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What Are the Best Gifts That Pack Well? What Are the Best Gifts That Pack Well?

Giving gifts that make a loved one’s face light up is always a great feeling, but when traveling during the holiday season, it can be tough to pack presents that won’t break, add too much weight to your luggage, or be too bulky. Have you successfully traveled with gifts? Which ones worked well?

How to Get Time to Yourself When Visiting Relatives How to Get Time to Yourself When Visiting Relatives

Even if you’re not someone who normally needs a lot of “me time,” visiting family can be overwhelming. In a packed house, you need specific strategies to get some time alone without coming off as distant or uninterested in spending time with your family.

How to Politely Get Out of Eating Food You Don't Like How to Politely Get Out of Eating Food You Don't Like

Being a gracious dinner guest means finding polite ways to navigate prickly parts of the event—whether that’s minimizing awkward conversations or finding the right way to pass on a dish that makes your stomach churn. If you’re headed to someone else’s home for the holiday feasts this year, here’s how to turn down food…

The Best Podcasts to Binge in Holiday Traffic The Best Podcasts to Binge in Holiday Traffic

Being stuck in traffic sucks, being stuck in holiday traffic is even worse. If you’re driving this holiday season, load up your phone with an amazing podcast or two to make the traffic a little less hellish. You might even start hoping the drive doesn’t end too soon, so you can finish the episode you’re on.

Different Ways to Use a Magnetic Knife Holder Different Ways to Use a Magnetic Knife Holder

Magnetic knife holders are a great way to keep your knives at the ready, sure, but they’re also useful for keeping other household items organized and easy to grab. (That is, provided they’re a good amount of metal in them, such as drill bits or paperclips.) Below, other strategies for putting a magnetic knife strip…

Serve a Craft Cocktail to Cut Down on Wedding Costs Serve a Craft Cocktail to Cut Down on Wedding Costs

When you’re planning a wedding, you want the perfect day, including providing your guests with celebratory drinks. A full bar, however, can bust your budget and offering just wine and beer might disappoint some. For the best of both worlds, offer your guests a craft cocktail.

Bring Magnets in Your Bag to Make a Hostel Stay Easier Bring Magnets in Your Bag to Make a Hostel Stay Easier

Hostels are an inexpensive option when you want to stretch your travel budget and don’t mind sharing space with strangers (who might even become your friends). The downside is that if you want to hang your clothes or towels up to dry, you’re fighting for the same common drying spots with everyone else in the hostel.…

Make Continuous Progress Toward Your Goals with "Non-Zero Days" Make Continuous Progress Toward Your Goals with "Non-Zero Days"

Staying motivated enough to work toward our goals can be tough. The minutia of life can get in the way of our lofty dreams—which is where the non-zero method comes in. The idea is simple: do just one thing every day that help you move toward what you want to achieve. Even if that’s just performing one sit up or…

How to Turn Around a Job You Want to Quit How to Turn Around a Job You Want to Quit

You don’t have to hate your job to consider quitting. Feeling only lukewarm about the work you do or the team you work with can be enough to get you thinking about sprucing up your resume and firing up a new job search. Before you put the energy into looking for a new job altogether, it might be worth identifying the…

Trick People Into Buying You Drinks With These Bar Bets Trick People Into Buying You Drinks With These Bar Bets

Free drinks always make a night out better, but you don’t have to cozy up to the bartender to get them. Instead, use these simple bar bets to pull one over on your friends (or other bar goers) and win yourself a free drink or two.

You Can Take a Lyft Ride to the Upside Down This Halloween

If you’re in Los Angeles or Philadelphia this Friday and Saturday, you can get a spooky start to your Halloween weekend with a Stranger Things themed Lyft.

Passive-Aggressive Phrases to Get Your Coworkers to Deliver Passive-Aggressive Phrases to Get Your Coworkers to Deliver

We’ve all had at least one coworker who was difficult, whether it was a personality clash or a case of chronic missed deadlines. The next time you find yourself frustrated by that person in the office, may we suggest some good old fashioned passive aggression?

Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make with Your Kids (No Matter Their Age) Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make with Your Kids (No Matter Their Age)

Halloween is a holiday many kids eagerly anticipate, and besides the candy, a big part of the fun is putting together their all-important costume. If you’re inclined to go the DIY route, below are a mix of trendy and classic costumes you can make with your kids, no matter their age.

How to Greet a Service Dog How to Greet a Service Dog

Service dogs have an important job to do, but that doesn’t make them any less cute. If you want to say hello to or pet a service dog, follow these guidelines to greet them the right way.

How to Teach Your Cat Tricks

You might believe that cats are impossible to train, but really, you can use a similar approach to training a dog. As you can see in the above video, cats can learn a ton of tricks! With some effort and patience, your cat will also have a few tricks down pat.

The Best Podcasts to Help Boost Your Career The Best Podcasts to Help Boost Your Career

Podcasts are a great way to pass the time during your commute, or if you’re running errands or doing chores. If you’re looking to kick your career up a notch, you can make that time even more productive by listening to career-focused shows. Here are podcasts for each career stage to help you get ahead.

3 Art Projects for Kids That Use the Power of the Sun 3 Art Projects for Kids That Use the Power of the Sun

Art projects are an easy way to bond with your kid and give them a chance to show their creative side. Even cooler are art projects your kid can do that harness the power of the sun. Plus, art projects outside mean less mess for you to clean up.

Use a Pencil to Freeze Sauce into Usable Portions Use a Pencil to Freeze Sauce into Usable Portions

Stocking your freezer with sauces, soups, and smoothies makes dinner quick and easy on busy weeknights, but it can be a pain to defrost a whole bag when you only need a couple ladlefuls of liquid. A pencil helps you portion out your liquid so you can grab what you need.

What to Do If You Hate Your New Haircut What to Do If You Hate Your New Haircut

We all know someone who has a haircut horror story...or we have one of our own. You can take steps to avoid a bad haircut, but if you already have one, here’s how to get it fixed.

What to Do When Your Kid's Homework Is Too Hard  What to Do When Your Kid's Homework Is Too Hard 

Helping with homework is part of everyday life once your kid hits school age. For the first couple years it isn’t hard stuff, but you know that one day your kid will have an assignment that stumps them and you. Luckily, you have other options besides furtively googling the answer while your kid isn’t looking.

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