2012 HOLIDAYS

Keep kids engaged and occupied during holiday shopping trips

Holiday shopping with kids can be fun. Kids enjoy giving gifts, and bringing them along on shopping excursions to offer their input can make the season that much more special for youngsters. But bringing the little ones along on a holiday shopping trip also can be tricky, as kids can easil...

Help college students this holiday season

College is a time when many students form friendships and make memories that last a lifetime. College is also a time when students learn to stretch a dollar, and the right gift come the holiday season can have a big impact on a college student's life. The following are a few gift ideas that may h...

Holiday giving for special needs kids

Everyone wants to get the perfect gifts for people on their holiday shopping lists. Shopping for a child with special needs can make gift-giving a bit more difficult. After all, buyers want to ensure the gift is practical as well as thoughtful. However, there are many great gift ideas for special...

Easy ways to be 'green' for the holidays

While the holiday season is a time of joy, giving and religious reflection, it also can be a time of excess. Holiday parties, meals brimming with more food than the average person can consume, wrapping paper tossed aside after minimal usage, and shoppers venturing for miles in cars in search of p...

Prevent lost children while holiday shopping

The only thing scarier during the holidays than the tally on a credit card bill come January is the idea of a child getting lost or abducted while out shopping. Safety tips can keep children by your side or help caregivers find kids fast should they wander off. These are a busy few months ...

The right age to gift children mobile phones

Gadgets often top the list of desired gifts for the holiday season. Adults and children alike fawn over the latest technology, and giving a loved one a new phone, portable video game console, tablet or e-reader for the holidays is sure to please. When gifting children with the latest tech ...

Game time: Famous family ties

The holidays are a time for family gatherings. As you gather with yours this season, take this quiz on some famous family ties. It’s no secret. Being an entertainer certainly seems to run in some families. Take the Cassidys, for example. Actor Jack Cassidy married actress Evelyn Ward...

Tried and true come together with new in creative holiday traditions

Every holiday season is built upon family traditions of years past. Whether it's enjoying holiday baking with friends or shopping with loved ones for gifts, traditions define the season. While honoring the past, traditions also open us to the opportunity to create new family observances, ...

Shop local & save!

Why it really pays to visit downtown stores this holiday season Small-town stores are back. For years they withered while malls, big-box stores, and national chains gobbled up shoppers. But things seem to be turning around for downtown America. Lots of us are looking to eat local, and hand...

Getting it there: Happy holiday shipping

The holidays are usually pretty hectic, and the last thing you need is to stress over shipping your holiday gifts. With millions of packages moving across the country every day, knowing how to pack and when to ship your gifts can save you time and money, taking the hassle out of holiday shipping....