Groundhog Day Winter Weather Predictions

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Groundhog Day is this coming Monday, and on that day Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog in the US, will peek out of his hole in Gobbler's Knob at exactly 7:25 a.m. and predict whether we can expect an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Historically, Phil seems to prefer early winters and has predicted 101 of them since this tradition started in 1887. There are a few years that we don't have any record of Phil's predictions, but he has only predicted an early spring 17 ... [ Read More ]

How To Have an Old Fashioned Valentines Day

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Well, February might not be here yet, but the stores are already bedecked out in red and pink in preparation for Valentine's Day. And, while I am as much of a fan of all that chocolate as any other girl, I can't help but feel like a lot of the romance is lost with the commercialization of the most romantic day of the year. If you're looking for some ways to help make your Valentine's Day even more romantic and old-fashioned than ever, then check out these tips for an affordable, fun and of ... [ Read More ]

8 New Year’s Eve Traditions

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Tonight is the last night of 2014, and around the world, tons of traditions will be embraced in force in the hopes of bringing a prosperous and wonderful 2015. If you're looking for something fun to add to your New Year's Eve, check out these traditions from around the country and the world: 1. First-footing - Scotland Be the first to step across a friend or neighbor's threshold, and bring with you gifts such as a coin for prosperity, bread to always have food at the house, salt for flavor, ... [ Read More ]

Throw a New Year’s Eve Party on a Budget

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Now that Christmas is over and done, it's time to star thinking about New Year's Eve! But don't worry--if your budget is a little tight from all of the Christmas shopping, I have some tips for throwing a fun and memorable party without having to break the bank. 1. DIY Decorations - One of the great things about New Years is that there isn't really a theme that you have to stick to, so depending on what kind of party you want, you can easily create your own New Year's Eve decorations! If you're ... [ Read More ]

Christmas Leftover Ideas

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The presents have been opened and exclaimed over, the guests are gone and the dinner is over, and the host of the most wonderful time of the year is sometimes left with a ridiculous amount of leftovers. If you find yourself in this boat, don't fret! There are tons of things you can do with your Christmas leftovers, and with a little ingenuity, no one will guess that they're actually eating leftovers! Some of the recipes even will use more than one ingredient, depending on what you made for ... [ Read More ]

Merry Christmas!

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Well, we're only a day away from Christmas! Is your family chomping at the bit to open presents yet? I know mine is. I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful old-fashioned Christmas full of laughter, smiles and great food! Be sure to check back after Christmas for some ideas on what to do with the mountain of Christmas dinner leftovers you'll probably have left!   ... [ Read More ]

Melted Snowman Ornament DIY

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I know Christmas is almost here, but I wanted to do one last craft post before the big day arrives! These adorable little guys spent way too much time enjoying all of the sunshine we've been getting down here but even melted, they're awfully cute! Here's what you'll need to make one of these ornaments for yourself: Clear plastic or glass ornament - you can buy these at most craft stores around the holidays 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar or salt 2 - 3 T white glitter funnel that fits your ... [ Read More ]

Christmas Crafts: Dough Ornaments

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I know Christmas is almost here, but if you're looking for some good old-fashioned fun for the kiddos and maybe the start of a pre-Christmas tradition, why not make some of your own ornaments? They could even make sweet gifts for neighbors, friends and family members! Here are three different kids of homemade dough perfect for ornaments: ... [ Read More ]

10 Cookie Gift Wrapping Ideas

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Giving someone cookies as a gift can be a sweet, inexpensive and old-fashioned way to show that you care. So here are 10 ways to make your cookie gift look as fantastic as it will taste! ... [ Read More ]