5 Ways To Wear 1 Dress To All Your Holiday Parties
Work, friends, family...you've got lots holiday party hopping to do! Rather than coming up with different outfits, get 1 great little black dress, like this one from Target (left), accessorize it in different ways, and wear the same dress to all your parties!
Here's how to do it:
1- Simple: Wear on its own with black heels and fun necklace.
2- Fancy: Add a velvet blazer and sparkly necklace, then do a smokey eye.
3- Collared: A removable peter pan collar changes the whole dress! Add a cuff bracelet & leopard shoes.
4- Layered: A turtleneck under your dress with a chunky statement necklace works on chilly nights.
5- Casual: A LBD still works for casual parties when you wear it with your jean jacket and some boots!
Read more on wearing the same dress, 5 ways. (Babble/Merrick’s Art).
The Most GORGEOUS Sugar Cookies!
Sugar cookies are BIG for the holidays, but how do you get them to keep their shape, and be soft, AND in such a heavenly color??? This baker worked her buns off, doing the research, to figure out all the little tricks. It starts with this great sugar cookie recipe: easy, delicious, & decorates great:
3 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature), 1 cup sugar
1 large egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a separate mixing bowl whisk together flour and baking powder. In kitchen mixer bowl, beat together unsalted butter and sugar. Add egg, mix again, then add vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until dough begins to clump together. Gather up dough and knead until it’s smooth. Roll it into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and place in fridge to chill (about 20 mins).Preheat oven to 350 and line a large cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Gently transfer cookies on to lined baking sheet and place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 2-4 mins.(This is what keeps cookies shape!) After they're chilled, pop cookies in the oven for approx 6 mins, or until they just start to turn golden. Get ALL the sugar cookie baking tips and tricks, and there are MANY! (MakeBakeCelebrate)
The Biggest Fridge Mistakes We Make
Does your milk smell like onions? Do you trash lunch meat before you get a chance to make sandwiches?
Lots of us waste perfectly good food just because we're incorrectly packing our fridge.
Here's how to do it right!
Mistake 1: Storing milk on the door - Temperatures are highest on the door. Keeping milk, yogurt, and butter there can shorten their "shelf life".
Mistake 2: Not keeping meat in the meat drawer - It's designed to keep foods colder and better preserve ones that spoil quickly, like the shrimp you may splurge on during the holidays.
Mistake 3: Not cleaning the coils - If your fridge temperatures seem to be rising, it could be because you need to clean its coils. It's easy to do... just snap off the grate and use the vacuum's crevice tool to clean out the dirt and keep your fridge running efficiently!
Read more ways to pack your fridge properly. (Shine/Yahoo)
Best Days For Online Holiday Shopping
Here are dates to note, so you get the best deals on your Christmas gifts.
Nov 29 - Dec 1: While Black Friday is traditionally about stores, some of the bigger sites will have sales. Amazon.com has special Black Friday events throughout the weekend, that include “lightning deals,” price reductions that are offered for a short time period.
Dec 2 Cyber Monday: The hype is real. This is the day to get a great deal online from pretty much any shopping site. Low-end to upscale, they all want in on the action, and the deals tend to be broad, instead of item specific. Many sites will have 15-40% off everything.
Dec 21 - 24: As the 25th gets closer, merchants start discounting the big-ticket items that haven't moved. Discounts on TV's, furniture, and fine jewelry will grow, but the selection will shrink. Also, keep in mind that even the most amazing deal can be voided with what you might have to pay for overnight shipping. Read more on getting the best online shopping deals. (RealSimple)