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Are you in a holiday rut? Feel like your holidays are basic? Well, there a few easy and new trends this holiday season to make your life better.  From ditching the tree to the menorah there’s an alternative way to set your holiday apart from the rest.  These eight new trends are the most pinned and saved ideas on the Internet:

  • Festive Fruit Save a tree and the space and opt for decorating a pineapple this year!
  • Hitting the (Champagne) Bar Dress up that bottle of champagne by adding a few items to the table like liqueurs, juices, fruits, and herbs to make it pop.
  • Crowd-Pleasing Pies Warm pies and fruit crumbles are the go-to dessert for the season. Try ditching the pie pan and use a slab recipe instead.
  • Trading in Bling for a DIY Driftwood Menorah Instead of using the formal gold menorah, you can opt for drilling holes into a piece of driftwood for a modern and casual feel.
  • A Neutral, Natural Holiday Table The days of red and green table-scapes are gone. Try a frayed burlap table runner, woven placemates, and some chunky wood candleholders.
  • Easy, Cheesy Finger Foods Cheese is always on trend, but try changing up the basic baked brie with a some one-bite goodies.
  • Bucking the Tree For an eco-friendly tree this year, people are opting for stress-free solutions like hanging a print tree printed canvas or decorating a cactus.
  • Get Lit (After Getting Lit) Recycle those empty wine bottles from the holiday parties into candleholders.
  • Wrapping Paper With a Tropical Touch DIY wrapping paper made with white butchers paper, black paint and bamboo leaves is chic and adds a special touch to gifts.

Source: People


Eating healthy means more than just dieting to lose weight.  Practicing better eating habits means eating more earth-friendly:

  1. Cut down on plastic. If given the option, chose the product not packaged in plastic and bring reusable bags with you.
  2. Cut back on cheese and milk. A 2016 study shows eating less meat can reduce the costs of climate change by almost 50% by 2050. This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate meat or dairy, but start with a Meatless Monday, or try eating meat at just one meal a day.
  3. Buy what you’ll actually eat and no more. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 33-million tons of food ends up in landfills every year.
  4. Eating in season really helps. Eating foods that are grown and produced locally means less chemicals, fuel, and overall emissions in the long run. So when you can, shop at your local farmer’s market.

Source: Hello Giggles


It’s been a strange year and nothing highlights that as well as the newest Christmas tree trend: upside down trees. It’s as weird as it sounds, a Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling fully decorated, or sitting in a stand on the ground, completely upside down. The trend has been all over Twitter, but people aren’t sure how to feel about it.

“I have a lot of questions,” wrote one Twitter user. “Why is Target selling an upside down Christmas tree? Why is it nearly $1,000? Is this a Stranger Things joke that I’m missing? Someone help.”

“What’s better than a Christmas tree,” another user tweeted. “An upside down Christmas tree of course #whytho.”

Another user tweets that this is the first time they’ve seen an upside down tree for sale with a tree stand, but that their parents have been hanging theirs upside down from the ceiling since 1984.

And not everyone likes the upside down tree idea. During a segment on “Fox and Friends,” Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski reportedly said these Christmas trees remind him of “everything that is wrong” with today.

But if you’re still just wondering why do it in the first place, one Twitter user who says he used to write for the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue offered a suggestion. “Apparently people like them because they better showcase the ornaments,” as in they don’t hang down and get lost in the bushy branches. Makes sense to us.

Source: Cosmopolitan


Who out there has an old pair of jeans in their closet that don’t fit anymore but you keep them around for motivation to drop a few pounds so you can wear them again? Turns out quite a few of us do. According to a recent Harris poll, 39% of women admit they do it.

So we hold onto the old jeans for inspiration, but is keeping them around a healthy move? Well, that all depends. Nutrition physician specialist Melina Jampolis explains that “it puts emphasis on overall body composition instead of a number on the scale,” which she says is important from a health perspective.

And it can be a free way to reward your weight loss efforts, too. But if your closet is packed with jeans that you can’t wear anymore and haven’t been able to zip for the last decade, you might want to reconsider. You might be more motivated by cleaning out that space to make room for new, more flattering styles, instead of holding onto your old blue jeans.

Source: Women's Health

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