New Year’s Eve Ideas & Tips for a Fresh Start

The holidays are at an end, but we’ve got one last weekend of celebrating to do before 2017 officially starts. Whether you’re on the lookout for a few fresh ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the family, trying to get a jump on your New Year’s resolutions or just searching for a few ways to spruce up your house for the new season, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these LTD articles and start planning for a fantastic year!


What to Eat for a Lucky New Year

New Year: What to Eat for a Lucky New Year
When the holidays come to an end, we have an entire new year to start planning for. Although some people think of it as just another day, we allow ourselves to use New Year’s to wipe the slate clean and focus on the positive. Luckily, there are a few things to eat to bring us good fortune. Here’s what to eat for a lucky year!

New Year: Ideas for a Lucky New Year with the Family
Having kids changes the way we do everything! They bring joy to every event, but each event requires a bit of adjusting, including how we spend the holidays. If you have younger kids, you’re probably spending New Year’s Eve at home. But you can still celebrate! Here are a few ideas for a lucky new year with the family.

New Year: Ideas for Bedroom Decor to Start the New Year

New Year: Ideas for Bedroom Decor to Start the Year Fresh
Starting the New Year is exciting, but by summer all those resolutions will inevitably fall back onto the list for next year. Set yourself up for success from the start by redecorating and reorganizing your life to reflect your goals. The bedroom is where you start and end the day. Transform it before your tackle your goals for 2017.

4 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Sleep Better
The New Year means a new you! Getting more sleep, as well as getting better sleep might be at the very top of your resolution list, but sticking to that resolution requires you to make some additional changes as well. If you’re serious about sleeping better, check out these 4 New Year’s resolutions to get the job done in 2017.

New Year, New Kitchen: Tips for a Kitchen Makeover

New Year, New Kitchen: Tips for a Kitchen Makeover
Your kitchen is the place where your family eats, where friends gather and where memories are made on a daily basis. Whether your kitchen is overdue for a little facelift or ready for a major makeover, these tips will help you brainstorm ideas and start planning. Renovate, redesign and redecorate your kitchen this year!

Thanksgiving Tips to Make Your Day Memorable

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. For many of us, there are still quite a few things to get done before the big feast. Whether you’re still trying to decide what to put on the menu, looking for some Thanksgiving tips to get through the feast or just want to learn some new interesting facts about the holiday, find the answers you need to make your holiday great with these informative Thanksgiving articles.

Finalize Your Thanksgiving Menu

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How to Plan the Perfect Thanksgiving Menu
It’s gonna be hard to top last year’s menu. That cranberry sauce recipe you found on Pinterest was the best yet! With so many websites, blogs and magazines overflowing with enticing Thanksgiving recipes, it can be tough to decide on your menu. We’ve picked a few Thanksgiving classics, each updated with a simple twist.

Thanksgiving Vegetable Guide
We already know turkey is going to be on the menu. But a great main event needs some supporting players to make a meal great. We expect the standard mashed potatoes, but there are loads of other vegetables you can try that will add a bit of a zip to your holiday dinner. Here’s a quick guide to Thanksgiving vegetables.

Thrive on Thanksgiving Day

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Easy Tricks to Eat Well and Stay Fit on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving menus are packed with calorie pitfalls. While it’s never fun to be a stickler about your strict diet during the holidays, staying disciplined during Thanksgiving can establish a positive foundation for the rest of the holidays. Check out these tips to help you stick to your diet and survive the heavy Thanksgiving meal.

5 Tips to Avoid Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters
Whether it’s your first time hosting a Thanksgiving dinner or you’re a Thanksgiving veteran, there’s really no way around it: something is bound to get botched. But there are ways to avoid common mistakes that we all make on Thanksgiving from time to time. Check out these five tips to avoid Thanksgiving dinner disasters.

Fun Thanksgiving Facts

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History of the Thanksgiving Turkey
According to the National Turkey Federation, about 90% of Americans feature turkey on their Thanksgiving menu. It’s a longstanding tradition, but the big bird was likely not at the first Thanksgiving meal. So why are so many people feasting on turkey? We’ve got a few ideas. Here’s a brief history of the Thanksgiving turkey.

History of Thanksgiving Football Games
Food. Family. Football. For many people in America, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. If you get it right, you can watch football for the entire day and only be interrupted to eat some turkey. But the Pilgrims weren’t tossing a pigskin at the first Thanksgiving, so how did this tradition start? We did a little research to find out.

Veterans Day Facts & Organizations to Support

Veterans Day is today! LTD is celebrating by offering a 1-Day Only Veterans Day Sale. But there are many other ways to celebrate Veterans Day by giving back to the community, volunteering, donating to reputable veterans organizations or just taking the time to learn more about the history of the holiday. Read about the origins of Veterans Day, and discover a new veterans organization to support after November 11th ends.

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Veterans Day: Facts Every American Should Know
Veterans Day takes place on November 11th. It is a day where we honor those who’ve served in the armed forces, American veterans who’ve fought and continue to fight every day for the freedom we enjoy.  Veterans Day has been celebrated as a national holiday for nearly a full century, and has gone through a few notable changes during that time. There are several ways to show your appreciation for the men and women who’ve served. The easiest way: brush up on your American history. Read on to learn more about Veterans Day.


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Veterans Organizations

Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project’s seeks to raise awareness for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members and encourage them to aid and assist one another, and also create programs and services to support and improve the lives of injured service members across the nation. Assistance reaches out to veterans or service members “who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.” It also works to support the families of these service members. Learn more about how to support wounded veterans and service members through WWP here.

Operation Homefront
In 2015, 92% of donations received by Operation Homefront went directly to building strong, stable military families across the United States. Operation Homefront understands that military families need the support of the communities that they sacrifice to protect, and serves families all over the nation in a number of ways. From responding to emergency financial requests to assisting with transitional housing for families, making sure military children receive holiday toys and school supplies, and so much more, Operation Homefront is one of the most successful and responsible military charities in the country, making a difference every day.

Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation brings the families of US veterans and current military members together with a variety of programs, but their most notable effort is their commitment to providing temporary homes as well as travel accommodations to families so they can be close to loved ones while they receive treatment. The foundation makes it possible for families to afford hotel accommodations near medical centers, distributes donations of frequent flyer miles to cut travel costs and uses its vast network of Fisher Houses to provide a convenient home environment for families who need to be close to medical centers or hospitals in the US.

Time To Rethink Your Christmas Gift Game Plan

Holiday shopping gets easier and easier as we start knocking off items on our list and establish momentum. But finding those first few items isn’t always so simple. Our Christmas shopping lists seem to get a bit longer every year, making it more important as we start each new holiday season to come up with the right strategy to fit our family needs and budget. Rethink your Christmas gift game plan this year with these LTD articles.

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5 Gifts You Should Wait Until After Christmas to Buy
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year for good reason. Bargain prices, shipping promotions and great deals on some of the year’s hottest items allow us to stock up for the Christmas season at a convenient time and save a lot of money in the process. But there are a few products you’re better off buying after Christmas. Get the inside scoop on what big ticket items you can check off your wish list after Christmas so you can take advantage of the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals coming up.

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Holiday Toys: Tips On Buying Christmas Gifts That Last
To save yourself some stress, it’s a good idea to start checking off your Christmas list sooner rather than later. There are many benefits of buying Christmas toys early. But even if you’re giving yourself plenty of time to find the perfect toy for the kids in your life, there’s always a chance their excitement for the item on Christmas morning will dwindle a few weeks later. Few toys stand the test of time, but there are some that will make you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth when they’re still using it months down the road.

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Helpful Tips To Start Your Holiday Shopping Season

Starting your holiday shopping can seem like a daunting task at the beginning of the season. We have new people to shop for, new ages to shop for, and new trends to keep in mind to please everyone on our list. It’s pretty common to feel like we have to start our holiday shopping season from scratch every year. Discover a few tips to help you start Christmas shopping and give great gifts this year with our weekly articles from LTD.

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How to Shop Online for Clothes for Holiday Gifts
Clothes are some of the most difficult things to shop for on most of our Christmas lists. Getting the right size and trying to pin down everyone’s fashion preferences seems like enough of a hassle to keep us out of the online clothing racks. If you are stressed about finding clothing online, check out this quick guide to buying clothes as holiday gifts so you can start crossing names off your Christmas list before Thanksgiving begins.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Aspiring Athletes
Finding the perfect gift for your little athlete might turn out to be a little harder than you expected. You might be hesitating because you’re overwhelmed by all the different types of sports gear, trying to figure out which sport to focus on for the kid who likes everything or trying to find a substitute for the overpriced sports gift that is just out of your budget. Solve your final Christmas crisis with these holiday gift ideas for aspiring athletes.

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Host and Hostess Gift Ideas
Holiday parties are an exciting part of the winter months, but if you’ve ever tried to put one together yourself, then you know that throwing them can be a lot of work. Every host and hostess should be properly thanked for putting together an amazing party, preparing that delicious holiday feast or just for inviting people to their homes. Here are five great gift ideas to help you prepare for the holiday parties you’ll be attending this year.

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Christmas Checklist: Holiday Decorating & Guest Room Ideas

Halloween is just a week away, and there’s only a month until Thanksgiving. Even though your schedule is packed tight with fall activities, it’s time to start checking off some things on that Christmas to-do list. Get into the Christmas spirit by preparing for holiday decorating and holiday guests with these helpful LTD articles.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas Inspired by the Outdoors
Many of the most classic Christmas scenes take place in wonderful winter settings, somehow fooling us into believing that stepping outside will be much more enjoyable than it really is. Winter weather is always more inviting sitting behind foggy windows with a warm mug. We don’t want to spend an entire day out in the cold, but we do want to create that wintery Christmas feeling in our homes, and that means bringing the outdoors in. If you like the look of winter or are just a nature fan, get the season rolling with these holiday decor ideas.

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4 Ways to Make Your Holiday Guest Room One-of-a-Kind
If you’re hosting holiday guests during Thanksgiving, Christmas or somewhere in between, the list of things you have to get done in the next few months is most likely pretty long. But getting ready for the holidays isn’t always stressful. Sometimes you’re able to get the to-do list finished ahead of schedule. Getting a headstart, planning ahead and checking off holiday to-do lists allows us to make more time for special holiday projects. Find out how to make your holiday guest bedroom one-of-a-kind when you find some extra time this season.

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Taste of Fall: Oktoberfest Traditions & Apple Cider Tips

With most of us busy preparing for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole season of autumn activities to enjoy. From exploring the local orchard with the family to enjoying your local Oktoberfest, now is the time to delight in the cool, crisp weather and rediscover the unique taste of fall.

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Oktoberfest Traditions and Useful Tips for Newcomers
Oktoberfest has become very popular in the United States. Festivals large and small have been celebrating the German tradition for many years. Most of these festivals have taken on lives of their own. You don’t have to fly all the way to Munich to experience an authentic Oktoberfest. Learn about the original event, traditions and get the tips you need to walk the grounds like an expert with these Oktoberfest facts, figures and advice.

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Apple Picking: A Beginner’s Guide to Homemade Cider
There’s a huge difference between the apple cider you get from the store and the handcrafted version you can make in your own home. Despite what many people believe, it’s not that difficult to make a high-quality apple cider that tastes even better than any store brand. All you need to learn are the simple techniques to begin a fun tradition during the harvest season, some basic recipes you can tweak with your own touches.

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A Brief History of Oktoberfest
Fall is packed with festivals and celebrations all around the world. While Halloween is the holiday kids look forward to, Oktoberfest is one for the adults. Beer comes to mind when we think of Oktoberfest, but it’s about much more than just large steins full of suds. If you’re attending your local Oktoberfest this year and want to learn a little more about its rich history, check out this brief summary of how it started and spread worldwide.

Reading Advice to Kick Off National Book Month

Despite the popular belief that less and less Americans are reading books, research shows that the number of adults who claim to have read at least one book in the previous calendar year remains pretty steady. The surprising thing is that the younger generations, particularly millennials, make up the highest percentage of readers, and the preference for print books continues to stand up strong against e-books and audio books. Whether you’re an avid bookworm looking to pass on the love of reading to your kid or hoping to dust off the bookshelf and start turning pages, kick off National Book Month with this constructive LTD reading advice.

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6 Types of Books for Non-Readers
Reading for pleasure isn’t something everyone does, but there are benefits of reading just a little bit every day. It increases blood flow to the brain, encourages analytical thinking, and improves our attention spans. Many people don’t read if they don’t have to for a variety of reasons, but there are several ways to get them to crack open a book. Here are six different types of books non-readers will be able to enjoy this month.

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Storytime: Tips for Reading with Your Kids
It’s never too late to start reading to your child. Across every demographic, a surprising number of parents don’t read to their children on a regular basis. The earlier you start the better, but even if you haven’t been reinforcing your kid’s interest in reading, there’s still plenty of time to catch up. Check out these fun tips for reading to your kids in a way that will inspire a lifetime of proper reading habits and an interest in books.

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Tips for Finding Holiday Reading Time
It’s hard to avoid the chaos of the holidays. All the parties and presents make it hard to find time for yourself and get in that much-needed reading time. Sometimes you need to escape into your favorite novel to calm your mind or kick back by the fireplace with an interesting read during the holidays. If you’re having trouble working in time for a book, take a quick look at these four tips for finding reading time during the holidays.

Halloween Countdown: Helping You Put Your Plans in Action

It’s hard to believe Halloween is less than a month away. Early October is when neighborhoods start to get into the holiday spirit, turning front yards into spooky graveyards and front porches into haunted Halloween tributes. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start the timer on your Halloween countdown. From conjuring up your perfect costume to decorating your home for fright night, LTD has you covered with these fun tips and tricks.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween
In an age where greeting cards and retailers seem to be the experts on holidays, it’s natural to wonder how or why the celebrated days of the year even started in the first place, not to mention why certain traditions are passed down year-after-year. Check out these five things you may not have known about Halloween.

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Halloween Makeup Advice to Bring Your Costume to Life
Makeup makes it possible to add unique details to your Halloween costume that will help give you an edge over store-bought solutions. And knowing how to use makeup for your kid’s costume will help them stand out while trick-or-treating. Assemble a makeup kit and learn some tricks with these Halloween makeup tips.

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are preparing for their favorite night of the year. Halloween is here! Costumes, candy and pumpkins occupy our minds as the holiday approaches. While we have a special safety plan in place for the kids, we also need a plan for our pets. Here are some Halloween pet safety tips to think about.

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5 Must-Haves for Creating a Hair-Raising Halloween Room
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like trying to find new and unique ways to transform a warm and welcoming home into an eerie abode. If you want to add some serious scare into your Halloween decor, take a quick look at these key elements that will help ensure an authentic, blood-curdling ambiance.

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Halloween Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
Candy and costume-wearing is what Halloween is all about! But trick-or-treating isn’t always a reasonable activity: the weather isn’t always perfect, kids might not be the right age, and safety can be a concern. There are ways to celebrate Halloween without going door-to-door. Here are five alternatives to trick-or-treating.

Fall Entertaining: Wine, Etiquette and Thanksgiving Ideas

When it comes to fall entertaining, the season is known best for Thanksgiving. There are many different fall entertaining opportunities leading up to Thanksgiving. From wine tastings, to dinner table etiquette for kids and a few healthy Thanksgiving ideas to help you start brainstorming for your menu, LTD has suggestions to get your party moving in the right direction, prevent holiday problems and make your turkey day special.

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How to Host a Wine Tasting Party at Home
Wine-tasting can be tailored for any season, but it’s absolutely perfect for late summer and early autumn. As with any party, there are plenty of things to check off your list before you begin sending out the invites. From choosing your wine to pairing it with food, find out how to host your party with this home wine-tasting guide.

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Tips to Prevent Kids from Playing with Toys at the Dinner Table
Holiday gatherings and larger family dinners make it harder for hosts to keep track of what’s going on at the kids’ table. Preventing kids from playing with toys at the table or developing good etiquette starts with their habits, but it can be helped with a couple tricks. Learn how to deal with toys with this table etiquette guide.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
What if I told you that you could create an eating experience that is lighter on calories but still delivers on the flavors we all desire for Thanksgiving? Some of us cringe at the idea of changing our traditional menus, but when it comes to our health, it’s worth it. Here are some healthy holiday cooking tips that will totally satisfy.