Don't let your pets get pinched! Offer up some St. Patrick's Day spirit with adorable hats and tasty green treats that will have your best buddy feeling like he's found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. No matter if you're heading to your local St. Paddy's Day parade or celebrating at home, there's more than enough luck o' the Irish to go around in this collection of festive goodies.
As adults, we sometimes forget just how magical holidays can be for our kids. Since family traditions are one reason the days feel so special, we asked moms to share their most treasured Easter and Passover traditions. Here, we've rounded up 15 of their ideas — from throwing confetti and hunting for mini muffins to camping out no matter what the weather — all of which are wonderful memory makers.
Bourbon Street on Feb. 12 isn't necessarily the most family-friendly destination, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Mardi Gras with your kiddos in the comfort of your own home. Get your little ones in the Mardi Gras spirit with these six crafty, yummy, and fun ways to celebrate. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
While it may not be the most widely celebrated holiday of the calendar year, Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) is a tradition that dates back to 1887 and is a fun way to add some excitement to your lil one's week. Check out these seven sweet treats to celebrate the coming Spring (or extension of Winter).
Fun fact: Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil has moved into the 21st century? If you text "Groundhog" to 247365 now through Feb. 2, then he'll text you back with his weather prediction!
Do your kiddos leave a milk and cookies snack for Santa? It's a tradition that's too cute to pass up. Tots light up with joy on Christmas Day as they catch a glimpse of all of the presents Santa has left them — and a cookie platter with nothing but crumbs! This holiday season, treat Santa to a delightful midnight snack with unique Christmas cookies to swoon over.
Feast your eyes on these 13 sweet Christmas cookies sold online; no baking required. They'll have you jiggling your belly and shouting "ho! ho! ho!" in no time, and they make great holiday gifts for anyone on your list!
Although ornaments famously add that much-needed glitz and glamour to our Noble firs, give them a new role in holiday decor by styling them beyond the tree. With a little creativity, you can add pops of color to garlands, vases, tablescapes, and more. Refresh old ornaments or put the extras to good use, adding a little shine to unexpected places. After all, isn't that what holidays are all about?
I've always wanted to put a special little tree in my daughter's room, but I'm not a fake-tree lover and the idea of two sets of needles to vacuum is just too much for me. That's why I'm in love with the idea of crafting a kid-friendly Christmas tree! Not only are the following DIY paper trees fun to make with your kids, they can also add some holiday appeal to any room. Keep clicking to find your favorite, and start crafting!
Fashion rebels, take note: when it comes to wearing white after Labor Day, there are no rules. Winter whites are the easiest way to brighten your look throughout the holiday season. We recently took a shopping trip to Madison boutique in Malibu because white is the new black. Watch this video for a fresh take on snowy whites.
Maintaining your weight during the holidays is a noble goal, but if you want to go for the gold, then here are seven tips that will have your dropping pounds in no time.
- Burn 500 calories a day: If your diet is the same over the holidays, then cutting 500 calories a day can help you shed a pound a week. Here are some ways you can cut 500 calories from your diet without depriving yourself. You can also burn 500 calories with this workout plan that saves time; mix and match your 500-calorie goals for a week, and you'll have saved 3,500 calories.
- Have a cheat day — not a cheat week: It can be easy to fall into the holiday gorging trap, but if you want to lose weight, what you eat is most important for weight loss. So while you may want that second glass of eggnog or to eat all the delicious baked goods of the season, keep your diet on track to see results.
- Schedule your workout plan: Diet may be very important, but if you want to lose weight, you can't skip your workout. Spend a few moments every Sunday to map out your week, and block out time to work out at least 300 minutes a week.
- Have a snack before you go out: A cup of yogurt with fruit or a small salad will help satiate hunger and prevent you from eating everything at the party.
- Drink tea every day: A study found that women who drank oolong tea every day for six weeks lost more weight than those who didn't. Green tea also has fat-burning properties, so drink up!
- Sleep more: Studies show that people who get adequate amounts of sleep weigh less (and eat less) than those who are sleep-deprived, so make sure you get at least seven hours a night.
- Make it intense: You don't have time for an hour-long workout, but that's OK. You can burn more calories in less time, and you'll increase your metabolism as well. Check out our high-intensity interval workout tips for ideas.
Want more? Here are 56 tips and tricks that'll help you lose weight.