Holiday stress can take the joy right out of your festivities, so if you want to relax about finances, shopping, and getting the house ready. Getting ahead of the rush is easy with a checklist! Luckily, we have one thanks to PopSugar.
Happy holiday prep!
- Back in the day, there were savings clubs at banks. You’s put a little aside every week and by the time Christmas rolled around, you had cash for everything. Give that a shot, even if you use a piggy bank. It’s not too late for this year, but now you know to plan for next!
- Hunt for discounts. There a lot of ways to find discounts online and in stores. Make your list and start looking.
- DIY it. Handmade gifts and decorations are old school, but trendy.
- Knock out that gift list. Start buying now. Sales are everywhere.
- Wrap things immediately. Why wait?
- Get your travel arrangements taken care of now. The longer you wait, the more expensive it gets. Work with family to make everything run smooth.
- If you’re hosting holiday get togethers, plan your menu and drinks now. Then buy, cook and freeze anything you can ahead of time.
When you think of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, turkey is front and center. Until now. Thanks to a new survey by Omaha Steaks, we are finding out there is quite a variety of main entrees being devoured across the country. 65-percent of people want an alternative main dish.
That’s not the only thing we’ve discovered thanks to this survey. While we all can agree that nothing surrounding the holidays goes exactly as planned, dinners only go 64-percent as planned! That’s a lot of “going wrong.” Our biggest fail is the dishes all coming out at different times. After that it’s not enough seating and forgetting the cranberry sauce.
What are the top replacements for turkey at the table?
- Ham ( 60-percent)
- Chicken (41-percent)
- Roast Beef (37-percent)
Source: New York Post
It’s time to get ready to hit the road for the holidays, but you should know what to expect. The Thanksgiving travel rate will be the highest since 2005. AAA projects that 54.3 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the long weekend. That’s a nearly five-percent jump from last year and 48-million of those travelers will be taking to the roads.
In case you didn’t know, the travel period is between the 21st and the 25th. And that means congestion and traffic jams. People will start their travels next Monday, so it’s best to keep your eye on traffic conditions so you can avoid the biggest issues.
The best travel days are Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be brutal, so if you can avoid heading home then, it’s a great idea. The day before Thanksgiving will also be a high volume day.
As far as road safety, AAA expects to rescue nearly 360-thousand motorists. The leading causes are usually dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires so it might be a good idea to get the old family vehicle checked out first.
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is next week and that means getting your game plan together for turkey day. And because this holiday is food-focused, there’s a ton of food planning, food shopping, and food prep that happen before Thanksgiving rolls around and the longer you wait to do it, the more frantic it can feel. That’s why a lot of people think they’re SO smart for hitting the supermarket the Tuesday - and not the Wednesday - before Thanksgiving, but they’re actually not.
According to author and cook Michael Ruhlman, in order to try and cut down on some of the stress, “everyone thinks that on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, they will contend with nightmare crowds, so they all try to beat the rush by shopping Tuesday.” And there will be some manic shoppers out getting groceries that Wednesday, but the reality is, most folks who need to do the bulk of their food shopping will try to tackle it all on Tuesday.
In his book, “Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America,” Ruhlman advises getting everything you need, Thanksgiving-wise, from the supermarket the weekend before the holiday. That way you’ll have what the ingredients for your feast on hand and can have minimal contact with all those people anxiously filling their carts and fighting over the last few remaining turkeys at the grocery store. Good luck out there, shoppers.
With the popularity of microblading - the tattooing technique that makes eyebrows appear fuller - more and more folks are getting face tats, including celebs like Lena Dunham and Mandy Moore. But there’s a new beauty tattoo trend that masks those pesky dark circles with tattoos that make the skin lighter. It’s called dark circle camouflage and as great as it may sound, it does have some downsides.
Professional tattoo artist Rodolpho Torres has millions of Instagram followers, in part because of his “eye camouflage” work that covers up dark circles with ink. He has over 10 years of experience, but dermatologists warn this procedure could be really damaging.
“No nonmedical personnel should be touching that area of your eyes - especially with a sharp instrument,” explains Dr. Lance Brown. “Under the eye, you need to be very cautious - you can cause an infection around the eyelid, or a sty or cyst could grow around the hair follicles.”
If a tattoo artist is inexperienced or presses too deeply with the needle scarring can occur, and that could be an issue with the delicate skin under the eyes. Scarring on the lower eyelid can cause an issue that pulls the lower eyelid down and away from the eye, which can lead to tear duct issues, cysts and more, Dr. Brown says. Plus, the tattoo may help you need less concealer, but it won’t fix all under eye circles that can be a result of too much or too little fat under the eyes.