How to Take Great Sparkler Pictures with Your Phone

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Photo: Amber Dickson

Sparklers pictures are a fun and festive part of any 4th of July gathering.  Find out how you can document the day by taking long exposure photographs on your smartphone.  Your Instagram feed is going to shine!           

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Safety First When Creating Sparkler Pictures

The most important step is insuring your safety and that of the people around you.  Always make sure any children are closely supervised.  Sparklers can reach temperatures above 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and need to be handled carefully.  Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Set Up A DIY Photo Booth For Your Next Party

These days, no party is complete without a diy photo booth. They’re not only a fun addition to any shindig, but they’re a great way to capture memories and they create the most meaningful party favors in the world. Everything You Need to Set Up A DIY Photo Booth For Your Next Party

While renting an old-timey booth or hiring a company to run one are both nice options, they cost a pretty penny. The reality is, creating a custom photo booth using the electronics most of us already have around the house (e.g. Continue Reading

Make It: Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes for your Valentine

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start making plans. Nothing screams Valentine’s Day quite like conversation hearts. They’re colorful, they’re graphic, and they say something (sorta) meaningful in ten characters or less. But, they taste kinda icky, so this year, I’m combing the classic conversation heart with something we all actually want to eat: chocolate. 

 

Not only is this approach budget-friendly, but it’s a very simple project that you can easily customize for your Valentine, no matter your level of experience with crafting. Continue Reading

82 Things To Do With Your Boo on Valentine’s Day (That Don’t Involve Dinner Reservations)

Looking for something fun to do with your boo on Valentine's day? Here are 82 fun date ideas that don't involve calling ahead.

Valentine’s Day is almost here! The older I get, the more sentimental I become – meaning I really enjoy February 14th. I understand that it’s a silly holiday, but it feels sillier to hate on a holiday that’s all about love. That being said, I don’t think it’s necessary to spend a gross amount of money on dinner, flowers, and gifts in order to have a great time with your partner. The whole fancy dinner thing is a little played out. Continue Reading

The Days After Christmas Should Be the Best Week of the Year – Here’s How

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You've decked the halls, hung the stockings with care, wrapped and unwrapped the presents, and it's no wonder if you're all tired out. Hopefully now that Christmas is over you finally have a bit of time to relax. Maybe you already know exactly how you want to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's, but here are 10 ideas for how to unwind in case you've forgotten how.       

 

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Photo: Rachel Jacks

1. Take a long, hot bath. Continue Reading

What’s in a Tradition? 15 Stories of Holiday Habits

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ShutterstockZivica Kerkez

Have you ever wondered why traditions are so prevalent and feel so important around the holidays? As it turns out, traditions reinforce important belief structures. They comfort us with a sense of belonging, and help us express gratitude! Traditions cement existing bonds, and create new ones. If those aren’t reason enough for you to hop on board the Tradition Train, consider it this way: traditions usually involve food, and are usually just plain fun. Continue Reading

No Tag? No Problem! Print These DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Free printable gift tags for your holiday wrapping needs!

I literally never remember to purchase gift tags at Christmastime – and I’m not using the term “literally” for extra drama here. I actually cannot recall a single time I’ve ever picked up gift tags at the store, put them in my shopping basket, and taken them to the register to check out. What usually ends up happening when I’m wrapping presents is I realize my mistake, try to find a nice-enough piece scrap of paper, scribble the recipient’s name on the back, throw on a little Scotch tape, and call it a day. Continue Reading

How to Stay Present During the Holiday Season

How to Stay Present During the Holidays
ShutterstockKatsiaryna Pakhomava

Despite what's depicted in Hallmark movies, the holidays can actually be a really stressful time of year. Not only that, but if you're not careful, added anxiety and pressure can cause you to miss the season all together. With Thanksgiving in the rear view and Christmas coming around the corner fast, how in the world are we supposed to stay in the present and enjoy what this season has to offer? Continue Reading

Upcycled Glass Bottle Holiday Centerpiece

Upcycled Glass Bottle Holiday Centerpiece | Curbly #holiday #upcycled #centerpiece
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Believe it or not, we’re already halfway through December and if you’re hosting a party this holiday season, it’s high time you picked out a centerpiece idea for your bash! We can help… today we’re sharing a super easy candle centerpiece that uses upcycled bottles and colorful berries. Keep reading to check out the tutorial!      

 

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Upcycled Glass Bottle Holiday Centerpiece | Curbly #holiday #upcycled #centerpiece
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 

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Upcycled Glass Bottle Holiday Centerpiece | Curbly #holiday #upcycled #centerpiece
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by removing the labels from your bottles. Continue Reading

Do This: Make Cookie Cutter Ice Cubes!

Make These: Holiday cocktail ice cubes!

Sometimes I’ll have an idea in my head for something I want to try, and that idea will just never leave. It was last Christmas that I wondered to myself, “Can one make ice cubes in cookie cutters??” The previous holiday season got busy fast, so I never got around to testing that hypothesis out. This go round, as I dusted off my holiday cookie cutters, I decided it was time. I tested my theory. Continue Reading