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    6 timely tips to keep kids safe this holiday season

    (BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and as you prepare to enjoy all the wonderful things associated with this time of year, don’t forget to keep child safety top of mind so the entire family has a jolly holiday.

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    Give Artfully this Holiday Season

    (StatePoint) When it comes to creative gift-giving, you may feel you’ve exhausted your options, especially for those who seem to have everything. But there’s no need to make a holiday tradition out of giving the same old gifts year-in and year-out.

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    Jingle bling: Give the look of diamonds for less than $100 this holiday season

    (BPT) - Every year, some items make the list of “hot” holiday gifts, only to turn tepid next year when something trendier comes along (think banana hair clips and leg warmers). Yet one gift category has proven its enduring appeal for thousands of years. Diamond jewelry remains one of the most welcome and meaningful holiday gifts. However, diamond jewelry can get expensive quickly.

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Give Artfully this Holiday Season
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to creative gift-giving, you may feel you’ve exhausted your options, especially for those who seem to have everything. But there’s no need to make a holiday tradition out of giving the same old gifts year-in and year-out.

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Jingle bling: Give the look of diamonds for less than $100 this holiday season
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Every year, some items make the list of “hot” holiday gifts, only to turn tepid next year when something trendier comes along (think banana hair clips and leg warmers). Yet one gift category has proven its enduring appeal for thousands of years. Diamond jewelry remains one of the most welcome and meaningful holiday gifts. However, diamond jewelry can get expensive quickly.

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The key to a great hostess gift: personalize!
Posted: November 26, 2014

(BPT) - It’s going to be the party of the season. You know what to wear, but you haven’t a clue what to give as a hostess gift. As your calendar fills with holiday parties, finding the perfect gift for hosts and hostesses can be a challenge. Fortunately, it’s easy and affordable to personalize a gift basket or other holiday treat – just look to the bakery department in your local grocery store. From bagels and muffins paired with orange juice, to an assortment of cookies accompanied by hot cocoa, personalized creations are a welcome alternative to traditional gifts – ensuring the hostess has a gift worth waking up to!

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Friday 11/14/2014
Time and Money-Saving Holiday Gift Ideas
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is here. Amid decorating your home, planning holiday parties and baking cookies for Santa, you might find yourself with very little time (and cash) for holiday shopping.

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Great Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers
Posted: November 14, 2014

(StatePoint) Have some lit lovers in your life? Want to make stocking stuffers extra special for them this year? Here are a few great ideas:

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Thursday 11/13/2014
New Coffee Table Books That Make Great Holiday Gifts
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) As so much reading moves into digital spaces, coffee table books with their lavish designs and entertaining content remain a perennial staple in any home, say literary experts.

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Stocking Stuffers for Outdoor Enthusiasts and DIYers
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) While checking those big ticket items off your holiday shopping list can be stressful, don’t let stocking stuffers bog you down. Simple gifts that show you care about your recipient and their hobbies work great.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners of All Levels
Updated: November 11, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is a great time to shower the gardeners in your life with the tools they need to grow beautiful and delicious things. Whether your recipient already has a green thumb or is just thinking about starting a new hobby, there are some great gift ideas out there for every level of gardening interest and skill.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Shop Smart: Guide for Finding Perfect Holiday Gifts for Men
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The pressure to find the perfect gift when shopping for men this holiday season can easily become a daunting endeavor, but with online retailers, shoppers can better search for the perfect gift with these simple tips.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Holiday Gift Ideas for the Health Conscious
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) Americans have a lot on their minds during the holiday season, and the stress of ballooning budgets and crowded calendars can be enough to affect almost anyone’s well-being. With that in mind, why not use the holidays as an opportunity to give the most important gift of all?

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Friday 11/28/2014
6 timely tips to keep kids safe this holiday season
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and as you prepare to enjoy all the wonderful things associated with this time of year, don’t forget to keep child safety top of mind so the entire family has a jolly holiday.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Most popular holiday spending trends revealed [Infographic]
Posted: November 26, 2014

(BPT) - American adults plan to spend more money during December sales than on Black Friday Deals or shopping on Cyber Monday and Free Shipping Day, a new national Holiday Spending survey from FatWallet.com found. The infographic below reveals how consumers are planning to spend money this holiday season, what they are most likely to purchase and whether they will spend more, the same or less on items they need for holiday activities. Visit FatWallet.com to compare and shop for all the top holiday deals, find coupons and get cash back from more than 1,700 retailers.

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10 reasons you should add life insurance to your Christmas list
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - You can't drive it around the block. You can't wear it for an evening out. You can't watch anything on it. And chances are it won’t elicit squeals of delight when opened. But of the many gifts you can give, life insurance might make the biggest difference to those you love.

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Create a happy homemade holiday
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - One of the best ways to kick off the holiday season is to decorate. And while it’s easy to load your cart with beautiful decor from your favorite store, Christmas is more personal when decorations are homemade.

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Parents: 3 holiday tech gifts that can help your kids in the classroom
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.

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How to handle grief during the holidays
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are meant to be a joyous time. But for someone dealing with grief, celebrations can be extremely difficult. If you are grieving over a recent loss, or one that happened years ago, experts say there are things you can do to make facing the demands and the expectations of the holidays a little easier.

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Business-boosting tips to help small businesses maximize holiday sales
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again.

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Home safety tips for a safe and happy winter season
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter and that means homeowners need to take steps to ensure that their loved-ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead.

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
How to keep your information safe this holiday season
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and for a lot of us, that means holiday shopping. But how careful are you when you’re entering personal information online to purchase gifts for your loved ones?

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Easily impress with delicious, seasonally inspired flavors this holiday
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are here and that means it’s the season for parties, events and get-togethers. Put your best dish forward with seasonally inspired recipes guaranteed to tempt your guests’ taste buds.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Inspired Holiday Treats
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Cookies, cakes and pies are the typical treats associated with the holidays, but there are other ways to celebrate the sweetness of the season. Flavorful appetizers, beverages and snacks can also carry those richly sweet tastes you crave.

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Spice Up the Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re preparing for a big gathering or hosting a small dinner with loved ones, make any get-together a special occasion with a twist on delicious, seasonal classics.

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Healthy Holiday Tables
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for excess: too much spending, too much stress and, if you’re like most people, too much munching. Make no mistake, it’s called a holiday “feast” for a reason. The average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 230 grams of fat while enjoying a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.

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Turkey Talk: Take Leftovers Beyond a Sandwich
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) After spending hours roasting your turkey to perfection, it (and you) deserves more than a sandwich the day after. With a little creative pre-shopping and stocking of refrigerators and cupboards, you can take your day-two turkey from boring to amazing - and nutritious.

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Spicy Ideas for Holiday Dinner
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) The holiday season tends to overflow with traditions – recipes passed down through generations, annual family gatherings, tree trimming parties and gift exchanges, to name a few.

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Giving Thanks with Flavor
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) As the holidays draw near, we all look forward to delicious food and creating memories with family and friends. It’s also a time to give back to those in need.

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Make It a DIY Holiday
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Whether you're a do-it-yourself beginner or experienced crafter, show off your personality with simple DIY projects to make your home shine this holiday season.

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Savor Pumpkin Pie Spice All Season Long
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) Fall has arrived, and with it comes the king of all seasonal flavors – pumpkin pie spice.

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Eight Coconut Milk Recipes To Go Crazy For This Thanksgiving
Posted: November 24, 2014

(Family Features) From pies to drinks, coconut milk – one of the hottest staples in cooking today – adds a delicate flavor and rich texture to every dish it meets. Made from the first-pressing of fresh, ripe coconut meat, Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk is the perfect go-to ingredient for this year's big feast. And it's naturally dairy- and gluten-free, which means everyone can enjoy it.

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Simple Basics Become Simply Magical this Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

(Family Features) The holidays are that special time of year when ingredients are more than just ingredients - they're what you make of them. The secret to amazing appetizers, memorable meals and fantastic celebrations can be as simple as a few key basics. That's why Safeway is making it easier to find value and the essentials you need all season long, so you can create your own holiday magic.

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