit-down dinner or a glitzy cocktail party, you want to make sure the atmosphere is set, and that you’re party ready.

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Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your Shopping List
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - We all know when the trick-or-treaters head home with their Halloween candy and the turkey comas set in after Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday season is right around the corner. Meant to be the happiest time of the year filled with joyous memories, the holiday season can quickly turn into an unwanted shopping nightmare as you try to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone special in your life. Getting all your bases covered when on a budget can seem like a daunting task, but when you're making a list and checking it twice this year, keep in mind these fun and budget-friendly items to put a smile on all your loved ones faces, as well as in your wallet!

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Homegating for the holidays: 5 pro tips for MVP hosts
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - This holiday season, millions of Americans will celebrate with friends, family and football. Will you be one of them?

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The easy guide for creating an amazing holiday cheese board
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a small gathering of close friends or a large family affair, hosting a holiday party makes the season extra magical. Looking for ideas that are guaranteed to impress? This year, a new food trend is elevating events and tantalizing taste buds: cheese boards.

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'Tis the Season to Save
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) It’s easy to get the entire house ready for the holiday this season and celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year without spending a fortune.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
Tips to help you prepare your home for holiday celebrations
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for big meals, festive gatherings and making memories that will last a lifetime. But hosting friends and family can be a daunting responsibility. In fact, nearly 40 percent of consumers say that entertaining guests is the most stressful part of their holiday season, according to a recent holiday survey. The good news is that there is still time to give your home a refreshed look. Need some inspiration? Check out these stress-free tips, which will leave your guests impressed.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
Turn Thursdays into together time this holiday season
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Holiday busyness can occupy your weekends, making it difficult to find time to prepare and share a special meal. Instead, why not commit to making Thursday evenings special throughout the season? Instead of trying to do one more thing on the weekend, organically fit together-time into Thursdays, and fill the evening with your closest friends, TV shows, board games or other favorite entertainment — and don’t forget your favorite foods!

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
No-stress holiday entertaining tips and tricks
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - A holiday party is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with friends and family. However, no matter how big or small the guest list, hosting the event can turn stressful fast. Before you know it, your holiday gathering has become more frustrating than festive, and you're suddenly feeling like a Scrooge.

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6 cooking tips to impress your guests this holiday season
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Shared meals and get-togethers are among the holidays’ best moments, but they can also be the most stressful. In fact, 90 percent of Americans feel stress during the holidays, a Healthline survey found – and holiday cooking was cited as one of the stress-drivers.

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Monday 11/07/2016
5 fresh meal theme ideas for the holidays
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Everyone looks forward to giving and receiving, decorating and celebrating with friends, but food is one of the must-have elements that makes the holiday season brighter. That perfectly roasted turkey on the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas really sets the tone for seasonal celebrations.

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'Tis the season for creating dazzling holiday tables
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Laughter, joy, happiness — 'tis the season for family and friends to come together around the table, celebrating all the warmth of the holidays. Really want to wow your guests at your next gathering? It’s as easy as mixing Christmas past with Christmas present.

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Friday 11/04/2016
Time-saving kitchen hacks for the holidays
Updated: November 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - No matter how big or small the group, gathering with loved ones over a delicious meal is a holiday season essential. However, if you've offered to host the event, panic is likely to set in as you realize the amount of work it's going to take to cook a memorable meal for friends and family.

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
3 tips for a more flavorful holiday meal
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Holiday gatherings and backyard barbecues have a lot in common as they are occasions for gathering and for eating. And for both, successful execution of a shared meal means preparing what everyone likes and preparing it perfectly.

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Safe food techniques every home cook should know
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Good hosts want positive experiences around the dishes they prepare for the holidays — great conversation and good memories.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
4 ways to make your family's holiday portraits shine
Updated: November 09, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Take a look at your family. How many changes have crept in since last year? And one year from now, when it’s time to send out holiday cards again, think about how much more they will have changed.

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Smart ways to create calm as you rush from holiday to holiday
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Less than a month separates Halloween from Thanksgiving. And, this year, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are all within a day of each other, and the two multi-day holidays both end on New Year’s Day. With end-of-year celebrations coming one after another, transitioning from holiday to holiday can ratchet up your stress level.

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Toast to this trifecta of wonderful wines to share at holiday celebrations
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As the weather cools and the fireplace whets your appetite for comfort and relaxation, thoughts naturally turn to friends, family, good food and drinks … enjoyable moments this season so notably brings. Whether you plan to be the host or a guest at the festivities, you can make a lasting impression by offering up some tasty and carefully selected pairings of wine and appetizers. Sharing delicious food and drinks can be a great conversation starter and create memorable holiday experiences. Consider these suggestions for delicious combinations that will impress even your most experienced wine-loving and foodie friends.

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Say yes to 'ho-ho-ho' and no to holiday allergies
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Shouldn’t this be the season for walks in the snow, gift-shopping, family gatherings, ho-ho-ho and mistletoe? So why are you still sneezing?

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5 headache-free holiday hosting tips
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There’s a reason the holidays are called the most wonderful time of the year. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones over delicious food and shared traditions. But playing hostess can sometimes feel more like a burden rather than a blessing. This year, keep your holiday gathering fun, not frantic, with these headache-free holiday hosting tips.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Toques modernos a la celebración tradicional del Día de los Muertos
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Es imposible ignorar las caras pintadas, las vestimentas tradicionales y las deliciosas recetas típicas del Día de los Muertos. Considerada una de las tradiciones hispanas más importantes, la celebración del Día de los Muertos se lleva a cabo durante varios días y se puede alargar aún más tiempo cuando se crean altares y se preparan recetas tradicionales. Bien ya estés preparando un plato típico para un altar, decorando tu hogar o cambiando tu look, en JCPenney hemos reunido artículos básicos y asequibles para pasar este Día de los Muertos.

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Thursday 10/20/2016
5 fun and cool ways to make extra money for the holidays
Updated: October 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Brace yourself — the holidays are coming, and so are post-holiday bills. How will you cope with yours?

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
10 time-saving tips for the holidays
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are magical, but all that fun and festiveness can eat up a lot of your time. Don't let the joy of the season be overshadowed by a hectic schedule and too many to-do's. These 10 simple tips and tricks will help you save time so you can focus on what really matters.

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