Real Talk: What's the Best Christmas Cookie?

by M.E. Gray

Real Talk: What's the Best Holiday Cookie?

I never believed in Santa Claus.

I was raised in a pragmatic and practical household. My parents were, and are, no-nonsense folk. Keen on traditions, but not fond excess frill. This was true during the holidays, too. From the very beginning, there was no Santa. He was just a story, a nice idea. Instead of the jolly man in the red suit, there was gratitude for one another, and drawn-out appreciation for gifts received (we were only allowed to open two gifts a day - one in the morning and one at night - for the duration of the twelve days of Christmas, or until the gifts ran out). I don't feel like I missed out having a childhood without Santa. If anything, I'm kind of glad I got to skip the heartbreak of realizing he was just a fantasy. You know where I did miss out, though? In the Christmas cookie department. Big time.          

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Real Talk: Does Anyone Actually Like Pumpkin Pie?

by M.E. Gray

Real Talk: What's the Best Thanksgiving Pie?

When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s easy to get obsessed about the details. The holidays only come once a year and it sucks to feel like you missed out on the festivities. We all have certain traditions that make the holidays just feel like the holidays. One year as a kid, my mom tried to change up Thanksgiving dinner. She didn't feel like cooking the same old turkey and green bean casserole, so instead we had a thematic dinner...

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Is The Coffee Table Going Extinct?

by DIY Maven

Is The Coffee Table Going Extinct?

There's an article on Stylist Home that declares the coffee table is going extinct. It may very well be what with more multi-task options like cubbies and even ottomans. With their observation, they put together a slide show of 7 other items that might soon be forgotten. Included on their endangered list is the sideboard, the love seat,

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Upper West Side Microstudio: New York's Smallest Apartment?

by DIY Maven

Upper West Side Microstudio: New York's Smallest Apartment?

Just how small does an apartment have to be before it's qualified as a 'microstudio?' In the case of Felice Cohen's Upper West Side apartment, that figure would be 90 square feet. She pays $700 a month in rent. Comparatively, the average rent for an Upper West Side pad is $3,600. Watch the video below to see how Felice lives in such a tiny place, and then answer this question: Could you live in 90 square feet?

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Are your favorite stores going out of business too?

by DIY Maven

Are your favorite stores going out of business too?

Last year there was a rash of store closings in my part of the country. They were dropping like flies! It was scary. First was Circuit City, then Linens and Things and then World Market. (I loved World Market.) It settled down over the summer, and I thought I wouldn't lose any more of my go-to stores. Within the last month or so, things started to take another ominous turn.

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