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Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (Wednesday, Dec. 25, on ABC)

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (Wednesday, Dec. 25, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app) – This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the season as hosts Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland share this magical holiday tradition with families around the globe. Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the Christmas Day celebration will be merrier than ever before, bringing together the adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Joining the festivities as parade correspondents are Freeform’s “grown-ish” actor Trevor Jackson and star of Freeform’s upcoming series “Good Trouble,” Cierra Ramirez. Musical performances include the following:

Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”

Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”

Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”

Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his first holiday album, “Christmas Funk,” out Nov. 9.

Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.

American Idol winner Maddie Poppe celebrates the season with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Disney’s dynamic a cappella group DCappella performs the popular Christmas hit “Last Christmas.”

Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album, “A Why Don’t We Christmas.”

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Christmas Gifts for the Men in Your Life

This curated Christmas list will have you checking the men in your life off your gift list! There are a ton of great ideas! Click through for the full article and to see all the picks!

For all the men in your life who do so much for you, why not show a little appreciation this holiday season with a thoughtful, useful, mindful gift? Whether you’re shopping for your new-to-yoga nephew or your dad who just realized he’s into foraging, we’ve got something for everyone. Now get to shopping!

https://www.giftadvisor.com/men/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA6IHwBRCJARIsALNjViV9k_dyxK6Xd-ijWu5hSqXKWqZ9bt7gfCD5rU0dvZyOYK9yyBJBg4gaAsqGEALw_wcB

Deck the Halls!

The rustic Christmas scene that she pulled off is amazing! This is the sort of vignette that inspires me to “Deck the Halls”! Beautiful!

 

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m usually a get my Christmas decor up December 23 type of girl. I don’t know why the holidays always seem to sneak up on me. But this year is entirely different! Not only is the Loft fully decked out {on December 1st no less}, but this year I did my very best to create the ultimate yuletide feeling. Though I did have a bit of an incentive!

via Apartment 34 – Your ultimate source for style, fashion, living and beauty.

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box 

If you've read the post on how to take great product pictures, you've read about the importance of light in your pictures.  When using natural light isn’t possible or just doesn’t work for your particular needs, a light box is often the next best alternative. This post will demonstrate how to make a DIY Light Box. No need for any fancy materials or supplies. Many of the items are probably things you have at home already!

List of Supplies:
1. Cardboard box
2. Box cutter or X-acto Knife
3. White printer paper or White Tissue Paper (the type found in the gift wrap section)
4. White poster board
5. Portable lamp
6. 100 watt white light bulb
7. Double sided tape (or regular tape that you roll up on itself)

Directions

About the cardboard box. It should be large enough to hold the items you are photographing but not so huge that you can’t store or transport it easily. After assembly, remove the top flaps of the box. You want this part to be open. Next, using your box cutter or X-acto Knife, cut the sides out of the box leaving a small border around the edges. You are going for a “picture frame” look on all sides. Do not cut out the bottom!

Once all your sides are cut out, apply double sided tape to the inside of each “frame”. This is where you will be applying the white paper. The goal is to (as seamlessly as possible) cover the inside of the box with your paper. We are trying to make an environment as free from color and shadows as possible.

Voila, you’ve made a light box! Now get busy taking pictures and posting your stuff. I find it works best if you go into a dark room and put the lamp as close to your box as possible. If you are not getting the desired lighting, add more lamps. I’ve seen examples online using up to 3 lamps at a time.

 

From: thepreparedmother.wordpress.com

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Unclogging a Blocked Toilet Trap Without a Plunger

Unclogging a Blocked Toilet Trap Without a Plunger

If you find yourself in a predicament to have a blocked toilet and no plunger nearby here’s what you need to know. Try this simple solution to unclog your toilet with dish soap, a container of hot water, a little patience and that’s it.

Stage one: Pour dishwashing soap into the toilet. Since the dish soap density (– 1.06) is great than water it will sink to the bottom of the toilet bowl.

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Stage 2: Allow 15+ minutes for the soap to be absorbed into the blockage acting as a pipe lubricant. 

Pouring dish soap into toilet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 3: Pour a container of really hot water into the toilet bowl making its way through the trap pushing the blockage out.

15+ Minute Wait Pouring Very Hot Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 4: Flush the toilet and watch as the obstruction vanishes!

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Your Small Business and the Holiday Season

Small business owners know that sales from the Holiday Season can be a defining factor in the overall success of your business. Make this the year that you get a "leg up" on next year's business! We've curated several excellent articles to act as a resource for your Holiday Season planning and hope you find them encouraging and helpful! Let us know if any of the resources made the difference for you this season!

1) 30 Unique Holiday Promotions for Your Small Business. Kabbage.com

The holidays will be here before you know it. But instead of panicking about how much there is to do before then, get excited! There’s still plenty of time to plan a creative holiday promotions calendar and make an impact on this year’s profits. Tons of little (and big) holiday promotion ideas are out there to leverage in your brand’s marketing efforts as the end of the year approaches. So here are some of the most fun ways to create buzz around your company:

2) Keep Your Employees Focused this Holiday Season! BusinessKnowHow.com

 Between shopping, decorating, and readying for visits with family, it's no surprise that many employees are less than focused on work during the holidays. So how can an employer keep distractions down and productivity up? Here are five tips that can help.

3) How to get your business ready for the holiday season. SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

 Whether you run storefront business, or or strictly sell ecommerce, it’s time to create a holiday sales strategy. If you make the bulk of your profits between November 15 and January 15th as in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or the day after Christmas, it time to make sure that your business is ready for the holiday sales rush. 

4) 6 Tips To Slay Sales This Holiday Season. p2Bi.com

 Now is a great time to do a quick audit of your website to make sure that everything is working as it should be. The importance of omnichannel retailing has grown exponentially and you want to make sure that your customer can find your products not only on the shelves of your store or your retailers’, but also online and more specifically from any smartphone. Stats show that in 2014 mobile accounted for over half of all holiday shopping traffic. Make sure your website is compatible with laptops, smartphones, and tablets alike. Also, you can use a tool like Google PageSpeed Insights to quickly test and solve for any issues on your website that could be slowing down its performance.

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Free Printable Advent Calendar from Ella Claire

Free Printable Advent Calendar

This adorable free printable Advent Calendar is amazingly charming. With endless options to customize, you can definitely make this project fit any decor! Please visit EllaClaireInspired.com for more beautiful pics and the full tutorial! 

I have been wanting to create an advent calendar for a couple of years now, and I finally got to it this year! When I was a kid, I loved those little ones with the candy in all of the slots. I wanted my babies to have something fun to be excited about each day too. It is no secret that I love vintage typography and that is the direction I went with these. I love vintage Christmas!

Source: Free Printable Vintage Christmas Advent Calendar – Ella Claire

Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts – 50th Annual!

Tempe Festival of the Arts – Fall Event!

50th Anniversary!
 
November 30 – December 2  | 10AM – 5:30PM

www.tempefestivalofthearts.com

The Tempe Festival of the Arts spring and fall events each attract nearly 250,000 visitors to the Downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day weekend.

Quality artists are fundamental to the success of the event. Each year, the Festival receives more than 1,000 applications from artists across the country. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community. They select the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival. During the Festival, a new jury then selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category.

Participants are separated into 18 different artistic categories for judging. They range from woodwork to photography to ceramics and even wearable art. More than 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

While the Tempe Festival of the Arts primarily focuses on art and the artists that create it. There are also a wide variety of other activities for guests to enjoy. Live entertainment stages provide musical entertainment for festival-goers. Performances by a number of well-known local musicians keep audiences in high spirits throughout the day. Past performers have included the Gin Blossoms, Walt Richardson, Margo Reed, and Hello Swindon. In addition to the scheduled entertainment, street performers, vendors, sponsor exhibits and entertainment booths are set up for the amusement of Festival visitors. In addition to arts and entertainment, the Tempe Festival of the Arts offers support to the Tempe community. A portion of the proceeds raised at the Festival benefits local charities.

 

Lessen the Effects of Thanksgiving Dinner!

While I would never suggest that you skip your favorite  Thanksgiving goodies, this article shares some sensible tips to make the festivities a happy memory rather than a regret! 
 
We're not suggesting you roll up on your sofa, here are a few suggestions.
 
Prevent the desire to lie down:
 
We all know after an over-stuffed dinner is to lie down and rest. Instead take a short walk after your meal helps your digestion over drinking coffee.
 
Digestif Bitter:
 
Drink some digestif bitter which is produced in Rheinberg in Germany by Underberg AG, made from aromatic herbs from 43 countries.
 
Most European counties create a bitter herbal digestive liqueur that's sipped after meals. (Italy produces hundreds of different types of Amari.
 
Try Digestive Enzymes:
 
Keep on hand a natural digestive enzyme for after the feast. 
 
Aloe Vera Juice:
 
We suggest drinking 2-3 ounces of certified pure aloe juice immediately after your Thanksgiving feast. Aloe juice is found at natural foods stores
 
Chew Some Ginger:
 
There are reasons ginger is often used to for stomach upset: It works! 
 
Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and family, indulgence and indigestion. Embrace the former while ditching the latter with these actionable ways to limit your belly-bulging binge at this month’s high-calorie celebration of appreciation and appetite.

Thanksgiving Salad

Arugula and red onions and cashews and dried cranberries and wild rice and lemon dressing, comin in hot. ♡

I mean, wow! Already? Tis the season!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there are two types: the type who makes a turkey, and the type who brings a salad. Do I even need to tell you which type I am? Bjork’s aunt called us yesterday and asked if I would rather bring a salad or a vegetable side. umm, HELLO. How could I ever NOT bring a salad? It is my Thanksgiving destiny. I have a feeling that so many of us are twinning on this issue.

via Thanksgiving Salad with Wild Rice and Lemon Dressing – Pinch of Yum.

Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes

Worried about the gluten-free sides you'll be serving at Thanksgiving this year? No need to stress about that part of the menu! Here are 10 healthy and delicious options that will do your meal justice. Both gluten-free eaters and gluten-lovers will enjoy one (or a number!) of these additions to your table.

via Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes | POPSUGAR Fitness.

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How Kids & Dads Can Enjoy Father’s Day Togethery

Happy Father's Day! To celebrate Dad and family today,why not enjoy Father's Day together! This article lists a few creative ways to celebrate and enjoy Father's Day together this year. Remember, you don't have to wait for a special holiday to gather up the family for a fun day together. So after Dad's breakfast in bed, load up the family and head for the great outdoors! 

It is rumored that Ben Affleck recently dressed up as Batman for his son’s superhero-themed birthday party, which must have scored super-cool points on the playground. But don’t worry, dads; you don’t need to don a bat suit for your kids to know you are the superhero in their life. The special relationship between father and child—the "dad effect”—refers to the profound impact on children when fathers spend quality time with them. The positive long-term effects on their well-being, happiness, and self-worth are astounding.In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up five active ways for kids and dads to spend quality time together. They’re guaranteed to strengthen bodies and bonds!

Source: 5 Active Ways Kids & Dads Can Celebrate Father's Day Together – mindbodygreen.com

54th anniversary of The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

54th anniversary of The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

It was 54 years ago today that The Beatles officially released their landmark LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the U.K., though their label rushed copies into some stores six days early on May 26, 1967. (It went on sale in the U.S. on schedule on June 2.) Whenever you want to mark that anniversary, the record has been a point of reference for popular music ever since.

Crash Test Dummies

Crash Test Dummies

Auto safety advocates honor engineer Samuel Alderson to this day for developing the very first Anthropomorphic Test Device — popularly known as "the crash dummy." He did it back in 1968.

Crash dummies really hit the big-time in the 1980s, with the debut of public service announcements starring "Vince" and "Larry," whose various automotive disasters helped "drive home" the advantages of buckling up.

Though Vince and Larry retired from the PSA circuit back in 1999, their costumes live on, as part of the collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

More importantly, the Crash Dummy PSA campaign is credited with increasing seat-belt use more than five-fold, saving some 85,000 lives.

DIY Kids Activities for The Car

As a mom of many, we spend a ton of time in the car going to the various events.  We need to make the time worthwhile.  Make the time spent in your vehicle more organized, more efficient and less stressful with some of these car tricks.

Help entertain your kids with a DIY travel book.  You can create pages of activities for your kids to do independently in their carseats.

Send yourself a message in a bottle to remind yourself of all the fun you are having on an outing together.

Create a bucket pulley system.  This is great to get things to the back of the car without stopping on long trips.  Be sure to secure or remove the bucket between hauls.

Keep the baby binkie clean.  Carry spares in condiment sauce containers.  When one gets dirty, just open another container.

Create a temporary tattoo of your phone number.  Put it on your child’s hand when you are traveling or at a busy event.  If they get lost they can tell someone how to reach you.

via Car Hacks, Tricks and Tips for Families – Kids Activities Blog.

 

The Steps I Took To Lose 60 Pounds

At 16, I stood on the scale in my aunt’s bathroom and my jaw dropped. I was 5’6 and weighed 200 pounds. Then and there, I decided that I couldn’t live like this anymore. With the help of these six habits I gradually implemented, I lost 60 pounds, and have maintained a healthy weight ever since. I'm not saying it was easy, but focusing on making these small changes helped me sustain my weight loss for 15 years now.

via 8 Steps I Took To Lose 60 Pounds + Keep It Off – mindbodygreen.com.

Helpful Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

As a psychology professor, I teach classes on changing behavior, and I usually start by asking my students how many of them have made New Year’s resolutions that failed. Most hands go up. In fact, many people respond that they have stopped making New Year’s resolutions because they don’t work.

But it does not have to be this way. Simply put, if you want to succeed with your New Year’s resolutions, you have to start way before New Year’s Eve to get ready. Don’t make a fervent wish on Dec. 31. Instead, people need to give themselves some preparation time.

via How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions | TIME.

How To Deal With Everyday Anxiety

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with anxiety, you know the havoc it can wreak on your daily life — from getting in the way of professional development to interfering with your personal relationships.

Fortunately, there are natural, nonprescription ways of dealing with this increasingly common problem. These activities range from relaxation techniques to increased exercise, and each can be tailored to your lifestyle.

Do keep in mind that these tips are best for milder forms of anxiety — not clinical depression or anxiety disorders. If you feel you’re suffering from something more serious, contact a health professional.

Otherwise, combat your stress levels and everyday anxiety with these nine natural methods:

via 9 Easy Ways To Deal With Everyday Anxiety: A Doctor Explains – mindbodygreen.com.

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

Have you made any New Year's Resolutions? While we try to start off every new year on the right foot, we never get official and write any thing down in our family. This year, we're cutting back on sugar and going for a daily walk. Not very ambitious, I know, but we like to be realistic with our goals!  

New Year, healthier you New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!

Source: Top 10 Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions – Health.com