4 tips to keep your home safe while you’re away for the holidays

Traveling for the holidays is something your family should always look forward to. There’s no better way to close out the year than by hitting the road, singing holiday songs at the top of your lungs, spending time with family and friends, and eating delicious food. But, do you ever get that nagging feeling in your head while you’re away from the house that something may not be right? What if a pipe freezes and bursts? What if there’s a fire? What if a thief comes? We’ve partnered up with Ooma this holiday season to bring you our top 4 tips for keeping your home safe and secure when you’re on the road this holiday. 

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Protecting your Oral Health During the Holidays

Candy cane infused sugar cookies. Hot chocolate laden with mini marshmallows. Tiny gingerbread men coated in sweet royal icing. Mulled wines and Christmas cocktails. Did we mention wine? The holidays are notorious for the amazingly decadent desserts and spirits that accompany the most special time of year. So, we indulge – and while most of us wait until after the new year to worry about the damage done, there’s one aspect of our health that shouldn’t wait until the clock strikes 12: our teeth.

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25 Holiday Treat Ideas

The holidays are jam packed with parties, dinners, and gift exchanges. For most people, this means baking or whipping up something sweet to bring along or serve to their guests. We’re giving you some sweet inspiration with 25 treat ideas and recipes that are sure to be a hit this holiday season. We’ve got a mix of elegant and kid friendly sweets, so no matter what your occasion there is something for everyone.

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DIY Homemade Holiday Jewelry

The holiday season is here! For many that means cold, wintery weather and long afternoons inside. With children on their winter breaks there will be plenty of time for all sorts of fun activities. Why not show that it’s the hap-hap-happiest time of the year by wearing some holiday cheer?

Grab the kids and head to the craft store. In one afternoon of fun you’ll be spreading the joy everywhere you go with these simple DIY angel earrings.

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Celebrate The Flavors of Winter With New England Coffee & Win a Keurig Coffee Brewer

This post brought to you by New England Coffee. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Daily Mom.

Every season comes with its trademark flavors. Winter is no exception. Whether you celebrate the holidays or create your own winter traditions with your friends and family, the flavors of winter are somewhat universal. 

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Balancing a Healthy Christmas: One Mom’s Advice on Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

When you think of holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, one of the first things you think of is: food. Overindulgence just seems to be part of the plan. Willpower seems to go by the wayside, but it is pertinent to a diabetic.

Today, Antoinette Taranto, mom of two sons (one of which is a diabetic), offers some tricks and tips to help enjoy the holidays. With proper management, children with diabetes can enjoy the holidays as well. 

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10 fun and creative Holiday Party Ideas

Are you tired of the same old tacky-sweater Christmas party? Do you want something more for your guests to do at your annual holiday bash this year? Are you thinking of hosting a family friendly party or a kids only event?

Today, we have 10 holiday party ideas from adults-only to gift exchanges to family and kid friendly gatherings that are sure to entertain your guests and spread some holiday cheer. With this season so quickly upon us we are all looking forward to enjoying great food, having great fun, and spending time with great friends.

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8 Swim Safety Tips for Holiday Travels

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be preparing for a winter vacation or trip to visit family and friends. Chances are that in all the hustle and bustle of year end, you’re not thinking about water safety, but if you’re going to be near a pool, you should be.  

Whether traveling to warmer climates to visit grandparents with pools, plans to stay at beach resorts, or traveling to colder temperatures with frozen ponds and snow covered rivers, water safety is key to an accident-free, fun family vacation this holiday season. From the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country, here are 8 tips for water safety for your upcoming holiday vacation.

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Celebrating the Holidays Away from Family

When you first move away from family it becomes routine to pack up your bags and head home when the snow starts to fly for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. As time goes by and circumstances change, it may become too difficult to gather up the whole family for big trips every year.

Spending holidays away from family is challenging, but using the opportunity to make new traditions is a fun way to celebrate. Today we’ve put together a list of how you can manage your homesickness by creating a holiday family celebration of your own, no matter how far away your tree is from where your heart calls home. 

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Preparing Your Home for The Holidays #DMHoliday16

 

Christmas and New Year’s are going to be here before you know it. If you are preparing to entertain guests (or if you are just looking for a good excuse to decorate and get your house in tip top shape) you are in the right place. Today we are showcasing THE ULTIMATE SELECTION of products to make sure you make it through the holiday season with ease. Whether you are in need of a technology or appliance overhaul or need the perfect place to find holiday decorations, you will find it all right here!

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Ultimate Gift Guide for Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Holiday shopping can be both joyous and a bit stressful at times. This is especially true when you are in search of the perfect or elusive ultimate gift for the special someone in your life. Ultimate gifts are the gifts that aren’t always expected but they are welcomed with open arms. The “Ultimate” gift means something different to every recipient. For some it may be something tech related while for others it could be that missing piece of furniture in their sitting room. Whatever your special someone is interested in, we have compiled a vast selection of amazing gifts that absolutely cannot be beat. 

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Natural & Organic Gifts For Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

If you have loved ones on your holiday gift list this year who live an eco-friendly life, you might find it overwhelming trying to find natural and/or organic gifts that will fit into their lifestyle. From candles to children’s sleepwear to wine, we’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list – hand selected for their dedication to being made with natural and organic materials and ingredients – so you can give them confidently; and you loved ones will appreciate the thought and consideration behind them. 

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Stocking Stuffers for Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Stockings are a fun family holiday tradition. Not only do stockings look beautiful on your mantle, but they are the perfect thing to deliver fun little gifts in that will be loved and are useful all year round. You can do better than just shopping in a drug store for cheapo plastic stuff and bad candy. Make your stocking stuffers be just as wonderful as your other Christmas gifts with our best stocking stuffers for Holiday 2016.

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Why Pets Make Bad Gifts

We’ve all seen the adorable videos of children opening up packages filled with puppies, kittens, or other cute and cuddly animals during the holiday season. What seems like a good idea on Christmas morning becomes an animal you have to train, clean up after, and take care of.

Animal shelters regularly experience increases in abandoned pets during the weeks following the holidays. Reasons for leaving a pet are abundant, sometimes after discovering a member of the family is allergic to a new puppy, or learning that the animal does not work in the family schedule and dynamic.

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