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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Gifts for the Home Chef Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Cooking is a huge part of the holiday season, and having the right gear and gadgets is key to making sure you have a successful meal. Between roasting turkeys, baking pies and holiday cookies, and getting little tummies fed in between, sometimes it can feel like we spend all day in the kitchen. Our gifts for the home chef cover the bases for every person who loves to cook – whether it be large dinner parties, like for the holidays, or for everyday cooking and baking. We are sure you will be able to find something perfect for the chef in your life, so check out some of our favorites below. 

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Taste by Babyhome

 

There are a lot of high chair options to sort through and choose from when it is time for your baby to start eating solids. You need a chair that is designed with your baby in mind. You also need a chair with ease of use and modern design that doesn’t clash with the rest of your home. Your baby’s high chair will become a centerpiece in your dining room and a lot of amazing memories will be made with your child sitting in her chair. First foods, first family dinners, favorite foods, unfavorite foods, perhaps even first words can all happen in the high chair.

Don’t just pick any chair, pick the best chair. We offer a fabulous option: Taste from Babyhome.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Sending Holiday Cards

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and that means families everywhere are rushing to get everyone dressed in coordinating outfits, find the perfect backdrop, and set the scene for the perfect holiday cards. But every family knows that pictures rarely go as planned, and oftentimes there are a few tears involved. Despite it often feeling like an arduous task, we still gather the troops to send a smiling card to friends and family every year. 

So why do we put ourselves through the torture during an already hectic season? Below are some of the reasons you should send holiday cards, along with some dos and don’ts, and a few companies who strive to make your holiday card ordeal run a little bit smoother. 

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Homemade Cookbooks: How to Make Your Own Recipe Book

Having debated with my husband for the umpteenth time about whether to give a store-bought cake or a bouquet of flowers as gifts to both my mom and mother-in-law for their birthdays (we sent them flowers and a card last year) a few months ago, it dawned on me that I had been putting so little effort into my gifts year in and year out — so this year, I had to come up with more meaningful gift ideas for my mom and mother-in-law who love cooking.

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Preparing Your Kitchen for The Upcoming Holiday #DMHoliday16

Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and Christmas is just around the corner. Even if you don’t celebrate either of these two holidays there are plenty of opportunities to host lovely winter get togethers right in your home. However, with the pleasure of being the host comes the task of ensuring that your kitchen is as prepared as your heart is to welcome people into your home. The holidays are such a wonderful time of year to reflect on all the joy that the year has brought you, or celebrate that which hasn’t been perfect but can be improved upon next year. While you are making your shopping lists this year to ensure that you have all the requirements for entertaining, we have three brands that absolutely cannot be left off your list: Le Crueset, Silpat, and Charles Viancin.

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Preparing for the Holidays with the perfect Gallery Wall by Framebridge #DMHoliday16

The holidays are coming, and it’s time to start preparing. Gifts have to be bought, houses have to be cleaned; you want everything to be perfect down to the last detail. It is possible that you have stood in the center of your house looking around and thinking of all the nooks and crannies you thought you would have gotten around to decorating this year. Well, you are in luck. It is not too late, and it is actually almost as easy to orchestrate as it is to make your own pumpkin pie. For a lovely addition to your home or even the perfect and sentimental gift this special season, look no further than Framebridge.

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DIY – A Recipe for Budget-Friendly Bathroom Renovations

From simple updates like switching out hardware and paint, to more complex installations like a new vanity or floor – there are some go-to techniques and products from The Home Depot to help make any bathroom project easy.

Meet Kelly Edwards, lifestyle expert and HGTV and STYLE Network TV host, she’ll show you that adding a bit of vintage charm to a basic bathroom or turning a dated bathroom into a contemporary space is a breeze with the right equipment and know-how. It is possible to spend as little as $200 or as much as $2,400 transforming a bathroom. Here to help you cook up some tips for a simple and stunning bathroom makeover is lifestyle expert and host of “Design on a Dime” and “Tacky House”- Kelly Edwards. Grab a power tool, it just may be your new toy to your newfound hobby. 

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Giving Thanks The Fried Turkey Way

John McLemore is at it again, but this time, not only is it tasty and delicious with his signature techniques, but it will save you copious amounts of time this Thanksgiving. Imagine spending the holiday season actually giving thanks for the time you have to gather with friends and family. Instead of the traditional way of cooking a turkey, meaning hours of basting and watching that bird – be with your family and use all of your oven for the delicious side dishes that will beautifully compliment the tasty bird that we’ll show you how to fry up just right. Save time, infuse flavor, impress guests, and indulge this holiday season – all the while, giving thanks. 

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8 Things Every Mom Needs for her 2nd Baby

Whether you are pregnant with your first or pregnant with your tenth, babies are a blessing. However, we’ve found that after your first child, people rarely gift anything to subsequent children. While most would assume that you’ve got everything you need, we find that there are still a few things that moms would really love for their second kid. Here’s our list of 8 things every mom needs when she has another baby. 

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Helping Kids Understand the Death of a Pet

If you are a pet owner, you will have to deal with the inevitable pain of losing your pet someday. 60 percent of Americans today are pet owners so many of us have to go through this. Whether your pet dies from old age, illness or an accident, it is a very difficult time. This difficult time can be made even more challenging when you have children. For most children, losing a pet will be their first experience with death. It is sad, so terribly sad to see your children miss their beloved furry sibling. However, you can use this life experience to teach your children about life and death, emotions, grief and healing. Your family can get through the loss of a pet together by being honest and honoring your deceased pet in a way that helps everyone move on.

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Fabulous Fall Frills to Warm Up Your Home

What better way to warm up on those cool fall days than with the addition of glowing golds, toasty reds and flushed oranges to your home decor? Keep the home as warm as those Pumpkin Spice Lattes with this easy DIY fall decoration. 

Fall decorating doesn’t have to be time consuming or complex. In a couple hours these simple frills will be ready to adorn the home.

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End Winter Hibernation with Rec Warehouse

The first winter frost; a time of deep reflection, layered clothes, and self-imposed hibernation. Of course, there’s nothing quite like hitting the slopes after a heavy snowfall; unfortunately studies have found across the US, we spend more time stuck indoors and less time engaging in recreational activities. Juxtaposed summer months, when the wider world of leisure opens up before us, bringing swimming, hiking, jogging, football and so much more back into our lives.

Less leisure means less fun, and less fun means an arduous day to day life; but this doesn’t have to remain subsistent reality. Every day, thousands of Americans are waging war on boredom and a sedentary lifestyle. In this article, we’re going to share with you a few ways to combat winter inertia blues.

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What to Do When You Can’t Pick a Candidate

Everyone is in an uproar over who will be the next President of the United States. Seriously, people are freaking out. We are supposed to get behind a candidate and defend them to the death because we are supposed to believe that the next President is the person who will fix the things that we believe are broken. Our destiny is in the hands of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, right? Wrong. Those two don’t control the destiny of our country and they most certainly don’t control the destiny of you and your family. Change doesn’t come down from the top. True change, change that matters, grows from the ground up. Big change is rooted in small beginnings like a seed before it grows into a tree. 

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Spooky Spaghetti: 2 Healthy Halloween Dinner Ideas

With Halloween right around the corner, dinner ideas might be the last thing on your mind. With last minute costume alterations, stocking up on treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters, planning snacks for classroom events and purchasing decorations for your own party, you probably haven’t even thought about what you’re going to serve for dinner on Halloween night.

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