Stay safe this season — and don't let Pinterest get the best of you.
In order to have a safe holiday, always inspect lights for any loose bulbs or protruding wires. Secure lights so there aren't any loose ends that could be tripped over, and make sure to use cord covers if you have young children or pets.
When it comes to seasonal decor, less is often more. Sticking with simple decorations will save you time and money. Rather than a clutter of holiday craft projects, try an artful decorative accent, like your favorite ornaments arranged in a bowl.
Holidays are stressful enough. Instead of fretting about the charred turkey, broken antique ornament, or mess of wrapping paper, recognize that no matter how much you plan ahead, something will go wrong. So take a deep breath, relax, and grab another glass of eggnog.
Blinking bulbs and mechanical, ho-ho-ho'ing Santa Clauses are fine for showing your holiday spirit. But leaving them on at all hours is bad for the environment and your relationship with the neighbors. Turn Christmas lights off before you tuck in for the night and you'll still get invited to neighborhood barbecues come June.
And save the paper napkins for the Super Bowl. If there's ever a time to break out the good china, it's now. A beautiful table makes for a memorable family meal.
Yes, it's the classic color combination, but other hues like gold, pink, and navy blue can work, too. Try these alternative hues for ornaments, wrapping paper, and wreaths for a twist on tradition.
It's true that ingesting the plant in large quantities can produce an upset stomach, but it's highly unlikely to cause a fatality. It turns out that this radiant, ruby flower first became associated with toxicity in 1919, when a child's death in Hawaii was mistakenly attributed to the plant. So while you may not want to keep poinsettias in easy reach of children or pets, go ahead and keep them on your shopping list.
With company dropping in, give the guest bathroom a quick once-over. Make sure there's enough toilet paper, clean towels, and soap. Try adding a candle or small bouquet of berries to add a festive touch. (Yes, you can skip the Santa seat cover, but you have to admit he's pretty cute.)
Do water your tree daily; don't leave it up until the needles fall off. By then, it's time to pack those ornaments away and properly dispose of your tree. Many towns offer recycling services for trees past their prime. Check your local newspaper for locations and times.
You might not be a DIY maven — and that's OK! Don't expect for your home to look professionally decorated. Instead, make it look like you. Plan your holiday décor around what you know what you can handle, and beauty will follow.