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Your Time-saving Plan for the Holidays

By Elizabeth Lilly

Elizabeth Lilly is an online content producer for ThisOldHouse.com and freelance writer in New York City. She has also written about home improvement for The Workbench Life and Home Rehab Online

Spend more time with friends and family, and less time on holiday tasks with these nifty time savers

Family Gift Exchange Ideas

By Jessica Remitz

Jessica Remitz is a freelance writer and web producer living in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in a variety of health and lifestyle websites including Spafinder, FitPregnancy and Everyday Health. To see additional writing samples and learn more about Jessica’s work, visit her website.

Looking for a way to liven up the season with your family? This year, create a new tradition with a holiday gift exchange!

Perfect New Year's Eve Outfits

By Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky blogs about fashion, beauty, trends and travel at A Little Aly-tude. Her work has appeared on many websites, including MyGloss.com and SheKnows.com.

Party outfit style tips and inspiration from a fashion expert.

Make a Happiness Resolution That Sticks

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

Get happy this new year with these eight science-backed happiness secrets.

6 Unconventional Ways to Be Festive

By Beatrice

Beatrice Strnad is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a health and beauty enthusiast, devout foodie and tea-drinker.

Get funky with your festivities this year and revive your family's holiday spirit.

One of a Kind Gift Wrapping Ideas

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

Gift wrap ideas that’ll impress for any occasion.

Dazzling Outdoor Décor for the Season

By Jessica Remitz

Jessica Remitz is a freelance writer and web producer living in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in a variety of health and lifestyle websites including Spafinder, FitPregnancy and Everyday Health. To see additional writing samples and learn more about Jessica’s work, visit her website.

Looking for the perfect amount of holiday spirit for your home? Be sure to pick up these festive yard decorations.

Throw a Holiday Party for $99 or Less

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Here’s how to throw a party for under $99 with these five money-saving, party-having tips.

Christmas Dinners From Around The World

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

See what other cultures serve up for their holiday gatherings for some festive meal inspiration.

A Gift Basket for Everyone on Your List

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

A bundle of goodies can be the perfect DIY gift for anyone -- or any occasion!

Top Pet Gifts From Around the Web

By Vanessa Voltolina

Vanessa Voltolina is the managing editor of Studio One’s Healthy Starts Made Simple, and a former online editor for NBCUniversal. Her work has appeared in several national publications, including Weight Watchers and SHAPE.

For the pets in your life -- from practical to hilarious -- here are 6 gifts for dogs, cats and more!

Spoil Your Pets This Season: Gifts for Dogs

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

They’re family, too -- so why not treat your four-legged friend to something special for the holidays? Here are some cool pet gifts we’ve found.

7 Ways to Banish the Winter Blues!

By Beatrice

Beatrice Strnad is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a health and beauty enthusiast, devout foodie and tea-drinker.

Say sayonara to seasonal depression with these winter bliss tips.

7 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – for Pets!

By Beatrice

Beatrice Strnad is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a health and beauty enthusiast, devout foodie and tea-drinker.

When it comes to Christmas cookies, us humans – Santa included – get all the fun. This year, include your pets by making homemade cat and dog treats.

Your Most Memorable Holiday Tour

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

Bundle up the kids and hop in the car! Going on a tour is the best way to enjoy the holiday decorations and get into the holiday spirit.

De-Stressing DIY Spa Treatments

By Vanessa Voltolina

Vanessa Voltolina is the managing editor of Studio One’s Healthy Starts Made Simple, and a former online editor for NBCUniversal. Her work has appeared in several national publications, including Weight Watchers and SHAPE.

Four at-home spa treatments sure to refresh.

Start Your Own Christmas Morning Traditions

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

7 holiday activities to make the morning memorable for years to come.

Best Gift Ideas for Tweens and Teens Under $50

By Karen Cicero

Karen Cicero is a freelance food and travel writer. Her work has appeared in Health, Parents, Shape, Fitness and more.

Take the guesswork out of shopping with this foolproof list of gifts for teenagers.

Make Your Holidays Stress-Free

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Feeling anything but merry? Stay sane with these stress management tips this season.

Spice Up Your Shoes!

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

Calling all shoe-a-holics: Your favorite guilty pleasure (yes, new shoes!) just became a lot more affordable.

Holiday Decorations for Every Room

By Sharon Liao

is a contributing editor to Ideas That Spark. She has written for a number of magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple and Shape. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Deck the halls and your home with these simple and affordable holiday crafts.

5 Holiday Gifts You Deserve This Year

By Vanessa Voltolina

Vanessa Voltolina is the managing editor of Studio One’s Healthy Starts Made Simple, and a former online editor for NBCUniversal. Her work has appeared in several national publications, including Weight Watchers and SHAPE.

Don’t forget to add these essentials to your holiday list this year.

Your Cyber Monday 2013 Cheat Sheet

By Lauren Caster

Lauren Caster is a New York-based writer who loves digging up insider tips for a multitude of projects, from inner-city gardening to home organization. She has contributed to TheWorkbenchLife.com, BrooklynExposed.com and more. She lives in her apartment/petting zoo with her fiancé, cat, dog and lizard.

Black Friday is great, but don’t miss out on the biggest online sale of the year next week! Here, the best deals online during Cyber Monday that you need to know about.

Pick the Best Christmas Tree

By Karen Cicero

Karen Cicero is a freelance food and travel writer. Her work has appeared in Health, Parents, Shape, Fitness and more.

Going with an artificial or real Christmas tree this year? Here’s what you need to know to find the best one for you.

French Onion Soup Recipes: The Perfect Holiday Dish

By Vanessa Voltolina

Vanessa Voltolina is the managing editor of Studio One’s Healthy Starts Made Simple, and a former online editor for NBCUniversal. Her work has appeared in several national publications, including Weight Watchers and SHAPE.

Enjoy this savory soup all season long with these three twists on the classic recipe for French onion soup.

3 Holiday Party Themes

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

‘Tis the season for jolly holiday get-togethers. Instead of the traditional dinner party, why not jazz things up with a fun party theme.

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

Here are some Thanksgiving activities to keep your gang occupied while you’re in busy in the kitchen.

Fried Finger Foods for Parties

By Jessica Remitz

Jessica Remitz is a freelance writer and web producer living in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in a variety of health and lifestyle websites including Spafinder, FitPregnancy and Everyday Health. To see additional writing samples and learn more about Jessica’s work, visit her website.

5 new fried appetizers for parties this holiday season.

5 Easy Bread Recipes for the Holidays

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Play up an easy crowd pleaser with a new twist this season. Here, five easy-to-make holiday bread recipes.

Thanksgiving for All: Veg, Gluten-Free or Just Picky-Eaters

By Vanessa Voltolina

Vanessa Voltolina is the managing editor of Studio One’s Healthy Starts Made Simple, and a former online editor for NBCUniversal. Her work has appeared in several national publications, including Weight Watchers and SHAPE.

Thanksgiving dishes that please everyone on this food holiday

Your Holiday Quick-Clean Checklist

By Jessica Remitz

Jessica Remitz is a freelance writer and web producer living in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in a variety of health and lifestyle websites including Spafinder, FitPregnancy and Everyday Health. To see additional writing samples and learn more about Jessica’s work, visit her website.

Keep your home tidy from Thanksgiving through New Year’s with this cleaning checklist.

Flag Football Rules for the Family

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

Hut, hut, hike! Fall is the perfect time to play flag or touch football. Read on for the basics and then gather family and friends for a great time outside.

Bathroom Deep Clean Tricks

By Lauren Caster

Lauren Caster is a New York-based writer who loves digging up insider tips for a multitude of projects, from inner-city gardening to home organization. She has contributed to TheWorkbenchLife.com, BrooklynExposed.com and more. She lives in her apartment/petting zoo with her fiancé, cat, dog and lizard.

Your bathroom cleans you, so here’s how to clean a bathroom with a deeper clean in mind.

Finding the Best Black Friday Deal

By Lauren Caster

Lauren Caster is a New York-based writer who loves digging up insider tips for a multitude of projects, from inner-city gardening to home organization. She has contributed to TheWorkbenchLife.com, BrooklynExposed.com and more. She lives in her apartment/petting zoo with her fiancé, cat, dog and lizard.

Make the most out of your Black Friday shopping this year by planning ahead and taking a smart approach.

5 Scrumptious Thanksgiving Fish Recipes

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

For a delectable turkey alternative for Thanksgiving, swap the bird with fish this year. Here, top five recipes to try.

Must-Know Turkey Tips

By Jason Carpenter

Jason Carpenter loves to tackle DIY projects on weekends; his work has appeared in This Old House, Men's Health, Consumer Reports and other publications that appreciate good tips and tools.

Make a delicious statement with the main event of your holiday meal. Here’s how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.

Holiday Décor for the 5 Senses

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

Transform your home into a seasonal delight with these holiday decorating ideas.

Welcome Basket Essentials

By Elizabeth Lilly

Elizabeth Lilly is an online content producer for ThisOldHouse.com and freelance writer in New York City. She has also written about home improvement for The Workbench Life and Home Rehab Online

Hosting guests? Make them feel pampered with these must-have basics.

Easy Add-Ons for a Better Closet

By Elizabeth Lilly

Elizabeth Lilly is an online content producer for ThisOldHouse.com and freelance writer in New York City. She has also written about home improvement for The Workbench Life and Home Rehab Online

With these simple closet storage ideas, you can score your dream closet without a remodel.

Gorgeous DIY Wreaths

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Greet guests and family with a one-of-a-kind welcome.

5 Healthy & Hearty Fall Veggie Recipes

By Beatrice

Beatrice Strnad is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a health and beauty enthusiast, devout foodie and tea-drinker.

Delectable seasonal dishes you’ll love.

5 Best Cold-Weather Stews

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

With chilly nights on the horizon, it’s time start gathering dinner ideas that’ll warm up the kitchen -- and your family’s tummies. These five winter wonders will more than satisfy!

No-Fuss Fall Fashion

By Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky blogs about fashion, beauty, trends and travel at A Little Aly-tude. Her work has appeared on many websites, including MyGloss.com and SheKnows.com.

Embrace the new season with delightfully little effort -- and big payoff!

Winter Wear for Dogs

By Lauren Caster

Lauren Caster is a New York-based writer who loves digging up insider tips for a multitude of projects, from inner-city gardening to home organization. She has contributed to TheWorkbenchLife.com, BrooklynExposed.com and more. She lives in her apartment/petting zoo with her fiancé, cat, dog and lizard.

Dogs may have fur, but that doesn’t mean they never catch a chill. Here, a few key pieces to keep them warm -- and adorable! -- this season.

Fall Breakfast Recipe: Dutch Baby

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

Skip the cereal and pass on the waffles -- there’s a better breakfast in town. Try this sweet morning treat and you’ll never go to back to pancakes!

5 Naturally Soothing Scents

By Beatrice

Beatrice Strnad is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a health and beauty enthusiast, devout foodie and tea-drinker.

We often disregard our noses when it comes to healing, but studies show that sniffing certain scents can pack the power to soothe.

Trash Talk: Garbage Can 101

By Lauren Caster

Lauren Caster is a New York-based writer who loves digging up insider tips for a multitude of projects, from inner-city gardening to home organization. She has contributed to TheWorkbenchLife.com, BrooklynExposed.com and more. She lives in her apartment/petting zoo with her fiancé, cat, dog and lizard.

How to choose the best garbage can for your kitchen

Your Slow Cooking Questions, Answered

By Vanessa Voltolina

Vanessa Voltolina is the managing editor of Studio One’s Healthy Starts Made Simple, and a former online editor for NBCUniversal. Her work has appeared in several national publications, including Weight Watchers and SHAPE.

We answer five head-scratchers to enhance your cooking experience.

5 Stylish Knots for Scarves

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Tie up and step out with five fashionable ways to wear any scarf.

6 Nifty Ways to Organize Your Laundry Room

By Vanessa Voltolina

Vanessa Voltolina is the managing editor of Studio One’s Healthy Starts Made Simple, and a former online editor for NBCUniversal. Her work has appeared in several national publications, including Weight Watchers and SHAPE.

Need to get a handle on laundry room clutter? Try these tricks to help you get your laundry room under control.

Make Extra Cash This Season

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

Take your garage sale online, and discover other ways to make a bit extra this season!

Clean Up Antiques and Vintage Decor

By Elizabeth Lilly

Elizabeth Lilly is an online content producer for ThisOldHouse.com and freelance writer in New York City. She has also written about home improvement for The Workbench Life and Home Rehab Online

Have a great secondhand find that needs some spiffing up? Here’s how to bring antiques from drab to fab.

Get Organized: Purse Cleanout

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Smart way to de-clutter your bag and keep it organized all season.

Fall Decorating 101

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

From pumpkins to leaves, take advantage of the best fall has to offer. Read on for smart tricks to brighten your home this season.

Smart Cat Box Ideas

By Lauren Caster

Lauren Caster is a New York-based writer who loves digging up insider tips for a multitude of projects, from inner-city gardening to home organization. She has contributed to TheWorkbenchLife.com, BrooklynExposed.com and more. She lives in her apartment/petting zoo with her fiancé, cat, dog and lizard.

From pumpkins to leaves, take advantage of the best that fall has to offer. Read on for smart tricks to brighten your home this season.

New Life for an Old Coat!

By Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a mom of three well-traveled kids. She has also served as an editor at Babytalk, Parenting and Scholastic Parent & Child.  

Save money by transforming your winter staple.

How to Recycle Old Cookware

By Jenn Fowler

Jenn Fowler is the New York-based blogger behind Frugal Upstate. Prior to writing about saving and sustainability, she was an army officer for 11 years. She also loves taking photos, gardening, cooking, preserving, reading and spending time with her husband and kids.

So you’ve gone green, and you recycle paper and plastic. But what should do when it’s pots and pans that have to go?

5 Giveaways You Need to Enter Right Now!

By Sharon Liao

is a contributing editor to Ideas That Spark. She has written for a number of magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple and Shape. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Want a car … a vacation … or a luxury apartment? Enter to win them, right here.

Scentsational Scents!

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

The next time you want to alleviate a migraine -- or boost your sex drive! -- sniff this.

Best Weekend Road Trips

By Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a mom of three well-traveled kids. She has also served as an editor at Babytalk, Parenting and Scholastic Parent & Child.  

Pack the car and hit the road with these three family-friendly road trip ideas.

A Healthy You, All Year Long

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

Go beyond eating right and exercising! Stay healthy and in tip-top shape all the time with these smart ideas

5 Style Finds to Spice Up Your Fall Wardrobe

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

As the mercury drops, give your style a boost with these five fashionable picks.

Cooking Fix: Surprise Substitutions

By Jenn Fowler

Jenn Fowler is the New York-based blogger behind Frugal Upstate. Prior to writing about saving and sustainability, she was an army officer for 11 years. She also loves taking photos, gardening, cooking, preserving, reading and spending time with her husband and kids.

Cooking Fix: Surprise Substitutions

Get Your Vitamin C Boost

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

Simple and delicious ways to ensure your body gets the right amount of this stay-healthy nutrient.

Fall Crafts for Kids

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

Autumn-inspired décor ideas that the mini-set can help make.

Fall Closet Makeover

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

Simple style tricks to help your wardrobe transition from season to season.

5 Desk-to-Dinner Outfit Ideas

By Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Shape, Prevention, Cosmo For Latinas and Men's Fitness.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Here, easy ways to go from daytime to nighttime, without breaking the bank.

Freshen Up Your Carpet This Fall

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Can your carpet woes be fixed or is it time to invest in a new one?

Make a Small Room Seem Bigger

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

Got a tiny room in your house you don’t know what to do with? Here’s how to trick the eye into perceiving more space.

Your Secret Weapon Against Colds

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

Transform your health and your dishes by eating this humble vegetable at least once a day.

Is Social Media Making Your Kids Less Smart?

By Karen Cicero

Karen Cicero is a freelance food and travel writer. Her work has appeared in Health, Parents, Shape, Fitness and more.

Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing affect their good grades?

5 Summer Recipes to Try Before the Season Ends

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

Transform seasonal, delicious bounty into light, memorable dishes, one more time before the mercury drops and stews begin to take over the summer salad era.

Labor Day Party on the Cheap

By Jenn Fowler

Jenn Fowler is the New York-based blogger behind Frugal Upstate. Prior to writing about saving and sustainability, she was an army officer for 11 years. She also loves taking photos, gardening, cooking, preserving, reading and spending time with her husband and kids.

It’s almost Labor Day, and you want to celebrate with some family and friends. Here’s how to save money on your plans!

Best Road Trips, Coast to Coast

By Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a mom of three well-traveled kids. She has also served as an editor at Babytalk, Parenting and Scholastic Parent & Child.  

There's still enough summer left to squeeze in a family vacay. Let's roll!

Become a Master Bento Box Lunch Packer!

By Elina Bolokhova

Elina Bolokhova is a freelance writer, editor and digital content strategist. The former Parenting.com editor has been published in Parenting and Babytalk magazines, as well as on CNN, AOL and Yahoo. She specializes in lifestyle writing, with a focus on beauty, food and travel.

Simple ways to get creative with the lunch box.

3 Ways to Relive Your Favorite Summer Memories

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Send off summer the right way by recreating your favorite family trips, activities and meals.

3 Easy Canning Recipes You Need to Try

By Jenn Fowler

Jenn Fowler is the New York-based blogger behind Frugal Upstate. Prior to writing about saving and sustainability, she was an army officer for 11 years. She also loves taking photos, gardening, cooking, preserving, reading and spending time with her husband and kids.

Even a novice canner can get “ahhh”-worthy results with these three classic recipes. Check ’em out!

Best Sneakers for Back to School

By Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a mom of three well-traveled kids. She has also served as an editor at Babytalk, Parenting and Scholastic Parent & Child.  

From shimmery stand-outs to serious kicks for the basketball court, we've got your kids' feet covered for back to school.

Appy Family: Top 11 Back-to-School Apps

By Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a mom of three well-traveled kids. She has also served as an editor at Babytalk, Parenting and Scholastic Parent & Child.  

Top 11 family-friendly apps for simplifying your back-to-school schedule.

The Best Color for Every Wall

By Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Shape, Prevention, Cosmo For Latinas and Men's Fitness.

Before you re-paint your walls, read this.

3 Crisp, Cool Summer Soup Recipes

By Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Shape, Prevention, Cosmo For Latinas and Men's Fitness.

Nothing beats a dip in cool water on a steamy summer day … except maybe a cold, fresh bowl of soup. Here, nutritionists share their favorite recipes.

Is My Kid Ready for Sleepaway Camp?

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Jennifer Kelly Geddes is a New York-based writer and editor who has written for Parenting, iVillage.com and Time Out New York Kids. She frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark.

Summer is the perfect time to get your little one in touch with nature. Our blogger shares advice on how to know if your camper is ready for an overnight adventure.

Raise Cultured Kids

By Elina Bolokhova

Elina Bolokhova is a freelance writer, editor and digital content strategist. The former Parenting.com editor has been published in Parenting and Babytalk magazines, as well as on CNN, AOL and Yahoo. She specializes in lifestyle writing, with a focus on beauty, food and travel.

Bring up your child to be worldly, empathic and sophisticated.

10 Best Back-to-School Shopping Sites

By Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a mom of three well-traveled kids. She has also served as an editor at Babytalk, Parenting and Scholastic Parent & Child.  

Score great deals at these top sites.

Best Ways to Win Free Stuff

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

Why pay for what you can get for absolutely free? Here’s how to start getting freebies today.

How Much $$ Do You Really Need to Save?

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

This free, simple tool lets you discover how much you really need to save up to make your ideal future a reality.

Summerize Your Kitchen

By Jenn Fowler

Jenn Fowler is the New York-based blogger behind Frugal Upstate. Prior to writing about saving and sustainability, she was an army officer for 11 years. She also loves taking photos, gardening, cooking, preserving, reading and spending time with her husband and kids.

Easy, inexpensive ways to freshen up your kitchen.

13 Five-Minute Breaks You Haven’t Taken Yet

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

The next time you lose your focus? Take 5 and go try any of these diversions. You’ll return with more easy and motivation than ever!

5 Habits for Better Sleep

By Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Shape, Prevention, Cosmo For Latinas and Men's Fitness.

If getting a good night’s shut-eye is challenge, try these snooze-inducing tricks.

Best Travel Apps – Travel Guide

By Maya Rock

is a freelance writer and book editor based in New York. She's also the author of a YA novel forthcoming from Penguin in 2014.  Find out more about her and her work at www.maya-rock.com.

Want a stress free travel guide? Get there faster with a little help from our favorite travel apps.

Take a Historical Trip

By Elina Bolokhova

Elina Bolokhova is a freelance writer, editor and digital content strategist. The former Parenting.com editor has been published in Parenting and Babytalk magazines, as well as on CNN, AOL and Yahoo. She specializes in lifestyle writing, with a focus on beauty, food and travel.

Teach your kids about United States History -- on vacation!

The 3 Summer Skirts Your Closet Needs

By Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Shape, Prevention, Cosmo For Latinas and Men's Fitness.

The guide to choosing and wearing summer skirts, such as the mini skirt and midi skirt, the fun and flirty fashion staples.

Keep Pets Cool This Summer

By Elina Bolokhova

Elina Bolokhova is a freelance writer, editor and digital content strategist. The former Parenting.com editor has been published in Parenting and Babytalk magazines, as well as on CNN, AOL and Yahoo. She specializes in lifestyle writing, with a focus on beauty, food and travel.

Pet cooling tips to help your furry friend survive the summer heat.

The Secret to Longevity

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

A new study shows that this least talked-about component of the Mediterranean lifestyle can significantly boost your mood, energy and performance -- and it only takes 20 minutes to do!

Summer Superfood Smoothies You’ll Love

By Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Shape, Prevention, Cosmo For Latinas and Men's Fitness.

This season’s powerhouse fruits are not only exceedingly healthy but also ideal for blending into refreshing, guilt-free frozen treats.

Top 5 Summer Reads for the Whole Family

By Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print or online at Shape, Prevention, Cosmo For Latinas and Men's Fitness.

Burn the midnight oil en famille with these page turners for readers of all ages.

6 Surprising Beauty Finds From Your Baby’s Nursery

By Elina Bolokhova

Elina Bolokhova is a freelance writer, editor and digital content strategist. The former Parenting.com editor has been published in Parenting and Babytalk magazines, as well as on CNN, AOL and Yahoo. She specializes in lifestyle writing, with a focus on beauty, food and travel.

Did you know that baby powder can double as a dry shampoo? Read on for this and other secret beauty finds lurking in the baby-care aisle of your local drugstore.

How to Keep Kids Happy -- and Quiet -- on the Road

By Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is a mom of three well-traveled kids. She has also served as an editor at Babytalk, Parenting and Scholastic Parent & Child.  

Nothing revs up a child's internal motor like taking a trip. Follow these tips to keep their energy level at a state that you can live with.

5 Foods You Haven’t Fried Yet

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Take a seat, pickles. We’ve got five better out-of-the-fryer foods that’ll happily surprise your taste buds.

Fake a Green Thumb

By Sharon Liao

is a contributing editor to Ideas That Spark. She has written for a number of magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple and Shape. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Manage to kill most plants? With our foolproof tips, you -- yes, even you! -- can grow a beautiful garden.

Best Beaches for Families

By Elina Bolokhova

Elina Bolokhova is a freelance writer, editor and digital content strategist. The former Parenting.com editor has been published in Parenting and Babytalk magazines, as well as on CNN, AOL and Yahoo. She specializes in lifestyle writing, with a focus on beauty, food and travel.

If you're looking to take your summer vacay with the kids in tow, here are five beaches you must check out for the ultimate fun in the sun.

3 Scents for Better Sleep

By Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle is blogger, motivational speaker and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.

The way to a restful night’s sleep is through your nose.

From Runway to Realway: Wear This Season’s Trends

By Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky blogs about fashion, beauty, trends and travel at A Little Aly-tude. Her work has appeared on many websites, including MyGloss.com and SheKnows.com.

Our experts show you how to rock summer’s latest fashions.

The Budget-Friendly Clean

By Sharon Liao

is a contributing editor to Ideas That Spark. She has written for a number of magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple and Shape. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Getting a spic-and-span home doesn’t have to break the bank

3 Easy Dog Tricks That Wow

By Maggie Marton

Maggie Marton is a pet lifestyle expert who blogs at OhMyDogBlog.com. She has written an e-book called Positively Dog Training, and her work has appeared in Pet Enthusiast Magazine and NBC’s Petside.com.

Summer is the perfect time to bond with your dog. Our pet blogger shares her favorite tricks that double as showstoppers at summer parties.

Kid-Friendly Building Projects

By Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is a DIY décor and design blogger who frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark. Visit her blog at BeforeMeetsAfterBlog.com.

Nothing channels kids’ creative energy better than using power tools to build things (with your supervision, of course!). Check out these easy summer projects every kid can help with.

Scent and Sensibility: The Perfect Cologne for Dad

By Natalia Macrynikola

Natalia Macrynikola a group editor at Studio One. She manages Ideas That Spark and writes and edits for a broad range of health, beauty and lifestyle programs, including The Style Glossy and Completely You.

A gift of cologne can be cliché -- unless you find a scent that truly captures Dad’s personality. Here’s how. Plus, check out our Father’s Day gift guide for more one-of-a-kind gift ideas for dad.

Your Biggest Kitchen Dilemmas Solved

By Jenn Fowler

Jenn Fowler is the New York-based blogger behind Frugal Upstate. Prior to writing about saving and sustainability, she was an army officer for 11 years. She also loves taking photos, gardening, cooking, preserving, reading and spending time with her husband and kids.

In a pickle about whether to dash to the store for a missing ingredient or quit cooking and order in? Here’s an easy way to fix this -- and other -- annoying kitchen dilemmas.

Bring the Outdoors In: Tropical Home Décor

By Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is a DIY décor and design blogger who frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark. Visit her blog at BeforeMeetsAfterBlog.com.

Can’t get to the beach just yet? Make these easy, breezy updates to your home, and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation.

Find Adventure Nearby: 5 Unforgettable Day Trips

By Justin Goldman

Justin Goldman is a lifestyle writer and blogger based in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has written for New York magazine, San Francisco’s Diablo and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

Why travel far when fun abounds nearby for less? Here, five quick, affordable escapes your family will love.

Is Your Pet Making You Sick?

By Lauren Fischer

Lauren Fischer is a freelance writer and a former editor of Woman’s World magazine, The Dog Daily and The Daily Cat. She writes frequently for Ideas That Spark.

How to keep health woes caused by pets at bay.

Mother’s Day Breakfast Done Right

By Caitlin Ultimo

Caitlin Ultimo is a writer and editor who specializes in parenting and family-driven content. She is a former editor at Parenting.com and has written about family, finance, lifestyle, health and nutrition for Parents magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Ideas That Spark.

These fun, new ideas will transform the breakfast-in-bed tradition into a truly memorable meal.

Summerize Your Home, Part III: Bedroom

By Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is a DIY décor and design blogger who frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark. Visit her blog at BeforeMeetsAfterBlog.com.

DIY décor and design blogger Lisa Williams shares her favorite light and fun summery updates to keep your bedroom up to date and in style.

Summerize Your Home, Part II: Bathroom

By Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is a DIY décor and design blogger who frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark. Visit her blog at BeforeMeetsAfterBlog.com.

DIY décor and design blogger Lisa Williams shows you how to bring some summer flair to the one room that’s often neglected when it comes to home décor.

Summerize Your Home, Part I: Living Room

By Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is a DIY décor and design blogger who frequently contributes to Ideas That Spark. Visit her blog at BeforeMeetsAfterBlog.com.

These light, fun, summery updates will truly make your living room the hearth of your home this season. DIY décor and design blogger Lisa Williams shows you how to pull them off.

Getting Ready for the Holidays

If you’re in a last-minute holiday-planning rut, try out these unique, sure-to-please ideas from these crafty and creative bloggers.

8 Simple and Savory Turkey Leftover Recipes

By Trisha Novotny

Trisha Novotny is the creator of 24/7 Moms, a blog that offers fun, keeping-it-simple ideas to make every moment as a mom count.

Our mom blogger dishes yummy recipes for the grub that didn’t get gobbled up this Thanksgiving.

Foods to Stock for Winter

By Trisha Novotny

Trisha Novotny is the creator of 24/7 Moms, a blog that offers fun, keeping-it-simple ideas to make every moment as a mom count.

Who wants to run to the grocery store when it’s freezing or snowing? Here’s how one mom loads her pantry so she won’t have to.

DIY Halloween Treats

By Trisha Novotny

Trisha Novotny is the creator of 24/7 Moms, a blog that offers fun, keeping-it-simple ideas to make every moment as a mom count.

Our mom blogger doles out some easy make-it-together ideas that add extra fun to the festivities.

Secrets of Family Bonding

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

I remember sitting in the dentist chair a few months after giving birth to my second son, and drilling my doc for advice.

Dressing Your Children on a Budget

By Renae Chiovaro

Renae Chiovaro is a mother of two boys who blogs at madamedeals.com on how to save money in all aspects of life.

Children seem to grow overnight, which makes keeping up with their wardrobe needs difficult at times.

Ways to Save on After-school Programs

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

Soccer, trombone, ballet: Keep your kids playing…while keeping your costs down.

Save Time and Money on School Lunches

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

Get my top three tips to efficiently pack your kid’s school lunch.

Stretch Your Back-to-school Shopping Dollars

By Debra Muccio

Debra Muccio is the mother of a 2-year-old girl and blogs at AFrugalFriend.net, where she finds the best deals and freebies on everything from groceries to entertainment.

Six tips to save big bucks on the money we shell out for back-to-school supplies.

Organization at the Palm of Your Hand

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

What a difference a BlackBerry has made in this mom’s life.

Get Organized and Donate!

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

When I’m cleaning out my closet and donating old clothing to charity, I never put in the real baddies

Contain Yourself

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

My house is stuffed to the rafters with flours, sugars, chocolate chips and every rich ...

6 Great Web Sites That Help You Save Money Online

By Jennifer Quintua

Jennifer Quintua is the owner and blogger of SisterlySavings.net. She is the mother of three who is always looking for a good deal.

I love to shop. I also love to save money, so if I can save money while shopping, I’m all for it!

Out-of-the-Box DIY Gift Ideas

By Trisha Novotny

Trisha Novotny is the creator of 24/7 Moms, a blog that offers fun, keeping-it-simple ideas to make every moment as a mom count.

Browsing the same stores for the usual gifts gets old -- and expensive. This year, skip the shops and make gift-giving (and getting) more special.

9 PM Blackout

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

It hit me about two months ago that evenings in front of the TV, video games, and computer at my house had finally gotten out of control.

What to Do With Spring Cleaning Purges

By Renae Chiovaro

Renae Chiovaro is a mother of two boys who blogs at madamedeals.com on how to save money in all aspects of life.

Spring means it’s time to part with unused items.

Small Changes to Get out of Debt and Save Money

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

You might be surprised at how some of the small changes in everyday life can save quite a bit of money.

Spontaneous Family Getaways

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

Plans and routines are what distinguish family life from utter chaos. But sometimes, you’ve just gotta shake things up.

Go Ahead … Give a Squeeze

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

Nothing brightens up a wintry kitchen better than that sassy sun-bright citrus, the lemon.

Fun and Frugal One-day Winter Escapes

By Trisha Novotny

Trisha Novotny is the creator of 24/7 Moms, a blog that offers fun, keeping-it-simple ideas to make every moment as a mom count.

You don’t need a weeklong vacation to get away. Here, five one-day trips that break cold-weather boredom.

4 Boredom-busting Winter Projects for Kids

By Trisha Novotny

Trisha Novotny is the creator of 24/7 Moms, a blog that offers fun, keeping-it-simple ideas to make every moment as a mom count.

Our crafty mom blogger offers these fun and easy suggestions to keep kids busy during the indoor months.

Getting Your Kids to Help Clean

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

Sometimes you have to get creative to get everyone involved with housework.

How Moms Share a Meal

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

I just came back from delivering dinner to my girlfriend, Amy, who gave birth last week.

Get Into Hot Water

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

When my brother-in-law suddenly found himself single and in charge of his 9-year-old son a few years ago, he came to me with an extreme case of kitchen panic.

Planning Family Summer Vacations -- on a Budget

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

Planning ahead for your family summer vacations is the key to not only saving money but also making the season less stressful.

Summer Rainy-day Activities

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

Bad weather can put a damper on a summer day, but before you resign yourself and your family to a day of TV watching, check out these cheap, rainy-day activities.

Summer Fun With Kids … on a Budget

By Debra Muccio

Debra Muccio is the mother of a 2-year-old girl and blogs at AFrugalFriend.net, where she finds the best deals and freebies on everything from groceries to entertainment.

It can be difficult, not to mention expensive, trying to entertain the kids now that school is out for the summer.

Summer Activities for Kids

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

As a parent, grandparent or caregiver, you might be wondering, “What am I going to do with the kids during summer vacation?”

Stretch Your Family Meals

By Renae Chiovaro

Renae Chiovaro is a mother of two boys who blogs at madamedeals.com on how to save money in all aspects of life.

Cooking at home is the most economical way to feed your family. Here’s how to make the most of your time and money.

Hosting a Memorial Day Party

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

If you’re hosting friends this year for a Memorial Day barbecue, follow these rules for a stress-free, sure-to-please party.

Hosting a Successful Yard Sale

By Renae Chiovaro

Renae Chiovaro is a mother of two boys who blogs at madamedeals.com on how to save money in all aspects of life.

Your spring cleaning is most likely well under way. What to do with all that junk you’ve been hiding? Host a yard sale!

Make Cleaning Fun (and Cheap!) and Get the Kids to Help Too!

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

Cleaning doesn’t have to be a total chore if you make it fun for you and your family. Here are my favorite tips.

Cleaning Made Easy

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

Sometimes I, or the rest of the occupants in this house, can’t be bothered with putting our stuff in the dishwasher the moment we take our last sip, bite or swallow.

Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

Here’s a spring spruce-up idea that doesn’t require an iota of elbow grease or organizing talent

Make the Most of Your Grocery Store Budget

By Renae Chiovaro

Renae Chiovaro is a mother of two boys who blogs at madamedeals.com on how to save money in all aspects of life.

Slashing your food budget does not mean that you have to sacrifice taste or gourmet-style meals.

Perfect (Chicken) Thighs

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

I’m a huge fan of chicken thighs.

Talking to Your Kids

By Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen is a freelance writer and the mother of two boys. She regularly blogs at relish-this.blogspot.

It never ceases to amaze me that even after the holidays -- when my kids have been gifted with just about everything their pampered little hearts could desire -- they still come home with zingers like “Sam’s so lucky, he got a flat-screen TV with an X Box for his room,” or “The Millers are so cool, they got Declan a trampoline!”

Save the Most Money at After-christmas Sales

By Julie Smart

Julie Smart is the mother of five and a blogger at CouponSavingFamily.com.

I always shop early the day after Christmas to get the best selection.



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