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Tea Lover Gift Basket Ideas

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A great way to celebrate a friend is with a gift basket. And if your friend is a tea lover, we have plenty of ideas to help assemble the perfect gift basket. Choose a Theme At the top of our list for tea lover gift basket ideas is having a theme. Tea and snacks are […]

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Do you follow and enjoy all the great recipes and mindfulness tips we share here on the Plum Deluxe blog three times per week?  Then please consider supporting us with either a purchase from our online shop, or joining our tea of the month club (gift subscriptions and caffeine-free options available.) Not only do your […]

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3 Valentine’s Gift Ideas that Go Beyond a Card

Chocolates are sweet — especially if they’re a surprise in the mail.  But they’re predictable.  I’d like you to think better.  I’d like you think bigger!  So no matter if you’re treating your mom or grandparent to a valentine’s treat, or putting together a care package for your neighbor (or your sweetie, of course), here are […]

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Best of 2015: Your (and Our) Favorite Articles of the Year

Every year, one of our rituals is to reflect on the year past, and we publish a roundup of your favorite articles of the year.  (Here’s our 2014 list.)  The following articles are our top 5 in terms of both views and shares; the two often go hand-in-hand. At the end, we’ve included a surprise “editor’s […]

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Our 2014 Gift Guide: 10 Pretty & Practical Presents for Those You Love (including Yourself)

Out of all the gift guides that we publish throughout the year, our annual holiday gift guide is one of the most popular — because we really choose carefully a short list of recommendations of products that we think you’ll love to give, and get. Products good for the soul. This year, as always, our […]

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It’s About Time: Represent Your Style Through Time Pieces

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Do you have the time? Of course you do. As soon as you read the question I bet your eyes flickered instinctively toward the corner of your computer screen. Or maybe you reached for your cell phone. It is true both of those are handy time keepers, but they’re also boring. There are 86,400 seconds […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Master Retreat a Haven for Better Sleep

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You are finally home from a long day and can’t wait to get some sleep. Well you can kiss those Zzzzs goodbye because you’ve just been greeted by a fluggy room. This can’t happen anymore! I won’t allow it and frankly I can’t take you looking like a red-eyed monster. To help you out, I’m […]

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Celebrate Summer: How to Pack a Backyard Spa Kit

This feature was brought to you in collaboration with our sponsor, Walgreens. I just love summertime – the opportunity to be outside and in the sunshine every day, regardless of temperatures, makes it my favorite season. We live about two hours from the ocean, which is close enough for easy weekend getaways, but far enough […]

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Garden Wear that Takes You from Yard to Town

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If you’re the sort of gardener who loses yourself in beauty and projects as soon as you enter your flower garden or veggie patch, you may find yourself running out of time to get changed and cleaned up before you have to head to town. With a bit of planning, forethought, and innovation, you can […]

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Adding Life and Character to Your Home with Antiques: A Beginner’s Guide

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Many people believe if it’s antique it must be expensive, but that just isn’t true. For new homeowners or anyone who wants to embark on a new look without catastrophic price tags — move over Ikea. There are more creative, personal, and unique ways to build an interior on a budget; one of the great […]

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Life By the Mile: Gifts to Mark Major Milestones

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Based on the definition and a handful of related words, I’d say milestones are something of a big deal. Milestone: a significant point in development. Also see: highlight, climax, turning point, transformation, crossroads. And big deals should be celebrated. The funny thing about milestones is how sneaky they are. Not only do they seem to […]

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Let’s Make a Deal: The 5 Best Things to Buy on Groupon and Living Social

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We all love a good deal. Some think of it as an art form, waiting and watching for that perfect deal, while others relish in the comparison. There are a million ways and ideas to get something for a bargain. But one of the best and most popular ways to scout for a great deal […]

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3 Ways Wine Glasses Don’t Have to be Boring

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One of our favorite beverages here at Plum Deluxe HQ at the end of a long day is a glass of wine. (And judging by the amount of sharing and discussion on our previous wine articles, we are not alone.) We all know that what the wine glass is made of can make a difference […]

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Must-Have Products to Upgrade Your Home Shower Zen

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There are few things more relaxing than a hot shower after a long day or to start the weekend off right. With a few carefully chosen additions, you can make this time even more special, emerging rejuvenated, rested, and utterly spoiled. Start With Your Skin Invest in bath products that you absolutely love. Don’t put […]

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Top 5 Best Apps for Entertaining Ease

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Planning a party can be a daunting task, but with the help of a few fantastic apps, you can pull together an event that is delicious, beautiful, and fun. Simple Soiree Developed by party planner extraordinaire Liza Rivera Salta, Liza’a Simple Soirée Party Planner is ideal for the person who is the sole host of […]

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Party Favors Adults Will Love

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Today I picked up my nine-year-old daughter from the third birthday party in as many weeks. As we walked to the car she animatedly told me about the cake, the chocolate fountain, and the scavenger hunt, her enthusiastic gestures highlighted by the new red and black bracelet decorating her wrist. “What’s this?” I inquired. She […]

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An Overload of Orchid: Infuse Your Life with Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

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There is a time at the end of every year that holds special meaning for décor addicts and fashionistas across the United States. On this day, they wait with racing hearts and dilated pupils for the announcement that will influence their creations for the next 365 days: Pantone’s pick for color of the year. Introducing: […]

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13 Mail-order Subscription Services to Make You Smile

In the midst of getting bills and junk mail, finding a box full of surprise goodies in your mailbox feels like you won the lottery. Monthly subscription services are becoming more popular, with new services cropping up monthly to meet every need under the sun. Things to Look For With so many options, how can […]

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10 Classy and Modern Ways to Show Gratitude

Chances are, somewhere in this fleeting whirlwind we call life, or many someones, did something that left a lasting impression on your heart. Now is the time to return the favor. People are in the joy zone when they give — even science agrees. Don’t spoil their experience with an uninspired message of thanks. Instead, […]

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Spruce Up Your New Year with 5 Small Things You Didn’t Get for Christmas

Now that it’s a new year, “spruce” isn’t just a kind of Christmas tree. As the blank slate that is the new year settles in, isn’t it time to invest in a few of those little necessities to spruce up your days? It is likely this past holiday season that you received something in need […]

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Ten Smile-Inducing Gifts for Fitness Lovers

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Seeking the right gift for the exercise aficionado in your life, but you don’t speak the fitness language? Look no further — below is a list of items that will fulfill an item on their wish list while putting a smile on their face. Improve Their Workout Experience Safety items Staying safe is important, especially […]

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Our 2013 Gift Guide: 11 Great Gifts For Yourself Or Someone Special

Last year we changed our focus on holiday gift guides to the theme of “gifts great for yourself or someone special” and never looked back. Here is last year’s list (still some great items available) – this year we are continuing the tradition. Our two filters for inclusion are: Featuring independent businesses when possible: Some items […]

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Spread Out the Joy: 8 Days of Little Gifts

Growing up Jewish, I never entirely understood the fuss around Christmas. After all, rather than just one evening and day of winter holidays, we got eight full days and nights. Of course, that didn’t mean that we got a haul of gifts each night — we got smaller gifts, which sometimes added up into one […]

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Tech Out: 4 Tablets for Your Everyday Pleasure

When it comes to trends in the world of technology, it is hard to argue against the fact that the laptop is a thing of the past and so is the desktop. Thus, when it come to this holiday season, most people are moving towards the tablet. Seeing as the market is being inundated with […]

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10 “Tins” to Indulge In: Gift Boxes You’ll Love to Give

For me, the end of the year has always signaled the season of indulgence. First came Halloween candy followed by pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, then December came bearing the tastiest treat of all — a plaid box full of dried meat products, cheese-flavored spreads, and iced petits fours! I looked forward to those “snack assortments,” […]

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An Intimate Occasion: Buying Lingerie for Your Better Half

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The feeling for most gentlemen when entering a lingerie boutique is one of sheer terror. By following some simple guidelines and with some open communication, it will be everything but. Hold Your Head High Have some confidence when you walk in the door. Sales clerks are there to help, not hinder, your quest for the […]

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Stand Apart From the Crowd with Handmade Fashion Accessories

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It’s a great feeling when you wear an accessory for the first time and someone compliments you on it. It’s an even better feeling when said article of style was not mass-produced in a sweatshop in China but lovingly crafted by a metalsmith, or handwoven by a friend, or carved by a skilled craftsman. These […]

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Pen Upgrades for a Smooth Writing Experience

Writing is a dying art that many of us still enjoy. Personally, I love the act of putting thoughts to paper with a pen, and I feel that doing so helps me remember details better. The last time many of us wrote all the time was in school, and honestly, the tools we used then […]

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Gifts for Coffee Lovers (That Aren’t from Starbucks)

So you’re looking for that perfect gift to get that friend who just loves coffee. I, like most of the United States, live on coffee. I have spent countless dollars in the pursuit of coffee and I dream of coffee when I sleep. So, let me help you get the best gift you can for […]

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Think Outside the (Crayon) Box: Office Supplies for Grownups

It happens every summer. The temperature rises, public pools see a rise in popularity, and store shelves fill to bursting with school supplies. Hello Kitty winks at you from atop pink-handled safety scissors. A rainbow of bedding for extra-long twin beds calls out to high school graduates eager to decorate their new dorm rooms. It […]

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A Water Filter Perfect For Your Next Dinner Party

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When it comes to dinner parties, I know that you’re like me and want everything to be just right. However, neither of us are Martha Stewart (unless that’s you Martha – hello!), so for us busy folks, less is more. I hate having to filter a bunch of water, and then decant it into a […]

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Print It, Finish It: Great Paper To-Do Lists

There’s something incredibly satisfying about crossing an item off your to-do list — a feeling that you just don’t get clicking boxes on your computer. Taking a pen to a piece of paper is the only way to get that satisfaction. While you can just make a list on the back of any scrap of […]

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The Art of Shopping in India: A Guide to Discovering Your Treasure

India is vibrant, intense, and feels like everything is in technicolor. It’s an ancient land that’s preserved its crafts and traditions over thousands of years; a place where art and adornment are alive, a part of everyday life, and a way of living. Shopping in India is a chance to discover something beautiful and bring […]

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10 Sharing Services That Will Change Your Life

The internet makes it possible to create marketplaces for just about anything — including fractions of items or temporary access to items. We’ve only just started to see the impact of being able to share just about anything, whether it’s our homes, our clothes, or something else entirely. But the marketplaces and services that have […]

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The Unwilling Recipient: How to Buy Gifts for Difficult People

I’m sure there was life before gift cards and internet shopping, but I can’t imagine the one and barely remember a time before the other. Since their advent, gifting has become a cinch. Mostly. There is always going to be that one person for whom nothing is right. She’s so particular; he has everything; Aunt Jenna […]

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Clothes to Home: Tips and Tricks for Shopping Online

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As the internet gets more and more littered with shops going online — that little boutique in the center of town, that colorful store you only get to visit in summer, and that unforgettable store you found close to home that closed its doors to move to a more affluent area — it becomes necessary […]

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In Defense of Printed Invitations

Computers can do a lot. But, to raise an age old question, just because they can do so much, should they? So many people leave the greatest parts of their lives in the hands of electronics. Having a party? Send an e-vite. Walking down memory lane? Scroll Facebook for photos. Trying to think of that […]

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Book It: Perfect Gifts for Literary Lovers

If you are a book lover like me, I can bet you have gotten some pretty crappy gifts. For some reason, when you truly love something, people like to theme out gifts for you. This bothers me for two reasons: one, just because I love something does not mean that I want my house covered […]

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DIY Backyard Party Lighting… with Headlamps!

Today’s feature was brought to you by Energizer Do you know what a headlamp is? I’m sure you know, but did you know that you can now get non-industrial sized headlamps, with an elastic band and high quality light without an oversized hat like a miner? They’re less than $25 per lamp, and useful for […]

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Pretty and Practical Upgrades to Your Picnic Basket

Maybe it is just me, but picnics always look better in the catalog than they are in person. But I still like the idea, and if you can keep the pests away, there must be a way to enjoy having a glass of wine and a cheese plate alfresco? Today, I’m sharing with you my […]

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Getting Past Some Old Cliches about Gift-Giving

Today’s feature was brought to you by Ziftit I’m not sure exactly what happened, or when, but somewhere along the line we lost the “art” of gift giving and it became a chore. Which is a shame – it should be a joy, a pleasure, a bit of fun finding a little gift to treat […]

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Confessions of a Fan Sleeper: The Need to Sleep with White Noise

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I have a confession to make, something very few people know, but it accounts for around 7-8 hours of my day.  I can’t sleep without a fan on. I’m not sure where my habit started; I kind of remember it being a habit in college, but it suffices today I’ve been at the fan habit […]

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Must Have Items for the Perfect Day at the Beach

As important as fresh sunscreen is, you need more than that for a fun and safe day at the beach. Having lived at the beach for many years, my family and I have had lots of time to determine what items are most necessary. The same reasons we love the beach – sand, sun and […]

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Dear Ol’ Dad: Father’s Day Gifts Beyond Soap on a Rope

His hands are rough, his hugs are big, and his grilling skills are tops — just some of the many reasons we love that guy. Daddy didn’t get his own holiday until years after Mom got hers, but boy does he deserve a day to be adored! For the first time in many eras, menfolk […]

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A Guide to Finding Moroccan Treasures

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One of the joys of Marrakech is to spend an afternoon, day, or even a whole weekend traversing the narrow corridors of the inner Medina’s souks in search of items to enliven your home. The Moroccans have a particular style that pervades through all of the offerings, from lanterns to teapots, rugs to woven raffia […]

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Upgrade Your Buttons, Upgrade Your Life

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When Barack Obama was inaugurated for the 2nd time as President of the United States, people went crazy over his daughter Malia’s purple coat from J.Crew. But they would never be able to own that exact coat: J.Crew pulled that particular color of coat from stores out of respect for the first family. But even […]

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Throw It On the Barbie: How to Plan a Picnic Like an Aussie

The Australian tradition of a barbecue — henceforth referred to as a “barbie,” as that’s what we Aussies actually call it — is a central part of Aussie culture. (Oh, and by the way, we use the word “barbie” to refer to both the event and the cooking apparatus.) I can’t recall ever living through […]

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Mother of Mine: Gifts for Mom Any Time of the Year

Mother’s Day is almost here. Have you found that perfect gift yet? No? I don’t blame you. Since February I’ve read at least two dozen compiled lists of perfect gifts for that dear, sweet lady whom I call Mom. None of them have suggested anything just right, though. It all just seemed too commercial, too […]

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Hobbies for Your Health

I hate it when people say they don’t have time for hobbies. Of course they have time! Everybody has time! What they really mean is, “I see no reason to prioritize a hobby.” Here’s a reason: Hobbies are good for your health. As in, the “live longer, live better” kind of good. The Positive Side […]

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A Spring Gardening Shopping Guide for Non-Green Thumbs

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Did you know that the opposite of a green thumb is a brown thumb? To be honest, all this talk about colored thumbs is leaving me a bit pale. However, I’m gearing up to work on sprucing up our back patio so we have a lovely space to enjoy outdoors this summer. We moved last […]

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10 Creative Wine Racks We Want

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While the popularity of wine here in the United States continues to grow, so does our desire to display our fine wine purchases in unique ways. After all, who doesn’t want to enjoy looking at all that wine and thinking about the memories of finding it in between sips. After asking the Plum Deluxe team, […]

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Pope Francis’ Guide to the Luxe Life

Much has been made of the new Pope’s humility and modest lifestyle, which stand in stark— and some say, welcome– contrast to his predecessors. If previous pontiffs disliked the pomp and frippery that have historically accompanied their position, they didn’t show it. Unlike Pope Francis, who was elevated from his role as cardinal to his […]

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Writing a Journal? Throw Out the Rules

I’ve been a prolific journal writer throughout my life, but never a faithful one. Throughout history, humans have felt compelled to record the events, relationships, and details (intriguing or mundane) of their lives. Many have completed meticulous volumes of their days over years. I’m not one of them. And that’s okay. A journal is a […]

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5 Items to Buy in Florence, Italy

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Much like visiting the city’s famous museums and churches, shopping in Florence is simultaneously overwhelming and fantastic. From outdoor markets to the city’s famous fashion houses, the choices are extensive. To help you know how and when to best dive in, we bring you this list of 5 items to put at the top of […]

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A Guide to Finding French Treasures

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On Sunday mornings, I love to wake up early as the sun is cracking across the horizon, bathing Paris in a golden glow. I make a quick stop off at my local little bakery to indulge in a flaky croissant and rich cup of coffee before jumping the metro to go bargain hunting. That’s right […]

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No Internet Connection? No Problem. 3 Tips on Being Prepared.

This post brought to you by DISH. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you remember when we didn’t have Wifi? Or even ubiquitous internet access – certainly not in an airplane? It wasn’t that long ago. I remember in the late 90s carrying a ultra-long ethernet cord to use in my hotel room on business […]

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Lucky 13: Our Favorite Etsy Stores

In the past year or so, I’ve really gotten sucked into all of the great stores on Etsy, which is basically a massive online shopping center for handmade goods.  With thousands and thousands (and thousands) of products, it’s hard to choose, so I went out and asked a few Etsy regular shoppers for their opinions. […]

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7 Pretty and Practical Gift Ideas (for Yourself or Someone Else)

Each year, like many publishers, we produce a gift-guide roundup of fun ideas for gifts to give to either yourself, a friend, partner, or family member. It was really important to me this year to give a lot of thought to the products I picked. My two filters for 2012 inclusion were: Featuring independent businesses […]

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8 Shopping Extravaganzas that Aren't Malls

Having just breezed through the famous “black Friday,” where shoppers in America take to the streets as early as 5AM (or earlier!) for Christmas purchases, many are left wondering if shopping online would be a better experience. But mall shopping is a relatively new phenomenon; around the world, there are plenty of shopping extravaganzas that […]

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How to Pack a Suitcase Like a Travel Ninja

I just departed for another long trip – about 7 weeks this time. The New York Times once said the worst part of travel is booking it on the web .  For me, the worst part of a trip is packing luggage for it. I hate it – it’s stressful, I always think I’m going […]

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