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Black Friday has some great deals, but is it really worth the hassle? Here are 6 reasons you should stay home this year.

6 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday

My Black Friday shopping strategy: Don't leave the house! The only thing better than scoring a great deal is scoring a great deal while still in my jammies with hot tea and leftover pie in hand.  Seriously.  Thanks to my social anxiety, I don't do crowds well.  They make me very uncomfortable, so the internet,...
Hosting a holiday dinner doesn't have to be stressful. Just follow these simple tips to host a stress-free potluck dinner.

How to Host a Stress-Free Potluck Dinner

Growing up, my family hosted most holidays.  We had the most space and a house that was made for decorating.  Hosting also involved doing most of the cooking.  My grandmother was in charge of the bread, my aunts would bring something to share and lots of people brought desserts, but generally speaking the meal was...
These are no ordinary chocolate chip cookies! They're big and packed with yummy chips, nuts, and cookie flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from the “Bite Me More” Sisters

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat, and for a party or a bake sale you really can't go wrong with those soft, chewy confections.  And though they're a classic, there are as many variations of chocolate chip cookies are there are pebbles in a stream. Personally, I think all versions of this cookie have their...

27 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Halloween is coming and I love to decorate... but I suck at crafty stuff.  Even just carving a pumpkin like a normal person doesn't come easily to me.  Last year I actually over cleaned the pumpkin dug right through the bottom.  Oops.  And, sadly, Miss O seems to have gotten my crating ability. So if I want cute...

15 Mouth-Watering Ways to Cook a Turkey

Turkey Day is coming, and that means.. well... turkey!  And except for the lucky bird pardoned by the President, Americans will consume nearly 50 million turkeys - that's 800 million pounds - on Thanksgiving Day (and the days that follow). Personally, I love Thanksgiving.  I love the gathering of friends and family...

How to Manage a Time Change with Young Children

Time changes are an annoyance for everyone.  So if you're traveling to a different time zone or just facing a daylight savings time shift, get ready for a bumpy ride. In the US Daylight Savings Time ends November 1 at 2 am this year.  Whether or not getting an "extra hour" on the day after Halloween is a good thing...

50 Things to Do With an Extra Hour

The end of Daylight Savings Time is coming and that means we all get that hour back that we painfully gave up last spring.  Rather than letting that hour go to waste, here are some things you can do to make the most of your extra hour this weekend. Sleep Read Have sex Clean Play Candy Crush/ Angry Birds/ game of the...
Love crockpot applesauce? Try this delicious variation with a touch of ginger!

Ginger-Cinnamon Crockpot Applesauce

Does anything say fall better than applesauce?  It's sweet and tangy, and there are a million different ways to make it!  Making applesauce in your crockpot is super easy and it makes your whole house smell delicious. I started making crockpot applesauce several years ago after we went apple picking and had an...

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