5 Tips For Taking Care of Your Real Christmas Tree

There are still 3 weeks until Christmas. Make the most of your real tree (and make sure it lasts) with these great tips!

 

1 – Give it a fresh cut on the bottom. This will re-open the tree’s source of getting water.

 

2 – Keep it away from any heat sources. Being close to heat will force the tree to dry out prematurely.

 

3 – Make sure to check the tree’s water supply every day and water it each morning.

 

4 – There is no need to add anything else to the water. Plain water gives the tree everything it needs.

 

5 – Make sure your tree stand holds enough water. It should easily hold at least one gallon of water.

Princeton’s 5 Days of Giveaways – Day 5

It’s Day 5….the final day of Princeton’s 5 Days of Giveaways! Find our tips for last-minute shopping ideas and get the final question!

 

 

It happens….we look at the calendar and it’s only a few days until Christmas and we still haven’t shopped for everyone on our list. Read these tips and ideas below if you’re in a time crunch and need gifts fast…

1 – If you don’t have time (or energy) to head to the mall in the eleventh hour, try a DIY gift instead! You can craft an ornament or bake some holiday cookies for the last people on your lists.

2 – If you can’t get out to even buy a gift card, consider printing one right from your home computer! Many stores offer online purchases and they can e-mail you your digital gift card right away.

3 – Consider gifting an experience rather than an actual gift. Head to Groupon or Living Social and purchase an outing or lesson for your friends or family members.

4 – Check store websites to see if you can pickup items that you purchase online. Some stores (like Walmart) offer free pickup until 6pm on Christmas eve of items purchased online. You can skip the search and the crowds and head right to the pickup section of the store.

5 – If all else fails….regift! You may have something at home that you haven’t opened or used that might be great use to someone on your list.

 

QUESTION 5: Do you prefer to receive gift cards or actual gifts?

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Princeton’s 5 Days of Giveaways – Day 4

It’s Day 4 of Princeton’s 5 Days of Giveaways! Guide Santa’s Reindeer to your house this Christmas Eve with this DIY Magic Reindeer Food! Watch the video below to learn how and answer today’s question to be entered to win a $100 gift card.

 

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QUESTION 4: What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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5 Tips for Wrapping Holiday Gifts

It’s time to pull out the scissors, tape and ribbon and start wrapping those holiday gifts! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or uninspired, read these tips before you start cutting that wrapping paper!

1.If you prefer using gift bags over wrapping with paper, make sure you have enough. Count the items you have and measure their sizes before heading to the store to purchase your bags. Don’t forget the tissue paper!

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2. Now is a good time to create a gift wrapping storage solution if you haven’t already. Plastic bins or even garment bags make for great storage. Put your paper, scissors, tape, tags, ribbon and a pen in the bin or bag so you know where everything is.

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3. Rather than buy a bunch of different wrapping paper patterns, try using brown craft paper to wrap your gifts. Add color and patterns by choosing different colored ribbons to your brown packages.

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4. Try adding some unique additions to your packages like bells or greens. Tie them onto your ribbon for a fancy and impressive touch on your packages.

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5. If you purchased wrapping paper on rolls, put empty toilet paper or paper towel roll around your roll to avoid paper rolling open and getting ripped.

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7 Tips for Setting A Thanksgiving Table

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and if you’re hosting you are probably busy with preparations! Your turkey is thawing, your vegetables are chopped, the house is clean….now it’s time to set the table! Read these tips before you start putting out your napkins and flatware…

  1. Iron your tablecloths and napkins the day before.
  2. Wash and set aside all of your flatware and glassware the night before. Make sure to dry everything so there aren’t any spots or watermarks.
  3. Consider using place cards. It makes things easier and it makes your dinner table much more personalized. Your guests will be happy that you’ve chosen a special place for them at your meal.
  4. Add some seasonal touches by putting centerpieces on your tables. Consider flowers, candles, pumpkins or faux leaves to give your table a festive look.
  5. Keep in mind that bread plates go on the left and drinks go on the right of each place setting.
  6. Wow your guests with a festive napkin fold! Try one of these ideas
  7. Make sure to have the guests water glasses filled before they sit down. Have a full water pitcher on hand in the fridge so you can easily refill.

10 Activities To Do With Mom

When it comes to Mother’s Day, flowers and cards tend to be the most common gifts. Instead of wrapping up something this year why not take Mom out for a fun activity to celebrate the day? Here are 10 fun things to do to celebrate the woman you call mom!

 

  1. Invite the whole family to brunch at a local restaurant
  2. Take mom to a paint bar to test her artistic skills
  3. If mom is a little bit competitive, take her and the rest of the family to bowl a few strings
  4. Check the schedule at your local theater and buy tickets for a show or play
  5. Does Mom like wine? Bring her to a local wine making shop to make her own
  6. If the weather is nice, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal outdoors at a local park
  7. If mom likes the outdoors, plan a hike for the two of you
  8. Pamper her by making an appointment for her to have a manicure and pedicure
  9. Want to stay in? Buy all the fixings for her favorite meal and serve her dinner
  10. Everyone loves movies, get tickets for a flick and grab dinner afterwards