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If you’d love to have an impressive, Rockefeller Center-level masterpiece in your Christmas tree, you don’t have to get help from Martha Stewart. Just follow these tips for making your tree look bigger, fuller, and glitzier than ever and you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors.

  • Keep your tree nourished - If you go with a real tree, remember it’s a living creature and needs a lot of water to look its best. Keep the tree stand basin full of water and with proper care, the evergreen should last four to six weeks.
  • Find the perfect location for the tree - Your neighbors can’t envy what they can’t see, so find a spot with a street-facing window so everyone outside can enjoy your tree, too.
  • Layer your lights - to create a sense of depth in your tree, add dimension by layering lights. Wrap some white lights tightly around the interior of it, so it gives some illumination, but not so much it distracts from the tree itself. Then wrap some colored lights on the outside and your tree will look like it’s glowing from the inside out.
  • Create depth - Hang ornaments at various distances from the center, with the best-looking ones on the outside, of course.
  • Master the twinkle effect - Use a string of blinking lights at the base of the tree to create a “twinkle effect.” The lights shine upward through the branches to make it glow, but blinking lights come in different speeds, so go for the ones that duplicate the glittering effect of a snowfall, not something you’d see at a rave.
  • Hang your best ornaments first - Pick out your favorites and get those on the tree first, then hang the rest of the ornaments to balance them out
  • Cluster spheres - Use wire to create a cluster with three round ornaments to create focal points and spruce things up.
  • Coordinate your wrapping paper - If you really want the picture perfect look with all the wrapped presents under the tree, make sure to choose wrapping paper that matches with your decorations and doesn’t clash.
  • Stand back - You can’t really see if your tree is evenly decorated when you’re standing right in front of it, so take a step back to see the big picture. Walk around it to see it from different angles and make sure all sides look good.

Source: Best Life

Tis the season and all, but between decking the halls and sipping eggnog, the holidays can get hectic and it can be hard to stay jolly. But the new book “Holiday Hacks: Easy Solutions to Simply the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” has easy fixes for some of the biggest issues, from weather to long lines. Here are a few holiday pointers from the book to help your season go smoothly and save your sanity.

  • Have icy doorsteps, but no salt? - Pour a bucket of warm water with dishwashing soap on them. The soap won’t let the water freeze and you can clear a path without having any salt.
  • The fix for stale Christmas cookies - Get your stale cookies soft again by putting them inside a plastic bag with a piece of bread. Leave them in overnight and they’ll be almost as good as new.
  • Make your Christmas tree appear bigger with lights - Use bigger lights on the bottom of the tree and smaller lights on the top to create the illusion that your tree is larger than it is.
  • The cheapest time to book your holiday flights is this week - December 4th through 10th is the window to find the best deal on flights during the holidays.
  • Kitty litter can help if you get stuck in the snow - Keep a bag of kitty litter in your trunk and if you ever get stuck in the snow, pour it under your tires for traction.

Source: Hello Giggles

Now that we’re into the holiday season, a lot of people will be traveling, and whether it’s to visit family or go on vacation, let’s face it, getting on a plane can be a hassle. There are plenty of things that can happen to make your traveling experience a nightmare, and a new survey reveals the things most travelers hate the most. 

The biggest travel nightmare is probably the most obvious, the delayed flight, followed by checked bags being delayed, and an outright canceled flight. Other nightmares include getting sick while on trip, and luggage getting completely lost. 

And all these travel nightmares can be quite costly to travelers. Dealing with such travel nightmares can cost at least $570, but as much as $4,198. A missed flight can set someone back $570, while lost luggage can cost about $582, while a canceled flight can be as much as $676. If every possibility of a nightmare goes wrong, travelers could wind up spending almost $4,198.

  • Of course, travel nightmares could also be blamed on other travelers. The poll finds that the most common passenger issue people deal with is a fellow traveler leaning into their seat space, followed by a traveler kicking or jostling their seat.

Top Ten Most Commonly Experienced Travel Faux Pas

  1. Leaning their seat into your space
  2. Kicking/jostling the back of your seat
  3. Traveling with a disruptive baby/child
  4. Using both armrests
  5. Talking loudly on the flight
  6. Not properly disciplining their child
  7. Taking their shoes off
  8. Getting up and needing to get past your seat during the flight
  9. Smelling bad (either body odor or too much cologne/perfume)
  10. Trying to talk to you throughout the flight

Source: SWNS Digital

While there are plenty of people out there who take weeks or even months to plan out anything they might do, it seems a lot of folks have no problem picking up and doing, or buying, stuff on the spur of the moment. A new poll finds that 68% of Americans would describe themselves as spontaneous, with 71% of people who say they are very spontaneous describing themselves as very happy. 

But being spontaneous isn’t necessarily good for the wallet. It seems the average person spends $144.25 a month on last-minute spends, which adds up to $103,860 over a course of al lifetime. Not that it really matters to folks, since 53% of people say their best purchasing decisions were spontaneous ones.

As for what decisions are the most spontaneous for people, 59% say it’s choosing a restaurant for dinner, while 24% say it’s their weekend plans. Other spontaneous decisions include deciding evening plans, or to go to a movie, wine tasting or music festival.

But even when something is spontaneous, people do consider the options when deciding whether to do something or not. When asked what the biggest factors that go into last minute decision making, cost is the biggest consideration (83%) followed by convenience (55%). So, what keeps people from attending a last minute event? Well, being too tired is the top reason (41%), followed by being sick (40%), and not wanting to be around people (30%). 

Source: SWNS Digital

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